Acres of Hope
PO Box 238
Auburn CA 95604
Contact Information
Address PO Box 238
Auburn, CA 95604
Telephone (530) 878-8030 481
E-mail office@acresofhopeonline.org
Mission
Mission Statement
The vision of Acres of Hope is to provide a safe family environment and a healthy living program for women with children that sets the foundation of change and breaks the cycle of homelessness.
 
Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual quality of life for homeless women and their children.  We accomplish this by identifying and replacing faulty belief systems that drive destructive behaviors with biblically based truths and the implementation of healthy life skills. 
 
Acres of Hope values the following:
  • The unique purpose that God has planned for every person.
  • Healthy relationships with God, self and others.
  • Relationships that provide mutual support and accountability without judgment.
  • A safe environment that promotes personal authenticity.
  • Continued growth in all stages of life.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marcelle Schaefer
Board Chair Mr. Lawrence Buren
Board Chair Company Affiliation Astro Zenega (Retired)
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
 
 
Mission Statement
The vision of Acres of Hope is to provide a safe family environment and a healthy living program for women with children that sets the foundation of change and breaks the cycle of homelessness.
 
Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual quality of life for homeless women and their children.  We accomplish this by identifying and replacing faulty belief systems that drive destructive behaviors with biblically based truths and the implementation of healthy life skills. 
 
Acres of Hope values the following:
  • The unique purpose that God has planned for every person.
  • Healthy relationships with God, self and others.
  • Relationships that provide mutual support and accountability without judgment.
  • A safe environment that promotes personal authenticity.
  • Continued growth in all stages of life.
Background Statement

Acres of Hope is a long-term, faith-based residential renewal center for homeless women with children. It was formed in 2005 in response to statistics within Placer County regarding the growing number of homeless women with children. With start-up funding from generous donors, Acres leased and renovated an old motel in Applegate, CA and welcomed our first families in May, 2006. In May, 2012 we purchased 3.7 acres in Auburn, CA and relocated, replacing the old motel with new family cottages.

Our program is structured as:

Level 1: Orientation Introduces the women to our program and gives them an opportunity to understand program expectations. Individual Family Plans (IFPs) are prepared, which guide their learning goals.

Level 2: Curriculum Teaches the women new life skills such as how to respond vs. react, regulating thoughts and emotions, and conflict resolution. The women attend weekly AA meetings, gain a sponsor, and begin case management to work toward achieving their IFP goals.

Level 3: Preparation The women prepare to sustain their lives by going back to school and/or gaining employment. A relapse prevention program is included. The women begin developing healthy outside relationships so they have a network of support when they leave Acres.

Level 4: Continuation In the last months of living at Acres the women spend more time in the community at work and at school to practice their life skills with the safety net of returning home to Acres each day. After graduation, women can receive six months of after-care case management.

Acres has served more than 79 women and over 216 children. One of our goals is to reunify mothers and children that have been separated due to factors such as substance abuse. We have an 85% success rate in facilitating the return of children from foster care to their mothers at Acres.

Needs Statement
Acres of Hope has varied needs and your support is essential to our program. We've provided an online "Wish List" for materials, projects and supplies needed that is updated regularly. See the list here. 
  • Financial support (monthly donors)
  • Program volunteers
  • ReNew Stores volunteers (Roseville, CA)
  • Skilled & unskilled laborers (property development and build out)
  • Ambassadors, task force and committee volunteers
Organizational Leadership Statement

Acres of Hope is a special place where lives are changed. Generally, our moms come from generational cycles of abuse, abandonment, addiction, neglect. Often, they were born to families that were at their best deeply dysfunctional and at their worst downright dangerous. For example, one of our moms was given alcohol as a baby by her own mother who did not want to hear her cry when she was teething, and so she became a child alcoholic. One of our moms was given drugs at an early age because her family thought it was funny to watch her get high, until she was raped at age eight at a family party.

Given these traumatic experiences, no wonder these women fell into lifestyles of addiction as a way of coping with the pain of being uncared for and found themselves repeating destructive patterns.

The moms who come to Acres are the ones who say, “No more; it stops here.” They come to Acres to break the cycle and provide a healthy life for their children. Sometimes the moms have custody of their children; sometimes their children are with a family member or in foster care.

One of our primary goals at Acres is to work with the court and social services to reunify mothers and children. We have a good relationship with these entities, resulting in an 85% success rate in reunifying mothers and children. For example, one of our moms who came to Acres in November, 2012 was on the verge of losing parental rights to her young son and the court was preparing to adopt him out. Once at Acres, the judge chose to give her more time. A year later, at Christmas 2013, she received full custody and was commended by the Child Protective Services attorney for accomplishing the life change that was needed to regain her son!

As a faith-based organization, one component of our program is teaching forgiveness. For our families, becoming a healthy person means letting go of past wounds; to no longer live under the burden of shame and blame, but to go forward with grace toward themselves and others. Because we teach the biblical principles of love, grace and forgiveness, we are not eligible to receive most public funding. We rely on the income from our thrift stores and our generous donors.

Part of the success of Acres is the large number of business, service, community and church organizations that provide not just funding, but hands-on assistance by driving mothers to appointments, leading family activities at Acres, doing maintenance and donating supplies. Acres of Hope is only able to make a difference in the lives of our residents because of our faithful supporters.

