BASIC NEEDS INC OF SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY

We are your community thrift store.

aka Stone SoupThrift Shop   |   ST PAUL PARK, MN   |  http://www.stonesoupthriftshop.org

Mission

Our Mission: "To engage the community in supporting families and individuals by providing access to quality used clothing, household items and furniture in a convenient, dignified manner."

Ruling year info

1997

Board President

Mrs. Vickie T Snyder

Board Vice President

Mrs. Annette Funari

Main address

950 3rd st s Suite 101

ST PAUL PARK, MN 55071 USA

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EIN

41-1878604

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Recycling (C27)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Following the closing of our store on March 18th, 2020, all of our remaining activities were aimed at helping those in need. We started meeting with clients remotely over the phone. We provided personal shopping for the basic needs clients required and they came to the store to pick them up. We started building food packages of non-perishable items that were ordered online for pick up that was implemented on Thursday, March 26, 2020. For the first eight days after the implementation of that program, we provided 98 families and 404 individuals with food packages. If needed, we also provided hygiene kits, laundry kits, and other items that were requested by the community. We continue to provide free bakery items from Hy-Vee and Panera Tuesday-Friday from 12-4. We have seen between 4-48 cars of people per day that have stopped by our donation bay for the bakery items. It's been important that we have remained available as a service to be innovative to meet the community needs.

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 Support thru Community Thrift Shop

Stone Soup serves the community; by provide low cost, high quality used merchandise for sales to the general public. Donations of gently used goods keeps our store full of furniture, clothing, household goods, dishes, kitchen ware, books and much more. The store gives goods at no charge to families and individuals who are referred with a voucher by various community agencies, and un-saleable merchandise is recycled to help conserve our environment. The store offers a place for youth and court ordered offender to perform community service and receive mentoring. E

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

Minnesota Outstanding Employers of Older Workers 2007

Stone Soup was among the Outstanding Employers honored by the Governor and the Department of Employment & Economic Development, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), as 2007’s .

Seal of Approval 2018

Charity Review Council

Love Takes Action Award 2020

New York Life

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce-Cottage Grove 2020

Chamber of Commerce 2019

Chamber of Commerce-Woodbury 2019

Chamber of Commerce-Woodbury 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The organization intends to continue to grow and to increase our value to the community we serve. We intend to do this in all of the following ways:
• By continuing to confirm and enhance our identity.
• By increasing advertising through innovative ways
• By establishing and maintaining communication with the community and partnering agencies.
• By moving donated merchandise more quickly onto the sales floor.
• By continuing competitive pricing.
• By increasing awareness of our offerings on our website and Facebook.
• By recruiting, educating, and training more volunteers and community service personal.
• By soliciting funds from local groups/organizations to support our programs.
• By reducing waste and improving recycling efforts through local recycling companies.
• By seeking new, green approaches to disposing of plastics, metals, and other material.
• By adding other useful services, similar to our distribution of bread, rolls, and pastries.
• By having fundraisers like the “Soup-er Bowl” and the “Fashion Show” to attract funding and promote public awareness.
• By Board members working to increase our visibility.
• By Board members reaching out to the community at public venues.
• By participating in community events.
• By actively recruiting volunteers to assist in the store.

To develop additional services and programs for families who are in crisis. Ongoing

In the fall of 2019, the board of directors decided to abandon their prior strategic direction to explore the next steps in getting a new building. In January of 2020, before developing a new strategic vision, the board performed a SWOT analysis (attached). Of the challenges that were chosen, the board developed a new strategic vision that includes the following:
Increase Visibility-1-3 years:
• Developing a Marketing Plan-submit grant for funding
• Need to differentiate between Basic Needs and Stone Soup Thrift Shop.
• Need to hire a Marketing consultant
o Name branding
o Advertising
o Social Media
o Marketing materials
o Elevator Speech (What are using the funds raised for?)
o Review Voucher program,develop new programs, Social Worker.
o Connect with and update all existing /new referral organizations
o Determine Service area
o Children’s groups
o What donations we accept
o Updating Website
Develop Partnerships 1-5 years:
• Building relationships that are sustaining
o Develop Volunteer Program
o How can you get involved with Basic Needs?
o Donor Program/membership
• Strategic Partnering with other nonprofits
o Have similar values-
 St Croix Family Services
 Hastings Family Services
• Corporate Organizations
o These can help with our committees, fundraising, board of directors, and volunteer programs
o The big corporations:
 Renewal By Anderson
 Werner Electric
 3M
• Churches
o Community Meetings
• Government Officials
o State Reps, Washington County Commissioners, etc
o Mayors
o City Council Members
New Building- In the next 10 years
• Develop Plan
o Capital Committee
o Develop a Capital Campaign
• Government Officials
• Business Partnerships.
With this continued success in serving people and maintaining a strong financial position, our Board has turned its attention to the future and how we can best invest to grow our impact of helping individuals and building communities. There are countless challenges that remain as we work to help provide basic needs to the most vulnerable members of society so that they can continue to live their day to day lives.

