Non-Profit Committee Minutes

The committee is currently distributing a survey seeking information from various social-service agencies and non-profits. To see a printable version of the survey, click here.

 

Nonprofit, Faith-based and NGO Committee
May 1, 2006 minutes

 

Attendees – Rev. Gary Thompson, Jolie Machado, Sue Reed,  Father Harold Roberts, Sarah Walker, Brandi Clarke, Amy DeHuff, Don Wildish, Teresa Pavlov, Bobbie Singletary, Cindy Singletary, Shelly Becker, Clint Burchfield, Rita Baldwin, Scott Williams, Sandra Morrison, Meredith Monforton, Natalie Presley, Rick Stewart, Mary Wilkerson, Bill Wilkerson, Elijah Mitchell, Mike Mahan and Nancy Wilson

Meeting began with welcome, self-introductions, and a review of the purpose of the committee.

Jennifer Belcher and colleague Linda of Living Cities were given a special introduction. Jennifer  gave the group an overview of Living Cities and their plans for assisting Biloxi.

NGO form to be completed by all NGO agencies was reviewed.  Shelly reported that the form would go out tomorrow to all NGOs for whom we have a mailing address. The forms are due back to Sue on May 12th.

Jolie reported that she is willing to invite the Tides Foundation to come in and do a seminar if the group is sure that is the direction they want to go.  The group agreed that we should move forward.

Nancy encouraged the group to take a look at the Operation Rise (www.operationrise.org) website and register their organization.

The group broke into “issues” groups to begin their reports.  These reports are due on May 12 also. Groups and attendees follow:

  • Coordination – Donna, Gary, Sandra, Mary, Sue, Nancy and Shelly (joined by members of Dissemination committee)
  • Homelessness/Hunger – Scott,  Elizah, David, Sarah, Rita, Don, Natalie, and Bob
  • Child Care/After-School Care – Sue and Harold
  • Senior Programs – Mike and Brandi (joined by Citizens with Disabilities and Mental Health)
  • Citizens with Disabilities – Bobbie and Cindy
  • Mental Health – Brandi and Amy
  • Emergency Assistance – Don and Meredith
  • Financial Literacy – Jolie, Sarah, Clint
  • Health Care – Theresa (This group had met previously.)
  • Dissemination of Information – Amy, Shelly, Rita, Cling
  • Transportation – Brandi

 

Next meeting May 25, 5:30 p.m., Boys and Girls Club.


Reviving the Renaissance
Nonprofit, Faith-based and NGO Committee
April 17, 2006

Attendees – Rev. Gary Thompson, Father Steve Wilson, Rev. Chuong Cao, Marc Wancer, Jolie Machado, Donna Alexander, Sue Reed, Lt. Gen. Clark Griffith, Father Harold Roberts, Sarah Walker, James Crowell, Brandi Clarke, Amy DeHuff, Don Wildish, Cathy Dumal, Janos marton, Shelly Becker, Clint Burchfield, Rita Baldwin, Scott Williams, Thao Vu, Sandra Morrison, and Nancy Wilson

 

Meeting began with welcome, self-introductions, and a review of the purpose of the committee.

NGO form to be completed by all NGO agencies was reviewed.  Committee recommended the document be reworked into a clearer “form” format.  Amy DeHuff volunteered to work on the form.  It was decided that a mailing to each NGO with a cover letter and the form was the appropriate method to gain the best response.  Mailing committee – Shelly, Sandra, Clint, and Janos agreed to do the mailing.  Clark Griffith said he will help find funds to do the mailing.  When completed, these forms will be used as a resource in our report to the mayor.

Donna agreed to have Mary Tell e-mail the list of nonprofits to Sue.  It was also suggested that Americorps may have a list too.  Who has a contact for Americorps?

The “issue” form was also reviewed.

Operation Rise was discussed as an excellent potential website to use for registering all Biloxi NGOs.  All agencies were asked to register and check out the website – www.operationrise.org.

The issue of coordinating resources and services was discussed.  It seems that several organizations are pursuing some initiative. The multi-tenant idea was discussed again.  Jolie added that the Tides Foundation would send an excellent resource person to lead a seminar on this idea.  The seminar would be free; we would have to find funds for transportation.  Jolie will pursue this idea and seek funds from Living Communities.

Several “issue” areas were identified and members volunteered to staff each committee. The convener is indicated by bold type.

