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 8
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
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
Mr. Robert Litchfield Attorney at Law
Ms. Marcelle Schaefer Acres of Hope
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
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 Year201320122011
Program Expense$851,369$307,632$226,145
Administration Expense$86,871$263,368$100,051
Fundraising Expense$2,938$7,625$342
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.581.531.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%53%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,730,213$355,532$158,896
Total Liabilities$1,730,213$0--
Total Net Assets$0$355,532$158,896
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $1,484,135Contributions, gifts, and grants $833,248Contributions, gifts, and grants $334,692
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $0Special events $53,298Special events $55,807
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMiscellaneous Income $0N/A $0N/A $0
Comments
CEO Comments

2014 was an exciting year for Acres of Hope. Due to the many individuals and organizations that are so generous toward us, we were able to continue to serve homeless women with children in need of a chance to change their lives.

We received some major gifts this past year for which are deeply grateful: grading and walkways for wheelchair access; beautiful landscaping to create a lovely environment in which our families can heal, learn and grow; a new playground so our families have a place to exercise and play together; and two new vehicles to help replace our aging small fleet so we can transport our residents to medical appointments, court hearings, grocery shopping, church and family outings.
 
We also began planning in earnest for expansion. We hope to house about 30 families when we have developed all three acres. We will, of course, be asking for a large investment from our donors when the time comes to break ground for the next phase, but we are confident that the funds will come to us when needed. Our moms and kids are worth the investment!
 
We are able to be bold in our planning because we have been encouraged by your generosity. The loan we received to buy the land we now occupy includes a forgiveness clause: for every dollar of principal we repay, a second dollar is forgiven. Because our donors have met the challenge, we are almost loan-free.
 
Our gratitude runs deep: every day we get to witness changed lives because of the investment you make. Thank you!
 
-- Marcelle Schaefer, Executive Director 
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