Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, Inc.
606 W Fourth Ave
Ste 11
Tallahassee FL 32303-6016
Contact Information
Address 606 W Fourth Ave
Ste 11
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Telephone (850) 575-4309
Fax 850 576-0696
E-mail Info@lssnf.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://lssnf.org/donations/
At A Glance
Organization DBA
LSSNF
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2939507
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $309,992.00
Projected Expenses $310,644.00
Mission Statement

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida’s mission is to develop, fund, implement, and administer programs to address the unmet social service needs of the low-income residents in our community.

Needs Statement
  • Update and refurbishment of the French Quarters facility: energy efficiency, exterior paint, parking lot repair, awnings, doors, HVAC, washer/dryer facilities, etc.
  • Utility assistance for the French Quarters and InnBetween residents
  • Operational funds to supplement the three programs of Lutheran Social Services of North Florida
  • Acquire additional, habitable homes/facilities for InnBetween program
  • Solicit mentors, advocates, and volunteers for the Success Forward program
Impact Statement

 Accomplishments 10/01/2012-9/30/2013

  • Provided transitional housing and helped to obtain full time jobs and affordable permanent housing for eight families with children experiencing homelessness
  • Updated the French Quarters building with LED lighting and solar film on all windows
  • 115 computers refurbished and distributed to low income individuals, families, and non-profit organizations
  • Hired a qualified IT professional to oversee the Computer Refurbishing and Technical Assistance Program (CRTA) program
  • More than 1000 volunteer hours contributed to LSSNF
  • Increased diversity, community representativeness, and expertise of Board of Directors

Goals for 10/1/2013-9/30/2014

  • 100% qualified applicant occupancy in all InnBetween Transitional Housing homes and French Quarters facility by low, very low, and extremely low income individuals and families
  • Refurbish an InnBetween home on Jacqueline Lane
  • Double individual charitable contributions and be awarded at least four Foundation Grants
  • Increase the number of volunteer hours for all programs
  • Fund and acquire a qualified professional MSW and develop “Success Forward: Advocates for Families" to augment InnBetween case management and client services
  • At least 120 computers refurbished and distributed by the CRTA program
  • Recycle at least five tons of E-Waste
Background Statement

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, Inc. was established in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) social service organization serving the counties of north Florida. The InnBetween Transitional Housing Program was created in 1994 and since then has served 190 families. The program allows formerly homeless families to live in an affordable, safe, secure home for up to two years, paying a very low rent which, at the end of the two years, is returned to the family. This savings component of our program allows the families to, upon leaving our program, provide first/last month rent, utility down payment, etc. and obtain permanent, secure housing. Our program is a proven model to segue a family out of dire homelessness to a real and secure home and future.

In 1996, LSSNF purchased a commercial laundry facility and remodeled it into “The French Quarters”, a ten unit apartment complex for housing formerly homeless handicapped individuals. This facility continues to house special needs clients on an ongoing basis. These apartments give these previously homeless individuals a decent, clean, managed place to call home.  The facility also houses the administrative offices and warehouse space for LSSNF.
 
In 2007, the CRTA program was established. The program recycles computers donated by the community for distribution to low income individuals and human service agencies in Tallahassee and the north Florida area. This access to technology helps them bridge the "digital divide". Through the donation of electronic resources, their high quality refurbishment and a training course, families, children, and disabled individuals, along with other charitable agencies can become fully participatory in our electronic information era. CRTA also works with local universities to provide internship experience and hands-on training for students in various information technology projects.
Service Categories
Homeless Services/Centers
Temporary Housing
Computer Science
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Franklin
Gadsden
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Taylor
Wakulla
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement Lutheran Social Services of North Florida has the ambitious goal to meet the unmet social service needs of our area.  Our objectives are to assist low and extremely low income individuals, families with children experiencing homelessness, and the disabled.  Our three programs reach out to, and help, these, our neighbors, become independent, self-sufficient, adequately housed, and have access to the benefits of computer technology.
Description The InnBetween Transitional Housing Program was created in 1994 and since then has served 191 families. The program allows families with children experiencing homelessness to live in a safe, secure, furnished home for up to two years, paying a very low program fee which, at the end of the two years, is returned to the family. This unique asset building component of our program allows the families to, upon leaving our program, provide first/last month rent, utility down payment, etc. and obtain permanent, secure housing. Our program is a proven model to segue a family out of dire homelessness to a real and secure home and future. According to the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness (2013), research on transitional housing programs has shown that families exhibit greater housing stability and higher employment rates at exit from transitional housing programs like the InnBetween Transitional Housing program relative to other homelessness programs
Budget $102,353.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Families, Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

The short-term success would be measured by the employment rate amongst participating families (fully employed, part time, advancing career path, etc.), performance in school by the children (grades, attendance, extra curricular activities, etc.), how the homes are maintained by the families, and the number of volunteers helping support the program.

Long term Success The long-term success of the program will be measured by the number of families that are able to successfully transition from homelessness to a stable, secure, independent home environment.
Program Success Monitored By

The program success will be monitored by a MSW serving as Case Management Program Coordinator for Success Forward: Advocates for Families. The Coordinator’s goal is to select and train volunteers who will become advocates, based on the Guardian ad Litem model, to mentor InnBetween formerly homeless families with children.  The Coordinator will also develop a network of relationships that enable advocates to work effectively with the InnBetween families. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for developing, training, and experiences necessary for successful advocacy and performing follow-up with the families to gauge the success of the program. Advocates will be engaged to work with families as they are recruited and trained. Advocates will also work for specific issues with more than one family in group settings.  This component of the InnBetween program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the program, thereby guaranteeing greater success for the families.