  • Coordination – Donna, Gary, Janos, and Shelly
  • Homelessness/Hunger – Scott,  Elizah, David, Deb, Sarah, Steve, Sandra, Rita, Chuong, Thal, Don, Cathy, Natalie
  • Child Care/After-School Care – Sue, Carol and Harold
  • Senior Programs – Mike and Brandi
  • Citizens with Disabilities – Bobbie
  • Mental Health – Brandi and Amy
  • Emergency Assistance – Don, Donna, Meredith, Sister Rebecca
  • Financial Literacy – Jolie, Sarah, Clint, Gary
  • Health Care – Cathy, Phyllis, Theresa
  • Dissemination of Information – Amy, Shelly, Rita, Cling
  • Transportation – Brandi

The meeting ended with thank-yous from Sue, Nancy, and Gen. Griffith. Next meeting May 1.

 


 

Mayor’s Steering Committee – Reviving the Renaissance
Non Governmental Organizations – Non-Profit, Faith Based

NGO Purpose:  Planning for the Redevelopment of Biloxi

Who We Are:  Non-Profit and Faith-Based organizations providing non-housing programs in Biloxi for families in need of support (primarily low-income/low wealth, the new poor, minority, and senior populations).

Assumption:  These populations have been impacted by the hurricane and have needs that have not been or will not be met by the government.

Questions to Answer for the Mayor’s Report:

  1. Goals in Biloxi
    1. Providing short-term programs that provide the swift, yet systematic and innovative responses to the varying non-housing needs of Biloxi residents in the aftermath of the storm.
    2. Providing medium-term and long-term non-housing initiatives that focus on poverty reduction, access to quality and affordable social and health services with the goal of citizen self -sufficiency.
  2. Coordination
    1. Who are the NGO groups in Biloxi?
    2. Who is gathering information on the NGO groups now?
    3. What needs to be done to gather this information?
  3. Your Organization:
    1. Contact Person:
    2. Biloxi Locations:
    3. Year established in Biloxi
    4. Days of operation
    5. Hours of operation
  4. Organization Status
    1. Non-Operational Status due to facility damage or lack of constituent demand
    2. Partially operational; perhaps with relocated offices and staff
    3. Operational and undergoing significant and rapid programmatic changes
    4. Newly formed organization to fill a demand gap
  5. Needs of Biloxi Citizens
    1. What are the critical short (6 months), mid-term (1/07-12/07), and long-term (1/08-12/10) needs facing non-housing non-profit and faith-based organizations in Biloxi?
    2. How are the needs currently being assessed?
      • What is the assessment criteria
      • What is the relevant data?
    3. Which entities are currently filling these needs?
      • How
      • Where
    4. What are the gaps? (i.e., seniors, homeless, childcare)
    5. Based on the above responses, is there a way the City of Biloxi can help?  If so, state how, the related cost, and the timeline.
  6. Costs
    1. What do you need to accomplish your mission?
      • Operating funds? (admin, programs, transportation)
        • Short-term
        • Mid-term
        • Long-term
      • Bricks and Mortar/Equipment?
        • Short-term
        • Mid-term
        • Long-term

iii.    Based on the above responses, state your current needs with which the City of Biloxi could help, the related cost, and the timeline.

  1. Accountability
    1. Outputs
      • (These are the units of service regarding your program, for example, the number of people taught, counseled, sheltered, fed, clothed, etc. The number of clients served in the programs.
    2. Outcomes
      • (Outcomes are benefits to clients from participation in the program. Outcomes are usually in terms of enhanced learning (knowledge, perceptions/attitudes or skills) or conditions, e.g., increased literacy, self-reliance, etc.)
    3. Outcome targets –
      • (These are the number and percent of participants that you want to achieve the outcome, for example, an outcome goal of 1000 families (10% of the population of Biloxi) who receive financial literacy assistance.
    4. How do you measure success?
      • How do you achieve efficiency and productivity to serve your mission?
      • How do you take available resources and achieve maximum social impact with them?

 

Reviving the Renaissance
Nonprofit, Faith-based and NGO Committee
Minutes from March 27 meeting.

Attendees – Rev. Gary Thompson, Father Steve Wilson, Rev. Chuong Cao, Marc Wancer, Jolie Machado, Rev. Elijah Mitchell, Bobbie Singletary, Susan Pickich, Donna Alexander, Sue Reed, Lt. Gen. Clark Griffith, Father Harold Roberts, Sarah Walker, James Crowell, and Nancy Wilson

Meeting began with welcome and self-introductions.

