Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Bering Omega Community Services

  • Houston, TX
  • www.beringomega.org

Mission Statement

Bering Omega Community Services exists to nurture the well-being, and meet the physical,
emotional and spiritual needs of persons affected by HIV/AIDS through
compassionate health care and social services.

Main Programs

  1. Oral Health Clinic
  2. Day Treatment Program
  3. Housing Assistance Program
  4. Residential Hospice - Omega House
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Bering Omega does not place geographic restrictions on the clients we see, however most live in and around
Harris County. We regularly see clients living in: Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Brazoria,
Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson,
Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Polk, San Augustine, San
Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton Counties.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel W. Snare

Keywords

Self-reported

AIDS, HIV, Texas, hospice, dental, financial, assistance, disadvantaged, services, Houston, medical, social, counseling, research, rehab, rehabilitation, underprivileged, psychosocial, bereavement, family, nurse, doctor, dentist, healthcare

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Also Known As

Bering Omega

EIN

76-0589592

 Number

7541016008

Physical Address

1429 Hawthorne

Houston, TX 77006

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

AIDS (G81)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

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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Program and operating impact is measured through service
delivery goals and by certain clinical markers specific to each program. For
example, in our Day Treatment Program, we measure psychosocial and behavioral
indicators at intake and at regular intervals. We also measure certain blood
markers, such as the magnitude of viral replication (viral load) and degree of
immunocompromise (CD4 count). We regularly see improvement after 90 days of
attendance. In our Dental Clinic, we track a patient’s improvement in oral
health over the course of the recommended treatment plan. Housing Assistance
tracks client applications and payments disbursed. Our residential hospice,
Omega House, uses assessment tools to determine patients’ degree of pain and
physical anxiety, and then determines the appropriate steps to abate these
symptoms. This allows our hospice clients to live through the final stages of
AIDS safely and in comfort.

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

Oral Health Clinic

Oral Health Clinic: A world leader in HIV/AIDS dentistry, our clinic is the only one of its kind in Southeast Texas. We conduct research and develop new treatments for existing and new oral health problems specific to individuals with HIV. Our Vice President for Clinical Affairs, C. Mark Nichols, D.D.S., is an internationally recognized leader in HIV-specific dentistry and trains dentists from across the country and around the world. Baylor College of Pediatrics Residents observe Dr. Nichols during his Oral Pathology Clinic in preparation for their service to aid children at clinics in Africa and Romania. We also have a long-standing training agreement with The University of Texas School of Dentistry whereby each Resident receives hands-on postgraduate experience working with Dr. Nichols. Individuals with HIV/AIDS face a number of serious oral diseases that exist exclusively in persons with compromised immune systems. By providing a full range of oral health services such as basic oral hygiene, complex oral pathology and emergency care we help clients manage their disease and to seek or maintain employment. Proper oral health care is vital to maintain nutrition, adhere to medication regimens and provide a positive self-image.

Category

Dental Health Care

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

Budget

$1,775,090.00

Program 2

Day Treatment Program

Our Day Treatment Program serves an average of 23 individuals each day who need assistance with the demands of managing their disease and their daily living requirements. Most of our clients suffer from other medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and/or heart disease, and they often need significant education and support to learn how to manage these conditions and their medications along with their HIV regimen. Most also suffer from depression, isolation or other psychosocial disorders that are common to living with HIV and other chronic diseases. Our full-time nurse helps each client develop and learn to comply with a medication schedule that works for him or her. We provide a great deal of education on HIV and other chronic diseases to provide our clients with the knowledge they need to achieve the best possible health outcomes. We provide two hot meals per day, two snacks and a food bag for the weekends, which is vital for those clients who live in group homes, shelters, single room occupancy settings or who are homeless. Group interaction and peer support provide clients with the confidence and self-esteem necessary to tackle many of their challenges of daily life.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$378,086.00

Program 3

Housing Assistance Program

Stable housing is essential for individuals to manage their HIV successfully and to have the opportunity to build a self-sufficient life. Without a stable residence individuals cannot even qualify for essential services such as Medicaid or Ryan White health services, and it is virtually impossible to seek or maintain employment. Our Housing Assistance Program provides clients with more than direct financial assistance in the form of rent, mortgage and utility payments. We aim to help each client establish permanent solutions to their housing challenges by creating a housing plan and teaching them the skills needed to live on a limited income. We then connect clients with mental and physical evaluations, literacy courses, food pantries and public assistance; whatever they need to achieve housing stability. Our Housing Assistance team then follows up periodically to make sure the plan is followed. When a bump in the road arises, a team member adjusts the plan. Housing Assistance is more than housing placement. It is a comprehensive program to prevent homelessness and help clients achieve stability in their lives.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$1,619,212.00

Program 4

Residential Hospice - Omega House

Originally founded by retired schoolteacher Eleanor Munger, Omega House opened its doors to respond to the devastation of terminally ill AIDS patients discharged from the hospital with nowhere else to go. As a volunteer for the local hospital, those she visited repeatedly told Mrs. Munger the one thing they were afraid of was dying alone on the streets of Houston. She established Omega House so they would have a home. Texas' first Special Care Facility with an AIDS designation, Omega House provides a safe and loving home environment where people with AIDS can live their final days. This eight-bed facility offers palliative medical care as well as psychosocial and bereavement services for the dying and their loved ones. Each patient is cared for by volunteers who assist with everything from providing meals to helping with showers and changing diapers.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$687,057.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Bering Omega does not place geographic restrictions on the clients we see, however most live in and around
Harris County. We regularly see clients living in: Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Brazoria,
Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson,
Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Polk, San Augustine, San
Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton Counties.

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Financials

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Bering Omega Community Services
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Bering Omega Community Services

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel W. Snare

BIO

President, Daniel Snare, is responsible for the organization, management, development and supervision of all agency programs and activities and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Snare has 25 years of experience in non-profit management for health related charities at the local, regional and national levels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has served on numerous boards, committees and task forces aimed at improving our nation's health care system for all.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our commitment to a highly effective public/private
partnership that supports compassionate yet efficient care forms the basis of
Bering Omega’s long-standing relationships with state and federal governments,
individuals, corporations, faith-based communities, and foundations.  Funding from our private philanthropic
partners allows us to leverage the dollars we receive from state and federal
governments – almost $3.6 million in 2012 alone. We have formed strong bonds
with many individuals and organizations, yet continually work to introduce new
donors and partners to our work each year to ensure a strong and diverse
funding base.

 Currently, our private funding comes from Foundations (14%),
Individuals (3%), SING FOR HOPE annual benefit (5%),
Community-based fund-raising events (2%), Faith-Based
Organizations (1%), and corporations (1%).  
These funds augment the federal, state and local governmental grants
that constitute 74% of our budget, enabling Bering Omega to meet the needs of
thousands of men and women living with AIDS since 1986."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Troy Brooks

Brooks Acevedo

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