Good News Outreach, Inc.
P.O. Box 3304
242 Lafayette Circle
Tallahassee FL 32315-3304
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 3304
242 Lafayette Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Telephone (850) 412-0016
Fax 850 412-0019
Alternate Address 347 Office Plaza Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
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At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3293598
Year of Incorporation 1995
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $774,587.00
Projected Expenses $774,587.00
Mission Statement

Good News Outreach is a faith-based organization that strives to reduce hunger, homelessness, and isolation by providing food, shelter, and social interaction through collaborative efforts within the Tallahassee community.

Needs Statement
  1. Food procurement for the poor ($80,000)
  2. Subsidizing low income rent for families and veterans ($100,000)
  3. Procurement of jobs for the unemployed poor ($40,000)
  4. Procurement of nutritional and health items for the elderly such as Ensure, Glucerna, skin products, diapers, medications, and vitamins ($10,000)
  5. Summer and after school program for low income children ($50,000)
Impact Statement
Major program accomplishments from the past year include:
  • 130 tons of food were distributed to individuals and families in the Tallahassee and Big Bend area.
  • 313 individual (families with children) who were at risk for homelessness were housed in 46 mobile homes.
  • 135 elderly poor in our community were provided with food, companionship, and transportation as necessary.
  • Recidivism rate for men released from prison is 7% in our re-entry program, compared to the 50% national recidivism rate.
  • 23 chronically homeless men were given a stable home environment and taught skills to become more self-sufficient.
Goals for the current year include:
  1. 16,230 individuals will receive food on a monthly basis to supplement their food supply.
  2. 140 to 170 homeless individuals will receive nutritious noon meals, Monday through Friday, 52 weeks a year.
  3. 224 homeless individuals will obtain affordable housing.
  4. 114 elderly poor will live independently in their homes with help maintaining their health and supplemental food.
  5. 20 men released from prison will return to society without any criminal prosecution.
Background Statement
Good News Outreach, Inc. was originally founded in 1985 to demonstrate the Gospel of Christ in word and action, through feeding the hungry and housing the homeless in the north Florida area. The organization operates a noon soup kitchen Monday through Friday, ministers to elders in need, and provides residential programs for the homeless. Last year the food program served noon meals five days a week to an average of 180 individuals, provided bags of food to approximately 155 people once a week during pantry day, and delivered food monthly to 65 elderly and 586 other individuals. Also, holiday food baskets were prepared and delivered at Thanksgiving and Christmas to over 300 families. The residential programs last year housed 23 men, 80 families with children, and 23 men who were released from prison. Good News Outreach does not require clients to participate in religious programs as a precondition to receiving services.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing
Areas of Service
Areas Served
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement Good News Outreach leverages every dollar and resource to deliver services to those who live on the fringes of society. Thanks to the board, staff and numerous volunteers all of these services are delivered with administrative costs of 5%. Your help, especially financial support, is critical tin achieving the outcomes detailed.  
Description The Food Outreach program distributes food to those in need through the "soup kitchen" at The Shelter, the food pantry at Lafayette Circle, the Bond Community, and the direct delivery of food to families and the elderly poor.  This program is operated in partnership with Publix, Second Harvest, USDA, many faith communities, private businesses, civic groups, college sororities and fraternities, and individuals throughout Tallahassee.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Success Monitored By The number of people served and the amount food delivered as measured by the program logic model.
Affordable housing is provided through two programs - Mission Oaks Apartments and Maryland Oaks Crossing. 
Mission Oaks Apartments offers formerly homeless men the opportunity to live in permanent, affordable housing in an environment that is conducive to rebuilding self-esteem and accepting personal responsibility. 
The Maryland Oaks Crossing campus provides single parents with children that are at risk for homelessness with affordable housing. Some limited rental assistance is offered in cooperation with the Tallahassee Housing Authority, private sector business, and church communities.
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Program Success Monitored By Number of individuals served.
Description Elder Services of Good News Outreach, Inc. serves a specific target population of persons who are 60 years of age or older in Leon County, and who are living alone at or below the poverty level of $10,890, or with a spouse with an income of $14,710 or below. Elder Services provides companionship, transportation, food, personal care, minor home repairs, yard work, and other personal services as needed to the target population on a monthly basis. The geographic service area is Leon County with a major concentration in the French Town/West Tennessee Street area, South Side/Bond area, and North Monroe/Lake Jackson area.
