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LET T E R F RO M DR . S COTT M E H L , P R E S I D E N T, CL A RI S B OA RD OF D I RECTO RS A ND TA LIT H A P H I L L I P S , C L AR I S C H I E F E X ECUTI V E O FFI CER
he personal touch of Claris has set it apart for the entirety of its 41-year history. Clients are regularly surprised by the fact that when they walk through our doors they don’t “feel like a number.” Whether it’s a young couple unsure what to do in the face of a newly discovered pregnancy, a high school student whose dignity and worth are affirmed for the first time, or a woman who shows up struggling decades after an abortion, each face is treated with the respect, honor, and gentle care they deserve. To us, our clients are family and we treat them with the love that so few of them are able to find anywhere else. But, more than just being treated kindly, the men and women who walk through our doors are empowered to thrive in ways they never thought possible through the ongoing support system that is provided by Claris Health. This support system is based on four pillars that underpin our model of care.
• The care we offer is family-centric, we give voice to each member of the family and listen with compassion.
• The care we offer encourages true choice, empowering men and women who feel hopeless, forced into decisions they wouldn’t make if only they had support.
• The care we offer is client-led, as we invite our clients to explore their own hopes and dreams for their lives.
• And the care we offer is integrated or holistic, bringing empowerment each step of the journey. This is what makes the Claris Way so unique.
While the Claris Way defines our work every year, this past year, in particular, has been a breakthrough year for us. After years of searching for the most effective ways to reach the men and women who so desperately need our services, our staff have found inroads to those clients like never before. Just as relationships are at the core of our service model, we’ve discovered relationships to be the most impactful strategy of our marketing efforts as well. Over the past year the Claris staff have built relationships with dozens of community partners who now see Claris as an indispensable part of their own models of care. Through these partnerships we have seen a marked increase in the number of clients coming through our doors and utilizing our life-transforming services. To many of our community partners, Claris has become the go-to resource for any woman facing an unintended pregnancy as well as the go-to resource for sexual health education.
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Because of the continued excellence of our services as well as the creative outreach by our dedicated staff, 2017 has been a banner year for Claris Health. But, the work is just beginning. Our blossoming partnerships continue to produce opportunities that Claris is uniquely situated to take advantage of. But, we can’t do it alone. This is why we are so thankful to our growing number of supporters who make this incredible work possible. The stories of our clients continue to amaze us. They are stories of redemption, stories of hope, stories of power, and stories of love. But they’re stories that couldn’t be written without you. Thank you for being a part of our story, and through us, the stories of hundreds of families in our beloved city.
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Claris Health is a 501(c)(3) community-based, non-profit organization in Los Angeles, focusing on meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those at-risk for or facing an unintended pregnancy. Clarisâ€™ mission is to empower individuals to make informed pregnancy and sexual health choices. To accomplish this, Claris values all life, seeks to create a voice for each member of the family, and educates and empowers healthy choices that positively affect the entire family.
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Look what we accomplished together
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Total Clie nts Se rve d
Fiscal Year 2016-2017
Total Clie nts Se rve d
C lie nt Satis fac tio n* *Based on 334 completed Client Exit Surveys
Fiscal Year 2016-2017
4,011 Total Se rv ice s*
*Includes medical, counseling, and support services
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In Case You Missed It 2017 Highlights
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Medical Clinics • Added full-time, bilingual case management to navigate the complex concerns faced by vulnerable populations (sex trafficking, domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, current and former foster youth) • Partnered with USC to be a practicum site for their Master's in Social Work program • Added various equipment upgrades to increase the efficiency of appointments
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Support • Taught 115 parenting classes including Breakthrough Parenting (court mandated), Mommy & Toddler Fitness, Home Buyers Workshop, No-Drama Discipline, + more • Added a new, therapeutic curriculum to the post-abortion support program • Partnered with a birth mom advocacy agency to provide legal and practical support to those considering or making an adoption plan
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Counseling â€˘ Significantly grew the number of therapy + peer counseling referrals from partnering agencies (providing access to options counseling, support and community resources for newly pregnant clients who have already obtained medical care)
Reality Check â€˘ Partnered with several new schools + presented to addiction treatment centers + various social service agencies in LA
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Our Stories Real people reached.