Examples of Program Success
In the past six months (December 2013-June 2014) two families have successfully graduated from the program and have moved into permanent secure housing and their children have moved forward with their education.
 
A new six person household has been added to the program and is having their familial issues addressed by the new Success Forward: Advocates for Families Program Coordinator.
 
Three InnBetween homes/facilities are being renovated to improve their ability to serve homeless families with children experiencing homelessness. 
Description

In 2007, the Computer Refurbishing and Technical Assistance program was established. The program refurbishes computers donated by the community for distribution to low to extremely low income individuals, families, persons with disabilities, and human service agencies in Tallahassee and the North Florida area. This access to technology helps them bridge the "digital divide". Through the donation of electronic resources, their high quality refurbishment and a training course, families, children, and disabled individuals, along with other charitable agencies can become fully participatory in our electronic information era. CRTA also works with local universities to provide internship experience and hands-on training for students in various information technology projects.

Budget $61,272.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Computer & Information Science
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Success Monitored By

The success of the CRTA program is measured by the number of individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations served; the number of interns and volunteers participating in the program; the amount of computers and electronics that are donated; and the amount of E-Waste that is environmentally recycled.

Examples of Program Success
  • The CRTA program has provided over 200 refurbished computers to low income families, individuals, and nonprofit organizations thus far in 2013/2014 fiscal year.
  • Individuals living in the "French Quarters" apartments and families in the InnBetween Transitional Housing program were given updated computers. Most of these individuals have not owned a computer previously and now have access to online resources.
  • 21 high school and college interns have gained technological experience working with the CRTA program in the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
  • Over 5 tons of E-Waste has been environmentally recycled thus far in the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
Description

In 1996, LSSNF purchased a commercial laundry facility and remodeled it into “The French Quarters”, a ten unit apartment complex which provides residential housing to formerly homeless handicapped individuals. This facility and program houses special needs clients on an ongoing, affordable basis as permanent supportive housing. These apartments give these previously homeless individuals a decent, clean, managed place to call home.

Budget $97,814.00
Category Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless
Program Success Monitored By The French Quarters program success is measured by the percentage of occupancy, the number of people served by the program, and the quality of services rendered.  This program is under the supervision of the LSSNF Program Assistant who monitors and records all pertinent data, statistics, and client status.
Examples of Program Success Exterior LED security lighting has been added to the the perimeter of the building, as well as solar film on all exterior windows to mitigate solar heat gain to improve the security and health and safety of the building.  LSSNF has worked closely with the City of Tallahassee and their energy audit program to lower the utility costs for the entire building. This facility continues to operate at 100% occupancy.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Gary Ranzinger
Company Affiliation Retired, Business Owner
Term Oct 2012 to Sept 2014
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Daryl Barowicz Retired, State of Florida
Camille Davis Retired, Social Worker
David Ferguson Retired, Mediator, Small Claims Court and Elder Affair Nursing Home Ombudsman
Roosevelt Griffin Retired, Air Force, Tallahassee Urban League, State Department of Juvenile Justice
Mary Hafner Retired, Public Education
Mark Heidorn Retired, CTB/McGraw-Hill
Albert Isaacs Professor, University of North Florida
Edita Joshua Retired, Health Clinic Manager
Tiffany Lynn Securities Examiner, FL Office Fin. Reg.
Giselle Marsh Head Principal, Raa Middle School
Beth McBride Leon County School Board, Teacher Cobb Middle School
Marda Messick Lutheran Pastor, St. Stephen Lutheran Church
Emily Millett Retired, Leon County School Board
Kevin O’Donnell Florida Department of Revenue
Gary Ranzinger Retired, Business Owner
Cory Thorpe Customer Satisfaction Engineer, Syn-Tech Systems, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Standing Committees
Executive
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Finance
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. William Stone
Term Start June 2013
Email williamstone@lssnf.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
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
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2014
Projected Revenue $309,992.00
Projected Expenses $310,644.00
Form 990s
9902013
9902012
9902011
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
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$16,300$100,276
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$16,300$100,276
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$62,875$16,485$7,330
$0$0$0
$89,677$102,081$95,404
Investment Income, Net of Losses$854$116$242
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$8,607$6,802$2,718
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$5,076
Other$0$33,500$76,078
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$198,723$146,252$242,782
Administration Expense$20,816$23,378$45,221
Fundraising Expense$2,052$2,760$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.731.021.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%7%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,258,885$3,102,877$3,115,207
Current Assets$59,165$86,621$98,952
Long-Term Liabilities$157,165$444,611$462,332
Current Liabilities$79,203$56,337$53,841
Total Net Assets$1,022,517$2,600,234$2,601,115
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.751.541.84
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%14%15%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures for 2011 and 2012 were taken from the financial statements; figures for 2013 were taken from the Audit
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they are not separated in the financial statements or 990s
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the financial statements or 990
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, Inc.
Address 606 W Fourth Ave
Ste 11
Tallahassee, FL 323036016
Primary Phone 850 575-4309
Donate with a credit card http://lssnf.org/donations/
Contact Email Info@lssnf.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. William Stone
Board Chair Gary Ranzinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Business Owner
Year of Incorporation 1989