Investment Profile

Center for Multicultural Human Services

Investment Highlights

Center for Multicultural Human Services respond to the social and mental health needs of the immigrant and refugee populations.

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DATES & AMOUNT OF INVESTMENT

2001 – 2006 | $600,363

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Our investment partnership planned to help the Center for Multicultural Human Services achieve its vision to be recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in helping at-risk children and families from low-income and diverse cultural backgrounds overcome the obstacles that prevent them from achieving healthy functioning. The Center for Multicultural Human Services hoped to:

  • Expand its services to benefit significantly more children and families
  • Refine its model for services to at-risk children from multicultural backgrounds to achieve greater effectiveness and impact
  • Provide consultation and training services to help adapt and replicate its model regionally, nationally, and internationally

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Finding mental health services to cope with the pain of loss, the trouble with adjusting to a new place, or dealing with a family crisis is hard enough for native English speakers. For new Americans who don’t speak English well or not at all and have survived mental and physical torture in their home countries, getting the right help was extremely difficult—until the creation of the Center for Multicultural Human Services.

Planning and Focus: Their business planning included an articulated vision to be recognized locally, nationally and internationally for helping at-risk multi-cultural children and families from low-income and diverse backgrounds overcome obstacles that prevent them from succeeding.

Human Capital—Board and Management: Hired and integrated a bilingual COO with extensive clinical and administrative experience in the mental health delivery system.

Outcomes Assessment: Implemented evidence-based treatment models in schools and agencies where 87.9% of children showed stability or improvement in academic performance and 90.9% showed stability or improvement in mental health functioning.

Increased Visibility: Codify its approach in Multicultural Services for Immigrants & Refugees: A Hands-On Guide for Counselors & Case Workers to help other nonprofit organizations locally, nationally, and internationally respond more effectively to the human service and mental health needs of immigrants and refugees.

Since the completion of the VPP investment, the Center for Multicultural Human Services has merged with Northern Virginia Family Services and now operates as a division of its services.

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