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Project Dignity

 651 N. Rose Drive, #D115
 Placentia, CA 92870
[P] (714) 534-4271
[F] (714) 539-0214
http://projectdignity.org/
[email protected]
Wally Gonzales
FOUNDED: 1991
INCORPORATED: 1991
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0516149 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

We are a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1991.  Our purpose is to provide physical, emotional & spiritual assistance to the homeless living in low income residential motels in Orange County, with special attention given to children, families and the elderly.

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, in a compassionate and caring manner.  We orient the volunteers to love and care for the people we serve, who are in great need.  Our main function is to love our homeless friends.

It is our desire to provide whatever assistance we can to improve the quality of their lives with an eye on helping them get out of the motels.    It is our mission to assist them and ease their daily burdens.  It is our goal to help them successfully move into permanent housing.

It’s not our intent to keep families comfortably in the motels, but to help them find the resources, and confidence to get out.  We do this while keeping in mind that all families develop at their own rates.  Some families will require more help, for longer than others.  Each case is unique and we treat our clients with the dignity they deserve—as individuals.  

We particularly wish to give special attention to the children we meet along our daily path.  We will always strive to provide all assistance with love, compassion, humility and dignity.

We desire to help, without over serving.  We desire to serve with wisdom.

Mission Statement

We are a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1991.  Our purpose is to provide physical, emotional & spiritual assistance to the homeless living in low income residential motels in Orange County, with special attention given to children, families and the elderly.

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, in a compassionate and caring manner.  We orient the volunteers to love and care for the people we serve, who are in great need.  Our main function is to love our homeless friends.

It is our desire to provide whatever assistance we can to improve the quality of their lives with an eye on helping them get out of the motels.    It is our mission to assist them and ease their daily burdens.  It is our goal to help them successfully move into permanent housing.

It’s not our intent to keep families comfortably in the motels, but to help them find the resources, and confidence to get out.  We do this while keeping in mind that all families develop at their own rates.  Some families will require more help, for longer than others.  Each case is unique and we treat our clients with the dignity they deserve—as individuals.  

We particularly wish to give special attention to the children we meet along our daily path.  We will always strive to provide all assistance with love, compassion, humility and dignity.

We desire to help, without over serving.  We desire to serve with wisdom.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $335,000.00
Projected Revenue $335,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Feed the Need
  • All in the Family Program
  • Senior/Disabled Motel Meals on Wheels
  • Education/Back to School/Literacy
  • Homeless to Home--Move Out Assistance

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Overview


Mission Statement

We are a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1991.  Our purpose is to provide physical, emotional & spiritual assistance to the homeless living in low income residential motels in Orange County, with special attention given to children, families and the elderly.

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, in a compassionate and caring manner.  We orient the volunteers to love and care for the people we serve, who are in great need.  Our main function is to love our homeless friends.

It is our desire to provide whatever assistance we can to improve the quality of their lives with an eye on helping them get out of the motels.    It is our mission to assist them and ease their daily burdens.  It is our goal to help them successfully move into permanent housing.

It’s not our intent to keep families comfortably in the motels, but to help them find the resources, and confidence to get out.  We do this while keeping in mind that all families develop at their own rates.  Some families will require more help, for longer than others.  Each case is unique and we treat our clients with the dignity they deserve—as individuals.  

We particularly wish to give special attention to the children we meet along our daily path.  We will always strive to provide all assistance with love, compassion, humility and dignity.

We desire to help, without over serving.  We desire to serve with wisdom.

Background Statement

Project Dignity was founded in 1991 to help the homeless in our own neighborhood. Many ask, with righteous indignation, “What is the government doing about this?” Our founder Linda Dunlap’s response was, “Who is the government? WE the people”. She decided the time for pointing fingers & shifting blame had to end, because while the debate raged, children were going hungry within walking distance of her home. They were living in single motels rooms the size of her master bedroom. She knew one person could make a difference, and she proved it.

