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Inspirica, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports

Mission: Inspirica Inc.'s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve - and maintain - permanent housing and stability in their lives.

Results: We are delighted to share with you this update on Inspirica’s results and our plans for the future. More importantly, we want to share with you the impact philanthropic support has had on fundamentally changing the lives of the clients we serve. We continue to be driven by an intense focus on our mission: to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015 we made a record 200 job placements. The people we place are not earning the bare minimum allowed by law. Our average starting salary in the last fiscal year was $11.54/hr. (26% above minimum wage). On average, each person we place is working 31.5 hours/week. In FY15 we moved 163 men, women and children into permanent housing. Over the 12 months ending November 30, 2015 that figure rose to 193 housing placements. Over the past five fiscal years and the first five months of this fiscal year, we have made a record 937 job placements and moved 782 people into permanent housing!

Target demographics: Homeless men, women and children in Connecticut who we help address the causes of homelessness so as to help them move into permanent homes and experience more stable and dignified lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve more than 700 individuals each year, house 270 individuals each night and made 200 job placements. We moved 163 men, women in children in permanent housing.

Geographic areas served: We serve Fairfield County Connecticut and are one of the largest providers of homeless services in the State of Connecticut.

Programs: We provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, deeply affordable housing and support services including Jumpstart Career Program, Housing Coordination/Placement, Job & Housing Retention, and Children's Services which provide foundational, educational and psychological support as well as an after school program and a new Early Childhood and Parenting Program.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed by the caring and dedicated staff at St. Luke's. They are true professionals who are dedicated to their mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness. Thanks for your hard work!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Let me first start off by saying what a blessing it is to have St Luke's Lifeworks in the Lower Fairfield County Area where it is much needed. St. Luke's Lifeworks has saved my family from being separated because of homelessness, they provided a safe and clean place for me and my children to come and reorganize my life. I was able to do so with the help and support of the St. Luke's Lifeworks staff-not just residential staff, the Whole Organization all the way to the CEO. Now that's dedication and shows it's in their hearts and they really do want the best for you and your family.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

St. Luke's LifeWorks is a great resource for our community. They have a caring and dedicated staff which makes me proud to be a citizen of Stamford.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 1

i was tossed out on the streets for not completing a residentail treatment program not only do i have aids but mental health depression as well the new people and ceo that took over r only in it for the money we need the old people back the ones that care not in it for the money but have theirm mind heart and soul into helping others..its a shame what has happened with st lukes terrible they all sould be ashamed of themselves thats why half the people who have worked there for many many years have left this agency what does this tell you...

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For seven years I have been bringing my students to this amazing shelter in Stamford, CT, and every year they leave inspired by the work that Lifeworks does day in and day out. The people who give their gifts of time and resources are truly amazing. A sense of purpose and welcome permeate the halls, and I know we are doing something vital!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been closely involved with St. Luke's LifeWorks for 9 years through our organization Women of Vision Fairfield County. I have witnessed such growth in the service they perform for the homeless of Stamford, CT. The way they educate, provide shelter, and counsel individuals and familes, especially women and their children is indeed impressive. Their leadership is amazing and their goals to better serve the oppressed are equally impressive. I am involved with the children of St. Luke's through reading and art workshops and I can see the impact they are making to better these childrens' lives. I can't speak more highly of this organization whose mission is to serve the homeless and help them to rebuild their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JEH-Productions has assisted St Lukes Life works in providing Arts & Entertainment to the local community. We enjoy participating in charity events and supporting the ever growing need to assist people in every aspect.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have supported this organization for over 15 years, recently on the board. They not only provide homeless shelter for women, but are also the only area shelter for families. SLLW also shelters people with HIV/AIDS and has a halfway house for those recovering from mental illness. In addition SLLW has a holiday toy drive that provides thousands of gifts for over 2.000 children. Just a great organization, filling a critical need in Southwestern Connecticut.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with St Luke's Lifeworks for over 15 years. The real beauty of this organization is that it offers real solutions for people. Not only do they provide emergency shelter but skills training and ultimately employment. People can really change the direction of their lives. I have seen so much success over the years and hope to see much more in the years ahead.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated in the meal program with St Luke's Life Works & have also organized donation program with my current company. This organization does wonderful things for those in need!

Board Member

Rating: 4

People in the community upon learning that I am a board member of St. Luke's Lifeowrks confirm my belief in this organization. They are eager to share their high opinion of our staff; their sense they they have gained more than they gave; their satisfaction of helping people who lack specific skills for work; working with families on special days; and that just being in the facility is a satisfying expereice as there is a generous feeling all around and the facility is in such good shape.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I did some volunteer work for St. Lukes working on a building they own that houses in need AIDs patients. As I found out more I really liked their comprehensive approach to homelessness and their drive to move clients back into the community supported by St Lukes with jobs, life skills and housing. I subsequently joined the board and came to appreciate the professionalism of the board and management. The problems St Lukes deals with are difficult and on going, but to see the ambition, hard work and innovation this organization applies gives me hope that real progess will be achieved.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently moved to Stamford, Ct and joined the St Luke's board to get more involved in the local community. The organization has made a positive impact on numerious families by provided the life skills needed to break the cycle of homelessness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invovled in a "Day of Learning" where program particpants were invovled in a series of round-robin like seminars to practice interviewing skills, fine-tune their resume and learn basic financial budgeting.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of my happiest memories from last December was spending a few hours in the gym at St. Luke's LifeWorks' Stamford headquarters where literally hundreds of people young and old from all around the area were gathered to wrap holiday presents contributed by area residents and businesses for the children of families served by LifeWorks and a large number of other area non-profit human service agencies. I'm now eagerly looking forward to this year's holiday wrapping party!

Board Member

Rating: 5

St. Luke's LifeWorks (SLLW) enables clients to become self-sufficient by providing educational opportunities, housing and and support services to people overcoming homelessness in 10 different locations in Fairdield County, CT. Our tag line is: "St. Luke's LifeWorks, Where People Learn a Living." I saw this firsthand during a special dinner served to the Board members by our clients in the culinary arts class, which taught important restaurant skills (food preparation as well as wait-staff skills). At the end of the dinner, the students talked about their past struggles, their journeys and achievements. We were impressed with the excellent dinner and presentation, but even more impressed by how far each person had come. Every story was different. It was incredibly rewarding to see the pride each student had in his/her accomplishments -- and some had already found jobs. SLLW isn't just putting a "bandaid" on homelessness by providing shelter; It is succeeding by addressing the root of the problem and finding sustainable solutions for our clients, which benefits not only our clients, but also our community.