DONOR IMPACT REPORT
A Season of Preparation
Christian Children’s Home of Ohio 2017 Annual Report
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A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO
There is one word that jumps out to me as I think of the previous year at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) and our family of ministries: preparation. Like a farmer getting the soil ready for planting ahead of the harvest or a cook gathering the ingredients before making a family meal, a time of preparation is often necessary if we are ever to reach the desired goal.
The definition of preparation according to Merriam-Webster is: the activity or process of making something ready for use or service. While CCHO has been serving children and families in need for nearly 50 years, this season of preparation was required as God continues expanding His vision for our family of ministries in new and exciting ways.
Preparations are underway as our staff members remain focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus each day to the children and adults we serve. The addition of our campus spiritual coordinator, Krista Arnold, has allowed us to strengthen our spiritual and volunteer programming on the CCHO campus. Preparations are underway for the rebranding and growth of our Encourage Foster Care & Adoption program as the addition of Heather Huebner, our recruitment and engagement specialist, has increased our ability to share the opportunities, challenges and victories of becoming a foster parent with Encourage. Preparations are underway for the expansion of our Encompass Christian Counseling services as we are moving into new areas such as Independence and Avon Lake. We are humbled by the opportunity to speak life into people and see them overcome obstacles to healthy living. Preparations continue for the ramping up of our intensive trauma treatment, Trauma Resolution and Connection (TRAC). Under the direction of Margaret Vasquez, we are excited to see the impact TRAC has on people struggling with the effects of trauma on their life. Preparations are underway as we adapt to changes being made in behavioral health in the state of Ohio, most notably the implementation of a new electronic health record, CareLogic. We owe a debt of gratitude to our implementation team under the leadership of Bev Richards and Tonia Hanshaw.
Of course, we are also extremely grateful for you, our donors, volunteers and supporters who have walked alongside our ministry. We covet your prayers as we embark on this exciting future, fully recognizing the power in prayer.
We are also extremely grateful for a special group of volunteers: our board of directors. Under the direction of Board President, Steve Porter, the board works extremely hard to set the direction of the ministry and to provide Godly advice and guidance. We are sad to say goodbye to one of our valuable board members, Jeff Rayis. Jeff was named the Director of Finance and Treasury at Michigan State University, his alma mater, earlier this year and had to resign his position on the CCHO board. We will miss Jeff and his Godly wisdom but we are also excited for his new position.
All of these preparations point to a bright future, where more and more people will be touched by the gospel of Christ through CCHO and our family of ministries. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” As we look forward to great things to come in the name of Jesus, we are grateful for this year of preparation.
Your fellow servant,
Kevin Hewitt, Executive Director
The past year brought expansion to our Encompass Counseling services, with our newest office opening in Green, OH. Conveniently situated between Akron and Canton near the intersection of 77 and 241 (3570 Executive Drive, Suite 201), this office takes Encompass into a whole new market in Summit County. In response to increased demand for our Massillon office in recent years, this new location also allows for the addition of new therapists to meet the needs of our community through our various programs. We served nearly 1300 clients last year but we still were not able to meet all the demand due to space limitations, so the Green office increases our capacity to treat a broad range of mental health diagnoses through outpatient and home-based counseling, CPST services for adults, children, families and groups, and trauma-informed care for all ages. In addition to the Green office, other locations include Massillon, Canton, Ashland, Mansfield, Perry Township, Dover, Sebring and Wooster.
ONE HEART, ONE FAMILY OF MINISTRIES
After rebranding CCHO in 2016, we set out to give the same treatment to our Encompass Counseling while also setting our foster care and adoption ministry apart from Encompass and giving it a new name and accompanying logo. The result is a new look that we believe better communicates our core mission of helping people experience their worth in Christ with a heart, universal to all of our branding, that represents the radical transformation that only God can initiate.
In Ezekiel 11:19, God’s promise to the brokenhearted is clear and encouraging: “I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Time and again, we’ve watched God move in miraculous ways to change the bruised and battered hearts of boys and girls who have never heard that they are loved unconditionally. They come to us in crisis, in pain, in need, and they find safety, healing and peace. These logos remind us that, while we strive to do our jobs well each and every day, there is only One who can renew hearts and restore lives.
Another year, another round of exciting events for CCHO and our family of ministries. After enjoying record attendance at our 2016 Great Grill Off, nearly 1100 people once again descended upon the CCHO campus to enjoy almost 3,500 delicious mini slider burgers, nearly 350 all-beef frankfurters and 18 gallons of ice cream! Congratulations once again to Wooster’s own Spoon Market for taking home 1st place in the burger contest! Meanwhile, our Caring4Kids golf outing continues to bring in golfers from all over the state — nearly 20 foursomes total — who support our mission.
The highlight, though, was our first ever Heart for the Home Celebration. With nearly 400 people in attendance, we spent the evening celebrating our agency’s storied past while sharing the exciting vision for our future. Attendees received a copy of our agency’s first book, “Father’s Day Miracle: Faith, Fatherhood and the Day Everything Changed for Cleveland Sports Fans,” and Dru Joyce, former mentor and high school basketball coach of LeBron James, spoke about his many years working with the young men on his teams and how his time as a coach and mentor has impacted his relationship with his own kids. Finally, a video tribute to longtime CCHO director Gary Porter put a ribbon on an incredible night.
Together, the three events raised more than $150,000 toward our annual operating budget. Incredible!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR
When we take a look beyond the numbers – the number of children served, counseling hours, the money raised, etc. – what do we find? Throughout the 2016-17 fiscal year, we worked hard to intentionally share more of the stories of life-change that God is orchestrating through Christian Children’s Home of Ohio and our family of ministries. Every chance we had to communicate with you – our supporters – we tried to share meaningful stories. In our quarterly appeal letters, our bi-annual “All Things” newsletter, the blog on our website, through video, at our Heart for the Home Celebration, and even as we launched our first book, “Father’s Day Miracle: Faith, Fatherhood and the Day Everything Changed for Cleveland Sports Fans,” we focused on sharing the heart behind the numbers. We want you to understand the huge impact you are making in the lives of children, adults and families that have experienced immense trauma. We know it can be exciting and informative to review the numbers in an annual report but it’s even more important to understand what those numbers represent. In fact, we officially refer to this publication as our annual Donor Impact Report instead of an “Annual” report for that very reason. There’s a story behind every number! And, thanks to you – our donors, volunteers, staff, board and surrounding communities – lives are being impacted and changed forever.
As I mentioned in last year’s report, we’ve found it of vital importance to strategically invest in all facets of our ministry to successfully achieve our vision of becoming the partner of choice, providing services that transform lives, families and communities. Throughout the last fiscal year, we continued to evaluate and invest in both traditional Direct Programming Costs as well as innovative Core Mission Support. Take a look at the graphs on the next page and you’ll get a snapshot of what I’m referring to. We continue to believe that a strong organizational infrastructure will help our family of ministries (programs) continue to advance amidst today’s highly regulated and ever-challenging landscape.
I enjoyed meeting so many of you this past year and look forward to keeping in touch. For anyone reading this whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, please know that I’d love to connect with you. If you haven’t visited our campus in Wooster recently, perhaps it’s time for a tour. I’d love to walk the campus with you and share more about our exciting plans for the future.
Joe Franz, Director of Advancement
WISE STEWARDSHIP: 2016-17 FINANCIALS
Blue: Residential (56.78%)
Purple: Encompass Therapy (27.97%)
Green: Encourage FCA (10.57%)
Orange: Esperanza de Ana (2.74%)
Pink: One Heart Stables (1.93%)
Note: Core Mission Support includes maintenance, IT, HR, finance, advancement, marketing, CQI and other administration
Fixed Assets: $2,039,906
Total Assets: $4,361,150
LIABILITIES & EQUITIES
Accounts Payable: $191,613
Accrued Payroll: $219,761
Notes Payable: 0
Total Liabilities: $522,578
Equity (Net Assets): $3,838,572
Total Liabilities & Equity: $4,361,150