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Program areas at United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Community impact - strategic planning & fund distribution: United Way of Southeast Louisiana (uwsela) has a bold vision for eradicating poverty in sela. Grant-making supports the vision of "equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated and economically stable." This means both a sharpened focus on poverty through supporting the critical programs that form the bedrock of serving our population, and a systems change approach centered on collaboration. Our grant-making is rooted in addressing the complex interplay of symptoms and drivers of poverty in the region. In 2016, United Way launched its first cycle of grants to support programs and groups working together in a collaborative Way to address the outcomes in our blueprint for prosperity. This portion of the community impact division, as distinct from the initiatives and programs it coordinates, is responsible for the annual strategic grants funding processes. It develops strategic plans to guide the funding processes and program or initiative development, and establishes and monitors measures of program success and financial accountability. Accomplishments: 1. Program grants: total # of people served by our 76 grant partners from july 1, 2019-june 30, 2020 - 241,452. Uwsela funded 76 programs from july 1, 2019 - june 30, 2020 to address priorities such as housing, medical and mental health care, child and adult care and academic supports. Uwsela answered over 241,452 appeals for help from our community.2. Collaboration grants: based on the blueprint, uwsela provided $550,000 in funding to support five (5) collaborations and two (2) internal initiatives focused on systemic change to eradicate poverty.new orleans youth program quality initiative - implementation stage- a collaborative working to improve the quality of youth development programs in new orleans in order to improve healthy developmental outcomes for children and youth related to school success, leadership and life skills- 52 sites actively participating in the collaboration - 5,061 community members involved through collaboration- 10 funders supporting the collaboration- 19 program improvement plans were submitted in the portal. Their assessment and continuous improvement process was suspended due to covid-19 and the interruption of programming due to the pandemic. However, 17 of the youth program partners completed equity audits developed by noya to examine their programs' commitment to equity and to identify strategies to make their programs more equitable.- 40 programs participated in nola-ypqi- 53 youth work methods professional development trainings offered- 642 people attended a ypqi training - 17 people certified as trainers and/or assessors for nola-ypqiyouthforce nola - implementation stage- a collaborative formed to ensure that an increasing percentage of new orleans graduates have access to the information, preparation, support and experiences necessary to pursue, persist and succeed in the post-secondary pathway of their choice- 12 steering committee organizations- 8 training provider partners - 6 active working groups supported by the collaboration- 43 funders supporting the collaboration- 1,860 participants in the youthforce collaborative have earned industry recognized credentials (including spring 2020 numbers, some of which are still being finalized due to testing delays from the covid-19 pandemic)- 860 students (including spring 2020, but excluding summer 2020) have completed meaningful work experience- 499 students from the class of 2020 (17%) earned a basic or advanced industry-recognized credential alongside their high school diploma- 268 students from the class of 2020 completed internships (265 students from youthforce internships during summer 2019 and spring 2020, and another 3 through internships with providers or schools), representing 9% of the graduating class. Ending homelessness through systems change collaborative - implementation stage- a collaborative of direct services organizations working to end homelessness in orleans and jefferson parish- 1,635 beneficiaries directly supported by collaborative- 565 households assisted with problem solving (shelter diversion) and eviction prevention- 33 households assisted through housing choice vouchers and mainstream housing- 164 chronically homeless and unsheltered homeless assisted- 331 homeless youth assisted- 169 staff from continuum of care agencies participated in trainings- 35 organizations participated in initiativenew orleans trauma-informed schools learning collaborative - implementation stage- a collaborative of community partners and schools working to build out trauma-informed practices in education settings- 8 organizations actively participating in collaboration- 5 evaluation reports from professional development trainings to gauge understanding of trauma-informed practices and impacts- 10 project wide trainings; 31 school training dyads- 185 staff across 3 partner schools participated in the foundational professional developmentnew orleans work (now) collaborative - implementation stage- funders collaborative made up of 8 funders that is focused on workforce solutions- 6 job seekers and incumbent workers trained; due to covid-19 pandemic, trainings are delayed- 104 clients served across the new orleans workforce innovations employers through onsite post hire supportive services model- 5 convenings hosted with employers and training providers around green infrastructure training programs to determine number of potential jobs, skills necessary for those jobs, and develop career map for entry level positions- 6 additional partners added to new orleans workforce innovations to provide onsite supportive services like financial budgeting, housing assistance, transportation assistance, counseling, as well as assistance with legal issuesinternal initiativeslouisiana prisoner re-entry initiative (lapri) collaborative - 46 organizations actively participating in planning on steering committees - signed community incentive grant with the department of public safety and corrections march 2019 for jefferson parish- collaborative partners include catholic charities to provide case management services, justice and accountability center and Southeast legal services to provide civil legal services to address any legal barrier a citizen returning from prison may have. Louisiana public health institute is the evaluation partner to evaluate the efficacy of the lapri model and its implementation. Referrals are made from the case manager for additional services- 2019-2020 represented year one of a three-year initiative. In year one, the goal was to serve 60 returning citizens that were moderate to high risk of recidivating (being rearrested and returning back to prison). Clients were referred from the department of public safety and corrections. Year 1, dpsc referred 47 clients to lapri in jefferson parish. of the 47 referred, 27 of the 47 enrolled in the lapri program to receive services. Thirteen received services while in the plaquemines parish detention center 3 weeks to 6 months prior to release. Fourteen received pre-release screening and a case plan was developed while they were in plaquemines, but were ultimately released and continued to be enrolled in the program post-release. Accomplishments include:- 100% developed a case plan- 42% (6/14) obtained permanent employment- 5 cases pending for ssi- 38 cases open for legal services for 23 individuals- 65% (25/38) of the legal cases have been resolved- 100% of the 27 clients did not recidivate within 6 months
