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The everyday power struggles between law enforcement and the nations' hidden transient populations to be distrustful of programs offered directly by the government. Most have adopted a “The system isn’t broken, it was built this way” mentality. The Ark of Refuge bridges this gap by leaving no person uncounted. Our staff understands the factors that prevent these age groups from admitting they need help; Pride. ​Here are their stories. 



The Ark of Refuge’s Monitoring Committee basis our impact management off of the following criterion:


At our California-based nonprofit organization, we are driven by compassion and the belief that everyone deserves support and opportunities to thrive. Through our Poverty Diversion, Temporary Housing, Crisis Response, and Food Distribution programs, we have touched the lives of individuals facing various hardships.

Our Poverty Diversion Program aims to address the root causes of poverty by providing rental assistance and grants. Each year, we serve 35-70 clients, primarily from BIPOC communities. With a budget of $50,000.00, we offer crucial support to individuals striving to overcome financial challenges and build a stable future.


The Temporary Housing Program offers a safe haven for 35-70 clients each year, with a focus on supporting Domestic Violence Victims and Transients. With a budget of $70,000.00, we provide temporary shelter, ensuring individuals have a secure and supportive environment as they work towards long-term stability.

In our Crisis Response Program, we extend a helping hand to 100-300 clients annually who have experienced domestic violence. We offer counseling, accompaniment, clothing vouchers, gift cards, and more, empowering survivors on their journey towards healing and rebuilding their lives. With an approximate budget of $300,000.00, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support during times of crisis.

Our Food Distribution Program serves 300-500 clients each year, ensuring that those experiencing homelessness or living in encampments receive nutritious meals. Through partnerships with local restaurants, we are able to provide free hot meals, offering comfort and nourishment to those in need.

As we reflect on our achievements, we recognize the invaluable contributions of our team, volunteers, and community partners. It is their dedication and unwavering support that enables us to fulfill our mission and create lasting impact. We are deeply grateful for their commitment and compassion.

Moving forward, we are determined to continue expanding our reach and improving our services

Annual Impact Report

Programs :

  • Poverty Diversion

  • Temporary Housing

  • Crisis Response

  • Food Distribution

Overview :

Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families facing challenging circumstances. Through our diverse programs, we strive to address the immediate needs of those affected by poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness. Here is a snapshot of the impact we've made over the past year:

Poverty Diversion Program:

  • Served 35-70 clients annually

  • Provided rental assistance and grants

  • Budget of $50,000.00

  • Majority of clients are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)


Temporary Housing Program:

  • Served 35-70 clients annually

  • Provided safe and secure temporary housing

  • Budget of $70,000.00

  • Majority of clients are Domestic Violence Victims and Transients

Crisis Response Program:

  • Served 100-300 clients annually

  • Offered counseling, accompaniment, clothing vouchers, and gift cards

  • Budget of approximately $300,000.00

  • Majority of clients are Domestic Violence Victims.

Food Distribution Program:

  • Served 300-500 clients annually

  • Provided free hot meals donated by local restaurants

  • Majority of clients are homeless, living outdoors or in encampments

Through our collective efforts, we have made a significant difference in the lives of those we serve. We are proud to have positively impacted individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities. However, our work is not done. We remain committed to expanding our reach, improving our services, and advocating for lasting change.

We express our deepest gratitude to our dedicated staff, volunteers, and partners whose unwavering support has made our accomplishments possible. Together, we continue to create a better future for those in need.


Data Collection 


Peer-to-peer data collection

• Engaging individuals currently experiencing homelessness in the data collection process as guides for street count and as surveyors

• Guides are be compensated for their time and expertise at an hourly rate of $15 per hour

A four step data collection process

• 1 day observation based street count (100% canvas)

• Dedicated youth count (targeted outreach)

• Shelter count (HMIS data)

• Survey (sample of individuals residing on the street and in county shelters in the days following the count)


Data and metrics are balanced AND integrated within strategy.

Impact Questions

Learning informs strategy. Did learning happen? What resources were utilized most? Do we know why or why not?

The combination input and impact question can create a predicted outcome. The outcome is what Internal and External stakeholders use for decision making.

The result of impact integrated with our organizations strategy to create a more concrete finalized outcome.

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