State of the Organization
Project Access provides quality focused services to our residents, and trusted customer service to our affordable housing developer partners- and 2012 was one of our best years to date! We are so proud of how far we have come since our founding in 1999. From three Resource Centers to 46 and growing! We have a lot of success to share, and right now we just want to provide you with a highlight so you know how we are doing as an organization, and how your support has helped get us here.
Assisted nearly 10,000 low-income residents in California, and started the process to extend our reach to Denver and Aurora, Colorado.
Secured 110 community partnerships with amazing organizations, including University of Southern California.
84% of children served showed positive achievement in their reading scores.
Stabilized the organization, and prepared for future growth through promotions, and the starting of an organizational endowment.
Read on for details on these areas, as well as additional information about our organization.
In 2012 we impacted the lives of nearly 10,000 families, children and seniors in California. We assisted adults in finding gainful employment, ensured that children were reading at their grade level or above, connected families to much needed health resources and made sure that seniors didn’t feel lost and alone. We are proud to share some of our data with you, so you can get a snap shot of our impact.
4,963 residents participated in health education programs, including preventative screenings, health fairs, exercise classes, nutrition programs and food distribution programs.
Education for Youth:
3,751 adults and youth accessed technology through Project Access computer labs or by taking part in the computer classes.
79% of residents reported that Project Access computer labs have improved their access to information (job opportunities, social connections, health resources, etc.).
Independent Living for Seniors:
Capacity Building for Adults:
1,753 residents received assistance preparing for employment, improved their financial literacy skills, improved their parenting skills and learned English.
98% of the residents who received assistance in interviewing skills indicated the training was helpful in securing employment.
In an effort to reduce duplication of services, Project Access identifies and partners with other organizations to meet the needs of our residents. We could not achieve our goals without the help of these volunteers, interns, nonprofit partners and corporate partners.
110 people volunteered statewide and donated 4,495 hours of their time, valued at a total of $108,689.
We placed 20 interns from five academic institutions, including University of Southern California, and Berkley City College, who work worked 3,877 hours at 16 resource centers.
In 2012 we worked with over 100 service providers such as mobile health clinics, Second Harvest Food bank, one-on-one tutoring, parenting education classes, arts and crafts for seniors, to name a few.
We partnered with nine corporations, including Union Bank, US Bank, Starbucks and Edwards Lifesciences, and placed 98 individual volunteers statewide.
Brian Murphy, President of Athletes First was honored as our Keys to Success Award recipient, and Athletes Frist went on to adopt a resource center, and start a weekly reading program with the youth.
Fiscal Responsibility and Infrastructure
Project Access works with affordable housing developers/owners in a fee-for-service relationship to bring services to our residents at no cost to them. Additionally, we work hard to raise additional funds to provide comprehensive services and build a strong organizational infrastructure.
We increased our income by 16% through special events, non-government grants, individuals and corporations.
The Project Access Endowment account was opened and funded started with $5,300 in contributions.
We opened 13 new Resource Centers including 7 Senior Resource Centers in San Jose, which represented a 77% Growth in Northern California, and a 23% growth in Southern California.
The announcement was made that Project Access will add 2 Family Resource Centers in Denver, Colorado with ROC-Bridge Partners.
JSM, Inc. joined our family of 16 Affordable Developer partners, who already included Affordable Housing Access, Related of California and Bridge Partners.
2012 was a successful and inspiring year for Project Access and we could not have done it without the dedication and support of people like you. Thank you for helping Project Access to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of residents by giving them the opportunity to make a change.
As 2013 moves forward, we ask that you remember our residents, who, without our critical services and resources, are often one paycheck away from losing the roof over their heads.
Sara Wall, our Director of Social Impact, took our message of empowerment through resident services
last week to the National Low Income Housing Coalition Conference
in Washington D.C.
Sara, who has her Masters in Public Policy in Social Policy from Brandeis University with a double concentration in poverty reduction and children, youth and families, jumped at the chance to attend this national event. The conference website said it best, truly this was an opportunity to "unite with advocates, providers, residents and policy professionals from across the country... to learn how we can work together to solve the housing challenges of the lowest income Americans." This creation of more affordable housing is critical for Project Access to expand its reach and positively impact the lives of more low-income children, families and seniors. The lowest income Americans are those that make less than 30% of the area median income
, and need the vital employment, education and health services Project Access provides more than ever.
This conference provided a forum for building momentum and support for legislation that will increase the future stock of affordable housing. Workshop themes focused on how we can better serve Veterans and prevent children from entering the foster care system with affordable housing. At the same time, data presented painted a bleak picture of the national housing crisis and some sobering facts about the lowest income Americans (extremely low income = ELI), summarized here.
