Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
2921 Roberts Ave
Tallahassee FL 32310
Contact Information
Address 2921 Roberts Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Telephone (850) 574-2288
Fax 850 574-5087
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
Building houses and relationships that last.
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Habitat for Humanity
Former Names
Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2252756
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,153,600.00
Projected Expenses $1,122,228.00
Mission Statement

Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope, while eliminating homelessness and substandard housing in Leon and Gadsden Counties.

Needs Statement
The most pressing needs for our program is monetary sponsorships and land acquisition affordability.
Impact Statement
2013- Accomplishments
Funded and coordinated a housing program that resulted in the construction of 6 new houses.
Acquired 6 new lots through donations. 
The last 7 homes received Florida Green BUILD Certified Green Home .
To date BBHH has built 173 homes. 
2014-2015 Goals
To the best scope possible, bring together and leverage existing
resources to rehab affordable housing for low-income residents and Veterans of Leon County.
Acquire an adequate amount of land to be designated to accommodate Leon County’s projected housing needs, including affordable housing for very low income residents through the year 2016-2017
New residential construction homes built using energy efficiency standards to reduce energy consumption and the last 2 homes received the highest standards in the State of Florida.
Background Statement

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity has served Leon and Gadsden County since 1982.  BBHH seeks to eliminate substandard housing in both counties.
Habitat selects homeowners based on each family's needs and income.  Homeowners help with the construction of their homes by contributing 400 hours of "sweat equity".  After moving into their new homes, homeowners make monthly mortgage payments to Habitat.  Unlike other lenders, Habitat provides a 30 year mortgage at zero interest rate.

Service Categories
Housing Development, Construction & Management
Areas of Service
Areas Served
BBHFH addresses long-term housing needs by building affordable homes for individuals and families living in substandard housing who earn 40- 80 % of the area median incomeThe geographic area served includes Leon and Gadsden counties.
Board Chair Statement
Big Bend Habitat for Humanity offers “a hand up, not a hand out” to low-income residents of Leon and Gadsden Counties who are either homeless or living in unsafe or substandard housing. Based on the most basic principles of community, Big Bend Habitat offers the opportunity for volunteers, sponsors, and other supporters work alongside future homeowners to construct affordable, well-built homes in safe neighborhoods. Each homeowner must invest “sweat equity” into the actual construction of their home, as well as the construction of other Big Bend Habitat homes. 
The financial support of the Leon and Gadsden Communities – which is used to purchase land and construction materials, as well as to support staff efforts to assist homeowners in their journey toward successful homeownership -- allows Big Bend Habitat to offer these homeowners an opportunity for homeownership that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity (BBHH) is determined to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness in Leon and Gadsden Counties, by providing hard-working families and individuals an opportunity to work toward safe, decent and affordable homeownership.

Since inception, and in partnership with local businesses, civic groups, churches and volunteers, BBHH has constructed 173 homes in the Leon/Gadsden area. In the past year BBHH provided homeownership for five families, but many others are waiting for help. BBHH believes that providing a “hand up,” rather than a hand out, to those seeking homeownership is a worthy endeavor.

BBHH selects homeowners based on each family's particular needs and income.  Homeowners help with the construction of their homes by contributing 400 hours of "sweat equity.”  These are hours worked by the partner family assisting with construction of other Habitat homes, as well as their own.  "Sweat Equity" hours can also be earned by assisting BBHH with administrative duties as deemed appropriate.  Aside from this, the “sweat equity” requirement affords each family an opportunity to invest something of themselves in their new home, establishing a sense of pride in homeownership along the way. And upon moving into their new homes, BBHH provides homeowners with reasonable 30-year, 0% interest mortgages.

BBHH and its partners are happy to play a role in revitalizing this community, providing safety and security to families in need, while facilitating the benefits of camaraderie, partnership and goodwill. Sponsorship opportunities are available in the form of funding single-day, multiple-day, or an entire house build cycles. For more information, please contact Wes Singletary, Executive Director, at 850-574-2288, or by email at