Areas of Service
Sacramento County
Placer County
Yolo County
El Dorado County
Sutter County
San Joaquin
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category P Human Services / P42 Single Parent Agencies/Services
Tertiary Organization Category F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention / F21 Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only)
Programs
Description
Women come to Acres through an application, referral and interview process.  Many of the mothers at Acres are recovering from generational patterns of addiction or abuse that they experienced as children. Women and their children can stay at Acres for up to two years while learning the skills necessary for success in family life, the workplace and the community. Acres includes an on-site child development program so that the children receive the care and learning needed to be successful in their family, school and community life.
Population Served Homeless
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Women with children who are enrolled in our residential renewal program receive teaching in life skills such as communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, managing one's emotions, healthy relationships, finance and budgeting, time management, hygiene, nutrition, and housekeeping skills. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Incremental success is achieved each time a mother accomplishes one of 25 healthy living learning goals.  Success is also measured by factors such as achieving an 85% success rate in facilitating the return of foster-care children to their mothers who live at Acres.
Description
In our residential child development and parenting program, children and mothers receive nurturing and teaching to assist them in accomplishing developmental goals which help them to be successful in school and family life. We teach the children and coach the mothers so that each child's developmental growth becomes part of the mother's core responsibilities.
 
Every child receives teaching according to their developmental needs including school readiness for preschool aged children and academic support for children attending public school. Children are taught life skills that align with the mothers' program and mothers are taught parenting skills and participate in assisting their children reaching specific developmental milestones.
Population Served Homeless
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. One example of a program success is a one year old child who was not yet crawling. The mother was given a specific set of tasks including not putting her child in a stroller for long periods of time and playing with the child on the floor, along with simple muscle building exercises. We mirrored these activities in the child development classroom. Within three months, the child had successfully learned to crawl and was also walking.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The children are assessed weekly for academic growth and a report is given to the mother at the end of every week based on a list of academic goals given out at the beginning of the week. Academic success is also measured by report cards and conferences at the local school where our school aged children attend. Developmental growth, including small and gross motor skills, communication skills and behavioral skills, is monitored and reported on during parenting case management each month. The mother and children's Parenting Program Director establishes goals for each child and the mother is given a set of practical tasks to help her child successfully reach those goals.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Marcelle Schaefer
Staff
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Volunteer hours provided to the organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lawrence Buren
Company Affiliation Astro Zenega (Retired)
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Email llburen@att.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Alan Breese Flyers Energy LLC
Mr. Lawrence Buren Astro Zenega (Retired)
Mr. Jeffrey W. DeBoer DeBoer Financial Group
Mr. Robert Dunstan Placer County Health and Human Services (Retired)
Ms. Cecilia Gandre Community Volunteer
Ms. Colleen Gregg Mercy Center Auburn
Mr. Gregg Hall Tilton Pacific Construction
Ms. Marcelle Schaefer Acres of Hope
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Governace
Board Meeting Attendance % 86 %
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100 %
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$307,632$226,145$375,536
Administration Expense$263,368$100,051$21,337
Fundraising Expense$7,625$342$29,872
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.531.200.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses53%69%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$355,532$158,896$329,352
Total Liabilities$0--$9,056
Total Net Assets$355,532$158,896$320,296
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, and grants $833,248Contributions, gifts, and grants $334,692Contributions, gifts, and grants $374,483
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial events $53,298Special events $55,807N/A $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountN/A $0N/A $0N/A $0
Comments
CEO Comments

2012 was a pivotal year in the history of Acres of Hope. Due to the many individuals and organizations that responded so generously to the first phase of our capital campaign, we were able to realize the dream of purchasing a special parcel of land to become our new home.

In October 2012, Acres of Hope closed escrow on 3.7 acres in old Bowman, now part of Auburn, CA. The property is an ideal home for Acres because it preserves the retreat-like setting that is an important part of our community life. In addition, it offers three significant advantages:

Financial stability: Being owners, not tenants, is in the long-range financial best interest of Acres.

Access: The Bowman location offers greatly improved access to community services and employment opportunities for our moms.

Expansion: We can more effectively expand the program to serve a larger number of families.

The excitement about moving to this new land is contagious!

· The land acquisition was made possible by a loan from a private family foundation that is structured as matching gift: for each dollar of principal that we repay, a second dollar is forgiven!

· Every single one of the 13 cottages needed to open Village One was 100% paid for by sponsoring individuals and organizations.

· Gifts of time, talent and treasure were provided to renovate the old buildings on the property to be re-purposed for a community house and administration offices, and to replace the infrastructure for Village One: water, sewer, electrical…everything needed to provide safe and peaceful living for our families as they do the work to change their lives.

Because of the gifts given, we have been able to invest in creating the first phase of a community that supports our residents in their renewal process. We have more land to develop and more homes to add so we can serve more families; with your ongoing support we can touch the lives of women and children in need for years to come.

Other Documents
Nonprofit Acres of Hope
Address PO Box 238
Auburn, CA 95604
Primary Phone (530) 878-8030 481
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marcelle Schaefer
Board Chair Mr. Lawrence Buren
Board Chair Company Affiliation Astro Zenega (Retired)
Year of Incorporation 2005