Educational Institutions

Holy Family Ministries

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.hfm.org

Mission Statement

Mission: We provide opportunities for children and adults from Chicago's underserved neighborhoods to excel academically, grow spiritually, expand life experiences and become effective leaders.

Programs are open to all without regard to religion, race, gender, previous academic achievement, or ethnicity. Although the school is faith-based, there are no requirements that families belong to a particular faith (or any faith). The three other Holy Family Ministry programs are not faith based.

Holy Family School serves 230+ children in grades K-8; Little Learners Academy serves up to 80 3-5 year olds; Adventures in Learning after-school serves 100+ children K-8; and Adventures in Learning summer program serves 125+ children K-8. In addition, The Peace Exchange trains 6-8 "Peace Builders", ages 17-21, each year, who make presentations to 1,000 Chicago youth each year.

Main Programs

  1. Holy Family School
  2. Little Learners Academy
  3. Adventures in Learning
  4. The Peace Exchange
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

The majority of children and families reside on Chicago's West Side in the communities of Austin, East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt Park, all among Chicago's lowest-income and most violent neighborhoods.

All four Holy Family Ministry programs are located on the Homan Square campus of North Lawndale. North Lawndale is home to the Harrison Police District, ranked #1 among all 23 Chicago Police Districts in the number of overall crime; violent crimes; 1st and 2nd degree homicide; and drug abuse crimes (Source: Chicago Police Department CLEARMAP - Crime Summary Report). All of the children that we serve are victims of trauma...whether as direct victims, or by living in the pervasive violence that surrounds their neighborhoods on a daily basis.

Poverty also is a part of this geography. All of the children we serve are low-income; 47% of Lawndale/Garfield Park residents live in poverty; and the average annual income in North Lawndale is $24,000.

ruling year

1999

CEO since 2016

Self-reported

Dr. Ciuinal Lewis

Keywords

Self-reported

Pre-School, Elementary School, After-School and Summer Youth Development, for Chicago's low-income African American population

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EIN

36-4320533

 Number

4905620460

Physical Address

3415 W. Arthington

Chicago, IL 60624

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Holy Family Ministries' programs have nurtured the healthy social, academic, physical, and spiritual development of Chicago children and youth for the past 31 years.  Equipped with intellectual curiosity, competitive academic skills, strength of character and a strong moral compass, the children in Holy Family's care have accessed, and will continue to access, top-performing college prep high schools of their choice. Over the past six years, 99% of 8th grade graduates have been accepted at the high performing college prep high schools of their choice (100% in 2014, 2015, and 2016). This, despite the fact that we do not “cherry pick" students based upon any kind of previous academic success or testing.

Upon graduation, our youngest learners in the Little Learners Academy preschool make successful transitions into kindergarten, well prepared with the skills and behaviors necessary to acquire the basic foundational skills of reading, writing, and mathematics in the early elementary years – so crucial to a child's future academic success.

Our after-school and summer program, Adventures in Learning (AIL), provides additional academic support to students through tutoring and homework assistance during the school year, and a summer school in the summer months that prepares students for success in the coming new school year. AIL also provides emotional and personal support and guidance to youth through the use of mindfulness and conflict resolution practices. Each year approximately 75% of AIL participants report improving their grades in school as a result of the tutoring support they received, and over 90% report feeling safe – during hours of the day when youth would otherwise be home alone while parents are at work, or on the streets, in danger of either becoming a victim of violence or being lured into gang/criminal activity. Youth also learn to make better life choices; how to listen to others and make good decisions; and feel good about themselves and better about their future.

Last, The Peace Exchange develops young community leaders, educated in peaceful methods of response to violence and injustice, who serve as mentors and models to hundreds of Chicago youth each year.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Holy Family School

Holy Family School opens the door to education for low-income families who would normally be unable to access private education because they do not have the resources to afford the tuition. Founded in 1985, the school reaches out to children in grades K – 8 who are at risk of poor academic performance and under-achievement. Programs nurture academic values and skills, along with the spiritual and social values that correlate with goals, self-discipline, and personal responsibility. The school accepts all regardless of previous academic achievement, and yet by the time of graduation, students have met with academic success and personal growth.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$2,079,682

Program 2

Little Learners Academy

The Little Learners Academy equips children ages 3 to 5 for kindergarten and beyond by offering an ambitious curriculum designed to challenge students as well as make learning an exciting process of discovery. The preschool is combined with a child-care program to provide full-day care to accommodate working parents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$722,529

Program 3

Adventures in Learning

The Adventures in Learning program includes an all-school-year after-school program and an eight week, full day summer camp program. The program is unusually effective in mentoring low-income youth, offering a range of activities rarely available in the neighborhoods served. It also provides a safe, constructive, positive environment for children who would otherwise either be home alone while parents are at work; or on the streets, in danger of becoming a victim of violence, or being lured into gang/criminal acticity.

