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OUR FATHERS TABLE

 P.O. Box 493
 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
[P] (949) 276-7731
[F] --
www.OurFathersTableUS.org
[email protected]
Gina  Seriel
FOUNDED: 2014
INCORPORATED: 2014
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Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-4776046 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

 

A Christian response to homelessness.
OFT walks alongside our neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness, connecting them to agencies with the goal of ending their cycle of homelessness, ensuring their journey back to RESTORATION.
OFT is the light at the end of the tunnel!  Our Father's Table, OFT,  has a solution that breaks the cycle of chronic homelessness, 1 person at a time. Our work is important because it addresses homelessness at its cause knowing chronic homelessness is a symptom of a deeper-rooted problem.  OFT changes lives, by giving a hand up, not a hand out! Our work is cost effective & it does not create another program.  Our unique approach puts us in the center of their life as mentor, advocate & most importantly genuine friend giving unconditional friendship & guidance.  
 
The crisis of homelessness in OC has been front & center as the media exposed the day-to-day tragedies unfolding in the homeless community.  How can we forget the horrible story that was reported in March of 2018 when a family of 4 died in their mini-van that was also their home.  Then there is the heartbreak of our veterans, who make up 10% of our homeless population. These scenarios could have been avoided if we had more trained Care Navigators so we could expand our canvas area outside of the southern beach cities of OC. 
 
The numbers speak for themselves... In a 12-month period (2014-2015) in OC:
  • $299 million: Governmental & non-governmental entities spent on addressing homelessness. ($106 million spent on all types of housing for the homeless. $193 million spent on healthcare, criminal justice system, governmental & non-governmental agencies.)
  • $100,759: Average annual cost for 1 chronically homeless living on the street or in emergency shelters (OC United Way Cost Study on Homelessness, 2016)
But there is a successful & Christian solution! $12,385 is the cost for OFT to lift 1 chronically homeless person off the streets; a savings of $88,374 per person. OFT averages 30 lifted each  year, a savings of $2,651,220 per year. 


Mission Statement

 

A Christian response to homelessness.
OFT walks alongside our neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness, connecting them to agencies with the goal of ending their cycle of homelessness, ensuring their journey back to RESTORATION.
OFT is the light at the end of the tunnel!  Our Father's Table, OFT,  has a solution that breaks the cycle of chronic homelessness, 1 person at a time. Our work is important because it addresses homelessness at its cause knowing chronic homelessness is a symptom of a deeper-rooted problem.  OFT changes lives, by giving a hand up, not a hand out! Our work is cost effective & it does not create another program.  Our unique approach puts us in the center of their life as mentor, advocate & most importantly genuine friend giving unconditional friendship & guidance.  
 
The crisis of homelessness in OC has been front & center as the media exposed the day-to-day tragedies unfolding in the homeless community.  How can we forget the horrible story that was reported in March of 2018 when a family of 4 died in their mini-van that was also their home.  Then there is the heartbreak of our veterans, who make up 10% of our homeless population. These scenarios could have been avoided if we had more trained Care Navigators so we could expand our canvas area outside of the southern beach cities of OC. 
 
The numbers speak for themselves... In a 12-month period (2014-2015) in OC:
  • $299 million: Governmental & non-governmental entities spent on addressing homelessness. ($106 million spent on all types of housing for the homeless. $193 million spent on healthcare, criminal justice system, governmental & non-governmental agencies.)
  • $100,759: Average annual cost for 1 chronically homeless living on the street or in emergency shelters (OC United Way Cost Study on Homelessness, 2016)
But there is a successful & Christian solution! $12,385 is the cost for OFT to lift 1 chronically homeless person off the streets; a savings of $88,374 per person. OFT averages 30 lifted each  year, a savings of $2,651,220 per year. 



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $219,000.00
Projected Revenue $290,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Project: Restoration

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

 

A Christian response to homelessness.
OFT walks alongside our neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness, connecting them to agencies with the goal of ending their cycle of homelessness, ensuring their journey back to RESTORATION.
OFT is the light at the end of the tunnel!  Our Father's Table, OFT,  has a solution that breaks the cycle of chronic homelessness, 1 person at a time. Our work is important because it addresses homelessness at its cause knowing chronic homelessness is a symptom of a deeper-rooted problem.  OFT changes lives, by giving a hand up, not a hand out! Our work is cost effective & it does not create another program.  Our unique approach puts us in the center of their life as mentor, advocate & most importantly genuine friend giving unconditional friendship & guidance.  
 
The crisis of homelessness in OC has been front & center as the media exposed the day-to-day tragedies unfolding in the homeless community.  How can we forget the horrible story that was reported in March of 2018 when a family of 4 died in their mini-van that was also their home.  Then there is the heartbreak of our veterans, who make up 10% of our homeless population. These scenarios could have been avoided if we had more trained Care Navigators so we could expand our canvas area outside of the southern beach cities of OC. 
 
