The Forbes Fund Strategic Alliance Seminar<br />August 30, 2011<br />“Life After Restructuring: Real Stories”<br />Lois Mu...
The Dream…1981<br />Residential & Supportive <br />Services for Homeless Women Through<br />Community Collaborations<br />...
Residential & Supportive Programs<br />30 Shelter Beds<br />  20 Transitional Housing Beds<br />16 Permanent Housing Beds<...
Collaborative Partners<br />Health Care for the Homeless Health & Wellness Clinic<br />Wellsprings                      Me...
Merger with Miryam’s - 2007<br /><ul><li>  20 Transitional Housing Beds
 10 Permanent Housing Beds
 The Day Program
Aftercare Services
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
Health Care for the                 Homeless Clinic Site
About 30 Staff</li></li></ul><li>Merger with Miryam's Cont.<br /><ul><li> Combined “92” Staff in 2008
 Staff Involved Committee Led Development of New Mission & Values
Natural Staff Attrition
Little Awareness of What Led to the Merger
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Life After Restructuring - Lois Mufuka Martin

  1. 1. The Forbes Fund Strategic Alliance Seminar<br />August 30, 2011<br />“Life After Restructuring: Real Stories”<br />Lois Mufuka Martin<br />
  2. 2. The Dream…1981<br />Residential & Supportive <br />Services for Homeless Women Through<br />Community Collaborations<br />Increased Capacity with Visionary Leadership, County & State Funding, Earned Income and Strong Board Fundraising<br />
  3. 3. Residential & Supportive Programs<br />30 Shelter Beds<br /> 20 Transitional Housing Beds<br />16 Permanent Housing Beds<br />The 902 Mental Health Clinic<br />Project Employ<br />About 60+ Employees<br />
  4. 4. Collaborative Partners<br />Health Care for the Homeless Health & Wellness Clinic<br />Wellsprings Mercy Behavioral Health<br />The Human Resource Collaborative (Bethlehem Haven, POWER, CVVC)<br />Allegheny County Department of Human Services<br />
  5. 5. Merger with Miryam’s - 2007<br /><ul><li> 20 Transitional Housing Beds
  6. 6. 10 Permanent Housing Beds
  7. 7. The Day Program
  8. 8. Aftercare Services
  9. 9. Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
  10. 10. Health Care for the Homeless Clinic Site
  11. 11. About 30 Staff</li></li></ul><li>Merger with Miryam's Cont.<br /><ul><li> Combined “92” Staff in 2008
  12. 12. Staff Involved Committee Led Development of New Mission & Values
  13. 13. Natural Staff Attrition
  14. 14. Little Awareness of What Led to the Merger
  15. 15. Founding Program Directors & Long Term Staff
  16. 16. Program Specific Letterhead</li></li></ul><li>New Post Merger <br />Collaborations & Programming<br /><ul><li> Services Overseen by LSW, LCSW professional
  17. 17. Centralized Intake & Benefits
  18. 18. Housing Resource Coordination
  19. 19. Local, State and Federal Advocacy
  20. 20. Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
  21. 21. NIH/University of Nebraska Lincoln Research Project</li></li></ul><li>The Struggle…<br /><ul><li>Combining Financial Systems
  22. 22. Unanticipated Expense of Acquiring old Building
  23. 23. Change in Economy and Federal Funding Requirements
  24. 24. Eliminating Staff Redundancies
  25. 25. Maintaining Quality Programming
  26. 26. Managing Internal and External Expectations</li></li></ul><li>Lessons Learned<br />Pre Merger - Legal Counsel is Key<br />You don’t know what it is you don’t know<br />Communication Starts with Board Support<br />Set the tone early – the CEO is Authorized by the Board<br /> Financial Preparedness is Not Enough<br />Mergers Cost Money - Expect the Unexpected<br />Invest in Your CEO as a Change Agent<br />Executive Coaching, Admin Support, Capacity Building<br />Invest in Your Staff as Most Valuable Resource<br />Inform, train & retrain as often as needed!<br />
  27. 27. Never Underestimate the Power of Celebration!<br />Celebrate Your Success With Staff!<br />
  28. 28. Light Up the Night!<br />Celebrate Success with your Board!<br />
  29. 29. Volunteer Appreciation Tea<br />Celebrate Success with Volunteers!<br />
  30. 30. Contact Information<br />Lois Mufuka Martin<br />Executive Director<br />Bethlehem Haven <br />Fifth Avenue Commons <br />905 Watson Street<br />Pittsburgh, PA 15219<br />Office: 412-391-1348 ext. 231<br />lmartin@bethlehemhaven.org  <br />www.bethlehemhaven.org<br /> <br />
  31. 31. Thank You!<br />

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