Adventures in Learning activities include: homework help provided by teachers and college students; cultural enrichment activities; recreation; nutritious daily snacks; computer lab; fine arts activities such as art, hip hop dance,  world music, drama, and storytelling; and electives such as reading club, choir, basketball, volleyball, and martial arts. The after school program serves 100+ children 5 days per week for 2.5 hours per day during the school year. The summer program is an eight week, 8 hour a day program that serves 125+ children in two sessions of 4 weeks each. These sessions include many of the same types of activities in the after-school program; a four week summer school program during the first 4 week session; and innovative activities such as: Speaking Peace, a creative writing/poetry/arts experience which includes exposure to ideas surrounding principles of peace and non-violence; dance; special field trips; urban farming; and aviation.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$439,992

Program 4

The Peace Exchange

The Peace Exchange (TPE) is an intensive peace studies and violence prevention program for older teens who are committed to contributing towards a youth-led peace movement on the west side of Chicago. During their year of study, Peace Builders hear from some of the foremost experts on peace and nonviolence in the Chicago metro area; travel to a country with a history of peaceful responses to poverty and injustice and continue their studies through meetings with local leaders "on the ground" in the peace movements in those countries; and meet with hundreds of Chicago youth to share what they have learned and pass on methods to grow peaceful communities within Chicago.

TPE was adopted as a new program in 2012; three classes of 6-8 "Peace Builders" ages 17-20 have gone through this training; and all three classes have traveled internationally and presented workshops to 100's of Chicago youth upon their return. In 2016, 7 Peace Builders traveled to South Africa where they spent 2.5 weeks learning about the enormous challenges of inadequate housing, hunger, poverty, segregation, crime, and substandard education that country faces, and the nonviolent responses of groups and individuals to those challenges. The Peace Builders are now sharing what they learned with approximately 1,000 Chicago youth in special workshop presentations held throughout the west side. See www.peacex.org for more information and a documentary of this trip.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$70,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1) Children in Holy Family Ministries' programs will develop and meet with academic success, adopt positive attitudes and behaviors, develop self-confidence and a strong moral compass, and grow into young leaders and models for their peers inside and outside of our walls.

    2) Graduates of Holy Family School will access the competitive private and public/charter college-prep high schools of their choice.

    3) Graduates of Little Learners Academy will successfully transition into kindergarten, well prepared to successfully acquire basic skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic in the early elementary grades.

    4) All children in Holy Family programs will learn mindfulness/restorative justice practices that will provide tools for each child to use throughout their lives beyond our walls and after they leave our programs.

    5) Children with more complex behavioral or emotional problems will be provided with the professional support or referrals needed to access all of the opportunities offered to them in Holy Family programs.

    6) A low staff turnover rate with high quality staff will support excellence in teaching and provide a depth of experience in Holy Family programs.

    6) Holy Family Ministries programs will be recognized throughout the Chicago metropolitan area as uniquely affordable, easily accessible, and of the highest quality.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1) HFM will continue to maintain the highest of standards within a framework of quality program delivery that communicates a belief in the ability of every child to reach his/her potential, holding the highest of expectations for the behaviors and abilities of every child served.

    2) HFM's ongoing staff development and retention plan will foster a noteworthy level of staff excellence across all programs. This plan will include training of all staff in restorative practices to maintain the trauma-informed nature of our programs.

    3) We will grow our financial resources, both contributed and earned, in order to provide the programs and services necessary to accomplish our goals.

    4) The spiritual program in Holy Family School and the social/emotional services provided in all programs will be enhanced throughout the organization.

    5) HFM will expand our network of community partners.

    6) HFM will maintain current and expand new communication channels to communicate the accessibility, affordability, and quality of our programs to the west side of Chicago and the entire metropolitan area.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Financial Stability: We have a 31 year history of financial stability and transparency. One of a number of factors that sets us apart from many not-for-profit organizations is our financial strength. We have made a concerted effort to not be dependent upon unpredictable public funding. As a result, only 17% of our budget is government funded. Although significant government funding cut backs are still felt by our programs, our strong fundraising tradition, along with a depth of individual and institutional donors, ensures the sustainability of our core programs and services.

    Strong Governance: A highly skilled Board made up of individuals from various professional backgrounds, and the communities we serve, provides the vision, direction, and fundraising leadership key to our success.

    Trained and Dedicated Staff: We are proud of our staff, trained in trauma-informed service delivery, that is absolutely dedicated to the success of every student that walks through our doors. Training and development programs are met with enthusiasm and commitment.

    Fully Licensed, Certified, and Recognized: Programs are fully accredited and licensed.

    Adequate Resources Committed to Achieve our Goals: Goals and strategies are allocated the necessary resources for their achievement. A determinant of goals and objectives chosen for the organization is based in part upon the financial ability of the organization to fund each goal.