Armed with a backpack and medical supplies (she was a nurse) Linda went to the motel 3 blocks from her house to see who she could help. Linda gave Band-Aids to the children and quickly became known as the “Band-Aid Lady”. However, she handed out more than band-aids. She brought hope and help to a homeless population that was virtually invisible. At the time no one even knew there were families actually living in motels, in a single room. Linda discovered that the majority of adults were not on aid, but worked at minimum wage jobs that didn’t allow them to afford median priced apartments in Orange County. She created an organization whose sole purpose was to serve and love people in whatever way was best. She did this and more until her death in 2008.

We know it’s a long haul from homeless to home, so our programs provide a two-tiered approach to the challenges. Our first objective is to ease the burdens of daily living for our clients by assisting with necessities most of us take for granted.  As they get to know us, they participate in our other programs: All in the Family, Back to School, Cold/Flu Prevention,  Motel Meals on Wheels for Senior/Disable Clients,  Laptops for Teens, Gift Card/Voucher Program, Dress for Success Program, Shoes that Fit, Books for Keeps and Holiday Programs.

We assist our clients, without enabling them until they gain the job raises and promotions necessary to afford an apartment.  At the time the family is ready to move on we provide financial assistance towards the first month’s rent and furniture.  Our proudest day comes when our homeless friends no longer need us. We've just said goodbye to family #155 over the past 10 years.

In 1998 we served 35 families monthly at 2 motels. We now serve 550 families at18 motels in Orange County, California









Impact Statement

In 2018 we well:

1.  Distribute over 210,000 pounds of food and hygiene items.
2.  Distributed 650 backpacks loaded with school supplies.
3.  Assisted 15 families to transition into permanent housing.
4.  Served 12 Senior/Disabled clients daily with Meals on Wheels. 
4.  Provided overall services to 10,000 individuals

We began by serving the homeless on the streets in 1991. In 1996 when founder Linda Dunlap discovered a motel 3 blocks from her home that housed 100 homeless families she was shocked by the conditions she saw and even more so by the fact no one at so was serving these families in desperate need.

She decided we needed to switch our focus to the motels. While we certainly did not think them any more deserving of help than the street homeless we knew the street homeless were at least getting some attention, while those in motels got absolutely no help. They were invisible.

We are experiencing yet another amendment to our service direction in 2018. The clearing of the riverbeds and the Santa Ana Civic Center has resulted in a very large population of unserved homeless individuals and families on the streets. Because our services are provided out in the open in motel parking lots, these desperate citizens see us and ask if they can participate. We are certainly not going to say no and have absorbed them into our services, an increase on 100 clients a month.

We have started our “Red Bag Treasures” program specifically for them.

Needs Statement

Our annual budget for fiscal year 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 is $335,000.  Approximately $150,000 of that amount will be supplied by In Kind Donations.  The rest will be satisfied by requests to Grant Foundations and donations from the general public. 

Our most immediate needs are always:
1.  Volunteers
2.  Food
3.  Hygiene items 

CEO Statement

Our programs work because we don’t have an agenda based on our expectations.   We aren’t the experts.  The people we serve are.  We know the only way to be successful is to listen to our clients.  They determine what they need, not us.  Our success is measured not by how many we serve, but by how well we serve them.  We constantly adjust what we do based on what we observe and hear.  The day we think we have it all figured out will be the day we need to quit because it will mean we’ve stopped listening and caring.

Co-Founder Linda Dunlap passed away in 2008, but not before she infused all of us with her vision, passion and enthusiasm for serving the children and families living in motels.  She told us our main purpose was to love our clients and that “love doesn’t always look like you think it should”.  She taught us to treat everyone individually, to see the valuable person within and to do whatever was best for them.

Our services are unique because we don’t have a “walk in” location for clients to come to.  We’ve learned that the majority of homeless families don’t have vehicles.  They may have held onto them at the time they became homeless, and in some cases even lived in them but eventually they can no longer afford to maintain the vehicles and they are lost.  We are mobile and go to our clients in the motels.  All of the services and programs we provide are brought to our clients by loading our vehicles to the last nook and cranny with everything we need.  We realize that we could have the largest, most well equipped, state of the art facility available, but if our clients couldn’t get to us, it would be of no use.  We want to be a help to our homeless friends, not another barrier.

