Annual Report 2020
The Real Life Skills self- improvement program continues to grow with revenues reaching $103,225 a 16% increase over the prior year and a 65% increase in operating income.
The target audience for our program has always been the most vulnerable in our community. This includes those living in homeless transition centers, low- income families who are struggling, parolees coming out of prison, single parents seeking jobs, and at-risk youth. Classes have always been taught at agency sites.
THIS YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED WITH THE OUTBREAK OF THE PANDEMIC. In March 2020 all classes stopped. Fortunately, on April 21 we were able to resume classes by teaching with a online ZOOM program. With stay-at home restrictions we were able to teach clients in their homes using their laptops and cell phones. We are very appreciative that our customers such as the San Diego Housing Commission and the California Department of Corrections Stop Program were supportive of these changes.
We recognized that it was likely we may not return to a normal work environment for some time. With this in mind we decided to expand of offering to make our course available on line. We realized that there was now an opportunity for many facing life challenges to learn our course on their cell phones. They all had cell phones. We found the necessary software, videotaped the course in small segments, and setup an academy website for the new program. Everything was completed by the end of December and the on-line course was operational. We were excited to begin the new year with 2 offerings; The Zoom classes and the Online course.
We were grateful to the San Diego Breakfast Rotary Club and the Catherine Estes Rogers Foundation for their continuing support. We also appreciated receiving $10,000 from a very generous donor.
A special thanks to our teaching staff and board members for their time, valuable insights, and contribution to the company.
Today we know there are many people that can benefit from our program. We learned this from 1,000 students taught in classrooms over a period of two years period prior to Covid. The challenge and opportunity now is how to reach them in this changing environment.
Financial Highlights 2020
Total income $ 103,225
Functional Breakdown of Expenses:
Program expenses 57,006 75.9%
Fundraising 713. 1.0%
Administrative 17,374 23.1%
Net Change for the year $ 28,132
Net Assets-Beg of Year $ 56,342
Net Assets -End of Year $ 84.474
BOARD ROSTER & OFFICERS
Richard Karlson President
Susan Zlaket Secretary
Previous Board Director-Kiwanis Club of San Diego
James Robins Board member
Co-Founder and Educator
Bruce Menser Board member
Board member-San Diego Downtown Fellowship
John Pressler Board member
Former CEO Paradise Valley Federal Credit Union
Raul Palomino Board member
Executive Director -New Day Urban Ministries