Category Human Services, General/Other In-Home Assistance
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, ,
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by:
  • Number of clients maintaining independent living in their home by receiving support services.
  • Number of clients maintaining a stable health status with supplemental food and transportation to medical appointments.
  • Reported reduction of personal loneliness.
The Mercy House program of Good News Outreach, Inc. has a target population of prison inmates with drug/alcohol related problems, who have been released from a Florida correctional institution within the last 90 days, that need a re-entry program to assist their transition back into society.  Most of the inmates come from the 15 prisons that are within a 60 mile radius of Tallahassee; however, some men are accepted throughout the State.
The Mercy House program serves males only and excludes sex offenders. The Program also serves felons who have received a life sentence, and have been approved for release, whose probation requires involvement in a re-entry program for a year. Our room capacity accommodates eleven homeless men.  The Program projects serving annually a maximum of 24 homeless men.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, Males, Homeless
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by:
  • Number of men served.
  • Percentage of men who obtained gainful employment or received on-going financial support.
  • Percentage of men who remained alcohol/drug free.
  • Percentage of men who remained out of prison.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments The most challenging aspect of the array of services we offer is maintaining the housing facilities we provide. Maintenance costs are significant due to the number of units and the fact that many of those we serve do not have the skills needed to properly maintain their home environment.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dianne Skelton
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Nov 2013 to Nov 2016
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Brenda Huang
Company Affiliation Registered Nurse
Term June 2014 to Nov 2016
Board Members
Jill Ashoo St. Peter's Anglican Church
Brenda Huang Retired
Dianne Skelton Retired
Bishop Phillip Speights Christians Tempe
Gil Starleigh Gary Moulton Auto Sales
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
CEO Comments We continue to search for community members to serve on our Board with expertise in fund raising, financial, and strategic planning abilities. We welcome all persons interested to apply who will commit time, energy, and talents to the organization regardless of racial or religious affiliation.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Steve Starke
Term Start June 2013
Experience 30 years of management experience with large public and private organizations in the non-profit sector.  M.S. in Health Services Administration.  B.S.W. in Social Work. Certificates in Gerontology and Fundraising Management.
Former CEOs
Jim Bernard Sept 1995 - June 2008
Ed Laurienzo Sept 2008 - Nov 2012
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programs
Experience/Biography Successful senior career leadership career spanning 25 years and including strategic planning, program development and fundraising. Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Masters of Theology/Ministry
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Over 30 years of experience in finance and administration. Bachelors in Business, Major Accounting
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 400
Contractors 1
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
CEO Comments Operational overhead costs of the total budget for the organization is 5%. We are a volunteer driven organization that effectively distributes and provides services for our six programs.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
  • Big Bend Second Harvest
  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition
  • Ability First
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • 30 local churches
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
  • Catholic Charities
  • Elder Care Services
  • HUD
  • Community Action Agency
  • Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing
  • Community Human Services Partnership
  • Tallahassee Renaissance Center
  • Tallahassee Shelter
  • Big Bend Cares
  • Farm Share
  • Big Bend Hospice and Covenant Hospice
  • Leon County Schools
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $774,587.00
Projected Expenses $774,587.00
Endowment Value $5,000.00
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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$109,860$73,322$114,370
Individual Contributions$278,972$311,422$209,702
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$12,264$5,880$6,254
Revenue In-Kind$205,202$349,730$388,445
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$945,028$1,123,725$1,114,420
Administration Expense$47,001$47,482$58,270
Fundraising Expense$6,957$2,270$4,118
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.930.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%96%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$3,399,381$3,481,616$4,214,484
Current Assets$142,846$76,651$276,287
Long-Term Liabilities$775,323$1,684,922$1,898,332
Current Liabilities$1,543,273$727,515$1,021,303
Total Net Assets$1,080,785$1,069,179$1,294,849
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.090.110.27
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets23%48%45%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments Good News Outreach leverages every dollar and resource to deliver services to those who live on the fringes of society. Thanks to the board, staff and numerous volunteers all of these services are delivered with administrative costs of 5%. Your help, especially financial support, is critical tin achieving the outcomes detailed.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they were 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 Good News Outreach, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 3304
242 Lafayette Circle
Tallahassee, FL 323153304
Primary Phone 850 412-0016
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
CEO/Executive Director Steve Starke
Board Chair Dianne Skelton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1995