Urban Community Alliance (formerly New Haven Family Alliance)
446A Blake Street (2nd Floor)
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 446A Blake Street (2nd Floor)
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 786-5970 x412
Fax 203-777-5839
E-mail shirley.west@nhfamilyalliance.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
To foster family well-being by strengthening parents' ability to provide healthy nurturing environments for their children and by providing supports for children and youth so that they thrive emotionally, socially, academically and spiritually.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1991
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shirley Ellis-West
Board Chair Michael Brooks
Board Chair Company Affiliation
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission To foster family well-being by strengthening parents' ability to provide healthy nurturing environments for their children and by providing supports for children and youth so that they thrive emotionally, socially, academically and spiritually.
Background

Established over 25 years ago as a child welfare reform agency, the NHFA employs multiple approaches to reach its goal of improving children's developmental outcomes.  NHFA helps families become financially self-reliant, strengthen parents’ attachment to their children and connection to their communities, and as a result, increase their capacity to guide and nurture their children to promote their physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. This intervention model has proven to be highly effective in meeting the needs of very low income urban children.

Five core programs anchor the NHFA to its mission: 1) the Juvenile Review Board (JRB), a program to divert juvenile offender from the formal juvenile justice system; 2) the Male Involvement Network (MIN), a coalition of providers and institutional partners with a comprehensive approach to working with non-custodial fathers to achieve positive outcomes for their children; 3) the Intensive Family Preservation Program (IFP), a partnership with Yale Child Study Center, that responses to findings of parental abuse or neglect by the Department of Children and Families, by improving parents’ capacity to care for their children. 

The process of coalition building and systems change is part of the agency’s core mission. NHFA works in collaboration with national, state and local partners to advance our mission and create the better off conditions that sustain positive outcomes for children, youth and families. Partnerships with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars at Yale and with The Consultation Center support the agency's capacity to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to inform, evaluate and enhance NHFA programs.

To continuously improve our organizational performance, the NHFA relies on its own history and experience, participant and community input, along with its research resources to inform the design of new programs and the enhancement of current programs. NHFA implementation of a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework is equipping the agency with the skills to use data and information technology effectively to track, measure and document the impact our services have in the lives of the populations we serve.

Impact

Impact (2017 -2018)

1) Juvenile Review Board (JRB): served 204 youth from New Haven and Hamden. Of the 134 cases closed  64% were closed successfully. Since the inception of the New Haven Juvenile Review Board there has been a 46% reduction in the number of juveniles entering the juvenile justice system as first time offenders. 

 Male Involvement Network (MIN)  As a result of a reduction in State funding for all certified fatherhood sites, MIN served 98 fathers. Fathers received an array of services to meet basic needs, health & mental health needs, parent education and healthy relationship skill development.  85% of fathers met their service plan goals by increasing their parenting knowledge and skills through parenting education classes and increased parenting time with their children. 

3) Intensive Family Preservation (I F P) The New Haven Family Alliance, in partnership with the Yale Child Study Center continues to provided home-based clinical and case management services that enabled parents in 50 families involved with DCF because of child abuse or neglect to improve their capacity their parenting skills and provide responsible nurture and guidance for their children so that the children were able to remain at home with their families. 

 
 Goals:

The NHFA goals remain to increase its impact in the community through the development of its capacity to be an organization that:

Is a learning organization that uses evaluation tools and collects data and knowledge that is used to improve and refine its programs.
Is responsive and adaptive, can monitor, assess and respond to external and internal changes to develop, alter or enhance programs; and can predict and prepare for changes in resources.
Is an effective and efficient manager of organizational resources with the technical expertise to implement all of the key organizational functions.
Has the appropriate technology infra-structure, data collection is automated and used to inform program design and managerial decisions.
Has a resource management plan that will include the development and implementation of the NHFA business model and the building of a capital structure to support it.
 
 
 
Needs

The NHFA has identified the need to support its program with the following investments:

  • $20,000 Rebranding
  • $50,000 Grant Writer
  • $75,000 in unrestricted dollars for operational support
  • $10,000 Mentoring support
  • $20,000 Woman & Girls
CEO Statement

Welcome to the New Haven Family Alliance.

Healthy families and healthy children make a healthy community. NHFA builds family and community strength and resilience. NHFA believes that children are safer and families are stronger when communities work together and parents feel recognized and supported for their efforts to keep children safe, healthy and learning.

The NHFA has three central beliefs:

(1) Empowering families and building on their strengths, nurtures healthy family functioning that keeps families together in their communities.

(2) Integrating natural supports within the community fosters self-reliance.

