Human Services

INTERNATIONAL RELIEF TEAMS

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.irteams.org

Mission Statement

International Relief Teams (IRT) alleviates human suffering by providing health services and humanitarian assistance to victims of disaster, neglect, and profound poverty worldwide.

Main Programs

  1. Disaster Relief
  2. Project Healthy Baby/Vietnam
  3. Better Vision-Brighter Future
  4. BUILDING HOMES IN TIJUANA
  5. Feeding Homeless and Needy Children
  6. Kid's Kingdom Orphanage
  7. Mi Escuelita
  8. LIFE-TRANSFORMING SURGERIES, HONDURAS
  9. Medicine Shipments
  10. FIGHTING MALNUTRITION IN GUATEMALA
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since 1988 IRT has provided medicines and volunteers services, including disaster relief and medical (surgeries to the poorest of the poor) and construction help, in 23 states throughout the United States and in 68 countries throughout the world.

ruling year

1994

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. A. Barry La Forgia

Keywords

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Disaster relief, reconstruction, medical education, medical training, health promotion, surgery, feeding homeless children, vision programs, Africa, Mexico, Uganda, Honduras, Vietnam

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Also Known As

IRT

EIN

33-0412751

 Number

3553818198

Physical Address

4560 Alvarado Canyon Rd Ste 1H

San Diego, 92120 4309

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Public Health Program (E70)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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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This past year we provided more than $34 million in medicines, supplies & volunteer services to thousands worldwide. Some of our achievements this year included the distribution of 150 metric tons of food to the remote and undernourished villages in Guatemala; delivery of $33 million dollars of medicines and medical supplies to developing countries; providing for the food & education needs of orphans in Mexico; assisting the survivors of the earthquake in Nepal and the Syrian refugees; providing volunteers to help with reconstruction in New Jersey for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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

Disaster Relief

IRT provides both immediate and long-term relief to aid victims of natural and man-made disasters locally and around the world. CONSTRUCTION RELIEF FOR THE POOR AND ELDERLY: IRT is currently sending bi-monthly construction teams to New jersey to repair and rebuild homes impacted by Superstorm Sandy. IRT recently completed 6 years of construction relief missions to help the resident of the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Katrina. Teams also spent more than one year rebuilding homes for tornado victims in Alabama.
TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF, PHILIPPINES: IRT has provided more than $2 million in water, food, water purification tablets and filters and 1,000 tents to the stricken country. IRT is now funding the rebuilding and repair of fishing boats, water system and school in affected communities.
HELPING AT HOME DURING DISASTERS: After the devastating San Diego fires in 2003 and 2007, IRT helped victim purchase building materials, appliances and household furnishing lost in the fires. Volunteer construction teams assembled lockable storage sheds that gave fire victims a place to store their possessions, and a place to sleep if needed.

Category

Disaster Relief/Recovery

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Project Healthy Baby/Vietnam

Project Healthy Baby is a national instructor training program to address Viet Nam's high mortality rate for newborns by training neonatal physicians and nurses how to save lives of babies-at-risk. These instructors will then teach their colleagues in other parts of Viet Nam.

Category

Professional Development & Training

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Better Vision-Brighter Future

IRT volunteers, working with in-country partners, conduct vision tests and provide eyeglasses for children and families in remote villages; many have received glasses for the first time through this program. Areas of service include Guatemala and Uganda.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

BUILDING HOMES IN TIJUANA

IRT builds homes in an informal settlement community called Colonia Fuentes del Valle. This settlement of 150 families is populated mostly by migrants, most from central Mexico, searching for better opportunities. The cost of living, land payments, school expenses, and low wages often leaves these families with insufficient funds to build houses. As a result, Fuentes del Valle has become a sea of rudimentary shelters built from scrap materials. These structures leave families exposed to the elements and vulnerable to disease.The community has no running water, sewage, electricity, schools, or social facilities.

IRT sends teams of 25 volunteers to the community to build a 16 x 20 single-story home in just one day.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 5

Feeding Homeless and Needy Children

IRT’s “Feeding San Diego’s Kids” is a weekend food assistance program for schoolchildren who have been identified as homeless. With more than 15,000 homeless children in San Diego, our goal is to pick up where the school lunch program leaves off by providing a consistent source of nutritious food for Saturday and Sunday.
We also support homeless San Diego kids by making it easier for them to stay in school. When homeless children are forced to move from shelter to shelter over the course of a year, school is often the only place they can find stability, security, and support. IRT helps them stay in their school of origin by providing homeless kids with bus passes that enable them to continue their education.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Homeless

Budget

Program 6

Kid's Kingdom Orphanage

IRT is committed to helping vulnerable and marginalized children have a chance at a successful future by providing support to Kid’s Kingdom, an orphanage in Baja California that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and vocational training to 40 children between the ages of 5 and 18. IRT provides financing to help ensure that the children’s daily nutritional and educational needs are met.

