Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers

Pro-Abundant-Life

aka Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers   |   ALLENTOWN, PA   |  https://brighthopecenters.org/

Mission

Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers honor life and offer hope by providing pregnancy support services, resources and life skills education to women, men and youth.

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Jon Merwarth

Main address

1034 Hamilton Street

ALLENTOWN, PA 18101 USA

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EIN

23-2185001

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The negative impact that is a result of an unplanned pregnancy, homelessness of pregnant women, lack of sexual disease awareness, lack of knowledge regarding teen sex law and problems related to low income or lack of financial skills for parents and families.

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?

Community Education

Provides life skills education revolving around sexuality, healthy relationships, sex and the law, STD avoidance and cyber safety

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Parents

A transitional housing program for homeless pregnant women and their child. The program is designed to assist women in three stages. The initial stage works to acclimate the resident to their new surroundings provide trauma informed care, education and healing. The preparation stage works to prepare an expectant mother for parenting and life skills needed to live self sufficiently and a lifestyle that is sustainable. The exit phase of the program is designed to build up the resources the mother will need to secure future housing of her own

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Our three Lehigh Valley centers offer free and confidential services and programs including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, consultations, social work and advocacy. In addition, each center provides real material resources and educational courses focusing on life skills developement.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NIFLA 2021

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Reducing abortion rates due to a lack of pregnancy resources and support and providing education and tools that will prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Additionally, provide skills training that will assist in rehabilitating a homeless mother to self sufficiency

Provide temporary traditional housing program.

Provide public community education that addresses sexual and relationships issues.

Provide clinical services and real material resources for pregnant women and families.

We operate three strategically place clinics to provide client services.

We use credentialed staff and volunteers to deliver near 800 educational classes per year.

We operate maternity home apartments to house up to 7 women at a time and have designated funds of $250,000 to expand to house up to 25 women at a time.

We capitalize on a staff of 14 and between 75 and 100 volunteers to carry out our mission

in 2018 we have provided client services to 1027 individual clients. With additional emphasis on marketing we seek to increase to 1400 in 2019 and 1700 in 2020.

We housed 17 homeless women in 2018. By expanding our housing ability we can increase this number 5 fold.

In 2018 we taught our community education classes to over 10,000 students. Data suggest that students change their positions and opinions that will lead to a reduction of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted deceases.

Base on captured data, we served 252 women considered abortion minded. After receiving our client services 230 of these decided to keep their unborn child. Part of our ongoing marketing strategy is to create a greater awareness of our services in an effort to serve additional clients.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth, from public schools, private schools and community organizations We also serve pregnant women and pregnant homeless women

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our maternity home program was change to a group home setting with Trauma informed care with an emphasis on preparing participants for self sustaining, self sufficient life styles upon leaving the program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As made the programs more effective in assisting client reach their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Danial Smoker

Retired Merchants Bank

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ben Long

Lehigh Valley Water Systems

Term: 2017 - 2021

Dan Smoker

Merchants Bank

Mary Ellen Carracappa

Nazareth School District

Cheryl Schurz

Lehigh Valley Charter Arts

Cheryl Edger

Retired

Larry Burd

Calvary Baptist Church

Allyce Brailo

Lehigh County

Gretchen Duff

Faith Community

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 ? Yes
  • 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 4/30/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.