Description Big Bend Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with individuals and families in Leon and Gadsden Counties.  The home is sold to the partner family at build cost only with a 0% interest, 30-year mortgage.
Budget $750,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The near term achievements that will result from this program will be a family (families) that has a greater opportunity for success, and contributes to our community as a whole. 
Long term Success The ultimate change that will result from this program is a stronger, safer and more economically stable family unit in our community.
Program Success Monitored By
Our program success is monitored by surveys, reports and feedback which come from homeowners in the program, Board members, Committee members and staff .  We conduct quarterly workshops, which analyze and target issues that are required for successful completion and satisfaction of the Habitat mortgage loan, as well as the maintenance and upkeep of the Habitat home and community. 
These workshops target personal finance and budgeting, home maintenance and repair and pre and post-foreclosure information.  The workshops help to monitor the success of the program by providing valuable information from those who currently carry mortgages with BBHH, which are of concern to the homeowner.  We also utilize Manausa Law Firm to assist with any mortgage delinquency issues which affect our program success.  Our <2% foreclosure rate is another measure for program success, which we strive to keep at a well below-average rate.
Examples of Program Success The greatest example of program success is seeing our homeowners come in to pay their mortgage.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
 BBHH develops housing that gives first-time homebuyers an opportunity to enter the homeownership market and then over the long-term, enable them to move beyond a starter home or age in HABITAT's permanent home units. Providing low to moderate income housing is critically important to this program because of the following factors: (a) reduces the number of households with worst case housing needs (b) increases the total number of affordable homes constructed and rehabilitated in communities with the greatest unmet needs. According to Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC, 2006), the relationship between education and housing is well documented: the more stable the home a child comes from, the more likely they are to succeed in school and later in the workforce. Several counties, including Leon and Gadsden, which has the majority of the region's housing stock, have substandard rates more than double the condition statewide. However, because there is no standard definition of neither substandard housing, nor a methodology to measure it, these figures may over-report or under-report the actual percentage of housing that is substandard in each county. The high substandard rates may be due to the age of the housing units, especially when older housing units are occupied by low-income households. The effect of an older housing stock primarily occupied by low-income households is significant. Without sufficient funds to maintain these homes, many will fall into disrepair. Therefore, while housing may be affordable, it may not be safe. The high percentage of older housing and substandard housing in general, suggests that rehabilitation of the existing housing stock is one way to increase the availability of affordable housing. There are several non-profit organizations in the Region which utilize volunteers to rehabilitate existing housing.
Shelter is an essential need and right of populations everywhere and it is hard to contend otherwise. Housing is more than shelter. Decent and affordable housing affords right of entry to education for children and affords jobs for adults.People who live uninhibited from the distress of sudden eviction are able to invest in improvements in their homes and livelihoods and increase their economic projections. The effects of sufficient and affordable housing are communitywide, contributing to the economic development of distressed neighborhoods and to economically vibrant and successful communities. Besides that, stable, secure housing is a platform for providing services to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Board Chair
Board Chair Bill Oliver
Company Affiliation OliverSperry Renovation
Term Aug 2014 to July 2016
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Shelby Augustyniak
Company Affiliation King & Wood, P.A.
Term Aug 2014 to July 2016
Board Members
Greg Adams BBHH Board member
Shelby Augustyniak Community Volunteer
Jim Banks Banks and Sweeting Law Firm
Stephanie Brill Thinkspot, Inc.
Joseph Brown Hopping Green and Sams
Marti Chumbler Carlton Fields
Erik Davis Community Volunteer
Jay Etheridge Deputy-CFO
Melinda Harris Officer
Nancy Hough Community Volunteer
Rodney Lewis BBHH Board member
Tom Lewis Cardno
Christine Lopez BBHH Board member
Frank McColm BBHH Board member
Tommy Mills Gadsden County Sheriff's Dept
Bill Oliver Community Volunteer
Lauren Overton BBHH Board member
Tony Vila BBHH Board Memeber
Tony Vila Ameritas
Pierce Withers FL DOACS
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Additional Board Members
Danny Manausa Manausa Law Firm
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Wes Singletary
Term Start Aug 2012
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation $60,000
Wes Singletary, Executive Director at Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, has earned a Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University.  He brings a great deal of experience from state government, having served as:

-Chief of Personnel with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
-Program Director for Cultural and Heritage Services with the Department of State,
-Chief in the Bureau of Licensing and Auditing within the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco,
- a Senior Management Analyst II with the Division of State Fire Marshal. 
Singletary has taught as an adjunct history instructor at Tallahassee Community College since 1993, and in local public and private schools such as Lincoln High School and the Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA. He is a recent recipient of a Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History fellowship, coaches Tallahassee Post 13 American Legion Baseball, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Dr. Singletary has also authored a number of books, articles and other scholarly publications, including works on the lives of Baseball Hall-of-Famers Al Lopez and John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, both Florida natives.