In 2017 Project Dignity's 15 volunteers provided over 1,800 hours of service, distributed over 210,000 pounds of food, clothing and hygiene items, provided 650 children with backpacks and school supplies, distributed 1,000 gifts at various events;  and hundreds of books.   Our volunteers are tireless and committed.  As long as there is a need, if there’s a way to fill it, we will. 











Board Chair Statement

My wife Linda and I started Project Dignity in 1991.  We were concerned about the homeless we saw on the streets of Garden Grove, California.  We began serving the homeless in a local park.  We also produced a series of self help/informational videos for homeless services providers to use.  As with any good intention there is always room for misinterpretation when people fail to get all the facts.  Our video entitled “Dumpster Diving” caused a massive controversy because people assumed we were encouraging the homeless to eat from dumpsters when in fact we were trying to help keep them from becoming ill or injured.  Linda was a nurse and she knew people were searching the dumpsters for food.  We couldn’t stop the process; we just wanted to make it safer for those concerned.

The homeless on the streets have nowhere safe to keep their belongings and it is a constant worry for them to have to leave their possessions on the sidewalk while they go into a facility to purchase food or use the restroom.  We contracted with a local refuse collection company to design a locking, rolling receptacle that the homeless could padlock and secure around a post.  Again, we were accused of encouraging the homeless to live in trash cans.  Needless to say our homeless friends loved the receptacles and because they were the ones we did it for in the first place, we ignored the naysayers.  As Linda was fond of saying, “Love doesn’t always look like you think it should”.

Project Dignity has grown over the years and now provides services to homeless families living in residential motels in Orange County.  We serve over 10,000 people a year.  We changed our service focus when we learned about this sub-population of the homeless that was virtually invisible.  No one in the county even knew there were entire families living in single rooms in rundown motels.  Linda and I were shocked because these several of these motels were only three blocks away from our home.  We serve our clients in a manner we like to call from “Bumper to Bumper”.  We stay with them from the first time we meet and feed them all the way to finally helping them transition into permanent housing.

My wife Linda passed away in 2008 after a long illness, but not before she had imparted her enthusiasm, wisdom, compassion and vision for serving the homeless in motels to everyone involved with Project Dignity.  It is my privilege to help guide Project Dignity and continue to advance her vision.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Monetary donations can be mailed to; Project Dignity, 651 N. Rose Drive, #D115, Placentia, CA 92870. You can visit our website for volunteer opportunities. You can complete an online volunteer application, or send us any questions you may have via our online form.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
We provide services to homeless individuals & families living in residential motels in Anaheim, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Westminster and Stanton, California. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  2. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Banks, Food Pantries

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Programs


Feed the Need

Food and shelter are the primary emergency needs of homeless families.  One can survive without shelter, as uncomfortable as it may be, but one cannot survive without food.  The clients we serve are Orange County’s working poor.  They work minimum wage jobs that do not generate enough income to secure “affordable” housing.  Because of this local residential motels have become the substitutes.  Monthly motel rent for a single room housing a family of four or more can exceed $1,400.  While not cheap, at least our clients don’t have to deal with 3 to 1 debt to income ratios they can never meet when their gross monthly pay is approximately $1,760—before taxes. 

Our “Feed the Need” program consists of four components: 
1) An onsite food pantry at the El Dorado Inn in Anaheim, California which feeds 235 families
2) Meals on Wheels for Senior and disabled citizens
3) Food services provided to motels other than the El Dorado Inn (20 motels)
4) Juice and snacks for our "All in the Family" Program.

Our goal with our “Feed the Need” Program is two-fold:  1) To provide emergency assistance to those in need and 2) To help our clients spread their dollars as far as possible.  If a family doesn’t have to purchase certain food items, that frees up wages to purchase other necessities.  Eventually as they receive raises and job promotions, they don’t need us at all.  It’s never our intent to give 100% food assistance.   We don’t want to take away the motivation to work harder.  We just want to alleviate the desperation of working hard without enough to show for it. 

