YWCA OF EASTERN UNION COUNTY

YWCA is on a Mission

aka YWCA Union County   |   Elizabeth, NJ   |  http://www.ywcaunioncounty.org

Mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In this context, YWCA Union County is on a mission: • to empower survivors of domestic violence to become safe and free from abuse, and • to promote social justice and eliminate violence against women and girls. We accomplish this mission through the provision of comprehensive, client-centered services, and through education, collaboration and advocacy that builds safe, informed and supportive communities.

Ruling year info

1942

Executive Director

Ms. Janice C Lilien

Main address

1131 E Jersey St

Elizabeth, NJ 07201 USA

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EIN

22-1487399

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence impacts 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men. It is a pervasive public health, law enforcement, and community problem. Victims of domestic violence need multiple services and supports to become safe and independent. There is a need for safe and affordable housing, job training, counseling, prevention and intervention services, legal support, and more for victims of domestic violence. Community and public awareness of domestic violence and its impact is also a problem as the general public still believes that domestic violence is a private or family matter, and is not aware that it can impact anyone regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, economics, etc.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Emergency Shelter and Community Residential Services

The Emergency Shelter serves victims of domestic violence and their families, housing them for up to 90 days. Services provided include room and board, advocacy and case management, counseling, art classes, accompaniment, liaison with community social services, and linkage to community based housing. Skill development in financial literacy, nutrition, parenting and job skills is also provided. Supportive and transitional housing opportunities are also available to families post-shelter. Families can stay 2 years or more in community residential services locations.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Counseling, case management, court advocacy, and workforce development programs to assist victims of domestic violence in attaining independence, recovery from trauma, connection with community assistance programs and direct assistance in court with obtaining restraining orders. Crisis response team volunteers support victims when reporting a domestic violence incident to police. Community education and professional training on domestic violence.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides creative arts therapy and counseling to children ages 3-17 who have been impacted by domestic violence. Services for children and non-offending parent.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Collaborative effort with Union County Prosecutor's Office, Law Enforcement, nonprofit legal services providers and County Human Services. Multiple services for victims of domestic violence in one location, including court advocacy, legal representation, crisis counseling, victim-witness advocacy, law enforcement assistance and referrals to additional supports.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    YWCA Union County is on a mission: to empower survivors of domestic violence to become safe and free from abuse, and to promote social justice and eliminate violence against women and girls.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YWCA OF EASTERN UNION COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tina Earley

New Jersey American Water

Term: 2019 - 2021

Aretha Johnson

Verizon

Jemia Singleton

Kinsey Communications

Jean Lachowicz

Consultant

Margot Baruch

Rutgers University

Kate Coscarelli

New Jersey State Bar Association

Ana Diaz

Unity Bank

Shahrzad Heidary

Union County College

Lisa Hiscano

Union County College

Celia Intili

Retired

Kelly Raftice

KPMG

Luz Santana

Jersey City Housing Authority

Elisa Santos

Infineum

Nancy Sheridan

Retired

Hawaiian Thompson-Epps

Office of the Public Defender, State of New Jersey

Zeida Weekley

Northfield Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/02/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.