    Sustainability: HFM has a history of significant fundraising; a long list of loyal donors; a Board with an appreciation for their leadership role in the fundraising arena; and an experienced fundraising staff. All of these factors contribute to the strength of our ability to sustain and grow our programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Holy Family Ministries' goals and objectives are outlined in the organization's Strategic Plan, which also lists out strategies and measurable outcomes. Management monitors progress of all goals and objectives on an ongoing basis, and reports progress to the Board of Directors at their quarterly and annual board meetings.

    Measurable outcomes/indicators include:

    1) Number of 8th grade graduates that are accepted at the high performing college-prep high schools of their choice.

    2) Number of preschool graduates “ready" or “above average or high ready" for kindergarten as measured on standardized testing instruments.

    3) Percent of after-school and summer program attendees indicating improvement in academics and in their ability to make better life choices, say “no" to things that they know are wrong and stay out of trouble, make good decisions, tell the truth more often and stand up for what they believe, and feel better about themselves and the future (via a survey based upon the “Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development" developed by the Colorado Trust).

    4) Percent increase in funds raised from the prior year

    5) Number of community youth attending workshops/presentations made by youth in the Peace Exchange program

    6) Staff turnover rate

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1) 100% of 8th grade graduates were accepted at the private or charter/public competitive college-prep high school of their choice in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 99% were accepted over the past six years.

    2) 79% of our most recent group of preschool graduates tested ready, above average ready, or high ready for kindergarten. The remaining children were referred for further evaluation of language or other developmental issues.

    3) A part-time guidance counselor has been added to staff to provide services to children with stress related behaviors or focus problems, as well as to oversee and advise 8th graders throughout their selective high school admissions application process. Based upon our ongoing assessment of student needs, future support service growth may include an increase to a full-time counselor and/or the addition of social work services.

    4) HFM has implemented restorative justice strategies and practices in all of its programs.

    5) Peace Builders have held workshops presenting principles of peace and nonviolence to approximately 3,000 Chicago youth over the last three years.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

The majority of children and families reside on Chicago's West Side in the communities of Austin, East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt Park, all among Chicago's lowest-income and most violent neighborhoods.

All four Holy Family Ministry programs are located on the Homan Square campus of North Lawndale. North Lawndale is home to the Harrison Police District, ranked #1 among all 23 Chicago Police Districts in the number of overall crime; violent crimes; 1st and 2nd degree homicide; and drug abuse crimes (Source: Chicago Police Department CLEARMAP - Crime Summary Report). All of the children that we serve are victims of trauma...whether as direct victims, or by living in the pervasive violence that surrounds their neighborhoods on a daily basis.

Poverty also is a part of this geography. All of the children we serve are low-income; 47% of Lawndale/Garfield Park residents live in poverty; and the average annual income in North Lawndale is $24,000.

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Funding Needs

Our three top most pressing funding needs are 1) tuition/scholarship assistance for students attending Holy Family School; 2) tuition assistance for preschoolers; and 3) financial aid to cover part of the parent fees for after-school and summer programs. Parents proudly pay modest tuition and fees for their children to attend our programs.  Families stretch to meet their share (approximately 23% of the cost to operate our programs), often with extended family members combining resources, because their dreams of a safe and structured environment, caring and enthusiastic teachers and staff, and a values-rich and rigorous curriculum are realized in Holy Family Ministries programs.   Donations allow Holy Family to keep tuition and fees affordable to families, essential in the low-income neighborhoods we serve where the average annual income is $24,000 and 47% of the population lives in poverty. We fund raise 56% of our budget EVERY year in order to make up the gap between our programs' operating costs and what parents struggle to, and do, pay. Contributions to Holy Family are a sound investment that will enable children to access our programs - programs that really do change children's lives. Without our programs, so many of the children we serve would otherwise be forced to attend failing neighborhood public schools; and/or be isolated in their homes, or exposed to potential crime and violence on the streets. We are a financially well managed and transparent organization. We believe the ROI to society through an investment in the children we serve is enormous. Our operating cost/pupil at our school is approximately $9,000 as compared to the operating cost/pupil of over $15,000 in the Chicago Public Schools.

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation

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Financials

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Holy Family Ministries
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Holy Family Ministries

Leadership

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CEO

Dr. Ciuinal Lewis

BIO

Dr. Ciuinal Lewis has over 25 years of experience in education management, public health program management, health services administration, and staff development. She has served as the CEO of a behavioral health provider on Chicago's westside and as Director of a medical trials research project at Stroger Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Lewis received her PhD in Community Psychology from National Lewis University where she is currently an adjunct professor. She earned her MS in Community Health Education and BS in Health Education from Western Illinois University.

Dr. Lewis has lectured locally and nationally and recently became a member of the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dan Badovinac

Horizon Die Company

Term: Nov 2015 - Nov 2018

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