In 2008 we delivered 35,000 pounds of food.  In 2017 this topped over 210,000 pounds.  Our program is unique because we go directly to the motels to provide service.  We don’t expect clients who don’t have transportation to find a way to get to us and then struggle home with bags of groceries, especially mothers with small children, senior citizens and the disabled.



Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Homeless Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Short term immediate impact is measured by our clients' reactions everytime we see them.  In addition to hugs and kisses we repeatedly hear the comment, "We didn't know what to do.  We had no food left, and then you came".  They know our activities are not one time giveaways.  We come back again and again, when we say we will.   In an uncertain world, we are at least onc certainty.
Program Long-Term Success  In 1998 we served 35 families monthly at two motels, providing 500 pounds of food that year.  In 2018 we now serve over 500 families monthly and will top 210,000 pounds.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored in two ways.  The physical statistics such as pounds and clients served is the easy part.  Invoices, sales receipts and reports track every incoming donation and expense.  We always know what's coming in and what's going out. Client satisfaction is the true measure of program success and this program does not lack for that.
Examples of Program Success  All of our Meals on Wheels clients are either on Social Security (seniors) or SS Disability (disabled clients).  As anyone who's kept up on national news knows this does not provide for a princely lifestyle.  In fact, it is severely lacking and most seniors/disabled clients need to choose between paying rent or eatting.  The Meals on Wheels program takes the stress of such a shameful decision away from our clients.  They know they will receive nutritious food every day, and, they will be able to use their funds to pay the rent, insuring none of them have to try to survive on the streets or in a shelter.  These options may be viable for a healthy individual, but are deadly for seniors and the disabled.      

Food distribution is especially appreciated by our clients during the summer months because they must scramble to find resources to feed their children.  The children don't receive school breakfasts and lunches when they're on vacation and this cuts severely into their parents minimum wage salary resources.  Our programs allow them to stretch their resources and dollars without having to compromise their children's health. 

All in the Family Program

Twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays volunteers bring games, crafts and books to local motels.  The children are invited to participate in whatever activity pleases them.  Their parents are welcome too, as are single individuals.  We used to call this the Kid's Club Program, but so many adults came that we decided to make it a family program. We've found the adults make some of our best volunteers.  The program takes place directly on premises in the motel parking lot.  This program gives everyone the chance to get out of their motel rooms into the fresh air and to participate in lots of fun activities.  We also bring nutritious snacks and juice.  Our purpose is to lavish attention on everyone, give the parents a break from their difficult lives and let them all know how much we care about them.  Getting everyone out of their rooms for a respite is our major goal.  When you live in a 244 square food powder keg the rest of the week, the time they spend outside with us is vital.
Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Families Homeless At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Short Term Success is evidenced by the children who drop what they're doing the minute they see our vehicles coming on premises.  We have to drive very carefully and slowly because they follow us until we park.  They unload the vehicles for us and jump right into whatever activity is going on that day.  Even when a child's activities are being restricted by their parents for some infraction, they parents tell us the one they they will not do is keep their children from coming to our program.
Program Long-Term Success  Long Term Success is evidenced by a successful relationship with motel management and parents.  As long as they want us, we're successful.  The fact that the program has been running for 17 years and has never been shut down shows how much our clients and motel management appreciate it.  Our client population is variable from week to week.  Sometimes a motel can have 40 children, only to decrease to 5 the next week.  Occasionally, rent increases will cause a large scale decrease in population with no children at all left.  When this happens, we move onto another motel and start the process again.  Long Term Success is particularly quantfiable by the number of children and families who continue to visit us even after they move from the motel where the program is located, or better yet, move into an apartment.  We currently have 5 families who moved into apartments several years ago, who continue to come to us as volunteers.
Program Success Monitored By  We know what works and what doesn't because our agenda is to do what our clients want, not what we think they want.  Children have no problems letting you know what plesases them and what doesn't.  If we try a game or activity and they are lukewarm about it, we drop it.  We don't try to act as if we know what's best for them.  This program is supposed to be fun.  The fun is to be had by the children.  That is the bottom line.  Hugs, kisses and a lifetime of notes and little keepsakes given to us by the children are the ultimate stamp of approval.  Enthusiastic parents and single adults joining in to assist us and have fun too ensures us we're reaching the entire family.
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Senior/Disabled Motel Meals on Wheels

