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  A Christian Based Non-Profit Organization established in The Antelope Valley with a simple mission in mind, to help those who need it most, in our community. 


Our  mission is improve the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged  individuals and families by advocating for their needs and rights;  providing services; educating the community; building a community of  support; participating in coalitions with other advocates, nonprofits,  Local Business Owners and searching for new resources and partnerships  to better our community.  


Its time to stop looking away, its time  to get together as a community and make a difference in the lives of  those who need it most.  



The Sophia Elizabeth Foundation is in  part financed by private monetary donations from individual donors, like  you. Additional funding comes from the sale of donated items made by  private companies and individuals.


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Our Mission

 

 

In The Sophia Elizabeth Foundation (SEF) its all about helping those in need with the Love of Christ. 

 

In SEF, we believe the neighbor Jesus calls us to love is any and every person.  

 

In SEF everyone has the opportunity to tell their story and be loved as an entire person, not just a need.   


In SEF our most important outcome is the glory of God. 

   

In  SEF we will give and we will do so without thought to what others think  (Matthew 6:1-3) with one exception- what Jesus thinks.   


Jesus  Christ was spontaneous in His helping- His miracles arose as a result  of seeing a need- but He was also serious about His relationships. Jesus  Christ instills not just help but hope.  

 

Jesus  cares about how we give, why we give and how we treat people. Join us  and see how lives are being changed in our community. 

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What Do We Do?


  1. S.E.F operates "Beacon " Community On-The-Go Outreach program.
  2. S.E.F operates "School Ready" School Supplies Outreach program.
  3. S.E.F operates"Matthew 25" Clothing & Nonperishable Food Outreach Program.
  4. S.E.F operates "Peanut's Misfits" Animal Rescue and Outreach Program.
  5. S.E.F operates "Mobile Showers" A 7 stall shower trailer for Natural Disasters and Homeless outreach.
  6. S.E.F  secures and re-distributes donations to people in need through  partnerships with Corporations, Local Business, Churches, Individuals  and Government Agencies.
  7. S.E.F organizes, represents and advocates for low-income and disadvantaged people to attack and eradicate the causes of poverty.
  8. S.E.F  provides information and referral services that allow people to  advocate for themselves, develop problem solving skills and community  connections. Through self-advocacy, people obtain needed resources and  information to improve the quality of their lives.
  9. S.E.F  provides opportunities for community volunteers, interns and donors to  make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
  10. S.E.F empowers individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

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General Purpose

 The  main purpose of this foundation is to express the love of Jesus to the  less fortunate families in a substantial way by providing and organizing  resources for social change and economic independence.
The Sophia  Elizabeth Foundation will be a Christian organization devoted to the  spiritual as well as physical needs of the underprivileged and  disadvantaged. However, the distribution will not be subject to a  required presentation of shared beliefs.
This organization will be known as a Christian based nonprofit organization.
The extent of the services will include all of the Antelope Valley area and wherever there is a need.
This organization will be called The Sophia Elizabeth Foundation.
This organization will be managed by officers and directors initially elected by its founders.
The officers and directors will be professing Christians who regularly attend a local Bible-believing Church.
Funding resources for the organization will include churches, individuals, and businesses.
This organization is not now, nor ever will be, a church. 

Our  vision is to assist low-income families in need, by organizing  resources for social change and economic independence not only in our  community but across the United States and sharing the love of  Jesus  Christ.

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Why it matters

  

Understanding
In  order to build trusting relationships with each individual in need, our  team spends weeks, months, and in some cases years, integrating  themselves into the communities we work in.

Planning
Our  team encourages individuals to openly discuss concerns for their  community and families. They begin setting priority issues, establishing  goals and developing a plan of action.

Acting
Now  individuals put their plans into practice. When individuals find their  voices, work together and become self-reliant, they are no longer  dependent on handouts. They are able to access the resources they  need—whether those resources come from us directly, or from another  source.

Reflecting
When  individuals begin to see themselves as the solutions, they are able to  fix a problem and move forward to solve the next, helping friends and  neighbors do the same. Learning from each action they take, they are  able to continually learn and grow as a community.