Individual development account project (ida):an ida is a matched savings account that helps low-income individuals and families save money to acquire an economic asset that can be a foundation for long-term financial stability and self-sufficiency. This project allows participants to use their idas for a down payment/ closing costs on a new home, to start or expand a small business, transfer ida for post-secondary education, and vehicle purchases. Participants are required to attend financial education courses and asset specific training prior to making a purchase. They are also required to save for at least six months before making a purchase. Ida project partners provide financial education, credit counseling, and asset specific training. We received a $350,500 asset for independence (afi) on september 30, 2018 to start our third program. Accomplishments: * total number of participants enrolled - 50* 30 homeownership * 7 vehicle * 8 business start-up or expansion * 5 post-secondary education* total number of participants that have completed 12 hours of homebuyer training - 30* total number of participants that have completed 12 hours of financial education - 50* asset purchases - 50 total; 30 homeownership, 8 small business, 7 vehicles, 5 post-secondary education
Covid-19 impact: in march 2020, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (uwsela) transitioned to covid-19 response generating over $10 million in direct impact in the first five months. We were able to respond to the suffering in real time and provide vital services for those who found themselves in crisis - many for the first time.due to the generosity of our supporters year round, we were able to quickly pivot and provide much-needed relief to vulnerable individuals and organizations. This included: $2.4 million in emergency crisis grants to 4,800+ hospitality workers across 1,000 hospitality workplaces; support to 41 early care and education centers by securing $2.3 million in funding; $1.7 million in funding to local nonprofits/programs to address the disproportionate impacts of covid-19 on black communities; and much more.in times of crisis, it's not just about providing emergency financial assistance but also about ensuring households and community partners have equitable access to the full scope of supports necessary to achieve stability, and, ultimately, prosperity. Uwsela is already on the front lines, mobilizing to provide vital services for those in need. United Way continues to do what we've always done - tackle the underlying problems community by community.alice (asset limited, income constrained, employed)when covid-19 hit, more than 576,000 Louisiana households were already one emergency away from financial ruin, a 10-year record high, setting the stage for the economic impact of the crisis, according to the state's latest alice (asset limited, income constrained, employed) report, released aug. 6, 2020.with income above the federal poverty level, alice households earn too much to qualify as "poor" but are still unable to cover the basics of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology in the parishes where they live. There were over 262,500 households living below the alice threshold (alice and poverty combined) in Southeast Louisiana before the pandemic hit.with health risks, businesses and schools shuttering, and unemployment spiking, covid-19 made it harder than ever before for people to meet basic needs. We know that inequities existed before this pandemic, and those gaps in access to resources have been magnified by disproportionate and disparate effects of covid-19 on some parts of our community. Uwsela was uniquely well-positioned to understand and lead community mobilization, thanks to our blueprint for prosperity. Our blueprint's holistic approach to generating impact continues to guide us as we lead immediate covid-19 relief efforts and shift toward long-term recovery strategies designed to stabilize alice households throughout our region. $10 million in direct community impact (march 2020 - june 2020) hospitality cares pandemic relief fund: $2.4 million in emergency crisis grants to 4,800+ hospitality workers across 1,000 hospitality workplaces in partnership with the Louisiana hospitality foundation, entergy corporation, and countless others. httpswwwunitedwayselaorghospitali... for early care and education: in partnership with agenda for children and loyola university new orleans college of law, we are providing technical assistance, expertise, and one-on-one coaching to child care providers in Southeast Louisiana to help them secure and manage federal/state funding, with a focus on ppp loans. We have supported 41 centers to date in securing $2.3 million in funding. This program also provided that 250 ece jobs were preserved and that there would be zero permanent center closures. httpswwwunitedwayselaorgeceopensp... our selves, United Way & bet: oversaw $1.7 million in funding to local nonprofits/programs to address the disproportionate impacts of covid-19 on black communities. All funded programs focused on housing and utilities assistance, workforce development, access to nutrition, access to health care, access to student learning supports. httpswwwunitedwayselaorgbetssavin... meal deliveries via United Way hands-on entergy volunteer center & doordash: 6,500 volunteers engaged to generate $4 million in impact via meal kit preparations and deliveries to homebound older adults and individuals in orleans parish. Nearly 30,000 food boxes and household supplies were delivered to vulnerable people throughout orleans parish.emergency food and shelter grants: managed over $800,000 in emergency food and shelter grants to fund nonprofits/places of worship with support to provide emergency food and shelter to people in needunited for grocery workers fund: in partnership with anthony mackie, entergy corporation, and the new orleans council on aging, provided one-time entergy bill assistance to grocery store workers living in orleans parish httpswwwunitedwayselaorgnewsantho... development: funded partnership with gno, inc. to study the need for upskilling in the region and outline implementation strategies for upskilling underemployed residents. In addition, confirmed new snap employment and training contracts with local e&t providers to draw down additional federal funds for local workforce development.united Way of Southeast Louisiana will continue to utilize the pandemic to serve as a catalyst for innovation and continues to utilize that ability to redefine United Way partnerships and how we drive impact across the seven parishes we serve.