The numbers speak for themselves... In a 12-month period (2014-2015) in OC:
  • $299 million: Governmental & non-governmental entities spent on addressing homelessness. ($106 million spent on all types of housing for the homeless. $193 million spent on healthcare, criminal justice system, governmental & non-governmental agencies.)
  • $100,759: Average annual cost for 1 chronically homeless living on the street or in emergency shelters (OC United Way Cost Study on Homelessness, 2016)
But there is a successful & Christian solution! $12,385 is the cost for OFT to lift 1 chronically homeless person off the streets; a savings of $88,374 per person. OFT averages 30 lifted each  year, a savings of $2,651,220 per year. 



Background Statement

OFT was founded in response to the enormous gaps and barriers between existing service agencies, the disjointed and ever-changing system and those suffering from chronic homelessness who are seeking restoration. With the homeless crisis spiraling out of control, it was quite apparent there was a dire need for a new approach, a hand up and not just hand out for those committed to ending their cycle of homelessness. OFT’s moment of validation came in fall of 2014 when we received an email from a Homeless Liaison Officer in San Juan Capistrano who was asking for services for Rachel, an elderly woman living on the streets who was pleading for help. His request went to OFT and two homeless agencies. The replies were filled with tasks to accomplish; applications to download and to fill out, calls to make, appointments to be made and kept, documents to obtain and bring and finally trips to far off corners of the county from where she called home… a platform at a train station. How was she going to do this on her own we thought? And if Rachel was able to accomplish all of that on her own and in the right order, she would still have no guarantee she would be eligible for the programs or if the programs were what she wanted or needed, guaranteeing that she would fall back out on the streets. Why wasn’t someone going to help her with these daunting tasks? The answer of course was OFT could be that someone to help her navigate through a very intimidating system. We knew we could create a solution that could solve this gap for her and many, many more. And that is just what OFT did.

A caring mentor and advocate navigating the system.  We have done over 140 times over and 95% have successfully broken their cycle of homelessness. Our Father’s Table created Project: Restoration, where our Care Navigators are the conduit between the homeless services & agencies and our neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness.  Each time the path we navigate is different because each person is different. What stays the same is our commitment to them, to be a genuine friend who is a caring mentor and advocate navigating the system for them and with them, helping them achieve restoration.

We have expanded our canvas area from San Juan Capistrano where we started in 2014 to Dana Point in 2017.  As of January of 2018 we have have included San Clemente to our canvas area.  
 
 
 


Impact Statement

139* LIFTED - 95% Success Rate

  •  **Chronic: 110
  •  Families: 15 (32 children)
  •  Physically Disabled: 10
  • Veterans: 10
  • Substance Use Abuse: 37
  • Unaccompanied Women: 15
  • Alcoholic: 21
  • Severely Mentally Ill: 20
  • Single Men: 46
  • Babies born: 2
*in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente **Chronic homelessness is defined individuals who have been homeless for a year or longer AND have a serious mental illness, PTSD, brain injury or intellectual disability, alcoholic or substance abuse, chronic physical illness or physical disability.

In an average 3-month period:

  • 9 homeless lifted off the streets, 80% which are chronic homeless
  • 1248 duplicated encounters
  • 72 unduplicated encounters
  • 8 homeless enrolled for health insurance
  • Reinstated health insurance for 12 homeless
  • Reinstated health insurance for 12 homeless
  • 35 mini-health assessments completed by OFT K.R.I.S. nurse
  • 39 homeless became “document ready”***
  • 29 furnished a “home” address, using OFT’s PO Box as their own***
  • accompany homeless on 48 appointments to DMV, SS, medical appointments
  • accompany homeless on 18 trips to access mental health treatment.
  • 4 mentally ill homeless newly accessed county mental health services and continuing treatment
  • 4 substance abuse homeless newly accessed substance abuse treatment services, completed a program and are sober & no longer homeless
  • 3 severely mentally ill homeless entered into & completed a short term dual diagnosis residential crisis stabilization (mental health & substance abuse) treatment center utilizing CAT. All are no longer homeless and continue to be med compliant.

 



Needs Statement

We are eagerly looking ahead, how to expand so we can assist more of our brothers and sisters in breaking their cycle of chronic homelessness.  


OFT’s greatest needs are continued financial support so we can increase our presence within our existing service areas of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente by adding additional Care Navigator Teams. Please email [email protected] for more information on supporting the Care Navigator program.