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OUR STOR IES
I wanted to give her the world, and doing so meant I had to trust in that I had to the work that I sacrifice my desire had done in the to keep her in my beginning — the stories I had heard arms. at Claris and the conclusions that I had come to through deep, honest reflection and wise counsel. THE DAY O F M Y DAU GH TE R ’ S B I RTH WAS
THE B E ST DAY O F MY L I F E . B U T A F E W DAYS LATE R WHE N I H AD TO PART W I TH H E R
WO U LD BE T H E WO R S T DAY O F M Y L I F E .
THRO UGH CL A RI S, I ’V E B EEN A B L E TO SHA RE THI S RAW E XPERI E NCE TO ENCO URAGE OTHE RS WHO A RE CO NTEMPL ATI NG
AD OP TI ON . I ’M CONNECTE D TO OTHE R
B I RTH MOMS FOR SUPPO RT A ND THE STA FF
AT CL A RI S I S STI L L I NVOLV E D I N MY L I FE TO THI S DAY. I CHO O SE TO REMA I N GRATE FUL FOR THE WAY THI S V E RY D I FFI CULT
EX PE RI ENCE HA S TURNE D I NTO SOMETHI NG
B E AUTI FUL A ND FO R THE WAYS MY L I FE HA S B E E N FO REV E R CHA NGE D. - E
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OUR STOR IES
I I N IT IA LLY CA M E TO C L AR I S FO R A PREG NA N CY T E S T AN D E AR LY P R E N ATAL V ISI T WIT H M Y S ECO N D C H I L D. W H I L E I WA S THE R E , I FO UN D O U T AB O U T TH E PA REN TI NG P RO GR A M A N D D EC I D E D TO PARTI C I PATE I N CLA S S E S A N D IN D I VI D UAL S S E S S I O N S W I TH A PEE R CO UN S E LOR . I E N J OY E D M E E TI N G AND LEA R NIN G F RO M OTH E R P R EGN AN T M O M S, A ND I WA S E XCITE D TO R EC E I VE D I AP E R S A ND OT HE R IM PO RTAN T BABY I TE M S . C L A RI S BEC A M E A WO N D E R F U L S U P P O RT SYS TE M FOR US . I AL S O LE A R NE D AB O U T TH E P O S TABO RT IO N SU PP O RT G RO UP AN D D EC I D ED TO J O IN TO P ROC E S S AN AB O RTI O N I N M Y PAST. T R AG ICA LLY, B E FO R E I F I N I S H E D TH E S UP P O RT G RO UP
I was sexually assaulted.
This experience was devastating and I immediately turned to the people who had become family to me—the staff at Claris. THE Y D I D N’T JUST TA K E CA RE OF MY MED I CA L NE E D S THAT RE SULTED FRO M THE RA PE, SUCH A S STD A ND PREGNA NCY TESTI NG, THEY LOV ED O N ME A S A PE RSO N A ND E NCOURAGED ME TO SE E THE STA FF THE RA PI ST TO HEL P PRO CESS THE TRAUMA . - C
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OUR STOR IES
THE M INUT E I S T E P P E D I N TO C L AR I S
ZOOMED I N O N THE BA BY- I SAW THI S PUL SE,
HEA LT H , I F E LT R E L I E VE D. TH E Y W E R E N ’ T
I A SK E D MYSE L F, I S THAT WHAT I THI NK I T I S?
LI KE OT H E R CLIN I C S TH AT M AK E YO U F E E L
THE NURSE D I D N’T HAV E TO E V EN TEL L ME .
LI KE A N UM BE R AN D RU S H YO U I N AN D O UT.
I K NEW. I T WA S HER HE A RTB EAT. THAT’S
EVE N T H O UG H I WAS A S TR AN GE R , I CO U L D
WHE N MY L I FE CHA NGED A ND I B ECA ME A
TELL T H E Y G E N U I N E LY C AR E D AB O U T M E .
