Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) will expand the life-changing opportunities we provide to women who access our services. We will enhance programs, evaluate outcomes with more precision, facilitate guest connections to resources, strengthen organizational capacity, and become a change agent for social justice in our community.

Our Vision: A community where all women have safety, shelter, resources, and the opportunity to thrive.

Our Mission: Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where women who are experiencing homelessness, trauma, or economic insecurity have access to a caring community and critical resources.

Our Theory of Change: EGH achieves positive impact by creating and implementing programs, securing partnerships, and participating in advocacy that results in the outcomes desired by the people we serve.

Our Values: Respect | Inclusion | Community | Empathy

  • Introduce new day center programs to meet guest needs and goals
  • Strengthen our support for guests experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges
  • Enhance our intake process to capture guest goals and outcomes
  • EGH: Define a future path for the Transitional Housing Program to optimize outcomes
  • Community: Increase our knowledge of housing and shelter options for our guests to best fit their needs
  • System-wide: Develop and implement advocacy and education strategies to assist in mitigating the systemic lack of permanent, affordable, and supportive housing
  • Increase case management time available with staff
  • Enable volunteers and staff to better support the diverse needs of our guests
  • Create more opportunities to build community among guests
  • Strengthen partnerships and bidirectional referrals to and from other programs
  • Invest in our staff team through training, benefits, and compensation
  • Invest in infrastructure to optimize efficiency and maintain a safe working environment
  • Increase capacity to support our volunteer program
  • Strengthen data collection and utilization for current and future programming
  • Diversify funding with a focus on expanding individual giving and government grants
  • Create a Social Justice Framework that defines goals and measurable actions to guide our ongoing work in advancing IDEA

Description of our process:
This 3-year Strategic Plan reflects the needs of the community we serve, the goals of the staff team and Board of Directors, and the areas of growth we envision for EGH. The first phase of the plan focused on listening, learning, understanding, and visioning. With a new Executive Director on board in the first quarter of 2022, a grantor willing to fund strategic planning work, and EGH’s readiness to take a deep look at our operations, vision, capabilities, and future potential, 2023 was a year of action in building a 2024-2026 Strategic Plan.

The Board of Directors dedicated time during the February 2023 Board Retreat and subsequent four board meetings to learn about the challenges and opportunities related to four priorities: mental health, housing, programming, and capacity building. Staff at Elizabeth Gregory Home engaged with and learned from community partners who are serving a similar population and doing complementary work. The Executive Director spent most of her first year listening to the concerns of the staff team, learning the organization’s strengths and weaknesses, understanding the realities of serving the unhoused, connecting with leaders from other organizations, and discovering best practices for this work.

EGH engaged with an outside evaluator/consultant to complete a comprehensive Needs Assessment for the organization. The consultant utilized two University of Washington graduate students to conduct surveys and interviews with six different constituent groups: clients/guests, staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and partner agencies. These interviews gave a voice in the planning to those served and impacted by EGH’s work. A Needs Assessment report was delivered to EGH staff in August 2023. This information was shared with the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, key staff, and the Board of Directors. After synthesizing these sources of input, learning, discussion, and research, we updated EGH’s mission and vision statement, identified five goals and supporting strategies for 2024-2026, and created an Implementation Plan to accompany the final version of the Strategic Plan.

Who provided input:
101 Donors and Volunteers through online survey
15 Board Members through interviews and meetings
9 Staff through interviews and meetings
26 Clients/Guests through interviews and surveys
21 Partner Agencies through online survey and meetings
172 Total number of people providing input

Steering Committee and Consultants:
Ally Baehr, Executive Director
Andy Gallegos, Day Center Manager
Mary Duncan, Development Officer (former)
Jean Edelhertz, Board President (former)
Margoan Hunter, Board Member
Albert Komba, Board Member
Richa Thapliyal, Board Member
Lisa Huang-North, Board Member
Gillian Marshall, Evaluator/Consultant
Mackenzie Komeshak, UW Grad Student
Sandra Urusaro, UW Grad Student

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