Human Services

ORPHAN HELPERS INC

  • Newport News, VA
  • www.orphanhelpers.org

Mission Statement

Our mission at ORPHAN HELPERS is to serve and minister to the physical, spiritual, educational and emotional needs of orphaned, abandoned, and incarcerated children through effective partnerships with individuals, churches, organizations, and governments. Our vision is to see at least one Christian standing beside every orphaned, abused and incarcerated child helping them to realize God's purpose and plan for their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. 4 S Strategy
Service Areas

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International

We serve in the Central American countries of Honduras and El Salvador.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

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Greg Harris

Operations Director

Self-reported

Brian Allen

Keywords

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Orphans,Orphan,Non-profit,international,children

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Also Known As

OH

EIN

54-1995429

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

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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Orphan Helpers is an international, Christian ministry dedicated to the care of orphaned, abandoned, abused, and incarcerated children and youth. Currently, our ministry is focused in government-run orphanages and detention centers in El Salvador and Honduras.

Our vision is to see a Christian mentor standing with every orphaned, abused, and incarcerated child or youth, helping them pursue God's plan and purpose for their life.

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

We educate and train more than 1,200 children in Central American, government owned and operated orphanages and detention centers. Orphan Helpers employs an in-country staff who are teachers, caregivers and counselors, providing grade-school classes, PC literacy, life-skills and more. Vocational training programs include garment making, commercial baking, beautician training and woodworking. Half-way homes provide children "aging-out" an opportunity to prepare for a career. Our motto is "Today's Orphans, Tomorrow's Helpers."

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Program 2

4 S Strategy

Orphan Helpers is inviting people and organizations with expertise, resources, and passion to join in transforming the lives of at-risk youth in Central America. Orphan Helpers is uniquely positioned to reach the youth living behind the walls of government centers in Honduras and El Salvador. We will reach this goal through our Seek, Serve, Surround, and Succeed Strategy.

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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?
    Our goals are to serve and minister to the physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs of these children and youth by effectively partnering with individuals, churches, businesses, governments, and other organizations.

    Orphan Helpers invites people and organizations with expertise, resources, and passion to join us in transforming the lives of at-risk children and youth in Central America.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy to reach these children and youth, we call our 4S Plan:
    1. SEEK: daily connect with children and youth in government custody; share the hope of a better future; identify those who desire to change their lives; strive to improve their physical surrounding within the centers.
    2. SERVE: deliver structured, specialized leadership training, moving them into a right relationship with God, themselves, others, and community.
    3. SURROUND: continue working with those committed as they leave the centers; provide a Success Coach to assist with transition into society; map community resources and opportunities that will help them pursue their plans; connect them with local churches and volunteer mentors to meet with them regularly; in appropriate cases, help those at-risk youth with temporary financial aid towards their new start.
    4. SUCCEED: monitor results by tracking progress; demonstrate program's effectiveness through statistics on recidivism, job retention, and church involvement; keep youth connected through Orphan Helpers Alumni Network; move towards sustainability through securing Central American support.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With sixteen years of experience in Central America, Orphan Helpers is uniquely positioned to reach the children and youth living behind the walls of government centers in both Honduras and El Salvador.
    We have become well connected with the government agencies that oversee the orphanages and detention centers, through developing credibility, earning their trust with a high standard of integrity, and maintaining a positive and cooperative relationship. We have also earned credibility and trust with the judicial process, demonstrated by judges directing certain youth to centers where Orphan Helpers has a presence.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our progress is measured and monitored through the Succeed element of our ministry strategy. Staying connected with the youth, their church, and employment through the Alumni Network, allows us to measure the progress and success of our efforts. It also provides the feedback needed to fine-tune our ministry, so we remain most productive and effective.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are most developed in the centers with our Seek, Serve, and Surround elements; however, we have a strong need for more teachers at the centers.

    Our developing and great need is for success coaches. As the youth transition into, or back into, their community, the need for the success coach is critical.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve in the Central American countries of Honduras and El Salvador.

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Financials

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ORPHAN HELPERS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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ORPHAN HELPERS INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Greg Harris

Operations Director

Brian Allen

BIO

Greg leads the Orphan Helpers team in carrying out the organization's mission to help vulnerable youth succeed. Prior to Orphan Helpers, he served 16 years in key leadership positions on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Greg received a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University in Virginia.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Manthei

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?