Alliance House Receives Grants to Advance Evidence-Based Programs through Pay for Success Initiative

Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah Selects 4 Nonprofits and 3 Governments to Participate in National Pay for Success Initiative

Salt Lake City (April 20, 2016) — Today, the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business announced the selection of 3 governmental entities and 4 nonprofit service providers to receive technical assistance and grant funding as part of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success Program. Alliance House is among the awardees to receive a cash grant and technical assistance valued at $285,000.

Across the country, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations are learning about and engaging in a new field called Pay for Success (PFS) – an innovative public-private partnership strategy focused on what works in social science research and dedicated to driving government resources to interventions tied to measurable impacts in the community. The governments and nonprofits selected will receive funding and technical support to develop PFS projects that advance and evaluate high-impact social interventions, in order to produce measurable and meaningful outcomes for individuals and communities.

“The Sorenson Impact Center is excited to provide funding and tailored technical assistance to highly motivated governments and nonprofits in order to develop innovative, evidence-based interventions that measurably improve the lives of individuals and families in their communities,” said Managing Director, Jeremy Keele.

The Sorenson Impact Center (Center), through a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the SIF, works with government leaders and nonprofit providers to advance the PFS model. The Center also received generous grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Sorenson Impact Foundation

Pay for Success is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that deliver positive outcomes for the people who need them most. Pay for Success is an opportunity to deliver larger scale and better services to vulnerable populations without further straining government budgets or putting taxpayer money at risk.

“The SIF is proud to support the Center in their work with governments and nonprofits across the West to address challenges facing low-income communities,” said Damian Thorman, SIF Director. “From early education to mental health services, the Center is leading the way to test the feasibility of implementing Pay for Success models across a wide array of focus areas while contributing to the SIF’s greater mission of finding what works and making it work for more people.”

Alliance House is a Salt Lake City, Utah based nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987. They provide a restorative environment and services to adults with serious persistent mental illness (SPMI). Alliance House delivers the “Clubhouse International Model” and is part of a multi-national network with over 330 organizations across the world. The Clubhouse International Model is an innovative psychosocial program which takes place in a setting that is neither institutional nor a treatment center. It supports adults with SPMI to rebuild self-sufficiency and create sustainable solutions for mental illness. This is accomplished by developing community, dignity, and opportunities through housing, education, productive work, and meaningful relationships. Alliance House will utilize grant funding, in addition to tailored in-depth support services, from the Sorenson Impact Center to increase staff capacity and invest in new technology in order to carry out increased research on the economic value of the evidence-based outcomes that the Clubhouse Model produces, and the cost saving benefit of participating in the program.

“Alliance House is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with the effects of mental illness. We are excited to be selected as a 2016 Sorenson Impact Center Fellow to receive funding and tailored technical assistance to improve our ability to make outcomes focused decisions, and expand upon the opportunities we provide to those we serve.” – Leif Oldert, Executive Director
In addition to the State of Colorado, the Center awarded PFS grants to the Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon; Pomona Unified School District, California; Growing Home, Inc., Colorado; Lee Pesky Learning Center, Idaho; Alliance House, Utah; and International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology, New Mexico and Colorado.




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Cheers and Challenges – Remembering Taddese Wilson


Taddese, we will miss you.

By Duncan Macdonald & Amber Mackay

For this edition, we’re going to take a break from our standard process and instead we’re going to do a tribute to our good friend and long-time member, Taddese Wilson, who recently passed away.

Some memories from Duncan: “I always thought it was funny how whenever we did a project together, we would have to take turns asking each other “What?”  Taddese was also an excellent challenger to play Poker and Rummikub with.   It was entertaining how he would always put the Rummikub tiles in reverse order  on the table.  Also, Taddese constantly wore his sunglasses even inside.  He, also, loved checking lockers for the CD Unit. “

Some memories from Amber:  “Taddese and I started Alliance House around the same time which was over 10 years ago.  He came to the Clubhouse literally every day unless he was in the hospital.  Taddese liked to use his training as an engineer to help the Clubhouse out.  He was very good at math, so naturally we would encourage him to tutor students and also to work on completing our statistics.  He overcame a lot of physical health problems by determining to change his lifestyle.  When he first started he smoked but he worked hard to overcome that habit and for the last eight or so years of his life he didn’t smoke.  He also told us one day that he was diagnosed with diabetes but he didn’t want to have to take insulin so he chose to implement a regular diet and exercise plan to keep his diabetes in check.  Taddese was a very private person and didn’t share a lot about himself with us but he never had a problem with trying to learn about others and become their friends.  He did a great job of welcoming new members into the Clubhouse and befriending them so they would feel comfortable.  It has been very strange to not see him every day and to be greeted by his beautiful smile.  We will miss him at Alliance House and are lucky to have been able to share a piece of his life with him.”


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