Stone Soup has been part of Washington County for over 20 years. Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County formed Stone Soup Thrift Shop in 1996 to serve the local community. Since that time, we have provided household necessities and/or clothing to disadvantaged and/or homeless individuals/families at no cost to them. We accomplished this through generous donations of gently used household items and clothing from our community, grants from foundations and businesses, fundraisers, and from volunteers and a dedicated staff. Stone Soup does not receive any financial support from the county, state, or government agencies.
The current Board President has the drive and passion for the work the organization does. She ensured the organization updated it's Charity Review process and received the seal of approval in 2018. She has also helped turn the organization around financially (see previous financials in Guidestar). She ensures the organization's strategic goal and vision is being accomplished by holding all members of the board and working staff accountable.

Stone Soup Thrift Shop strives in changing the lives of our community members and lending a helping hand to those in need. We have provided meals to over 250 families and have also given free bread out to 425 cars per month in the community.

We are now exploring installing a permanent Free Little Pantry in front of our store. We think this will be a great transition from our meal packs as a way to still provide food to the community. We find that people want to give in ways that are manageable and tangible and this will be a way to help. You can pick up a couple of cans at the grocery store, and put them into a pantry, and feel like you’re doing something. We also think a pantry will break down the barriers between a service provider and client that you see in traditional food shelves. Everyone can walk up to the pantry the same way. Our hope is that some of the shame that people experience from being in need will diminish.

We just implemented a Summer Activity Challenge for the children in the community that is being sponsored by one of our donors. It runs from July 2oth thru August 28th. We are excited to offer something to keep the kids busy and the adults involved for the summer. We offer weekly giveaways/snack packs and chances to win prizes, including a free bike at the end of the challenge.

Covid and the recent protests remind us that we need to be helping build stable and strong community ties as well as giving a voice to those community members living at or under the poverty level. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of our community members and incorporate growth within our organization.

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?

    1. Women shelters, for those who need clothing and household items before and after they have settled; 2. Homeless individuals 3. Adults outfitting themselves for work; 4. Working with the local school district to ensure children and their families have necessary items 5. Families with babies, school children, and/or college-bound students needing clothes and dormatory furniture; and 6. Senior citizens on fixed incomes. 7. Veteran groups who request support that includes

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are currently expanding our programs to our community. In 2020, We planned and implemented the following: 1) Six Week Summer challenge- at the end of the event, we had an ice cream social and the winners received new bikes. 2) We planned a Halloween trick-or-treat drive-thru that was COVID safe. (Over 150 kids were served) 3) Thanksgiving Meal Challenge- Working with Washington County Social Workers and HYVEE, we purchased and delivered premade Thanksgiving meals to 43 families. 4) We created a drive-through in our thrift shop donation area to distribute free bread donated by HYVEE. 5) X-mas program where the community-sponsored, purchased, and wrapped presents for those in need (43 Families) 6) Winter wonderland drive-Handed gifts, candy, and cookie kits, and Santa (> 300 kids)

  • 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?

    We are considered a "community gem" per a quote from a recent survey.

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, 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, It is difficult connecting with the people we serve. Many don't have emails or stable communication,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BASIC NEEDS INC OF SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY

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

Mrs. Vickie Snyder

Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County dba Stone Soup Thrift Shop

Term: 2016 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Mari Pittman

Greg Langbehn

Diane Mclean

Sarah Schlict

Judy Gangl

Alyssa Frascht

Dominic Busta

Tasha Clark

Deb Mason

Annette Funari

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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