Brehon Institute for Family Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 7643
Tallahassee FL 32314-7643
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 7643
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Telephone (850) 656 7110
Fax 850 656-7127
Alternate Address 1315 Linda Ann Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
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At A Glance
Organization DBA
Brehon Family Services
Former Names
Brehon Institute for Human Services, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-1865406
Year of Incorporation 1978
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $977,301.00
Projected Expenses $977,301.00
Mission Statement
Established in 1978, Brehon's mission is to improve the lives of children and their families by providing services that promote healthy babies and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Needs Statement


  • To offer classes in household budgeting, nutrition, childbirth, and breastfeeding
  • To help coordinate diaper drives to benefit Brehon clients 
  • To help maintain the physical plant of the maternity home (painting, pressure washing, etc.)

Financial Support:
Your gift makes a meaningful difference in the lives of women, children and families served by Brehon.  For example, $1,600 provides shelter and services for one mother and baby for one month.

Impact Statement
Last year Brehon served 1,218 individuals with needs including shelter, family support and education. Brehon operates four programs in the Big Bend region covering the counties of Gadsden, Leon, Madison, and Taylor. Last year alone these programs saved the community $20 million in avoidance of hospital, educational, and child abuse costs. 
Brehon House: Transitional housing and case management for homeless, pregnant women and their babies; services provided up to 2 months post-partum when families are moved into more permanent housing.
  • 28 homeless, pregnant women and children received transitional housing and support services. 
  • ZERO infant mortality rate.

Project S.A.F.E. (Support and Family Education): In-home family support, intervention services, and parent education for high risk families; services provided up to 90 days.

  • 372 individuals received in-home services in Madison & Taylor counties.
  • ZERO infant mortality rate.

Healthy Families Gadsden: Local program of Healthy Families Florida, a nationally accredited, evidence-based home visiting program that prevents abuse and neglect, saves children’s lives; services may be provided up to 5 years.

  • 477 individuals received in-home assessment and family support services.
  • ZERO infant mortality rate among target children.

Healthy Families Leon: Local program of Healthy Families Florida, a nationally accredited, evidence-based home visiting program that prevents abuse and neglect; services may be provided up to 5 years.

  • 341 individuals received in-home assessment and family support services.
  • ZERO infant mortality rate.

GOALS FOR 2014-15

  • Brehon will provide instructional units to 1,000 individuals on childbirth education, nutrition, pregnancy spacing, smoking cessation, parenting skills, life management skills, budgeting, conflict resolution, employment skills, anger management and self-esteem.
  • 100% of target children will be up-to-date with their immunizations and well-baby checks.
  • ZERO infant mortality rate
Background Statement

Established in 1978, the mission of Brehon Institute for Family Services, Inc. is to improve the lives of children and their families by providing services that promote healthy babies and prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Brehon’s services include four programs: 
(1) Brehon House located in Leon County serving the entire Big Bend region;
(2) Healthy Families Leon;
(3) Healthy Families Gadsden; 
(4) Project S.A.F.E. (Support and Family Education) in Madison and Taylor counties.  

These services provide health education, parent education, transitional housing, personal development, and links to medical providers.  As a result, families choose healthier lifestyles and develop self-sufficiency by acquiring/learning new skills, knowledge, and resources/accessing resources.  All programs and services are offered at no cost to the families.

Service Categories
Family Services
Homeless Shelters
Areas of Service
Areas Served
North Florida's Big Bend Region (Gadsden, Leon, Madison & Taylor counties).  Brehon operates the ONLY maternity home in the Big Bend Region.  Brehon is the lead entity for the Healthy Families Gadsden and Healthy Families Leon programs.  Brehon provides an intensive home visiting program for parents in Madison and Taylor counties. 
Board Chair Statement
Brehon House is the ONLY transitional housing program for pregnant women and their children in the Big Bend region.  Brehon House has served more than 450 women and children since 1992.  Last year, 100% of the residents completing the program moved into permanent housing; 95% of the residents delivered healthy babies; and 90% of the residents achieved at least 80% of their goals.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
Brehon has served thousands of families since 1978.  Brehon House has served more than 450 women and children since 1992.  First priorities for these families include safety, shelter, food, and clothing.  $1,600 will shelter a mom and baby for a month; $400 will shelter a mom and baby for one week and; $53 will shelter a mom and baby for one day/night.
Description Brehon House shelters homeless pregnant women and their babies. The maternity home provides a stable, safe, nurturing environment, job training and GED completion so that women will deliver healthy babies and moms can acheive self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Budget $150,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success
  • 95% of mothers will enroll in school, become employed, or be an active community volunteer during their stay at Brehon House.
  • 95% of residents will deliver healthy babies.
  • 95% of residents will attend life skills classes and parenting classes while residing at Brehon House.
Long term Success
  • 95% of mothers who complete the program will be transitioned into more permanent housing. 
  • 90% of residents will achieve at least 80% of their goals.
  • Zero infant mortality rate for residents.
Program Success Monitored By

Residents will deliver healthy babies; 90% of 20 residents will give birth to newborns weighing at least 5 pounds and with no major health problems.

