BBB Charity Review for
Our House, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 1/26/2009


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Business Address: 1213 V.F.W. Road
Greenville, MS 38703

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Original Business Start Date: 2/26/1996
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Phone Number:
(662) 334-6873
(662) 332-5683 x
(888) 884-5683
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


The mission of Our House, Inc. is to eliminate domestic violence & sexual violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection and sustainable restoration.


S.A.R.A.H. (Sexual Assault Responders Advocating Healing)

S.A.R.A.H. was designed to provide emergency room assistance; 24-hr crisis intervention; assistance with crime victim compensation, court advocacy and counseling services.

L.E.A.H. (Letting Each Affliction Heal)

Outreach services offered for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault includes:  group support, counseling and referrals services to social service programs.

Y.E.S. (Youth Empowered to Service)

Our House, Inc. youth services are provided to youth between the ages of 6-18.  There are three groups: 1) "Ester Generation" for females, ages 12-18, 2) "Let's Talk About It" for sexual assault victims, ages 6-11, and 3) Y.E.S. group is for individuals, ages 6-17, who have been exposed to interpersonal violence.

W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Everywhere)

This is their youth public awareness program.  This project provides prevention services to youth (between ages 13-24) targeting those who have been exposed to interpersonal violence.

M.A.S.H. (Men Against Spousal Harm)

MASH is a 26/52 week behavioral modification program for court-ordered domestic violence abusers based on the nationally known, Duluth, MN Domestic Violence Prevention Project.  The goal of MASH is to hold abusers accountable for their abusive behaviors.

ABEL'S Program (For Survivors of Homicide Loss)

This program is for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one due to a violent crime.  Trained staff assist with filing claims for burial, counseling, leave time from work and court support.  Advocates help the survivors of homicide acts to understand the legal procedures in the justice system.

Healthy Relationships Initiative

The objectives of our Healthy Relationship Initiative are:  to advocate for strong and healthy marriages, to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies and to encourage the involvement of fathers in the lives or their children.

Behavioral Modification Training Institute

This program was to provide domestic violence and sexual assault training for law persons, social workers, law enforcement personnel and clergy.

New Beginning Shelter

The New Beginning Shelter provides a 24 hr safe shelter, support groups, legal advocacy and make referrals for victims of domestic violence and their children.  We support victims of domestic violence in making healthy plans for their lives without abuse.

Legal Assistance

Our House, Inc., in collaboration with The Domestic Violence Project, Inc., has established a Rural Legal Services Program to provide civil legal representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating victims.  Direct legal services are provided to victims in matters arising from abuse or violence within (19) counties in the Northern and Delta area of Mississippi.


Board Size:8
Paid Staff:2

Fundraising Methods

Our House, Inc. uses publications, donor acknowledgements and special events to help fund the organization.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 9/30/2010:

Total Income $1,480,412.00
Total Expenses $1,441,311.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $39,101.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $1,273,405.00 88.35%
Fund Raising $0.00 0.00%
Administrative $167,906.00 11.65%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $1,480,082.00 99.98%
Dividends $330.00 0.02%

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Additional Information

Our House, Inc. was founded in October 95’. We received our first funding from Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church (USA) Birthday Offering October 96’ to provide immediate and preventive services for victims of domestic violence. Since our opening, we have expanded to include several programs to create family wellness. We are a national minority organization providing educational and support services nationally to groups, communities and direct client services based in the MISSISSIPPI DELTA!

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

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Additional Information

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Our House, Inc. uses only government contributions and program service revenue to help the support of the organization.

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Report as of: 5/24/2015
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