NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Lean on Me, INC.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           1270 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 65334, Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  3712

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $140,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
Baton Rouge, LA
Carolyn Broussard
(225) 773-2586
3rd year

2. Secretary
P. Christie Curley
Baton Rouge, LA
(504) 339-6929
3rd year

Illora M. Gilmore
Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Workforce Commission, IT
(225) 939-1243
4th year

Executive Director (Responsible for operation of Entity)
Collette Desselles Brock
(225) 226-8399, 9 years

Markeshia Watson
225 620 2667
Program Manager

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The purpose of the program housing support to women who self-report to homelessness. Lean on Me, Inc. operates the New Beginnings Program for transitional housing to provide an affordable safe haven for women seeking independence.

The primary reason for the project is to assist women experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence, previous incarceration or former substance abuse. The lack of affordable housing, low-wage jobs and lack of support also contribute to their homelessness. Lean on Me, Inc. (LOM) provides support those in that experience.

LOM’s targeted population is for homeless women and women with children. The National Alliance to End Homelessness defined homelessness as people who are living in a place not meant for human habitation, people who are fleeing a domestic violence situation, or people who lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing. LOM’s has served women in the Greater Baton Rouge Areas with similar circumstances. A statistic released in 2016 by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that women represented 40% of the homeless population. What are the leading reasons women experience homelessness? Domestic violence, lack of affordable housing, lack of employment, mental health issues and a lack of other necessary resources all contribute. These contributing factors become components of the societal barriers causing women to end up being homeless. Statistics reveal that one in four women will experience domestic violence. LOM serves as an aid to women who become victims of domestic violence that subsequently become homeless. The program provides housing, education, safety and support to women eligible for services. Our program helps to alleviate barriers for access to shelter, to increase job retention, stability and communication resources.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $68,000
          Professional Services. . . $2,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $20,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $10,000
          Operating Services. . . . $40,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The New Beginnings Program purpose is to ensure that women in transition towards independence. The program currently provides shelter assistance, enrichment classes, referrals, and housing support to women who meet criteria for services.. The program’s approach is to identify barriers and behaviors that previously impeded with sustaining independence. After each client graduates out of the New Beginnings Program curriculum, she is then prepared for transitional living with continued case management. While in transitional living the client is establishing a support system with referrals from the community to ensure stability. The program refers those seeking employment to Vocational Rehabilitation, those who are in need of treatment are referred to mental health or primary care facilities and/or etc.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goals and objectives:
1. (G) LOM will ensure that 90% participate and complete the New Beginnings Life Skills Curriculum.
a. (O) Will be consistent with availability of classes and encourage participation
i. Provide resources that will be helpful towards completing the assignments
2. (G) LOM will ensure 80% of the clients maintain transitional living
a. (O) LOM will provide a support environment that is conducive for progression
i. Staff will review goals and barriers on a weekly basis
b. (O) LOM will teach and promote finance/income goals
i. Staff will work on activities that will promote financial growth on a monthly basis
ii. Staff will provide activities to promote job retention
-The target date for this goal will be ongoing or until termination of program
3. (G) 80% of clients will transition into independent living
a.(O) Staff will assist clients to identify permanent or private housing resources
(I). Client will review resources that are relevant to circumstances to apply to finding housing

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Two Years

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Markeshia D Watson 
                                       address:  P.O. Box 65334, Baton Rouge, LA 70896
                                       phone:  225-226-8399
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director