Unity Care

Unity Care

San Jose, CA
Round –
Fall-Winter 2020
Project Type –
Full team
Project Focus –
Strategic Planning
Organization Type –
Children, Youth & Families, Human Services
Organization

For more than 27 years Unity Care has fought for equality and justice for youth and families in the foster care and juvenile justice systems throughout Northern California. Unity Care’s housing programs provide current and former foster youth, including probation youth, ages 16–21 with safe, secure, and affordable housing while the youth focus on their emotional, education, and employment goals. Unity Care integrates resources and support services to ensure the well-being of those they serve, creating a home-like environment where youth feel protected.

Issue

What should Unity Care look like in five years and how can it get there?

Situation

The housing crisis hits foster youth hard, with high rental costs facing youth aging out of foster care with already little in their pockets. Unity Care, like many nonprofits on the frontlines providing safety-net services, is experiencing challenges from unplanned expenses associated with the preparations for and addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, demand for services is increasing and the program has grown 30% already this year. Unity Care would like to understand how best to dramatically increase its impact in the coming years.

Project Objectives

Unity Care would like ACT to help it create a strategic plan to guide its efforts over the next five years. This work will include identifying best practices, considering whether to expand its scope to serve more homeless youth and young adults, evaluating they types of housing offered and the potential to add new geographies, and understanding funding requirements and sources.

Useful Items

This is a Full Team project:

  • Scope: High-priority organizational challenge involving strategy or management
  • Team Size: 5-6 consultants, including 1-2 project leaders
  • Project Duration: 6 months
  • Estimated time Contribution: Team member: 3-4 hrs/week, Project leader: 5-6 hrs/week

Read more about the Full Team Project Consultant role and the Project Leader role.