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Hart Community Home, Inc.

 208 N. Lemon
 Fullerton, CA 92832
[P] (714) 526-2729
[F] (714) 526-2683
www.hartcommunityhomes.org
www.monkeybusinesscafe.org
[email protected]
Carissa Hart-Bunevith
FOUNDED: 1996
INCORPORATED: 1996
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Organization DBA Monkey Business Cafe
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0660277 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Hart Community Homes is to heal, educate and empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive and self-sufficient adults in the community.
 
Our vision is to provide the necessary continuum of care to youth in and emancipating out of the foster care system in order to eliminate homelessness among at-risk youth and adults in the community. Through our workforce program, participants are developing marketable skills that will strengthen their potential and future stability. Program goals include enhancing entrepreneurial experience to participants, improving the kitchen operations, and providing a platform for participants to launch their own microenterprises. Nationally, statistics show that more than 50% of this population is unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation. Our program offers these young people an alternative to that dire outcome. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Hart Community Homes is to heal, educate and empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive and self-sufficient adults in the community.
 
Our vision is to provide the necessary continuum of care to youth in and emancipating out of the foster care system in order to eliminate homelessness among at-risk youth and adults in the community. Through our workforce program, participants are developing marketable skills that will strengthen their potential and future stability. Program goals include enhancing entrepreneurial experience to participants, improving the kitchen operations, and providing a platform for participants to launch their own microenterprises. Nationally, statistics show that more than 50% of this population is unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation. Our program offers these young people an alternative to that dire outcome. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $1,700,000.00
Projected Revenue $1,700,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Group Homes
  • Workforce Development Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The mission of Hart Community Homes is to heal, educate and empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive and self-sufficient adults in the community.
 
Our vision is to provide the necessary continuum of care to youth in and emancipating out of the foster care system in order to eliminate homelessness among at-risk youth and adults in the community. Through our workforce program, participants are developing marketable skills that will strengthen their potential and future stability. Program goals include enhancing entrepreneurial experience to participants, improving the kitchen operations, and providing a platform for participants to launch their own microenterprises. Nationally, statistics show that more than 50% of this population is unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation. Our program offers these young people an alternative to that dire outcome. 

Background Statement

Hart Community Homes is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by a father-daughter team who were moved by the needs of youth in foster care, particularly teenage boys who remained unadopted. Bill Hart and Cari Hart-Bunevith opened two group homes in the City of Orange, each of which can support six adolescent males, age 13-18. We are proud that 80% of our residents earn a high school diploma (46% is the California state average).  Along with basics such as food, clothing and a safe place to live, each young man receives an individualized treatment plan, educational placement, individual therapy, case management, life skills/workforce development training and preparation for emancipation from the foster care system. Each boy is able to start his own savings account so he can establish a credit history. Each house has 24-hour staff with a ratio of three youth to every staff member. In addition to the child-care counselors, each child has a case manager, a therapist and a tutor that work closely with him.

The population served is Level 12 on a scale of 1-14 (14 is the category for most complex and most severely emotionally challenged youth). The foster care youth in our homes have experienced significant neglect, abuse and abandonment. Many have had numerous placements over the years, and have been shuffled from home to home. Most of the youth have mental health diagnosis the most common of which are depression and anxiety.

Since its founding, Hart Community Homes (HCH) has served more than 1,000 youth.

Because they face serious challenges such as chronic unemployment and homelessness after emancipation, the organization launched a workforce development program – a.k.a. Monkey Business Cafe and Catering enterprise in downtown Fullerton. Here, youth and young adults can gain paid work experience, job training and mentoring during and after their transition out of foster care. This supportive environment provides an opportunity to work, gain skills, and pursue a plan for college, other employment and other future goals. We ensure they have stable housing and access to health care. The program includes an agriculture component in which participants spend a portion of time at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. There, they learn how to plant and grow fresh produce which is subsequently incorporated into the cafe and catering menu at Monkey Business. They also help create cafe menu items using these fresh ingredients.

Impact Statement

  • Monkey Business Cafe/social enterprise garnered the grand prize at the 2014 Social Enterprise Venture Competition at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana. Through our innovative program, our cafe and catering operation was recognized for its feats and the positive impact it is making in the lives of emancipating foster youth.
  • Revenues at Monkey Business Cafe continue to increase, and our workforce program is gaining greater awareness via its presence at Fullerton Farmers Market, catering, community events and through social media.
  • Our collaborations with the Fullerton Arboretum are also expanding allowing us to provide a growing team of youth to work in the Arboretum. 

