Empty Arms Outreach Ministries
4526 Brickwood Meadow Court
North Dinwiddie VA 23803-8866
Mission Statement

To assist young ladies in becoming as self-sufficient as possible in a family-like setting within the community.

BACKGROUND:  Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates Alpha House I and II group homes in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Alpha House is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to offer quality 24 hour supervision and support to female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age.  Alpha House I specializes in the care of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children newborn to age 4 years.  Alpha House II specifically works with adolescent females 12-17 years who are exhibiting and/or diagnosed with issues on the mental health Axis I-V scale and require a temporary out-of-home placement.


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Joy Marshall LRP
Board Chair Joy Marshall LRP
Board Chair Company Affiliation President Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc.
Contact Information
Address 4526 Brickwood Meadow Court
North Dinwiddie, VA 238038866
Telephone 804 861-0596
Fax 804 861-1239
E-mail Alphahouse2@verizon.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $193,450.00
Projected Expenses $193,450.00
Statements
Mission

To assist young ladies in becoming as self-sufficient as possible in a family-like setting within the community.

BACKGROUND:  Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates Alpha House I and II group homes in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Alpha House is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to offer quality 24 hour supervision and support to female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age.  Alpha House I specializes in the care of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children newborn to age 4 years.  Alpha House II specifically works with adolescent females 12-17 years who are exhibiting and/or diagnosed with issues on the mental health Axis I-V scale and require a temporary out-of-home placement.


Impact

Accomplishments during 2015/2016:

  • 100% of residents attended public school to continue their education 
  •  100% of teens in 12th grade or GED program earned their high school diploma
  • 80 % of youth discharged from Alpha House were able to successfully return to their home community.
  • staff provided more than 300 hours of volunteer work to the community
  • Alpha House won the Dinwiddie County Chamber of Commerce 2016 award for Business with Best Community Involvement.
  • Alpha House's director, Joy Marshall, placed in the top five of the over 3000 + applicants for the Pilot G2 Overachiever Award Nationwide for her work at Alpha House/ Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc .

Goals for 2016 /2017 : 
  • Maintain 50% employment rate for adolescents receiving services
  • Increase development of alternative funding resources
  • Increase staff development opportunities
  • Replace vehicles

 

 
 

 

Needs

 Top five needs for 2016/2017

  1. Replace / refurbish flooring (carpet/ vinyl), paint walls inside and decks outside;
  2. Replace at least one of the eight passenger vehicles (newest van is 10 years old);
  3. Replace computers and technology (currently eight years old or older);
  4. Increase tutoring/ mentoring opportunities for residents;
  5. Increase celebrations of youth accomplishments and staff appreciation.
Background
Alpha House was founded in 1997 to provide a placement option for teen mothers and their children where the two could be placed together.  In 1998, Alpha House was licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to provide 24-hour therapeutic, residential care to teen mothers and their children newborn to age 4 years.  At the time there was no such placement in the state of Virginia.  Referral sources were the local Department of Social Service Foster care Units and the Juvenile Courts.  Because of a long waiting list for Alpha House I, Alpha House II was opened in 2000.  Alpha House II was later converted to a group home for females that were not pregnant or parenting because there was a demand for this service and the referrals of teen moms was significantly reduced after state funding guidelines changed in 2009 for care of foster children.
 
 
CEO Statement When Alpha House was founded in 1997 it was the vision of a small group of supporters to provide a safe place where a teen mother in foster care and her child could be housed together.  There were no licensed facilities at that time to care for teen mothers and their babies in the State of Virginia.  The practice at that time was if a foster home could not be identified that would take the teen mother and her child, to place the infant in the foster home and the teen in a shelter.  This often meant the children were placed in different parts of the state.  Alpha House was unique in that it was specifically designed to care for the teen mother and her child (or children) keeping them together.  In-house day care was built into the program so the teen could continue her education while receiving counseling, parenting skills training and job readiness skills.
Board Chair Statement  Alpha House provides quality services to a venerable population of children.  The needs of the children over the years have become more complex and challenging to meet.  We are seeing more children with substance abuse issues for the youth we serve and their families, and mental health concerns that have not been clearly defined or treated.  To meet these increased challenges additional training is required for staff, additional supports are needed for the youth and their families to address these concerns.  As administrator all of this translates to more funding is needed to continue to operate a quality program that is prepared to meet the needs of those we serve and the staff that are serving them. What makes this increasingly difficult is that funding from state and local governments who place the children in our facility is decreasing while the needs are increasing.   
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
The Alpha House Group Homes are located in Dinwiddie, Virginia but we serve children from all over the State of Virginia.  Our referral sources are generally either a local department of social services or the juvenile court.  To date we have served children from 40 localities within the state of Virginia and one from Philadelphia, PA. As of Feb. 2017, we have served 131 teen moms, 98 children, aged newborn to 4 years. With forty-seven of the infants being born while their mother was placed at Alpha House. Of the teens 45 have been 12th grade or GED students; of those 33 have gotten their high school diploma.  Six of the high school graduates have continued their education at a community college or vocational training center. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Joy Marshall LRP
Company Affiliation President Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc.
Term Sept 1997 to Dec 2020
Email joyc_m@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Pat Anderson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Linda Campbell M.ED.Educator
Mrs. Wanda Moore Cooperative Outreach Ministry Director
Ms. Almeta Wheeling Co-Founder Alpha House
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
The greatest challenge in keeping the Alpha House program operating is the reduction in funding.  In 2009, State and Federal funds were reduced to Social Service agencies that placed children in group homes rather than family homes.  The population of children served at Alpha House has declined as the result of this, so has the funding for the services provided.
 
We frequently get calls from agencies seeking bed space and "scholarship assistance" to place a child in the Alpha House Program. Unfortunately, we do not offer a scholarship program.  Funding currently comes from the placing locality (courts or social service agency) through Comprehensive Services Act Funds and Medicaid reimbursement for therapeutic services provided.  To supplement funding, we participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and Amazon Smile program where a percentage of the funds spent at these retailers by registered shoppers is donated to Empty Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc. for Alpha House programming.  We are developing other fundraising events and seeking grants and in-kind support from the community.
Executive Director
Executive Director Joy Marshall LRP
Experience Joy Marshall is the co-founder of the Alpha House Group Homes.  She holds an AAS degree from John Tyler Community College in Human Services with a focus in Mental Health and a BS in Psychology from Virginia State University. She has studied to also receive a Masters Degree in Community counseling at Virginia State University.  Ms. Marshall has 31 years of experience working with at-risk youth.
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 6
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Alpha House works with the Dinwiddie Public school, community therapists and physicians to meet the individual needs of the children it serves.
Programs
Description

Alpha House I is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to  provide therapeutic services to teen mothers and their children, aged newborn to 4 years.

 
Alpha House II works exclusively with adolescent females who require out-of-home placement.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $193,450.00
Projected Expenses $193,450.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$264,374$247,006$139,620
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.991.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$28,351$68,203$71,171
Current Assets$4,276$41,947$41,947
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0$44,501$44,501
Total Net Assets$28,351$23,702$26,670
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--0.940.94
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are attempting to raise 25000 by May 2017 to replace one of our vehicles that was totaled in Oct 2016.
Goal $25,000.00
Dates Nov 2016 to May 2017
Amount Raised To Date $2,550.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990s.