Impact: $8 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness. Read More
Safe Haven meets the benchmark for high cost-effectiveness. The nonprofit provides a night of shelter for less than 200% of Fair Market Rent.
Note: The impact of this program may not be representative of the entire operation of Hope Rescue Mission.
Governance: Passes checks
Provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the homeless men of Berks County to share the life-changeing message of the gospel with the hope of seeing them restored to a productive life. Offering four residential programs that men can work their way through to transition back into the community as productive and independent individuals.
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Hope Rescue Mission provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.
People experiencing homelessness
Outcomes: Changes in people's lives. They can be caused by a nonprofit.
Costs: The money spent by nonprofits and their partners and beneficiaries.
Impact: The cost to achieve an outcome.
Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was "worth" the outcome.
A night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness
To calculate impact, we estimate how many outcomes the nonprofit caused.
We look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.
Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017
Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.
We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.
We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g. a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e. counterfactual outcomes).
Cost data reported by Hope Rescue Mission and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.
$300,287 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $300,287 total costs
After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners. In-kind donations, of labor or supplies, are not counted.
$300,287 total costs / 36,541 nights of shelter provided = roughly $8 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
Numbers may not divide precisely due to rounding and time discounting.
We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.
Impact ratings of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive 5 stars if they are less than 200% the cost of a meal and 4 stars if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns 3 stars.
The nonprofit provides a night of shelter for less than 200% of Fair Market Rent.
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There are indications of governance or financial health issues at the nonprofit.
After being given an opportunity, the nonprofit chose not to publish impact information.
We are not yet issuing this level of star rating.
The rated program does not meet our benchmark for cost-effectiveness.
The rated program is cost-effective.
The rated program is highly cost-effective.
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Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
An ImpactMatters analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Hope Rescue Mission to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.
Despite one warning sign, Hope Rescue Mission passes our governance check.
Warning sign: Overhead spending is high (>35% of total spending)
Although there may be a legitimate explanation, we consider high overhead spending a warning sign. Nonprofits fail our governance check if they have two warning signs.
Charity Navigator has not issued a fraud or mismanagement advisory
Hope Rescue Mission itself has not reported any material diversions of assets
Hope Rescue Mission itself has not reported any excess benefit transactions
Source: Hope Rescue Mission Form 990 and Charity Navigator
This rating is based on ImpactMatters analysis of the impact of Safe Haven relative to costs. Impact is the change in the social outcomes of people served by the program, net of the change that would have happened even without the program (the “counterfactual”); divided by cost. Learn more.
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$8 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.