Tallahassee-Leon Shelter, Inc.
PO Box 4049
Tallahassee FL 32315-4049
Contact Information
Address PO Box 4049
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Telephone (850) 224-9055
Fax 850 681-7756
E-mail Office@TallahasseeLeonShelter.com
Alternate Address 480 West Tennessee Street (physical only)
Tallahassee, FL 32301
At A Glance
Organization DBA
The Shelter
Tallahassee Shelter
Tallahassee-Leon Shelter, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2910293
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $958,854.00
Projected Expenses $958,854.00
Mission Statement

The Shelter is a 24-hour comprehensive emergency service center that serves as a point of entry into assistance by coordinating services and responding to immediate needs of individuals and families until appropriate permanent housing can be arranged.

Needs Statement

Contributions to support operations: The Shelter is hindered by a lack of reliable funding sources for an all-purpose homeless facility. While The Shelter has recently been able to accomplish some of its program expansion goals, with the exception of the CHSP annual allocation and on-going private community support, there are few opportunities to find funding for new services or increasing the volume of current programs. The Shelter is the best bargain for community donors who want to help the most people, with an operating cost of $9.44 per person, per day for a myriad of 24-hour services. 

Donations of ongoing needs: The Shelter is constantly in need of supplies to support operations such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, disposable razors and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off any day at any time to our kitchen door at 480 West Tennessee Street.

Volunteers: Faith-based organizations and civic groups, state and government offices, and individual volunteers are welcome to provide dinner for the 220 guests that we serve daily. By prior arrangement, meals can be delivered and served or dropped off in our kitchen. If you are interested in providing a meal or serving, please call 850-224-9055.



Impact Statement
Prior year accomplishments include:
1) The Shelter reach provided emergency housing to over 1,500 different people, totaling 73,439 lodging nights including over 30 different families with children.
2) Partnered with dedicated private, government and nonprofit sector community organizations and individuals under the supportive umbrella of the United Way of the Big Bend to plan the building of a state-of-the-art comprehensive emergency service center that our organization will move into and operate by April 2015. This unique community collaboration was initiated in part as a response to The Shelter facility on Tennessee Street no longer being adequate to meet the needs of our clients.
3)The Shelter provided extra shelter to our overflow population for the cold nights through a community collaboration with the City of Tallahassee (Star Metro), The Red Cross, Leon County, and Jacob Chapel Church. An average of 44 men were transported to Jacob Chapel on nights of 35 degrees or less, and it was opened 37 nights during the 2013-2014 season.
3) Developed and implemented a professional case management program at The Shelter that assesses and connects clients to services that address their needs and assists them in moving into long-term housing. Professional case management staff was hired and The Shelter developed formal cooperative partnerships with Florida A&M, Florida State University, and Thomas University to provide social work case management internships to 22 different student interns. The case management interns devoted 7,054 hours working under the supervision of MSW credentialed case management staff to assist Shelter clients move into permanent housing. The Shelter assisted 427 people experiencing homelessness move into stable housing this past year.
4) Maintained its 6.7% administrative overhead and had another clean financial audit.
Current year goals include:

1) To continue our collaboration with the City, County, United Way, private sector, and other service providers to refine the design and programs of the new Comprehensive Emergency Service Center that our organization will be moving into by April 2015. The new center will have the capacity to serve up to 390 people per night, this is triple the size of our current facility.
2) To continue to provide emergency shelter and essential service to everyone that comes to our door in need of services, average 220 people each night.
3) To maximize case management services and assist people move into stable housing.

Background Statement

The Shelter is the entry point, triage center, for the newly homeless population who arrive at our doors daily. While these people are usually considered local residents, The Shelter also serves people passing through the area with crisis intervention services for a variety of situations such as victims of robbery, vehicle breakdown, assault, domestic violence, illness or lost medication. 

A secondary purpose of The Shelter is to promote stability for each guest who may register for lodging. By offering him or her a reserved bed with storage privileges, weekly laundry service after issuing clean clothing, and some other personal benefits, the client will stabilize and be more likely to accept services from partner agencies who can lead them to housing programs, employment, and eventually a plan for living independently.

The Shelter may offer these people other services beyond filling prescriptions – such as vision care or dental care – on a case by case basis.

Usually, after a stay of 40 days, clients are more prepared for a transitional housing program or their own subsidized apartment.

Service Categories
Homeless Shelters
Homeless Services/Centers
Homeless Shelters
Areas of Service
Areas Served
State of Florida
Description Overnight lodging, Day Center, Shelter Clinic, Meal Program.
Population Served , ,
Long term Success Planned Community Day Center to expand to 24-hour per day operation.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Priscilla Tharpe
Company Affiliation Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin, Realtor
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Email Chairman@TallahasseeLeonShelter.com
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Tomi Gomory
Company Affiliation FSU Professor
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Email tomigomory@gmail.com
Board Members
Glenn Burns Good Samaritan Network
Janice Gilchriest Board Member
Tomi Gomory FSU College of Social Work, Professor
Henry (Buddy) Holshouser, Jr. Retired City of Tallahassee Employee
Deborah Holt Retired Business Owner and Grant Writer
Rob Kissel Diskin Property Research
Vicki Long Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects
David Maloney State of Florida, Division of Administrative Hearings, Deputy Chief Judge
Deena Shealy Florida State University, Biological Science Department
Priscilla Tharpe Coldwell Banker Hartung and Noblin, Realtor
Camden Whitlock Architects: Lewis + Whitlock
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Human Resources / Personnel
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jacob Reiter
Term Start Mar 2013
Email Director@TallahasseeLeonShelter.com
Former CEOs
Mel Eby Jan 1990 - Mar 2013
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $958,854.00
Projected Expenses $958,854.00
Endowment Value $12,262.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$466,411$452,327$26,156
Individual Contributions$106,300$148,183$385,752
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$66
Membership Dues------
Special Events$162,509$166,659$64,505
Revenue In-Kind$196,553$182,110--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,015,028$939,762$876,646
Administration Expense$49,432$46,654$40,712
Fundraising Expense$13,584$11,842$8,211
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.950.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,213,762$1,328,213$1,371,651
Current Assets$99,395$178,017$325,853
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$63,232$28,834$25,487
Total Net Assets$1,150,530$1,299,379$1,346,164
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.576.1712.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they are not separated out in the audit
  • Top 3 Funding Sources are not reflected as they are not indicated in the audit
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Tallahassee-Leon Shelter, Inc.
Address PO Box 4049
Tallahassee, FL 323154049
Primary Phone 850 224-9055
Donate with a credit card http://tallahasseeleonshelter.com/support/
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jacob Reiter
Board Chair Priscilla Tharpe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin, Realtor
Year of Incorporation 1987