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The House is also a legal alternative name for Karis, Inc., which can be confusing. Karis, Inc. is a local non-profit overseen by a board of directors of Mesa County citizens. In 2012, when Karis, Inc. opened The House, we got a lot of wonderful publicity and one result of this is that folks started identifying us as The House rather than as Karis, Inc. To address this, Karis, Inc. filed a request, and was granted the right to do business (dba) as The House. So, The House is the name of one of Karis, Inc.’s programs and also an alternative name for Karis, Inc.
Donations can be made out to either “The House” or “Karis, Inc.”, and all are tax deductible. If you want to donate to Zoe House or the Street Outreach Program, you can make your check out to either “The House” or “Karis, Inc.” and indicate in the memo that you would like to designate your gift to any program or program area of your choosing.
Best Practices and Research-Based Programs
Since inception, Karis,Inc. has worked with outside consultants and with Colorado Mesa University to design its programs and services in full consideration of quality research. Karis, Inc. has also produced reports evaluating innovative solutions to homelessness, such as Housing First.
Karis, Inc. works aggressively to ensure that programs continuously undergo rigorous evaluation. For example, the organization collects hard data on the progress participants make towards self-sufficiency and uses a clinical survey to measure the degree to which program participants move away from social isolation.
Karis, Inc. is committed to leveraging its human and financial resources in the most efficient way possible. For example, at Candlewood, Karis, Inc. often provided housing to families for under $10,000 per unit. At the Asset House, the program generates enough money to sustain itself.
Karis program participants are often invited to attend discussion groups and services provided by local churches. However, program participants are never required to take part in any religious activities; they are completely optional.
Karis encourages program participants to participate in community activities and invites participants to build healthy connections with staff and others. Karis measures how connected to the community participants feel over the time they are in a given program.