Other areas include:

  • Volunteers in the professional fields of marketing, development and events.
  • Opportunities for Support include:
  • Hotline for Homeless: $2,300 a year
  • Technology Assistance: $2,700 - $7,000 to purchase new computer hardware and software
  • Volunteer Infrastructure Fellow - $17,500 for one year at 1700 hours

 


CEO Statement

I am often asked what makes OFT's Project: Restoration Care Navigator's from the pack.  My answer is always, "Everything about us!" Our work is miscategorized as “street outreach,” let us be clear, we are not street outreach. OFT takes a holistic approach; our focus is with the greatest attention paid to the whole individual. Utilizing evidence-based practice models to ensure the success and permanence in breaking the cycle of their chronic homelessness, once and for all. The work we do is methodical and does not fit within the constraints of normal business hours. Why you may ask? Because real life does not happen between 9 & 5.

Not everyone wants to be saved. This is a unique attribute of Our Father’s Table work. We are able to identify those who will be or are ready from those who are not. We are not trying to help everyone because tragically not everyone wants to be helped or can be saved. We do not focus our efforts, time and resources on hand outs, enabling or triaging the homeless, ultimately perpetuating someone’s life in chronic homelessness. We are not satisfied with just “bringing hope” to our homeless. We would rather bring real change and end their cycle of chronic homelessness. Why bring hope when you can bring real change? Why put a Band-Aid when you can heal the wound?


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We welcome all to our table to give a hand up, not a hand out to our dear neighbors experiencing homelessness. Please visit our website to fill out the online volunteer application, www.OurFathersTableUS.org. Our Volunteer Director will get in touch with you once the application is received. To read about some of our volunteer opportunities visit www.volunteermatch.org and search Our Father's Table. Monetary donations can be made through our website, www.OurFathersTableUS.org or by mail, P.O. Box 493, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
We canvas San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Mental Health & Crisis Intervention NEC
  3. Housing, Shelter - Housing Search Assistance

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Programs


Project: Restoration

A caring mentor and advocate navigating the system.

Project: Restoration is the conduit between the homeless agencies & our neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness. Our Care Navigators understand the homeless system of services, the nuances for their points of entry, criteria for acceptance into their programs, the paperwork, applications & their best practices.

OFT’s Care Navigators are mentors & advocates who work with the chronically homeless to move them off the streets & back to being a productive citizen of our communities, ending the cycle of homelessness.

Our work is mis-categorized as “street outreach,”but we are not street outreach. OFT takes a holistic approach; our focus is with the greatest attention paid to the whole individual. Utilizing evidence-based practice models to ensure the success & permanence in breaking the cycle of their chronic homelessness. The work we do is methodical & does not fit within the constraints of normal 9-5 business hours.

Budget  175,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Homeless
Program Short-Term Success 

Our initial focus is on cultivating a genuine accountable friendship. We get them emotionally and mentally ready to take the steps necessary to break their cycle of homelessness. Next, we collectively create a plan to end their homelessness that they want & fits their needs. Then we source to find the right agencies and services to fit their plan. Finally, we work the system with them and for them. We use best-practices service plan tools and collaborate with each chronic homeless to develop their own plan that addresses their barriers and creates short and long-term goals to ending their cycle in chronic homelessness. Short-term success is achieved when they are working their plan to end their homelessness with their Care Navigator.



 

 

Program Long-Term Success 

Our long term success is measured by offering a real solution to those who want to end their cycle in chronic homelessness.  Project: Restoration is not just a band-aid that temporarily hides the real issues. Our work is hard and is always exceeding the traditional 9-5-work week. It is sometimes daunting and deals with those people most would like to forget. Our work is THE game changer; taking someone from hopelessness and worthlessness to restoration and worthiness. We know the work we do, being caring navigators of a complicated constantly changing system combined with being a mentor and advocate is the missing is the solution to ending chronic homelessness for many. OFT’s Care Navigators change lives, permanently, for the better. Our formerly homeless brothers and sisters are no longer a burden to our society but in fact it is quite the opposite scenario. We see our formerly homeless getting married, having babies, graduating college, providing a home for their children and leading happy, healthy and productive lives. They are RESTORED!

Program Success Monitored By  Program success is individual and collective.  Individually the success of Project: Restoration is person by person.  Each time the path to success is different because each person is different.  What stays the same is the Care Navigators commitment to them, to be a genuine friend who is caring mentor and advocate navigating the system for them and with them, helping them achieve restoration.   We utilize an ongoing review process to measure their drive and desire to remain an active participant in their recovery by constantly monitoring their progression through their individual plans.  Collectively the success is monitored by best practices and implementing proven methods in creating a relationship based on mentoring and genuine human kindness.  We have strong rapport with each person and maintain our friendship and mentorship through out the years.   
Examples of Program Success 

Joselyn, mom of 3, living under an overpass

“My OFT Care Navigator is my mentor. She listened without judgement or revulsion. She responded by giving me hope & presented me with options. Options to freely choose to leave or take them without feeling pressured that she would give up on me for not responding the way she prayed I would. The safety & loving security had been vital to me when I was homeless. I am sober now with a job, car & apartment! She still remains my mentor. Thank you Our Father's Table for never giving up on me!”