NE W PERSON—I NSTA NTLY “LOV E AT FI RST
I ESP ECIA LLY A P P R EC I ATE D B E I N G AB L E TO
S PEA K WIT H CLAR I S ’ CL I EN T A DVO CAT E . SHE WA S S O CA LM IN G AN D I I N S TAN TLY K N E W EVE RYT HIN G WA S GO I N G TO B E O K AY.
I didn’t feel judged because of my age or situation. I felt heard and understood.
A FTE R I L E FT, I D ECI D E D TO TEL L MY FA MI LY A ND MY B OYFRI E ND. AT FI RST, MY FA MI LY I NSI STED O N A B O RTI ON. “I T’S NOT A RE A L HUMA N YE T, I T’S NOT E V EN B I GGE R THA N A GRA I N OF RI CE,” THEY SA I D. B UT I CO UL D N’T B E L I EV E THAT FO R A SPL I T SECO ND. I K EPT HAV I NG FL A SHBACK S OF THAT HEA RTB E AT. I WA S I N LOV E. NO B ODY COUL D CONV I NCE ME THAT I T WA SN’T RE A L. WI TH CL A RI S’ SUPPO RT, I ’V E B E E N A B L E TO PROV E TO MY FA MI LY THAT I A M RE A DY TO B ECO ME A MOTHE R. I F I T WA SN’T FOR CL A RI S I WOUL D N’T HAV E THE CONFI D E NCE I HAV E THI S V E RY MOMENT. I WOUL D N’T B E L I EV E THAT THE WORL D HA S PEO PL E I N
THE Y GAV E M E A P R EGN AN C Y TE S T, AN D IT
I T WHO WI L L HE L P YOU WI THOUT WA NTI NG
WA S P O S IT IV E . I B EGAN TO TE AR U P W I TH
SO ME THI NG I N RE TURN.
FEAR . I WA N T E D TO S E E H OW FAR ALO N G I WA S S O T H E Y P E R FO R M E D AN U LTR AS O U N D ON M E . I WA S E X AC TLY 8 W E E K S P R EGN ANT. I COU LDN’ T BE LI E VE I T. W H E N TH E N U R S E
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Claris allows women to seek refuge and to become everything they’ve ever wanted to be. I now have hope in the world and Claris Health has restored that in me. - R
Our Supporters We couldn't do it without you.
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OUR SUPP ORTER S
747 people attended Raised $437,500 in one-time and monthly contributions (plus a $200,000 match)!
Intimate, art-gallery style event showcasing Clarisâ€™ programs Raised $12,000
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Our Financials 2017 at a glance
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FO R EV ERY DOLLA R S P EN T
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OUR FINA NCIA LS
31% Fundraising Events
Fiscal year ending June 30th each year
As of June 30th, 2017 and 2016
$30,842 $249,327 $746,228
$23,833 $173,000 $600,834
$25,654 $24,847 $692,428
$6,912 $24,506 $636,248
$1,096,895 $158,005 $160,539 $1,415,439
$1,009,662 $182,561 $141,085 $1,333,308
$96,908 $595,520 $692,428
$121,533 $514,715 $636,248
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In the past year we sought to better understand our clients and their unique challenges so that we can build a future for Claris Health that serves the real needs of real people.
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OUR V ISION
Claris focused on data-driven relational outreach # of Community Partners
Community Partners include non-profits, medical clinics, social services agencies, and others serving Claris' target at-risk population. Our partners now generate 1/3 of client referrals.
OUR V ISION
In 2017-2018 we plan to . . . • Explore group-centered prenatal care to provide a greater continuum of care between Claris’ medical and support services • Complete accreditation for AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Centers) to increase medical standards, policies, and levels of care • Add additional off-site community clinic sites and expand medical + educational services at existing sites • Publish Reality Check Student Workbooks to help students reflect and implement tools learned through the presentation • Fine-tune the client experience through online scheduling, SMS appointment reminders, branded patient gifts, and email follow-up
www.clarishealth.org We gratefully acknowledge Jacy Corral of Hyssop Design for designing this report.
A year in review for our network of supporters + anyone else who might be interested in joining the cause!