We serve all ages, but two groups that concern us in particular are the elderly and the disabled.  Being homeless is tough for anyone.  It is even tougher for the elderly and disabled.    In addition to their obvious challenges, the majority are homeless because they have no family support.  They have been abandoned by their families and left alone to cope in an increasingly difficult world.  They are trying to survive in a hostile environment with minimal finances and no one to turn to.  They often cannot get out to shop for food, even when they do manage to scrape together the necessary funds to do so.  A long walk to the store or even a bus ride burdened down with grocery bags is just not feasible, especially when the groceries are brought back to a room with inadequate cooking facilities.  These two groups are very vulnerable health wise.  Their immune systems are already compromised.  They need all the healthy nutrition they can get.

Disability and Social Security payments barely cover the monthly rent.  Sometimes they don’t and these clients are forced to move all their belongings to the streets, or, shelter space if they’re lucky enough to find it.    Even when sufficient funds are available to pay motel rents, there is little left over for proper food.

Our program provides three meals a day delivered to their door, by someone who will stop and visit for a few minutes and call for necessary help if someone becomes ill.  We work directly with another local organization called Community SeniorServ to provide the meals.  Project Dignity bears the cost.  Community SeniorServ delivers the meals.  Our clients no longer have to deplete their already meager finances to keep from illness and starvation.  In the cases where they don’t have proper cooking facilities, we provide microwaves or hot plates.

Budget  $24,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Homeless At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We currently serve 20 clients monthly.  Every time they see us they let us know how grateful they are to be in this program.
Program Long-Term Success  It is our wish to eventually serve 50 clients monthly, when sufficient funding is developed.
Program Success Monitored By  The clients themselves.  They would not hesitate to let us know if they meals weren't tasty and didn't meet their standards.
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Education/Back to School/Literacy

Every year we distribute over 650 backpacks to the children in motels right before school starts so the children can start school prepared & ready to learn. We purchase sturdy backpacks loaded with school supplies for a unit price of $22. For less than the price of an average backpack, the children are ready to go. The stress and hunuliation this eliminates for children and parents is unbelievable.

We distribute hundreds of dollars in retail gift cards to WalMart, Target & PayLess Shoe Source so the children can have new clothes & shoes to wear on that first day back to school. This is such an important day in any child’s life.  For a homeless child whose clothing is outgrown and worn out it is doubly important for them to look "just like everyone else".

We also distribute new laptops & printers to students who've shown they're serious about their school work. This allows our students to be more competitive for scholarships. It can determine the difference between a discouraged drop out or a successful college bound student.

In August 2011 we opened an onsite library for the children living at the El Dorado Inn in Anaheim. The El Dorado is the largest residential motel with over 125 children residence. The children love to read, but can’t use public libraries because they can’t get library cards without a permanent address. We made a haven for the children & their parents where they can have plenty of books to read.

In 2016 we added "Community College Tuition Assistance" to our Educational program. A minimum wage paycheck that is already stretched just trying to keep a roof over the family's head just doesn't have any more "give" for college tuition. When we find a child who is serious about education we make an offer to provide $500 or more (if necessary) a semester for tuition and books. Each student is serious about getting a degree and bringing their families with them up and out of poverty.


Budget  $70,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Homeless Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Every year we try to meet and exceed these goals:

Distributing fully 650 loaded backpacks to the children in 21 motels.
Distributing 1,000 books to the children over the course of year.
Encouraging patronage of the El Dorado Library to increase by keeping new residents informed of its location and hours.
Provide gift cards so 40 children can get new school clothing and shoes.
Provide tuition assistance to 6 students
Provide complete laptop/printer packages to 5 students.





