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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: To help people achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and to prevent and alleviate the effects of poverty

Results: Successful program outcomes from the last fiscal year included: • All but four of 502 case-managed senior clients were able to remain securely in their own homes, with a 96% rate of satisfaction with Impact NW’s service quality and staff. • 95% of the 650 children participating in Early Childhood & Family Services showed age-appropriate fine motor, cognitive, and social/emotional skills by the time they reached the age of 5. • 80% of participating Community Schools’ students met or exceeded benchmarks in reading and math, compared to Portland Public Schools’ overall rate of 72%. • 96% of residents at Richmond Place, our transitional housing facility, become employed, established permanent income, and/or increased their income potential by the time they exited the program.

Target demographics: Low-income children, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities in the greater Portland metropolitan region

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,000

Geographic areas served: Multnomah and Washington Counties, OR and Clark County, WA

Programs: • Housing & Safety Net Services assist over 15,000 households annually, providing client advocacy; housing, utility, and resource assistance; and transitional housing for homeless families. In addition to meeting our clients’ emergency needs, we connect them with job training, health care, and educational opportunities. • Early Childhood & Family Services encourage the healthy growth of more than 600 children ages 0-5 each year while building supportive connections between underserved families and their communities through two distinct programs. Parent Child Development Services staff work with low-income families to promote school readiness, health, and good parenting practices. Healthy Start supports first-time, at-risk parents through intensive home visits and early childhood education. • Youth & Family Services provide school and community-based educational support to thousands of youth ages 5-21. Impact Community Schools offer extended-day enrichment activities for over 20,000 children and family members at high-poverty, high-diversity public schools. Impact Mentoring connects at-risk youth with positive volunteer adult role models. Social and Support Services for Educational Success serves teens aged 12-17 who are at risk of academic failure or dropping out. The Independent Living Program helps youth transitioning out of the foster care system through job-training, rent and utility assistance, and connections to affordable housing. The Kids on the Block Awareness Program teaches children to grow up healthy and safe through live puppet performances. Urban Opportunities provides at-risk and homeless youth with job-skills training and employment opportunities. • Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Services promote the independence and quality of life of over 2,000 seniors and adults with disabilities annually, helping them to remain and thrive in their own homes. Services include case management, housing and utility assistance, money management through Senior GAP (Guardian Assistance Program), transportation assistance, medication management, coordination of home and yard maintenance, and access to scheduled meals and activities at our multicultural senior center.

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Impact NW helps people prosper through a community of support. Over 3,000 volunteers help 160 staff support tens of thousands of low income people annually to achieve independence. From ensuring children get a healthy start in life by supporting the parent child bond to assuring elders remain in their homes and our communities as long as they want to: Impact NW provides compassionate, effective and efficient programs that help people reach their goals and become successful members of our communities.