Lt. Gen. Clark Griffith, Chair of the Reviving the Renaissance Committee, gave and overview and purpose of the committee.  Specifically, the purpose of this nonprofit, faith-based, and NGOs committee is to plan for the redevelopment of Biloxi – particularly as it relates to how human services are being delivered in Biloxi, the coordination of services, and the gaps in services.  This process also includes an assessment of current programs, their pressing short-term and long-term needs as a result of the storm, and how we can help each other and how the City can help.

This is an exceptional opportunity for us to be involved in this dynamic process.

A draft of a form developed by Sue Reed was handed to each participant for their review and feedback.  This form could be the basis of our assessment of agencies’ current and long-term needs.

Brainstorming ideas

  • Coordination of services that empowers people
  • Use technology – website
  • Centralization a must
  • Clearinghouse/website
  • Multi-tenant, 1-stop shop
  • Duplication
  • Volunteer Center in conjunction with 1-stop
    1. Case management using volunteers

A significant component of the discussion was around the importance and value of volunteers from the faith-based community providing case management.  The persons who need assistance would benefit from the case managers and the case managers would learn from and better understand the plight of those who need services.

  • Gaps in Services – a few examples
  • Housing – should be compact, blended, green space, within walking distance to needs such as grocery stores (helps growing global warming problem)
  • Homeless
  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Senior Services
  • More cooperation

The next meeting of this committee:  Monday, April 17, 5:30 p.m., Boys and Girls Club temporary office in the Vieux Marche, next door to Java Joe’s on the east side.

If you have suggestions or examples of best practices, please e-mail to Nancy Wilson atnwilson@datasync.com.

Reviving the Renaissance 
Non Governmental Organizations – Non-Profit, Faith Based – -Planning survey

NGO Purpose:  Planning for the Redevelopment of Biloxi

Who We Are:  Non-Profit and Faith-Based organizations providing non-housing programs in Biloxi for families in need of support (primarily low-income/low wealth, the new poor, minority, and senior populations).

Assumption:  These populations have been impacted by the hurricane and have needs that have not been or will not be met by the government.

Questions to Answer for the Mayor’s Report:

  1. Goals in Biloxi
    1. Providing short-term programs that provide the swift, yet systematic and innovative responses to the varying non-housing needs of Biloxi residents in the aftermath of the storm.
    2. Providing medium-term and long-term non-housing initiatives that focus on poverty reduction, access to quality and affordable social and health services with the goal of citizen self -sufficiency.
  2. Coordination
    1. Who are the NGO groups in Biloxi?
    2. Who is gathering information on the NGO groups now?
    3. What needs to be done to gather this information?
  3. Your Organization:
    1. Contact Person:
    2. Biloxi Locations:
    3. Year established in Biloxi
  4. Organization Status
    1. Non-Operational Status due to facility damage or lack of constituent demand
    2. Partially operational; perhaps with relocated offices and staff
    3. Operational and undergoing significant and rapid programmatic changes
    4. Newly formed organization to fill a demand gap
  5. Needs of Biloxi Citizens
    1. What are the critical short (6 months), mid-term (1/07-12/07), and long-term (1/08-12/10) needs facing non-housing non-profit and faith-based organizations in Biloxi?
    2. How are the needs currently being assessed?
      • What is the assessment criteria
      • What is the relevant data?
    3. Which entities are currently filling these needs?
      • How
      • Where
    4. What are the gaps? (i.e., seniors, homeless, childcare)
  6. Costs
    1. What do you need to accomplish your mission?
      • Operating funds? (admin, programs, transportation)
        • Short-term
        • Mid-term
        • Long-term
      • Bricks and Mortar/Equipment?
        • Short-term
        • Mid-term
        • Long-term
  7. Accountability
    1. Outputs
      • (These are the units of service regarding your program, for example, the number of people taught, counseled, sheltered, fed, clothed, etc. The number of clients served in the programs.
    2. Outcomes
      • (Outcomes are benefits to clients from participation in the program. Outcomes are usually in terms of enhanced learning (knowledge, perceptions/attitudes or skills) or conditions, e.g., increased literacy, self-reliance, etc.)
    3. Outcome targets –
      • (These are the number and percent of participants that you want to achieve the outcome, for example, an outcome goal of 1000 families (10% of the population of Biloxi) who receive financial literacy assistance.
    4. How do you measure success?
      • How do you achieve efficiency and productivity to serve your mission?
      • How do you take available resources and achieve maximum social impact with them?
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