Residents will gain knowledge in the areas of healthy nutrition, budgeting, childbirth education, positive parenting, HIV/Aids and smoking cessation.
90% of 20 residents will demonstrate a positive change in score, from pre-test to post-test. 

Residents will be able to identify community resources. 80% of 20 residents will be able to identify 2 programs that meet specific needs.

Examples of Program Success “Brehon was very helpful to me. Staying there helped me make my final decision on keeping my child.  I got to see other moms so a lot of my questions got answered.  Brehon gave me everything that I needed.  I had nutrition classes and a breast feeding consultant.  I used my time at Brehon to save money so that I could pay for my own apartment. I also continued to finish my classes at TCC.  I chose to keep my child.  Thanks to you, now I’m a mother and proud parent of a little boy.  I have my own place and am finishing my last classes.  I’d recommend Brehon to anyone who is pregnant and needs a place to live.  Thank you very much!”  KS
Healthy Families is an effective community-based program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. Support services are offered to families who are expecting a new baby or recently gave birth to a baby.  These services are voluntary and are offered at no cost to the families.  Through weekly home visits, trained Family Support Workers work in partnership with their clients to identify the families’ needs and goals. 
Staff guide them to achieving positive pregnancy outcomes, positive parenting and self-sufficiency goals.  Information is offered including topics such as:
  • pregnancy and nutrition
  • labor and delivery
  • care of newborns
  • the risks associated with tobacco and substance use during pregnancy
  • child development
  • parenting skills
  • the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • domestic violence
  • anger management
  • communication skills
  • money management
  • household budgeting.
Budget $601,936.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families,
Short Term Success • 100% of target children and primary participants will be linked with a medical provider within 6 months of the child’s birth.
• 100% of target children will be up-to-date with their immunizations and well-baby checks.
• 100% of participants will develop a Family Support Plan within 90 days of enrollment.
Long term Success • 98% of participants will not have a subsequent pregnancy within two years of the target child’s birth. 
• 100% of participants enrolled in the project for six months or longer will have no indicators of, or verified incidences of, child maltreatment.
• 100% of participants completing the program will have increased their level of self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored By
Healthy Families Statewide Database monitors outcomes and success of this program.  In 2012, Healthy Families Gadsden was awarded "Healthy Families Florida Small Site of the Year" award for the 6th year.
Examples of Program Success

Mya enrolled in the Healthy Families Leon program three years ago during her second pregnancy.  Despite growing up in an extremely abusive environment, she has decided to offer more stability to her children.  Mya actively participates in home visits and has created and completed goals that will help her to be a better parent to her children.  Some of her current and past goals include: eliminate negative self-talk, learning to be more assertive, find more positive ways to speak to her children and help her children with potty training and other developmental milestones.

 Mya credits the Healthy Families Leon program for giving her support throughout her participation in the program.  She sees herself as a knowledgeable parent who sometimes needs extra support.  The biggest change that Mya has made during her time with the program is to leave a relationship with an abusive and extremely controlling partner and to secure independent housing and employment.  Her Healthy Families Leon Family Support Worker referred her to weekly counseling sessions to deal with her past issues and Mya has now progressed from weekly to only monthly visits from her Healthy Families home visitor. 


Support and Family Education (S.A.F.E.) services are offered in Madison and Taylor Counties to families with children birth - 17 years of age who may be at risk for child abuse or neglect.  Through weekly home visits, trained case managers work in partnership with their clients to identify the families’ needs and goals. Case managers work with clients to develop Individual Service Plans (ISP) to assist them in achieving positive pregnancy outcomes, positive parenting skills and self-sufficiency goals.  The case managers monitor and track each parent’s progress toward their ISP goals.

To increase the clients’ life skills and to facilitate their progress toward self-sufficiency, supportive and educational services are provided in addition to the provision of basic needs.  Information is offered by our Project SAFE case managers including topics such as pregnancy and nutrition, labor and delivery, care of newborns, the risks associated with tobacco and substance use during pregnancy, child development, parenting skills, the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, domestic violence, anger management, positive discipline, communication skills, money management, and household budgeting. 