Doug, a Veteran, homeless for 8 years

“My life has turned around 180 degrees. I was a homeless alcoholic for quite a few years. I am clean and sober, have a roof over my head and a job since April of 2015. I have been able to go overseas and visit my wife, whom I haven't seen in many years. I am going again in February. None of this would have been possible without my friend at Our Fathers Table. Life is good!”

 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Gina Marie Seriel
CEO Term Start Feb 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Gina is a South Florida native who moved to Southern California in 2004. She is a Fine Artist & an accomplished and published muralist who has been working in the decorative arts field for the past 20 years.

“I am asked with consistent regularity how I became involved with our homeless neighbors. My answer is simple, it is my calling from The Lord. The first moment I knew I was born to do this work was when I was 7, having watched the mini-series “Roots”. Sitting at the dinner table with my mom after the final episode, I said, “I want to be the next Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”. Even at that early age I knew my vocation, the Lord’s purpose for me. My calling, my passion, my mission, was and IS to be the voice for those who do not have a voice, for the forgotten, the discarded, the ignored. My father also influenced my life by how he lived his own. His accomplishments and challenges continue to inspire me and impact the ministry of Our Father’s Table.”

Gina was interviewed for an article by the National Catholic Reporter which recognized OFT’s Care Navigation ministry. In addition, Gina was interviewed on shows that aired on EWTN and OC Catholic TV which publicized the work being conducted by her corps of volunteers under her leadership. Gina has undoubtedly garnered unconditional respect and praise for her OFT's noble work ending the cycle of chronic homelessness. Finally, Gina was asked to speak at Sr of St. Joseph’s 2016 Speaker Series program. Gina’s presentation was titled “Mending Dignity Among Our Homeless.” Gina’s inspiration to minister to the homeless came to her as a divine calling which she honored as a dutiful conviction.

Gina’s life mission and calling is to ensure that every homeless brother or sister that enters OFT’s path knows they are worthy, OFT will never give up on them, and they are loved by God.

She founded Our Father’s Table in 2014 after several years of discernment.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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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
-- --

Collaborations

 

Affiliations:
ACC-OC Homelessness Task Force - Member
OC Continuum of Care - Agency Partner
Interfaith Council South Orange County
Superintendent Bartlett's South County Homelessness Round Table
Homeless Persons' InterReligious Memorial Service - Founding Member 
 
Partners:
Capistrano Mazda
Aliso Viejo Christian School
Aquatic Technologies
Knights of Columbus Council #128341, St. Timothy
Lutheran Church of The Cross, Aliso Viejo & Laguna Woods 
HomeAid of OC
Mission Basilica's Outreach & Serra's Pantry
Mariners Church of South Orange County
First Church of Christ Scientist, San Juan Capistrano
Ignatian Spirituality Project
Lutheran Church of The Cross Preschool
Society of St. Vincent  de Paul, St. Timothy Conference
SOC FRC, South Orange County Family Resource Center
CHEC FRC, Community Health Enrichment Collaborative Family Resource Center 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

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 -- --
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 Del Davenport
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Jan 2021
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elizabeth Andrade Families Forward, Family Solutions Collaborative Voting
Del Davenport Community Volunteer Voting
Ken Hart Aquatic Technologies Voting
Renee Maldonado d33 Design Voting
Charles Nunn Endowment Horizons Voting
Perry Schonfeld LBA Realty Voting
Gina Seriel Our Father's Table 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
Katie Guerrero Community Volunteer NonVoting
Roberto Guerrero Former Formula One and Indycar Grand Prix driver NonVoting
Dr. Elijah Levy Founders House of Hope, Clinical Psychologist, Author and University Professor NonVoting
Cheryl Marquis -- NonVoting
Susan Purel Community Volunteer NonVoting
Sister Joanna Rosciszewska Sr. of St. Joseph of Orange NonVoting

Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 3%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 4%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Executive

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $290,000.00
Projected Expenses $219,000.00
Form 990s

2016 OFT - 990N 2016

2015 OFT - 990N 2015

2014 OFT - 990N 2014

Audit Documents

2017 OFT - Balance Sheet

2017 OFT - Profit and Loss Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $185,946 $117,896 $64,396
Total Expenses $129,116 $117,087 $63,379

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$68,570 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $39,582 $50,154 $12,663
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $61,125 -- $2,483
Revenue In-Kind $16,641 $67,742 $49,250
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $54,017 $99,345 $60,287
Administration Expense $26,157 $17,179 $2,442
Fundraising Expense $48,942 $563 $649
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.44 1.01 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 42% 85% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 29% 1% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets -- -- --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

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 nan% nan% nan%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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

A 2017 Financial Review is currently being performed.  The Financial Review will be added to our profile once completed.  

Foundation Comments

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