One of our clients invited our founder and CEO, Jim Fell, Sr., to join the board of directors for the nonprofit Fresh Start for Children and Families. The organization had very little money and was housing clients in six donated but extremely old apartment units. Within two years, BE-CI obtained a grant to build new facilities to house Fresh Start’s clients and provide services to help them to find jobs, save money, and attend classes promoted by Jim to address the specific needs of each client.
Three years later, Mr. Fell became Chairman of the Board for Fresh Start and worked with BE-CI to secure another grant and a loan to construct a second building to serve as affordable transitional housing for clients preparing to go out on their own. This plan has resulted in an 80% success rate in helping clients stay self-sufficient and independent.