Program Long-Term Success  We started out by distributing 50 backpacks in 2004.  In 2012 we distributed nearly 500.  This increased to 650 in 2014, representing a backpacks for every child at every motel we service.

Opening a library for the children at the El Dorado Inn in 2011 was the culmination of a long time dream.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by tracking of invoices and In Kind donations.

Every backpack with school supplies that we purchase is given out by the end of August (so the children will have them the first day of school).  We purchase 650, 650 are distributed.

Books are either purchased or donated on a year round basis.  We never have trouble distributing 1,000 books and most often exceed that number by hundreds.

Library patronage is monitored by our Head Librarian. It contains family themed books, games and DVDs for the whole family to enjoy together. We also provide drawing and school supplies throughout the year.
Examples of Program Success  Two students are well on their way to nursing degrees. One has already started her own internet photography business and one will soon be finishing up a psychology B.A. degree.

The cries of delight and crushing hugs we receive from children and parents alike let us know how important the backpacks are.

Our library has become so much more than just a place to check out things. It is now a peaceful, safe harbor that invites our clients both young and old to sit, stay a while, talk, laugh and forget their problems for awhile. Nobody leaves the library without a smile on their face. That can be the rarest of occurrences for people whose lives are a difficult as our clients are.

Homeless to Home--Move Out Assistance

We have assisted 183 families over the past several years with move out/furniture costs.  Thankfully, almost 90% of the families have made the move a permanent one.  Our Move Out Assistance program is the only one we actually apply “discriminatory” criteria to.  We never forget that the money we use for this program doesn’t belong to us.  It belongs to our donors and they expect us to use it wisely.  To qualify, we have to have known the family for a while.  They must have steady jobs.  There can’t be any evidence of substance abuse and they must assure us they can continue to pay the monthly rent once they’re out.  We assist our clients, without enabling them until they gain the job raises and promotions necessary to afford an apartment.  This process and the length of time required differs for each family.  We’re committed to staying with them as long as it takes.  Sometimes all a family needs is the knowledge that someone cares about them and will back them when the time comes.  We’ve seen our caring fire up the internal strength that most people have and restore the initiative that has been destroyed by one burden too many.  If only someone will believe in them enough to stoke the fire, the human spirit will always prevail.  At the time the family is ready to move on we provide financial assistance towards the first month’s rent and furniture.  In a nutshell, it is our mission to provide whatever assistance we can to the families we serve.  It is our goal to help them blossom and develop the self-sufficiency needed to no longer require our services.  Our proudest day comes when our homeless friends no longer need us.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing Expense Assistance
Population Served Homeless At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success  We have a goal of assisting 10 families yearly.  In 2017 we assisted 15 families.  We expect to meet and exceed our goals every year from now on because of a partnership with Project Hope Alliance.  Project Hope runs a school for homeless children.  They know their clientele intimately.  Because we know we can trust their judgment we now take move out referrals from them, which doubles our ability to assist families ready to transition back into permanent housing. 
Program Long-Term Success  We have assisted 183 families in the last several years. Because of a long term relationship with Project Hope Alliance we have been able to double the number of families assisted.  We know that Project Hope Alliance knows their families as well as we know ours. A referral from them is gold.  We know whoever they refer has the best possible chance of success when they transition to permanent housing.
Program Success Monitored By  We have already vetted our families before we ever cut a check for them to move out.  If we don't think they're ready to go we don't waste our donor's funds.  There must be no substance abuse issues and the family must be able to meet the rent with no further help from anyone. We have a 90% success ratio.  Our referrals from Project Hope Alliance must meet the same criteria.
Examples of Program Success  We have assisted 183 families over the past 10 years with move out/furniture costs. The following excerpt from an email says it all:   “Everything is in our new apartment! its really nice! I have some gorgeous cherrywood wall unit, coffee table, dining room set, end table and a nice stereo system I have had in storage for about 3 yrs. it will all come out and our apartment will look so pretty!! We worked our butts off today moving all this stuff but we have it done now we just have to organize and hang pictures I have of my mommy that passed away and pics of our family and our Wedding picture we kept in storage afraid it would get ruined in the motel, we have so many plans it will look beautiful! We have a beautiful fountain at the entrance and once past the main gate there is a little stream running thru the grounds with a small fountain/waterfall, the grounds are really green and pretty! I think we are going to be very happy!  We cannot thank you enough for giving us that money!!! we love you and what you have done for us to help us to get out of a not so nice situation for so many years, THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU!!!

After we have everything organized I want to invite you over and see ok, we want to always keep in touch with you.”
Last year we were able to participate in the most wonderful “Pay it Forward” experience. About 5 years ago we helped a young couple move into their own apartment.  They both had good jobs and seemed like they would make a success of it.  A couple of years later they called us to say they were moving into a nice little rental house.  The next year they called to tell us they were buying their own home!  Finally, last year they called and told us because of the faith we’d had in them and all the help and support we’d given, they wanted to donate $1,400 to help someone else move out.  This is all the “Thank you” we will ever need.


Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wally Gonzales
CEO Term Start July 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Wally Gonzales was named to the position of Executive Director upon the death of Executive Director Linda Dunlap in July 2008.  Due to Linda's prolonged illness Wally was acting Executive Director from 2003 to 2008.  Wally came to Project Dignity in 1998 with an extensive background in the corporate sector.  She brought to Project Dignity the ability to think clearly, quickly, make decisions and pay attention to the numerous details necessary to properly run a non profit.  What she learned from Linda Dunlap over a period of 10 years was even more important.  She learned to be compassionate, non judgmental and willing to help Project Dignity's clients in the way that would serve them best.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Linda Dunlap Jan 1991 July 2008

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Wally Gonzales Executive Director --
Jennifer Leos Executive Assistant Jennifer has been a volunteer for Project Dignity for over 3 years and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director for over a year.  She brings prodigious office management skills from her former employer to Project Dignity.  Her attitude, work ethic and willingness to do whatever is needed for the Executive Director and our clients makes her the perfect match for us.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Local Agency with a Heart Garden Grove Elks Lodge 2016
Agency of the Year Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County 2013
Big Heart Award Samueli Foundation 2013
Season of Caring Orange County Register 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We proudly collaborate with the following awesome organizations:
Illumination Foundation
Project Hope Alliance
Community SeniorServ
Second Harvest Food Bank
El Dorado Inn of Anaheim

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

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 No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

Food Service Operation

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. David Dunlap
Board Chair Company Affiliation Solutions on the Go, Inc.
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Dawn Adair Volunteer Voting
Jacque Anthony No Affiliation Voting
Danielle Dunlap Ricoh, Inc. Voting
Dave Dunlap Partner--Solutions On the Go Inc. Voting
Wally Gonzales Owner--Cambra Business Services Voting
Jennifer Leos Volunteer/Asst. to Exec. Dir. Voting
Jeannette Shattuck Owner--Healing Hands Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $335,000.00
Projected Expenses $335,000.00
Form 990s

2017 IRS FORM 990

2016 IRS FORM 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 ANNUAL AUDIT

2016 ANNUAL AUDIT

2015 ANNUAL AUDIT

2014 ANNUAL AUDIT

2013 ANNUAL AUDIT

2012 ANNUAL AUDIT

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $266,826 $381,394 $431,285
Total Expenses $320,918 $366,043 $357,463

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$179,448 $381,253 $429,652
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $151 $141 $156
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $87,227 $149,840 $111,411
Other -- $0 $1,477

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $279,504 $321,208 $312,238
Administration Expense $41,414 $44,835 $45,225
Fundraising Expense -- $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.83 1.04 1.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 88% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $183,867 $197,819 $182,468
Current Assets $182,033 $193,263 $179,416
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities -- $0 $0
Total Net Assets $183,867 $197,819 $182,468

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
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? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financials and the Form 990 as well as consultation with the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

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