The SEF Process
Our  work is effective because of our Participatory Human Development  Process (PHSP). This inclusive nine-step process uses extensive  firsthand research and involves community participation that bolsters  confidence and invokes action in the impoverished individuals we work  with in the field. Our goal is to help impoverished individuals become  completely self-reliant rather than dependent on handouts. And it works!

The SEF Process

1. Integration. 

In  the first step, the SEF Team moves into the community, establishing a  rapport with the residents. They become acclimated in the community,  visit homes and engage in one-on-one conversations, creating mutual  respect, trust and open communication. Understanding the people in the  community is vital in preparing them for change. The program is about  the interaction between the people in the field and the SEF Team.  The  integration process can take weeks or longer before the people open  themselves up for discussion and are able to express their concerns and  readiness to move on to the next stage of development.

2. Social Investigation. 

In  the second step, SEF's Outreach team gather and analyze the data about  the community and its issues. This information is the basis for  organizing and planning, and may be obtained by conducting surveys,  interviewing individuals, discussing in small groups, observing the  people, obtaining available information from documents (demographics,  etc.), and developing an open flow of communication.  Who are the  natural leaders? What help might government be induced to give? When  Social Investigation is properly performed, it should enable the SEF  team to assist the people with the next step.

3. Problem Identification and Prioritization. 

The  third step of the PHDP process must be carried out collectively by the  people. Often, what is perceived to be a problem by one person may not  be seen as pressing by the community as a whole. Developing the people’s  confidence and demonstrating problem-solving skills is important. Once  problems are identified, the group then determines which problem to  tackle first. The first problem should be one that the group is capable  of resolving. It should be within the ability of the persons involved to  work out solutions, not be divisive in nature, and one in which the  people can be involved to develop their skills of mind and abilities.

4. Groundworking. 

The  fourth step prepares the people physically and psychologically to  participate in group activities. It involves raising awareness,  developing commitment and encouraging participation in organizational  activities. But first and foremost it is to enable people to undertake  these activities on their own, on a continuous basis. The goal is to  ensure that a great many people will participate. The SEF team will  observe and give attention to emerging leaders, give emphasis to systems  that will develop skills and give the people opportunity to think  through their problems and arrive at reasonable solutions.

5. Public Meetings. 

In  the fifth step, the community comes together to analyze, plan and  develop the solution for their problems. Individual and personal  perceptions and aspirations become consolidated into collective  knowledge and collective goals. The people develop trust, respect,  openness and confidence with each other, regardless of their positions  in their group and community. Leaders begin to emerge and take shape  from within the group.

6. Role Playing. 

The  sixth step prepares the community for mobilization. In this phase,  individuals act out or simulate all possible scenarios or situations  that may occur during the mobilization or action ahead, preparing the  people to deal more effectively with those responsible for making  decisions concerning the their problems. This step helps build their  confidence so they are able to negotiate with an outside party or  individual on a more equal footing.

7. Mobilization/Action. 

In  the seventh step, the community begins to implement their plan. They  will have face-to-face contact with the outside party or individual who  is responsible for making the decision concerning their problem. It can  be either internal (requiring local/self-help solutions) or external  (when outside resources are needed). This step helps the people realize  that their poverty, or helplessness, does not make them less worthy as  human beings, allowing them to relate with equality, dignity and respect  to those who are “privileged” or “powerful.”

8. Evaluation. 

The  eighth step gives the community a chance to assess the strengths and  weaknesses of the Mobilization/Action and determine whether or not the  goals have been achieved. Learning from each experience makes the next  activity more productive and effective. Group members will ask  themselves, “What did we set out to do? What were our strengths? What  could we have done better?” Re-planning should follow each evaluation.  As the people review, they develop a new sense of community power,  support and the joy of achievement.

9. Reflection.

The  final step is conducted immediately after a project or activity.  Reflection draws out learnings and lessons, which determine new values,  knowledge and awareness. These help to sustain further action and  organizational activities. Positive values are reinforced and the need  to change any negative values is determined. If no lessons are learned  from the people’s experiences and actions, they will move in a different  direction.

The people should be reminded of how things were  before they mobilized and what they felt like before they made their  decisions. They should also consider the good qualities they found among  those that assisted in the solution. The Reflection step may be  conducted by the SEF's Human Development Specialist, but developing  leaders capable of presiding over such a session is desirable.