(3) Strong, healthy families can be their own advocates and can help reform systems to meet family needs.

Board Chair Statement

Welcome to New Haven Family Alliance. 

On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors, I extend greetings. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to strengthen the lives of children, families and ultimately, our community.

I am a lifelong native of New Haven and the well-being of this city and its residents has always been a priority for me. Healthy families are the strength of any city. Many families today face significant challenges and obstacles to leading healthy, productive lives. It is our desire and privilege to stand beside the families we serve, providing support, exposure, and opportunities for growth and empowerment through a myriad of support services provided by New Haven Family Alliance.

The NHFA provides these services through its five programs. Since its inception in 2000, the Male Involvement Network has provided support services for 200 enrolled participant fathers annually. Established in October of 2007, the NHFA New Haven Juvenile Review Board has diverted 200 youth from Juvenile Court annually and, since 2012, the NHFA Hamden Juvenile Review Board has diverted 70 youth from Juvenile Court annually and reducing recidivism and promoting youth development. Every year, the NHFA Intensive Family Preservation and Reunification Program (IFP) serves 50 families with children who have been abused or neglected by improving the parents’ capacity to nurture their children in a safe environment. 

These are simply numbers. Upon entering our site, you will find detailed descriptions of all NHFA programming and the work we do with these populations.

As an organization, we believe it is our responsibility to be accountable to the public we serve to produce measurable outcomes; to work collaboratively so that our families and communities are better off as a result of our collective work in the not-for-profit sector..

We believe that the City as a whole and the residents of greater New Haven will reap the rewards of the time, energy, financial commitment, and support we have provided to so many at-risk children and families. It is our belief that your support for the New Haven Family Alliance will improve the quality of the life of many for generations to come.

It is our passion to see children and families realize their fullest potential.

We welcome your support.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
New Haven
Hamden
The NHFA serves the greater New Haven community with 90% of individuals and families served residing in New Haven's low-income neighborhoods. The remaining 10% of families served are residents in the towns surrounding New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Alliance recognized the devastating consequences of absent fathers in the lives of children who are poor and established the Male involvement Network (MIN) fatherhood support services over a decade ago. The Balanced and Restorative Justice approach that frames our Citywide Juvenile Review Board (JRB) offers juveniles with misdemeanor offenses an avenue to address the harm they do themselves, their victims and their community and avoid the stigma of the juvenile justice system . We entered a unique relationship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars at the Yale School of Medicine and in partnership We are at the early stages of executing a strategic partnership with The VETTS initiative, the non-profit arm of the Integrated Wellness group. The goal of this partnership is to anchor the NHFA in a sustainable business model.  
Programs
Description

 MIN aims is to improve child outcomes and strengthen families by supporting low-income, non-custodial fathers in their efforts to be involved parents and community assets.   The MIN Program helps prepare fathers to meet the emotional, social and financial needs of their children.  MIN provides participants with case management, job readiness training and job referrals, and parenting and healthy relationships training. 

In 2017-18  MIN continued to enhance partnerships  with other New Haven fatherhood stakeholder group and maintained its presence at the State of Connecticut Fatherhood Council. . 

Population Served Males / Females / Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
98  non-custodial low income fathers completed service plan goals and increased time spent with children
 
The target contractual goal was to help at least 25 fathers referred for services from Problem Solving Child Support Court improved compliance with child support goals. 34 fathers improved compliance with child support orders.
   
 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
80% of  fathers receiving MIN services will be healthy economically, socially, emotionally and physically; will have healthy relationships with their children and with their children's mothers and and will provide the support their children need in a safe environment. 
 
MIN establishes a market presence as a leader in the provision of fahterhood/men's services in Connecticut and the place to go to for fatherhood expertise and training.
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
Male Involvement Network Membership
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Engaged 30 member organizations as part of Male Involvement Network; more then 50% of have been members for over 5 years;
MIN was re-certified through 2019 as a State of Connecticut fatherhood site, meeting rigorous national standards for fatherhood programs.
 