  • In 2016, we plan to renovate space in our cafe to build capacity of our catering program. Thanks to generous support from the community, we will be redesigning the area and will acquire new equipment to support growth in catering.

  • We also plan to improve the inside of the cafe. We are looking for funding to replace tables/chairs and improve the accoustics.
  • Over the next 2-3 years, we plan to advance these program enhancements in order to provide new work experience and job training opportunities and to strengthen our financial base through diverse streams of revenue including the development of product lines.

Needs Statement

1.  To make improvements in the exterior and interior of Monkey Business Cafe (adding awnings, new patio furniture, replacement indoor furniture, other).  Approximately $15,000 - $20,000 is needed.

2.  To update and improve our website to accommodate online ordering. Approximately $10,000
 
3.  We need to upgrade the electrical system at Monkey Business Cafe to support infrastructure needs.
 
 
 
 

CEO Statement

Our program gives young people -- who have experienced severe disappointment, hurt and dejection in life as victims of child abuse – a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Almost immediately as new trainees at Monkey Business Cafe, we witness a transformation in their self-confidence. They greatly appreciate the opportunity to earn a paycheck and are very self-motivated. Additionally, we help them find housing and ensure they utilize community resources available to them. Many have anxiety or other emotional challenges. We help them access health services for which they are eligible. We would invite your involvement and support of Hart Community Homes and our Monkey Business Cafe. Please visit us at 208 N. Lemon (at Amerige) in Fullerton. Your patronage helps support our nonprofit enterprise. 

Board Chair Statement

Hi, I'm Bill Hart and, along with my daughter, Cari, founded Hart Community Homes in 1996. The young men and women in our program are striving to reach independence and self-sufficiency. I believe they deserve an opportunity since life dealt them a tough hand. We hope you will become involved and help us to provide jobs and hope for at-risk young people in our community.  

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Hart Community Homes welcomes support in the following ways:
1.  Donations: Please make check to Hart Community Homes at 208 N. Lemon, Fullerton, CA 92832 or via our website using the Paypal button (www.hartcommunityhomes.org). All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 
2.  Volunteerism:  We welcome volunteers to assist us in our Farm-to-Table program at the Fullerton Arboretum.
3.  Advisory Board of Experts:  We are seeking involvement from experts in the restaurant field to serve on our Monkey Business Advisory Board.
4.  Catering: Through our Monkey Business Cafe, we can cater your events with breakfast and lunch. Our catering program creates jobs for former foster youth and revenue to sustain our workforce program. 
5.  We are currently seeking a kitchen design professional who can provide in-kind expertise in redesigning our kitchen at Monkey Business Cafe.  
 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
North Orange County

Our two group homes are located in the City of Orange.
Monkey Business Cafe/workforce development program is located in Fullerton.

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Job Training
  2. Human Services - Foster Care
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs

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Programs


Group Homes

GROUP HOMES:  Upon arrival at Hart Community Homes, each boy receives a comprehensive medical, dental and psychosocial evaluation. Assessment findings provide the foundation for individualized care plans based on the body, mind, and spirit. The body: Healing physical deprivations with balanced meals, activities, consistent bedtimes, school athletics, daily hygiene. The Mind: mending emotional wounds with: social skills, counseling, behavior modification college prep, anger management. The spirit: enhancing spirituality with church attendance, therapy for wounded childhoods, assistance in discovering inner strength. This comprehensive focus helps each boy learn to trust, become self-reliant and prepared for success in today's society.
 


Budget  $1,000,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  To come
Program Long-Term Success 
80% of participants will graduate from high school (compared to 46% nationally) 
 
Participants are learning how to cook and prepare meals using healthy ingredients.   
Program Success Monitored By  To come
Examples of Program Success  To come

Workforce Development Program

To address the need for supportive employment for young adults as they transition out of foster care, in 2005, HCH opened Monkey Business Cafe in downtown Fullerton. This creative café and catering enterprise offers paid employment and support so this vulnerable population can achieve greater stability while strengthening the life skills and vocational skills they need for the future.