IRT and Kid’s Kingdom (link is external) are dedicated to providing a safe and loving environment where neglected children can grow, thrive and become productive, flourishing adults who can have a positive impact on their communities.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 7

Mi Escuelita

When violence invades the home, it is often the youngest children who suffer what can be life-long damage. Children who have been exposed to domestic violence are more likely than their peers to experience a wide range of difficulties that affect their development, education and health. To help these vulnerable kids grow and heal, IRT provides ongoing support to Mi Escuelita, the only pre-school in San Diego County designed specifically to help boys and girls who have experienced domestic violence.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 8

LIFE-TRANSFORMING SURGERIES, HONDURAS

Because of severe poverty and the absence of qualified specialists, the hope of corrective surgery remains an impossible dream for many families living in remote regions in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. IRT volunteers bring hope and healing by providing surgical and clinical services for those without access to care. IRT has deployed three teams since 2012, who have performed 125 surgical procedures.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 9

Medicine Shipments

International Relief Teams (IRT) ships millions of dollars worth of medicines each year to hospitals and clinics that serve the poor. For every dollar donated, IRT can obtain at least $50 worth of life-saving medicines. Since our founding in 1988, we have delivered more than $200 million in medicines, working mostly with our longtime partner, MAP International (link is external).

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

Program 10

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION IN GUATEMALA

With a grant from USAID (link is external)’s Office of Food for Peace, International Food Relief Partnerships (IRFP) program, IRT is providing impoverished families with Nutributter, a nutritional food supplement for children 6 to 24 months old, which contains vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients to promote growth, motor development, and aid in the prevention of illness and malnutrition when used daily over a sustained period of at least 6 months.

IRT has provided nutritional and health assistance in Guatemala for 23 years, including through the Better Vision—Brighter Future program (link to that page), which provides vision screening and eyeglasses to rural communities with low access to health care.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

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?
    International Relief Teams provides short-term relief efforts and long-term, life-changing programs in four core areas: medical education and training, surgical and clinical outreach, building healthy communities and disaster relief.

    It is also a goal to provide these services in the most efficient and effective means possible, utilizing a small paid professional staff and a larger, highly trained pool of volunteers.

    A. Program Development: IRT will maintain its focus on its core activities, seeking opportunities to serve in new or expanded programs that build upon its experience and capabilities.

    B. Partnerships: IRT recognizes the importance of partner relationships, and their role in program success, donor expectations, and organizational wellbeing.

    C. Cash Fundraising: By the conclusion of IRT Fiscal Year 2012 (June 30, 2012) IRT will increase cash donations (both restricted and unrestricted) by 20 % over current (FY 2008 -2009) levels.

    D. Board of Directors Organization and Procedures: the Board of Directors will complete and approve updated and new Board organizational structures, documentation and procedures.

    E. Adherence to Values: IRT will maintain its commitment to its core values and Mission.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    A. Program Development Strategy: In addition to responding to emergency needs as they arise, IRT will endeavor to obtain at least one US Government-funded healthy activity, expands it medical training programs to one new country and field at least two surgical and/or construction teams each year.
    B. Partnership Strategy: IRT will partner with three or more new and appropriate local and international partners. These partnerships may be established for programmatic or administrative reasons.
    C. Fundraising Strategy: IRT maintains an active fundraising program, including direct mail and email appeals; individual donor cultivation of major and recurring gifts; grant writing, participation in employee matching programs, participation in the Combined Federal Campaign, and a yearly gala.
    D. Board of Directors Organization and Procedures Strategy: Descriptions of board responsibilities, recruitment, qualification and orientation procedures have been updated. New board members have been recruited who will take a more active role in fund raising and marketing of IRT.
    E. Adherence to Values Strategy: One Board of Directors meeting per year will be devoted to reviewing and assessing its compliance with its core beliefs and its commitment to those it serves.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since 1988 IRT has provided medicines and volunteers services, including disaster relief and medical (surgeries to the poorest of the poor) and construction help, in 23 states throughout the United States and in 68 countries throughout the world.

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INTERNATIONAL RELIEF TEAMS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Executive Director

Mr. A. Barry La Forgia

BIO

Graduate of the Air Force Academy. Vietnam verteran (combat experience). Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego. Attorney. Honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau Inernational, the Honor Society of Nursing. International Relief Teams (IRT) Founder.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Richard Yousko

SJ Creations, Inc. - Chief Operating Officer

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?


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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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity