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    Connecting Grounds
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    Connecting Grounds

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    501(c)(3) organization
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    4341 W CHESTNUT EXPY
    Springfield MO 65802-5829

    Springfield MO | IRS ruling year: 2019 | EIN: 82-3818094  
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
     
    Organization Mission
    The Connecting Grounds is a church that does outreach work to the unsheltered of our community.
     

    Rating Information

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    Rating Report

    Leadership & Adaptability
    Score

    100

    This beacon provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

    Strategy

    40 out of 40 points

    Full Credit
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    Mission Statement
    10 out of 10 points
     
    The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization's mission.
    The Connecting Grounds is a church that does outreach work to the unsheltered of our community.
    Vision Statement
    10 out of 10 points
     
    The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.
    Our heart is to find ways to live out the red letters of the gospel in the gaps that exist in our ci
    Strategy Goals
    20 out of 20 points
     
    The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.
    Goal One: To create a trauma-informed faith community that is engaged in meeting the needs of our community through program creation and partnership development.
    Goal Two: To advocate for issues of justice that are connected to poverty, homelessness, foster care, bigotry, and racism.
    Goal Three: To build transitional, supportive housing in our community to help reduce the number of people living on the streets without shelter and resources.

    Leadership

    30 out of 30 points

    Full Credit
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    No Credit
    Investment in Leadership Development
    15 out of 15 points
     
    The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development.
    Two of our staff have returned to work on master's and doctorate degrees to further develop their skills, knowledge, and advocacy. We also do regular staff meetings and trainings on policy issues, social justice, and teamwork.
    External Focus on Mobilizing Mission
    15 out of 15 points
     
    The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.
    We regularly host community partner meetings with other churches and non-profits to discuss ways to work together to synergize efforts in our community. We conduct regular research through our organization about public issues and we share these findings with partners and our community as a whole. We offer regular trainings and conversations for the community to learn more about poverty and homelessness including speaking to businesses and organizations to help raise their awareness. We advocate for local policy changes with our city council and are working to become more engaged on the state level to advocate for poverty related issues. We regularly host social media campaigns to educate and inform others about the issues that impact our community.

    Adaptability

    30 out of 30 points

    Full Credit
    Partial Credit
    No Credit
    Investment in Leadership Development
    30 out of 30 points
     
    The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.
    In the last year, we have adapted in many ways to changes in our community, our organization, and the world. We do street outreach with our unsheltered population every night that it is colder than 40 degrees. Last winter, the demand was high and volunteers would often be out until well after midnight each night which made it hard for people to connect at times. This year, we divided the city into four routes. We would do two routes a night and give out more supplies per stop than last year. However, this allowed us to visit fewer places per night but to spend more time talking to people in need to help connect them to resources. This also led to higher volunteer engagement because our routes were finished by 10 PM each night. We also saw a high need for respite care for unhoused people in our community with many people who were sick with COVID or other illnesses having nowhere to recover, we purchased a small house and converted it into a respite house where we can care for three people at a time that is recovering from injury and illness. We also saw a need to make medical care, in general, more accessible to our unsheltered population so we wrote a grant to offer virtual and telehealth medicine through street outreach and our outreach center. During the Omnicron variant spike of COVID in our area, we had to close our outreach center to foot traffic to protect the health of our guests and volunteers. Instead of simply not offering services during this time, we created an outdoor aid station on our sidewalk that we could stock with survival supplies and food 24 hours a day so that people could come and get what they needed. We also used this time to remodel the inside of our center to expand our medical care clinic, offer mailboxes, create a barbershop for haircuts, expand our clothing closet, and create case management space for us to meet with people and help connect them to resources. Now that we are back open the improvement in our services is great!
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