At Monkey Business Cafe, young adults from our two group homes and other at-risk youth from the area are trained, mentored and paid to assist with the full spectrum of restaurant and catering operations. They gain marketable skills in the restaurant industry and actively help operate the social enterprise which includes catering and marketing. At program completion, we ensure that graduates have stable housing, a job in the community and/or enrollment in college or other vocational program.

Our program enjoys a fruitful collaboration with the Fullerton Arboretum located at Cal State Fullerton. Here, our participants gain a full ‘harvest-to-table’ experience by augmenting their restaurant employment with actual farm and growing experience. The Arboretum has designated an acre of land for the use of Monkey Business Café. Program participants gain work experience in farming techniques, organic growing techniques, harvesting technology, composting, responsible watering, cultural responsibility and sustainable practices. The youth are supervised by a Monkey Business job coach and continue to earn wages. Participants also assist the Arboretum with its own working farm that grows fruits, vegetables and nuts. These fresh products are incorporated into the menu Monkey Business Cafe.

h our collaboration with U-ACRE.

Our innovative service model led to Monkey Business receiving the 2014 Social Enterprise Award sponsored by the Orange County Social Enterprise Venture Competition held at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana.

Budget  $565,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  To come
Program Long-Term Success  To come
Program Success Monitored By  To come
Examples of Program Success  To come

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carissa Hart-Bunevith
CEO Term Start 1996
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Ms. Hart began as a group home supervisor in 1996, when she and her father, Bill Hart, founded the organization. Over the years, Ms. Hart helped the organization grow, develop programming, worked with government agencies, and then launched the Workforce Development Program. She has been instrumental in the program's development. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Alex Chrisostomo General Manager    3 years with HCH
Joe Duquesnel MSW, LCSW Clinical Director 18 years with Hart Community Homes
Raylene Frey Catering Manager 10 years with HCH
Esmeralda Rodriguez Program Director 10 years with HCH
Celia Vasquez Administrator, Group Homes 8 years with HCH

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Social Enterprise of the Year Academies - Social Enterprise 2014

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Charity Navigator 2013

Collaborations

Our service model is collaborative by design. Through our partnerships with Fullerton Arboretum, U-ACRE and Cal State Fullerton, participants are gaining unique work experiences and opportunities for career exploration and educational advancement. The café is often a gathering place for the community. We regularly see community leaders enjoying lunch, such as city council members, fire dept. personnel, executives from St. Jude Hospital, CSUF instructors and students, and more. Feedback from customers indicates they support our mission and that is one of the reasons they patronize the café. Referring agencies include: California Conservation Corps, Youth Offender Wraparound, Orangewood, Community Service Program, and other partners include the Fullerton Collaborative, Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Action Partnership and Olive Crest.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 5
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

Food Service Operation

Residential Child Care

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair William Hart
Board Chair Company Affiliation State Farm Insurance
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dana Cabrera -- --
Greg Dyment Fullerton Arboretum Voting
Sharon Flynn -- --
Linda Gagnon -- --
William Hart State Farm Voting
Cari Hart-Bunevith Hart Community Homes, Inc. Exofficio
Dave Triepke Universal Metro Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
John Bock, PhD CSUF --
John Bonniffee Fieldsource --
Greg Dyment Fullerton Arboretum --
Juan Garcia Chevron --
Sara Johnson, PhD CSUF --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,700,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,700,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financial Statement

2012 Audited Financial Statement

2011 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,444,029 $1,347,789 $957,004
Total Expenses $1,448,049 $1,263,905 $1,121,694

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,300 $2,195 $1,270
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,107,505 $1,072,950 $730,396
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $335,224 $272,644 $225,338

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,275,221 $1,141,006 $1,031,029
Administration Expense $172,828 $122,899 $90,665
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.07 0.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 90% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $912,599 $548,538 $527,864
Current Assets $102,359 $161,333 $101,214
Long-Term Liabilities $967,682 $509,040 $716,942
Current Liabilities $152,083 $232,816 $88,124
Total Net Assets $-207,166 $-193,318 $-277,202

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.67 0.69 1.15

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 106% 93% 136%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

To generate additional revenue for the agency, we purchase and renovate HUD homes. In FYE 2013, we show a negative balance; this is due to the purchase of a HUD property that was subsequently sold. The net income will be reflected on the 2014 audit. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

Fullerton News Tribune article (2014)

OC Register (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.