Description

JRB is a Balanced and Restorative Justice diversion approach designed for first time juvenile offenders. The JRB provides juvenile first time offenders who take responsibility for their offenses with an opportunity to avoid going to juvenile court by engaging with a panel of volunteer community members where the juvenile confronts the harm done to themselves, their victims, and their community. Parents must be actively involved in the process. The JRB reframes the juvenile offender’s behavior by addressing these behaviors as harm that can be restored. 80% of JRB completers do not re-offend one year after completing the program.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Participants increase school attendance, increase school attachment, pass to the next grade level or graduate from high school/promoted into high school. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The participants do not repeat delinquent activity. They  graduate from  from high school or find a living wage job.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We track students success by assessing report cards for grades improvement, teachers comments and attendance, record the number of participants that were promoted to the next grade level, graduated from high school, admitted into a secondary education program, and number of students that were not re-arrested.   
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In 2017-2018, JRB enrolled 194 youth from New Haven and Hamden.  one hundred and forty-nine or 93 % participants successfully completed the program.  
Program Comments
CEO Comments
NHFA continues to strive to implement a results-based accountability system. Each program works to identify key measures that capture who each program serves, what services we offer, how well we perform and who is better off as a result of our work.  The agency has not integrated these measures into an agency-wide system. The agency continues to face the challenge of operating programs without adequate funding.  Current changes in the business model of the agency and the development of a strategic partnership with a highly respected organization will create opportunities to sustain the critical services offered by the NHFA. 
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Shirley Ellis-West
Term Start June 2019
Email shirley.west@nhfamilyalliance.org
Experience The Interim Executive Director has been employed by the New Haven Family Alliance for 26 years and provided middle and senior-level management to several of the existing programs. The past year and during the organization transition/merger the Interim Executive has served in a leadership role with the primary responsibilities of providing leadership and management of the day to day operation of the organization. The relationship and strategic planning with the MSO provided a valuable alternative for sustaining the organization transition and merger with the Veterans Empowering Teens through Support, Inc.
Co-CEO
Experience N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 19
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 85%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms Barbara TinneyJune 1995 - Mar 2019
Senior Staff
Title Manager, Youth and Education Services
Title Male Involvement Network Manager
Experience/Biography The senior staff of the New Haven Family Alliance represents over 20 years of experience providing critical services to greater New Haven's most vulnerable families, youth and children. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
  • Male Involvement Network
  • Juvenile Review Board Advisory Committee
  • Juvenile Review Board Community Panels
  • New Haven Police Department
  • New Haven Collaborative
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars
  • Community Mediation
  • Health Equity Index Collaborative
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Steering Committee
  • CARE Capacity Building Committee
  • New Haven Healthy Start
  • State of Connecticut Fatherhood Council
  • The New Haven Re-entry Roundtable
  • Local Implementation Service Team
  • New Haven Police Department
  • City of New Haven Youth Services Department

 

Comments
CEO Comments

1) NHFA’s fiscal, administrative and programmatic infrastructure has not kept pace with its development and implementation of innovative programs and interventions. This is in part a result of limited non-restrictive, flexible funds. In response to this challenge, the agency has entered into a strategic partnership with the Integrated Wellness Group-VETTS initiative. This partnership will stabilize the agency's fiscal and administrative infrastructure.

2) NHFA needs to reduce administrative costs in order to stabilize its financial situation in 2015 and beyond. As part of this effort by the end of December, NHFA is moving its office to a less expensive, community-based location in the Dixwell neighborhood.

Board Chair
Michael Brooks
Company Affiliation
Term Apr 2019 to Apr 2023
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Donald NelsonRetired
Ms. Barbara Tinney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Board Co-Chair
Mr Donald Nelson
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Sept 2006 to Sept 2017
Email nelsondr512@yahoo.com
Standing Committees
Finance
Nominating
Personnel
Executive
By-laws
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $784,014.00
Projected Expenses $784,014.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$27,547$143,550$252,181
Current Assets$21,871$135,175$231,452
Long-Term Liabilities$105,679$277,467$219,630
Current Liabilities$166,026$107,418$243,075
Total Net Assets($244,158)($241,335)($210,524)
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Yale Child Study $246,227
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --DCF $227,125
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --CT Dept. of Labor $100,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments As a result of ever-increasing reductions in State and Federal grant opportunities and the highly competitive private and foundation funding landscape the New Haven Family Alliance (NHFA) has realized significant reductions in revenue. This scenario led to the establishment of a strategic partnership with the Integrated Wellness Group-VETTS program. This partnership represents the results of a rigorous business planning analysis undertaken by the NHFA Board of Directors to determine the most prudent next steps for the organization. This partnership will stabilize the financial condition of the agency. Currently (Nov. 2018) NHFA has entered into a strategic partnership with the VETTS initiative that is mission-driven and affords NHFA the administrative and financial structures it needs to remain a vital asset in the public service sector in the greater New Haven community.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 446A Blake Street (2nd Floor)
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 786-5970 412
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Shirley Ellis-West
Board Chair Michael Brooks
Board Chair Company Affiliation

 

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