Former CEOs
Lou Armesto Jan 2005 - Oct
Tyler Turkle Nov 2007 - June
Senior Staff
Title Program Director/ Grant Manager
Experience/Biography Juanita has been with BBHH since 2006.
Title Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Experience/Biography Aimee has been with BBHH since Nov. 2014.
Title ReStore Manager
Experience/Biography Antoine has been with BBHH since 2010.
Title Construction Manager
Experience/Biography Skip has been with BBHH since 2002.
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 1500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
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 N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments

 Increased demand and decreased funding has impacted nonprofit organizations in an enormous way. The needs of the communities far exceed beyond the capacity of Leon and Gadsden counties. Economic conditions impact the number of families in need of decent, affordable housing. Additionally, the organizations rely heavily upon donations, which are not only impacted by economic conditions but other unmet needs. Other factors include: Language barriers- they may not know how to obtain needed services. They also may have different cultural beliefs regarding homeownership. Other factors which may cause challenges are: special populations such as the homeless, migrant or seasonal agricultural workers, residents of public housing, at-risk children, or people with mental health, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse problems, political factors will also affect the program design, implementation, and continuation of new or expanded services.  BBHH continues to partner with federal/state, city/county government, churches, businesses, organizations, universities, and private donors to assist with building affordable housing.     

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
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 July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $1,153,600.00
Projected Expenses $1,122,228.00
Endowment Value $8,797.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
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$10,843$33,228$23,786
Individual Contributions$395,687$251,457$299,146
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$810
Membership Dues------
Special Events$56,669$72,300$111,072
Revenue In-Kind$186,558$122,507$84,516
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$778,532$1,219,773$939,352
Administration Expense$97,719$101,022$111,043
Fundraising Expense$154,858$123,124$69,595
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.180.820.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%84%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%34%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,851,775$2,714,487$3,015,822
Current Assets$1,166,729$985,662$1,289,810
Long-Term Liabilities$260,052$273,956$330,584
Current Liabilities$172,080$205,568$190,127
Total Net Assets$2,419,643$2,234,963$2,495,111
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.784.796.78
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%10%11%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments
The committee structure is comprised of the following: Finance- The role of the finance committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for the organization including: budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies; Fundraising- Identify and approach potential donors (individual, church, corporate) for either cash or in-kind donations; Nomination- will seek candidates for election and appointment that possess the integrity, leadership skills and competency required to direct and oversee the Company's management in the best interests of its shareholders, customers, employees, communities it serves and other affected parties; Faith Relations/Family Support-; Family Selection- work with families to meet the established criteria for sweat equity hours to help transition to homeownership; Construction Committee-define the type of construction that best fits the needs of families dealing with specifically house design, materials, energy efficiency and cost estimates.
  • BBHH has a finance committee, the duties of which are as follows: This committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation and administration of policies and procedures for handling and accounting for asset of the affiliate; preparing an annual revenue and expense budget for submission to the Board; working with the Fund Raising Committee to coordinate development of those resources necessary to meet the revenue goals of the budget; monitoring the implementation of the budget and, when necessary, making recommendations to the Board regarding adjustments to the budget; overseeing the administration of the affiliate's mortgage portfolio; monitoring the affiliate's mortgage escrow account receipts and disbursements; and, ensuring that annual mortgage escrow receipts are sufficient to pay the taxes and expenses related to each mortgaged property in a timely manner.
  • The BBHH Board of Directors, through its finance committee, monitors delinquent payments on a monthly basis. Those consistently delinquent are offered the opportunity to make extra payments with their mortgage for an agreed up period and then have their loans modified. Further, such homeowners are strong encouraged to apply for the Florida Hardest Hit program. This has in the past brought numerous mortgage holders current. BBHH finds this process preferable to foreclosure, which when processed, is generally done so against an original homeowner's estate. 
  • The BBHH Board of Directors, through its finance committee, monitors all Florida RESPA and Mortgage origination laws on a regular basis, in conjunction with BBHH's attorney and accountant. 
  • The Board of Directors, which oversees the organization in general, approves and reviews the business strategies and policies that govern the organization. They are also responsible for understanding risk limits and setting acceptable ones, establishing organizational control structure, and making sure senior management identifies, measures, monitors, and controls risks and monitors internal control effectiveness.
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 Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Address 2921 Roberts Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Primary Phone 850 574-2288
Donate with a credit card
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Wes Singletary
Board Chair Bill Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation OliverSperry Renovation
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity