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PROJECT SELF-SUFFICIENCY

 307 Placentia Ave. Suite 203
 Newport Beach , CA 92663
[P] (949) 478-1914
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http://www.pssoc.org/
www.facebook.com/PSSOrangeCounty
[email protected]
Beth Jackson-Pardo
FOUNDED: 1985
INCORPORATED: 1994
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Organization DBA Project Self-Sufficiency
Former Names Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation (2017)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0597719 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

Project Self-Sufficiency’s mission is to help low-income single parents graduate from college with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence.

 

Mission Statement

Project Self-Sufficiency’s mission is to help low-income single parents graduate from college with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence.

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $288,344.00
Projected Revenue $291,595.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Client Services Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Project Self-Sufficiency’s mission is to help low-income single parents graduate from college with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence.

 


Background Statement

Since 1994, Project Self-Sufficiency assisted numerous single moms and dads to get a college education and become economically self sufficient from government assistance programs.  Project Self-Sufficiency was previously part of a public/private partnership through the City of Huntington Beach.  In 2018, Project Self-Sufficiency received a large grant that allowed us to become an independent nonprofit and serve students across the county.

Impact Statement

Success stories

·       In the past ten years (since 2009), 56 Bachelor’s degrees, 55 associate/vocational degrees

·       Graduates report higher incomes, increased access to stable housing, and improved self-esteem

2018 data

·       Associate’s degree timely completion rate (for those whose stated goal for 2018 was getting AA degree) was 10 out of 12 or 83%

·       Bachelor’s degree timely competition rate (for those whose stated goal for 2018 was getting bachelor’s degree) was 4 out of 4 or 100%

·       For 2018, employment rate after graduation was 100%

·       In 2018, awarded $50K in scholarships

·       Over 750 families served since its beginning in 1985

 


Needs Statement

Funding scholarships and direct client services to help with gaps in funding is so key to a client's success. Ways foundations and individuals can financially help are as follows:
  • support children's summer programs
  • college tuition assistance
  • textbook assistance
  • childcare assistance 
  • rental and security deposit assistance 
  • healthcare assistance
  • transportation assistance
  • operating expenses
We spend, on average, $1000-2000 per client per year based on their most pressing needs.  Here is a snapshot of how far your contribution goes:
 

$100 provides a summer activity for a low income child, like swimming lessons or day camp

$200 provides a month of childcare assistance

$250 provides a vision exam and glasses/contacts for under-insured parent

$300 provides a semester’s worth of textbooks

$400 provides critical dental work for under-insured parent

$500 provides auto repair assistance for essential work on brakes, tires, transmission, etc.

$1000 provides emergency rental assistance to keep family housed

$1000 provides a scholarship for education-related expenses

$1500 provides assistance with security deposit for families to obtain safe/affordable housing


CEO Statement

I have had the pleasure of working with Project Self-Sufficiency clients since 2017. I have never met people who are more hardworking and remarkable. Prior to joining PSS, I worked in child welfare services, where I saw firsthand the tragic end results of what generational poverty, substance abuse, and untreated mental illness can do to families. I am so happy and privileged to be working for PSS, an organization that believes, like I do, that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Project Self-Sufficiency’s mission is to help low income single parents graduate from college with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence.

PSS began in Huntington Beach in the eighties, and in early 2018 became an independent nonprofit serving all of Orange County. We offer wraparound-style services to designed to fill in the gaps and help keep that single mom or single dad in school, through scholarships, textbook and childcare assistance, emergency rental assistance, auto repair, dental and vision, and a lot more. Our gap funding is crucial to these low income families, since Orange County is one of the least affordable places to live in the nation. Our goal is for our single parents to graduate college with the skills they need to land a job that can support their families.

We are unique in several ways. We offer long-term case management, and stay with the client until they graduate (usually 2-4 years). Our comprehensive support services are designed to be customizable and tailored to the individual client’s most pressing needs. This maximizes our impact while preserving our funds for future clients. Our strong alumni and peer-to-peer network connects clients with others who can provide critical psychosocial support.

We currently have about 60 families in our program at various stages of their education. This spring 2019, we are celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s graduates, which includes 8 associate’s degrees and 6 bachelor’s degrees. In the past 10 years, PSS clients have earned 56 Bachelor’s degrees, 55 associate/vocational degrees. Our graduates report higher incomes, increased access to stable housing, and improved self-esteem. They become your teachers, social workers, pharmacists, and community leaders.

Moving forward, we will be continuing to increase collaboration and develop more partnerships with community organizations, churches, and local businesses. We are expanding our professional development program, to help our clients be the strongest possible applicant in their job search after graduation, as well as working on a community mentor program to match volunteers’ interests and skills with our clients’ needs. We are increasing our outreach to South County and also exploring ways to grow our clients’ access to affordable housing, a critical piece of the recipe for success. We’d love it if you would join us on these next adventures. I am honored to be a part of the PSS tradition, which believes that when we empower families, we strengthen our community.


Board Chair Statement

I have volunteered my time as board member for PSS since 2014, making my way up to president. I feel most rewarded when I see the joy on the faces of our graduates and their children. Knowing the hardships they had to overcome to make it to that day, I feel especially honored to be a partner in their journey. 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

• Organize a supply pantry drive with their church/school/etc: diapers, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, dish soap, etc. • Community mentor: 1:1, be matched based on your skills/interests and client’s needs (tutoring, career coaching, emotional support, etc); background check required • Host a workshop or training based on your skills • Organize/host a mini-fundraiser for PSS • Serve on a committee or task force (career readiness or alumni reunion) • Create back-to-school care packages for our kids/teens: gift cards for school clothes (Tilly’s, Kohl’s, Target, etc), school supplies • Do a food insecurity drive: collect grocery store gift cards for low income single parent families

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
PSS serves single parents who are currently enrolled in college, have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and live and study in Orange County, California. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Support NEC
  2. Education - Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
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Programs


Client Services Program

Project Self-Sufficiency is an Orange County-based nonprofit that serves low income single parents who are enrolled in college or vocational training.  To access financial support and services, prospective PSS scholars must meet all eligibility criteria and submit an online application.  PSS keeps clients on average 2-4 years, until clients graduate with their bachelors’ degrees.  Eligibility criteria includes:

-Very low or extremely low income according to HUD income limits for Orange County
-Single parent of a minor child (not living with a partner/significant other)
-Have at least 50% physical/legal custody of at least one minor child
-Enrolled in community college or university working toward your Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and were enrolled in classes the semester prior to applying.
-Have 3.0 GPA (most recent or cumulative)
-Have a source of income (not necessarily employment)
-Live, work, or attend college in Orange County, CA
 
Vocational programs are accepted on a case-by-case basis.  Upon being accepted into the PSS program, student parents have access to the following suite of services:

Case management with goal setting and accountability

Emergency rental assistance & security deposit assistance

Childcare assistance

Textbook reimbursements and help with school fees

Annual scholarship opportunities

Supply pantry with diapers, laundry detergent, and other household necessities

Short term counseling

Personal and professional development opportunities

Season Adopt-a-Family programs for children and parents

Supplemental dental and vision services for the parent

Auto repair assistance

Not all clients access each service, and are instead encouraged to focus on their most pressing needs. PSS is designed to be a supplemental resource. It’s financially and logistically challenging for a single mom or dad to juggle college classes, work, and raising kids on their own, but that education is essential to landing a job that can support their families long-term. PSS keeps that single parent in school by offering these wraparound-style services to help fill in the gap and help them launch their careers post-graduation. Graduates of the program become professionals and taxpayers in the community.

Budget  295,659
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families Other Economic Level
Program Short-Term Success 

2018 data 

Associate’s degree timely completion rate (for those whose stated goal for 2018 was getting AA degree) was 10 out of 12 or 83%

Bachelor’s degree timely competition rate (for those whose stated goal for 2018 was getting bachelor’s degree) was 4 out of 4 or 100%

For 2018, employment rate after graduation was 100%

2019 data
 
18 degrees earned (10 associates and 8 bachelors) 
Program Long-Term Success 
In the past 10 years (since 2009): 56 bachelor's degrees, 55 associate/vocational degrees
Graduates report higher incomes, increased access to stable housing, and improved self-esteem 
Program Success Monitored By  Annual point-in-time client survey, pre and post client survey (intake and exit), alumni survey, client focus groups.
Examples of Program Success 

One client came to us in early 2016 when she was homeless due to a domestic violence situation, living in her car with her children. Despite this, she was still attending her classes at the local community college with an excellent GPA. PSS was able to help this client obtain housing in an affordable housing apartment and paid her security deposit. PSS also helped with her childcare costs for her daughter's afterschool program. Today, this client just graduated with two associate's degrees, works on-campus and is excelling in all aspects of her life. She is majoring in culinary arts and communication and hopes to one day give back and teach cooking and life skills workshops to underserved populations.


Management


CEO/Executive Director Beth Jackson-Pardo
CEO Term Start Dec 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) #ASW82749 
Over a decade of experience in the human services field, including experience with child welfare services, developmental disabilities, and after school programming.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Brigette Beisner -- Dec 2018

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living: underwritten office space 
First Christian Church: hosts PSS events, participates in PSS events
The Assistance League of Huntington Beach: $50K in annual scholarships exclusively for PSS clients
Lift Foundation: bicycle drive, financial literacy workshop 
Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC): 9 affordable housing units in Huntington Beach paired with economic self-sufficiency training
Families Forward: Path to College workshop 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County: partnership for expedited matching for children of PSS clients 
 
 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 4
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Cherie Schenck
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Uzma Abdullah -- --
Beth Antonius -- --
Michael Araluce -- --
Denise Busby -- --
John Hannum -- --
Vickie Hay -- --
Denise Kajioka -- --
Kathleen Leary -- --
Grace Mayeda -- --
Maria McDevitt -- --
Ellen Nialis -- --
Tien Pham -- --
Cherie Schenck -- --
James Trujillo -- --

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: 4
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
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 Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $291,595.00
Projected Expenses $288,344.00
Form 990s

2017 PSS-990-2017

2016 PSS-990-2016

2015 PSS-990-2015

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $23,286 $203,734 $138,399
Total Expenses $107,630 $164,206 $117,574

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$22,994 $168,006 $137,846
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $292 $662 $553
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $35,066 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $103,491 $159,721 $100,869
Administration Expense -- $4,436 $3,748
Fundraising Expense $4,139 $49 $12,957
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.22 1.24 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 97% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 18% 0% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $130,105 $214,449 $174,921
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $130,105 $214,449 $174,921

Short Term Solvency

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

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Documents


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