Housing Crisis in 2013
The cost burden of rent on ELI households is tremendous. Nearly 8 million households spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs. In addition to this staggering number, there is also a shortage of affordable housing for those that qualify.
There are few options for ELI households due to the average cost of renting.
What is the Impact
- 2013 wage needed to afford a fair market rent 2 bedroom: $18.79
- 2013 average wage earned by renters: $14.32
- 2013 federal minimum wage: $7.25
A lack of affordable housing and ultimately homelessness, can impose a tremendous financial and social cost on society.
- Housing is a platform and an indicator of educational attainment, health and wellness and child welfare.
- Poverty is a predictor of whether child will enter foster care system.
- In turn, 30% of youth in foster care are there due to lack of housing
By offering additional housing at an affordable rate and supportive services to help families thrive, we can improve the lives of thousands living in poverty.
Want to learn more about affordable housing and its implications, and what you can do to make a difference?
Read Out of Reach
and the Housing Spotlight
published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
According to this great article
from Media Cause, Pinterest for Nonprofits: Pin for a Reason
we process 90 percent of all information through our eyes - enter Pinterest, a visual social media site that has te ability to connect you with your intesterst and passions and of course, causes! As the article states, Pinterest is all about interaction and experince, which makes it a perfect tool for nonprofits like Project Access to utliize.
With that, we want to proudly introduce the Project Access Pinterest page
! Please take a look around, follow us and let us know what you think!
Project Access plans on using this page to
- Share our programs and services
- Act as a resource
- Interact with other agencies we partner with
- Promote our mission to keep children in school, family members employed and seniors active.
As we grow and evolve, Project Access will continue to expand the ways we communicate with our supporters. This is one exciting step in that direction and we hope you will come with us!
A Simple Game Unites Lonely Seniors
Earlier this year, the seniors at the Senior Resource Center at Windsor Court in Westminster, CA were introduced to Rummikub, a tile-based game that keeps the mind alert and sharp. Service Coordinator, James Le, offered weekly games to engage the seniors both socially and mentally. Hanh Ho, a long-time resident since July 2005, was one of the few seniors determined to master the game!
Hanh organized her own Rummikub games, inviting her neighbors to her apartment to show them how to play. As a result of her initiative, more residents emerged at the weekly Rummikub game, building an even larger sense of community and for some, a chance to leave the isolation of their apartment and make a new friend.
Spread the Fun!
Since Hanh has introduced the game to other seniors, they have been organizing nightly games in the senior lobby, even on the weekends. Nhu Mai Tu, another resident also grew hooked to Rummikub. Not only does she participate in this game, but she now attends other activities offered by Project Access!
James, the service Coordinator did not expect this game to catch on like it did but with the help of a determined resident, Hanh, this activity has built camaraderie and a chance to make friends within the senior community!
Keys to Success Raises $223,000!
Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, guests and staff that made our 7th Annual Keys to Success Gala an amazing evening. The event raised over $223,000 to support vital health, employment and education programs that help eliminate barriers and give residents a better opportunity to achieve long-term success! “We are so thrilled that our supporters reached into their pockets and their hearts to help assure that Project Access can succeed in its mission,” said CEO Kristin Byrnes. “We thank them for helping us change reality for our residents by becoming part of our culture of change.”
Themed A Culture of Change, the event was held Saturday, September 8 at world-renowned Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums.
This year, the Project Access Keys to Success Award was given to Brian Murphy, the president of Athletes First, an Irvine-based professional sports agency, and a highly respected community advocate who is devoted to making a difference in the lives of the low-income population.
The Gala also featured internationally themed entertainment and an array of silent auction items, including gourmet dinners, vacation getaways and upscale retail items and services. Guests were treated to a live auction with opportunities for fabulous trips and other one-of-a-kind experiences, such as a VIP trip to the 2013 Super Bowl.
You did it! Thanks to your generosity, Project Access was able to raise over $126,000 at the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held on June 4th at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine, CA. It was a perfect day for golf, as over a 132 participants took to the green to raise funds for the children, families and seniors that Project Access serves every day.
We couldn’t have done it with our sponsors, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and our hard working tournament chairman, Jim Reed!
The highlights of the day included a live auction, and an opportunity drawing for a custom set of golf clubs!
Thanks to the funds raised at the event, Project Access will be able to continure to keep children in school, family members employed and seniors active.
Check out photos from the event here, and while you’re there, like us on Facebook!
Dear Project Access Supporter,
We want to take a few moments to share the exciting accomplishments that Project Access achieved in 2011 and to provide you with an overall “State of the Organization” as we embark on what is sure to be an interesting year ahead.
In July we moved our corporate office to 3900 Birch Street, Suite 113 Newport Beach, CA 92660.
We continued successful operations in 33 Family and 4 Senior Resource Centers throughout California in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and Ventura.
We currently partner with 15 developers to provide programs and services to our residents including Affordable Housing Access, AIMCO, BCC Corporation, Bridge Housing (non-profit), Chelwood Partners, Eden Housing (non-profit), KDF Communities, Mary Erickson Community, Oakland Housing Authority, John Stewart Company, Vitus Advisors, Related of California, CORE, RHC Communities and Steadfast Communities.
Here are some of the 2011 highlights on the impact we are making in the lives of low-income children, families, and seniors:
10,280 low-income residents throughout California have utilized services and programs provided by Project Access
1,655 residents were able to attend a 2011 Project Access Health Fair to learn more about health resources in their communities, get various health screenings, sign up for health insurance when eligible, and take advantage of other health-related information being distributed
99% of respondents report that they felt better connected with their community due to attending the Project Access Health Fair
99% of residents note they are “much more aware of local resources in their communities”
2,426 youth received healthy snacks, and, in total, 83,068 individual snacks, breakfast meals, or lunches have been distributed
Education for Youth:
2,033 youth participated in the Project Access After-School Tutoring program
Of the participants in the Project Access After-School Tutoring, 70% of youth improved in their reading grades and 67% improved their math grades
57% of youth improved in their Study Habits
62% of youth improved in their Problem Solving skills
61% of youth improved in their Communication skills
39% of youth had improved Self-Esteem
39% of youth improved in their Task Persistence
The Fourth Annual Teen Conference was held for 53 youth at Fullerton Community College and included college awareness exposure and discussion, financial aid and related workshops, and other topics relevant to the challenges teens face
Project Access awarded scholarships to 6 deserving youth and adults to attend college and further their education
Independent Living for Seniors:
Capacity Building for Adults:
2,664 individuals were involved in capacity building for adults initiative; employment readiness and job search assistance, financial literacy, parenting education, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
310 clients attended English as a Second Language Classes
98% of residents indicate that ESL classes improved their ability to speak English
96% of residents indicate that ESL classes improved their ability to write English
1,212 residents participated in the 2010 Project Access Resource Fair which provided access to financial and employment resources and providers onsite.
Project Access has worked hard to develop and retain our fantastic staff members. We currently have 27 full-time and 17 part-time employees.
Project Access truly appreciates the support of our volunteers. Their time and dedication to our residents complements the work we are doing. Last year, we placed 106 individual volunteers statewide whose contribution is valued at $89,882.
Project Access partners with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) a national program sponsor for AmeriCorps in the Bay Area. Both LISC and AmeriCorps are national organizations that are recognized all over the US. Their objectives are to provide local, community-based organizations the opportunity to implement projects which they could not otherwise do without the AmeriCorps member; and give individuals committed to revitalizing low-income communities the opportunity to learn and develop skills in the field of community development.
Paid Interns and Titan Tutors
Project Access partners with the Center for Internships and Community Engagement at California State University, Fullerton for paid interns. We placed 20 students to support our programs at our Family Resource Centers in Southern California.
Our service partners are an integral part of the needed services that we offer to our residents and we truly appreciate the more than 161 service providers we partnered with in 2011, allowing us to provide services and programs such as mobile health clinics, Second Harvest Foodbank, Campfire USA, LISC Bay Area, one-on-one tutoring, parenting education classes, arts and crafts for seniors, and much more.
As you know, Project Access works with affordable housing developers/owners in a fee-for-service relationship to bring free services to our residents. Project Access leverages the owners’ financial commitment and in-kind donation of space by bringing in additional resources through fundraising and by obtaining in-kind donations for the Resource Centers. Here are some highlights of our 2011 fundraising efforts:
2011 was a challenging fundraising year; we managed to refocus the organization and ended in a net positive position. We exceeded our goal to end the year with a balanced budget and restored cash reserves.
We raised over $560,000 through our various fundraising efforts
Campaigns and Individual Giving raised over $24,000
Direct Corporations contributed over $45,000
We received $209,000 in non-government grants
The 1st Annual Golf Tournament raised over $110,000
The 6th Annual Keys to Success Awards Dinner raised nearly $150,000
More than 1000 toys donated by Toys for Tots were distributed to our youth residents this holiday season
As you can see, 2011 was a truly exciting year for Project Access, and we could not have done it without your support and dedication. Thank you for helping Project Access creates opportunities that change the lives of our residents.
2012 is sure to be a challenging year, especially for our residents, who are living on the edge of poverty. Without a paycheck, they are often one month away from losing the roof over their heads. Today, their situation is even more dire as our residents are feeling the tremendous impact of the current economic crisis. Our goal is to keep families employed, children in school and seniors active.
In 2012, Project Access will continue to strive to be a lifeline for working families and seniors in this critical time of need.
CEO & President