History

MPOWR is a proven technology resource that maximizes collective action and impact.
In 2000, Allan and Cathy Barsema, along with a few colleagues, started Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, IL, an outreach center for chronically homeless individuals. Soon after opening its doors they realized that these individuals were in need of much more than a building to go to that would allow them to shower, or receive phone calls and mail. They realized it was going to take a comprehensive plan to rebuild the lives of the homeless. They were practicing collective impact before it became an industry standard.

Allan and his colleagues started reaching out across the community, and beyond, for partners who could help people with issues Carpenter’s Place was unable to address. During the process of linking people with the services they needed, Carpenter’s Place discovered a startling reality – the community’s human-services system was not a system at all; but rather a series of isolated and uncoordinated specialists. These organizations were doing great things, but were not moving forward in a coordinated and collaborative way that truly helped people.

It is a monumental task to effectively coordinate all the moving parts in a community collaborative that is working to help multiple individuals address numerous issues, while aligning all the community partners involved. Carpenter’s Place centered their efforts on 15 areas of life, which could be modified for each individual, as appropriate:

Housing
Relationships
Health
Addictions
Mental Health

Transportation
Community Service
Legal
Financial
Employment

Education
Belongings
Recreation
Spiritual
Identification

As a result of this enormous task, Carpenter’s Place developed MPOWR, a technology-supported collective impact system that bridges the gap between communication and coordinated services. Carpenter’s Place and other agencies are successfully connecting all areas of life through leveraging the technology collaboration of MPOWR. Each agency is held accountable for their assigned portion of each individual’s plan.

For the past nine years, MPOWR has allowed Carpenter’s Place to help an average of more than 280 chronically homeless individuals attain stabilized housing per year. The technology-supported collaboration of MPOWR also enabled the system of support that allowed some of these individuals to become employed, return to school, improve their health, mend family relationships and recover from addiction.

MPOWR was developed based on this collaborative approach and the software tool is now the central nervous system for many other agency networks. The tool was brought into the walls of SupplyCore (Rockford, IL) in 2013, where MPOWR’s endless possibilities were paired with SupplyCore’s resources, business and software expertise and passion for collective impact initiatives.

Today, MPOWR is being brought to communities around the country and helping those who strive to maintain healthy individuals, families and cities. Through collective impact and collaboration, we can truly improve the condition of our nation’s cities and nurture self-sufficient individuals who contribute positively to society.

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Successful Collaboratives

  • Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

    NAZ has leveraged the MPOWR solution to facilitate collaboration among partners like early childhood centers, schools, healthcare facilities and non-profit organizations. According to the Wilder Foundation, for every $1.00 that has been invested, NAZ and its partners have succeeded in helping avert $6.12 in future social costs.

  • City of Rockford Multi-Jurisdictional Initiative

    City of Rockford Multi-Jurisdictional Initiative has successfully integrated private, public and non-profit partner into the creation and ongoing management of a collective re-entry planning for ex-offenders.

SupplyCore & MPOWR

Learn about MPOWR’s parent company SupplyCore

Since 1987, SupplyCore has provided the U.S. Department of Defense and international customers with the maintenance, repair and operations supplies they need, whenever and wherever they need them. From vehicle to aviation components, HVAC to food services, warehousing to emergency response, SupplyCore delivers to the most remote parts of the world with metric-driven performance excellence and confident customer service.

In serving these customers, SupplyCore developed a unique perspective on developing effective partnerships, communication integration, data collection, storage, reporting and security requirements   across a global network. We leveraged technology to optimize service and performance, provide transparency, and ensure accountability throughout our team and supply chain partners. We developed processes and solutions to increase our competitive edge, focus on results and cultivate an environment that encourages adaptability, collaboration and creativity in problem-solving – all focused on increasing customer satisfaction.

As we examined the systems, processes and team characteristics that maintain SupplyCore’s advantage in the marketplace, we saw potential to translate those hard-earned best practices to make our community better. If we could provide the SupplyCore advantage to human service agencies and organizations, we could impact the core statistics that plague cities across our nation. We could make progress reducing crime rates, enhancing educational attainment, providing workforce training, ensuring literacy, and minimizing unemployment. From these conversations, SupplyCore’s dedication to MPOWR was born.

MPOWR was built on the belief that as in business, human service collaborations are only successful when fully aligned, managed, tracked and reported. SupplyCore invested in developing a cloud-based system that has a successful track record in both worlds, and our team is passionate and dedicated to sharing what we have seen to be effective. MPOWR unlocks a community’s potential to impact lives by managing resources, partnerships, collaboration, and communication in real-time with an unrelenting focus on shared goals and the measurement of progress and success.