Budget $100,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
90% of families will access community resources as referred by SAFE worker.
90% of families will increase their scores from pre-test to post-test.
85% of families served will have no findings of verified child maltreatment.
Long term Success
  • 90% of clients will deliver healthy babies
  • 90% of clients will reach 80% of goals set
Program Success Monitored By
Outcomes are monitored by Partnership For Strong Families and Department of Children and Families.
Examples of Program Success
I'm writing to tell you thank you for helping me and I wanted you to know that I am fine now.  I am in school at University of South Florida and I am married.  I now speak at middle schools about teen pregnancy and help young mothers-to-be with resources in their community.  I learned many valuable things and I wanted to share my story with you.  Thank you.  JS
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Teresa Morris
Company Affiliation Children's Medical Services
Term July 2009 to June 2015
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Akin Akinyemi
Company Affiliation Akin and Associates Architects
Term July 2013 to June 2019
Board Members
Mr. Akin Akinyemi Akin and Associates Architects
Mrs. Diane Atkinson Temple Israel Preschool
Ms. April Black Tallahassee Community College
Ms. Libby Farmer FL Department of Management Services
Mrs. Teresa Morris Children's Medical Services
Malcolm Muhammad Waddell & Reed
Mrs. Mara Rumana Tallahassee Neurological
Max Schilling FL Department of Children and Families
Joedrecka Brown Speights M.D.Florida State University College of Medicine
Mr. Angel Trejo Retired, FL Department of Children and Families
Derek Wright WTXL ABC27
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Additional Board Members
Mr. Jim Bailey Advisory Board Member
Mr. Keith Blocker Advisory Board Member
Ms. Tanya Footman Advisory Board Member
Ms. Elizabeth Goriamani Advisory Board Member
Ms. Hilda Little Advisory Board Member
Ms. Michelle Maxwell Advisory Board Member
Ms. Susan Taylor Advisory Board Member
Ms. Tabitha Washington Advisory Board Member
Ms. Colleen Williams Advisory Board Member
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms Jackie Malone
Term Start Oct 2000

For 14 years Jackie has served as the executive director of Brehon Family Services, Inc. Prior to her arrival in Tallahassee, Jackie had more than 36 years of leadership experience directing community programs, providing leadership training, working with diverse communities, collaborations and private/public partnerships.

Jackie graduated with honors from Carson-Newman College and holds a master of music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Currently Jackie is a member of the United Partners for Human Services Board. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 25.

Senior Staff
Title Assistant Executive Director
Experience/Biography Shirley has been with Brehon Family Services for 15 years and has worked in every program. 
Title Program Manager, Healthy Famlies Gasden/Leon
Experience/Biography Pam has been with Brehon Family Services for 24 years.
Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
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? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Brehon collaborates with 100 + agencies and organizations. We maintain partnerships with Refuge House, 211 Big Bend, Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, and the Tallahassee Housing Authority and we disseminate program and service eligibility information to low-income apartment complexes, doctor’s offices, faith-based organizations, Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College. Brehon staff also gives presentations regularly about the Brehon's programs to faith based, civic groups, and other community organizations.
Additional outreach efforts include: active participation in United Way Campaign opportunities, health fairs and public events to increase public awareness of our programs. The Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director and Program Managers collaborate in professional community groups that have common goals (such as Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition, Leon Fetal Infant Mortality work groups, United Partners for Human Services, United Way of the Big Bend, and Whole Child Leon). Our mutual goal is to conduct concerted planning, to refer to one another, to fill gaps in services, and avoid duplication of services.
Small Project of the YearHealthy Families Florida2014
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $977,301.00
Projected Expenses $977,301.00
Endowment Value $39,147.50
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$738,393$684,935$692,890
Individual Contributions$177,109$168,804$198,325
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,998$3,323$2,530
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$137,269$136,911$75,913
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,027,517$947,650$933,425
Administration Expense$52,692$53,282$92,317
Fundraising Expense$11,571$12,795$17,038
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.980.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$567,840$564,563$607,210
Current Assets$197,141$189,020$202,337
Long-Term Liabilities$158,500$77,893$88,653
Current Liabilities$114,075$156,394$168,527
Total Net Assets$295,265$330,276$350,030
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.731.211.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets28%14%15%
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 in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Brehon Institute for Family Services, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 7643
Tallahassee, FL 323147643
Primary Phone 850 656 7110
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
CEO/Executive Director Ms Jackie Malone
Board Chair Mrs. Teresa Morris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children's Medical Services
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Brehon Institute for Human Services, Inc.