|Board Members||An Overview of the Foundation’s Work|
• Board Chair, Kirk Smith, retired Washington County Sherriff
• Vice Chair, Kara Needle, MBA, IBM Corporation
• Secretary, Kathryn Anderson
• Treasurer, Jonathan Bracken, Accountant
• Trustee, Richard Harris, Allstate Insurance
• Trustee, Brenda Sabey, Dean of Education, Dixie State University
• Trustee, Donna Roberts, retired Bella Donna Boutique, UPS
• Trustee, Mike Empey, retired Ogden City Police Chief
• Trustee, Jenny Jones, JD, Faux Walker and Jones
• Trustee, April Rowley, former EKMF participant
• Trustee, Launa Williams
• Sue Kimball
• Sue Kimball
• Janice Crum
• Marilyn Macumber
An Overview of the Foundation’s Work
The Foundation’s primary business is its transitional housing program: H.O.M.E. (Housing, Options, Mentoring, Empowerment). In addition to the H.O.M.E. program, the Foundation provides temporary emergency assistance (e.g., deposit, rent) to a variety of people in need.
THE H.O.M.E. PROGRAM
The population served.
According to its mission statement, the H.O.M.E. program is intended to those fleeing domestic violence, abuse and polygamy. In the time that the H.O.M.E. program has been operating, all program participants have been women. All have minor children living with them, and all have experienced domestic violence, either recently or in the past.
These families are referred to us by the Department of Workforce Services; Five County Association of Governments; the St. George Housing Authority; local homeless and domestic violence shelters; and a variety of churches, groups, and individuals.
What the program consists of…
Almost all of the families we serve are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, prior to entering the program. Consequently, the cornerstone of the H.O.M.E. program is housing. Once a family is in a safe, comfortable home, it can begin a healing process leading to self-sufficiency. H.O.M.E. is designed as a two-year program.
In addition to housing, the H.O.M.E. program offers, or anticipates offering:
• Parenting classes
• Relationship classes
• Financial management
• Life-skills training
• Support club for kids
• Mentoring program for single moms
• Homeownership preparation
• Monitoring of progress and celebration of success
Most of these support services are provided through other agencies, public and private, free of char
|A Success Story.Tiffany was an extremely depressed young woman, barely 20 years old. She had two children, Michelle age 3, and Brandon, age 16 months. She had experienced a rather typical Domestic Violence cycle of stress leading to abuse, then a “honeymoon phase” of soon broken promises that led to yet another elevation of stress and worsened abuse. She felt helpless and hopeless.
With no family in the area and no friends left, having been forced into isolation by her abusive husband, Tiffany had no place to run when her husband battered her son so severely that his skull was fractured. Michelle and Tiffany watched in horror, helpless to even fight in the midst of the utter turmoil.Thirty days of shelter care gave Michelle and Tiffany a safe haven while Brandon healed in a local hospital. However, Tiffany had no money, credit cards, or even job skills to support herself and her young children. When she was married, she was not allowed to work. She was plagued with worries of where they would go when their 30 days were up in the shelter.Feeling she had no choice, Tiffany returned to her husband who promised never to hurt any of them again. He convinced Tiffany, and the judge, that if only Brandon had stopped crying that night, he would not have gotten so angry at him and beat his little head against the kitchen table. The family was reunited.Three days later, Brandon again was the focus of his father’s rage. This time he barely survived. Now Tiffany was forced to find a way out of this madness. It was one thing when the violence was focused on her and quite another thing when it was leveled at her children.
Tiffany was referred to the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation. She applied, was interviewed, and a plan was put in place that would give her access to the various agencies and services that she required in order to become whole again.
Tiffany and her two children are now thriving. At the EKMF Support Group she can smile, even laugh, once again. Her self-esteem is rising and both she and her children are sleeping, something that most people take for granted. Tiffany is learning the job skills in order to become a CNA and her children are in a very supportive day care while she attends classes.
Tiffany’s goal is to be self-sufficient within two years and she is on track for achieving this great success. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for her and we, at the Foundation, applaud her every success.
|The need in the community.
Though homelessness and domestic violence are not problems that come immediately to mind when thinking about southwestern Utah in general, and St. George in particular, these problems do exist.The area’s low wages and moderately expensive housing make it difficult for single wage earners to survive. The difficulty often becomes an impossibility when the single wage earner is trying to support a family on minimum wage.The tremendous need for the H.O.M.E. program is best demonstrated by the following statistics.
• Two-bedroom apartments in Washington County rent for an average of $626.
• If a single mom is to pay no more than 30% of her income for rent, she needs to earn $12.06 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
• In the state of Utah, 42% of single mothers with children under the age of five are living in poverty; in St. George, 64% of these families are in poverty.
• 493 children were identified as homeless by the Washington County school district in 2000.
• Families can stay in a domestic violence shelter for no more than thirty days. When their time is up, they are often forced to choose between returning to violence and homelessness.How participants are chosen.
Prospective participants complete an application, which collects general background information. Applicants then meet with the Foundation’s executive director, who conducts an initial assessment of need and program qualification. A follow-up interview is then conducted by the Foundation’s Board Chair, who determines whether the applicant is appropriate for the program. If an applicant is accepted into the program, but there is no housing available, the applicant is placed on a waiting list, with priority determined by the application date.
What participants pay.Families who participate in the H.O.M.E. program pay 30% of their net income each month. HUD and other federal agencies consider this percentage to be the most a family should pay toward housing. Even though almost all program participants are living in already-subsidized apartments—typically renting for $250 to $450—30% of participants’ income is rarely enough to cover this reduced rent. Therefore, as a practical matter, most participants pay 30% of their income directly to the apartment complex, with the Foundation making up the balance.
Housing units used in the program.The most expensive part of the H.O.M.E. program is the housing. Therefore, to minimize the Foundation’s costs, it is desirable to place participants in the least expensive housing available. Because participants enter the program with low incomes, it is possible to use housing in affordable apartment complexes.Erin Kimball Foundation 990(501)(c)(3)