Living Stones International, Inc.
604 Eugenia Street
Tallahassee FL 32310-4818
Contact Information
Address 604 Eugenia Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Telephone (850) 765-0320
Fax 850 765-0485
E-mail info@welivingstones.org
Alternate Address PO Box 6747
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32314
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Living Stones
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 20-8309980
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $74,000.00
Mission Statement

Our Mission of Living Stones is strengthening healthy relationships among family members; engaging fathers and mothers to be active in the lives of their children; offer children the tools to overcome any obstacles and prevent them from following in their incarcerated parent's footsteps; mentoring engaged and married couples; and advocating the importance of family to our legislated body and government officials.

Needs Statement

Living Stones’ five most pressing needs are 1) underwriting bus transportation for taking children to special bonding visits at state prison facilities, delivery from school to after school program and home, including attending special events; 2) hiring of a qualified master level social worker to provide targeted case management to the children and their families; 3) hiring of a seasoned administrative assistant and providing a salary for the Executive Director, who now may spend quality time in fundraising activities for sustainability of Living Stones’ program and services; 4) renovation of our building to increased office space, storage for food distribution through Second Harvest and Farmshare, and a community room to hold board meetings with adequate space for classroom instruction and organizational meetings; and 5) developing and implementing better programs for children of inmates to include special bonding visits, an annual toy drive for age appropriate toys, books, school supplies, and stuffed animals provided during the year at our special bonding visits; tablets to support the children in tutoring for the after school program, Annual Family Fun Day and Annual Holiday Dinner for children and families. 

Costs for bus transportation ranges from $35,000.00 to 50,000.00 for a para-transit type vehicle.  Living Stones needs two vehicles at a cost of $70,000.00 to 100,000.00.  Another alternative may be a school bus at equal or lesser cost.  A master level social worker depending upon experience including benefits costs $28,825.00.  Cost for an administrative assistant with experience and including benefits is $22,460.00.  Costs for the Executive Director is $34,590.00.  Renovation of 604 Eugenia Street for Living Stones’ office location would help to facilitate our mission is estimated at $25,000.00.  Developing and implementing better programs and services detailed in item 5 would costs $45,000.00.

Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2013 are:
1) Expand bonding visits for COI to two additional prisons--Liberty and Gadsden Correctional Institutions.
2) Incorporate Sesame Street into the bonding visit where they are now addressing the issue of children growing up with parents or incarcerated parents.
3) Expand tutoring program from five children to seven children of the COI Program. 
4) Work with other college departments of FAMU and FSU, i.e. criminal justice, education, and physical education. 
 
Accomplishments for 2014 are:
1) Expanding The Service Network North’s Children of Inmate Program by incorporating video visitations at Living Stones’ location and with appropriate designated rooms in state prison facilities. The expansion will permit those children and families, at a disadvantage to visit with moms and dads in prison, to have personal contact through video.
2) Expanding bonding visits for COI to Gadsden Re-entry prison.
3) Planning and implementing a garden with children in the after school program to teach healthy choices and assist families with healthier meal preparation and planning. Garden is planned mid-March.  Expanding program currently to 12 children.
4) Continue efforts through recruiting other partnerships such as Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis Clubs to advocate for the needs of Children of Inmates and becoming partners / sponsors with Living Stones.
5) Continue efforts to expand after school program for this target population upgrading their skill sets to handle homework, requirements for common core standards of Leon County School District, and test taking while incorporating life skills, citizenship, fairness, communication, and emotional control.
6) Expanding internships from Florida State University and Florida A&M University to include not only social work, psychology, and criminal justice, but also extend internship opportunities to colleges of business, marketing, and computer technology. 
Background Statement
In 2007, Living Stones International was established as an outreach ministry and non-profit 501(c)(3) organization strengthening healthy relationship among family members; engaging fathers and teen dads to be active in the lives of their children; assisting inmates and ex-offenders to bond with their families; and educating the community on the importance of family.
Gary and Josephine Montgomery, as founders of Living Stones, worked tirelessly in their own business for over thirty years improving and building individuals.  The company became known as the "second chance company" and hired ex-offenders providing them career choices and job opportunities while challenging their employees to make a difference. 
Gary and Josephine were honored as 2013 recipients of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Community Service Award and honored at the 6th annual Black History Month celebration by the Florida Department of Children and Families.  In addition, Living Stones was presented 2013 Champion of Hope Award by Governor Rick Scott’s Florida Faith-Based and Community Based Advisory Council.

Gary and Josephine have been married forty-two years; have four beautiful children, and eight grandchildren.

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Youth Development Programs
Youth Violence Prevention
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Gadsden
Jefferson
Leon
Wakulla
Liberty
Currently Living Stones services the area known as the Big Bend region, consisting of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla Counties. 
Board Chair Statement
Over the course of the past several years, our families have changed dramatically. Due to these changes, Living Stones saw the need to broaden the scope of our board of directors' responsibilities and specific experience, to shape our vision and financial management. 
 
The increased demand on our programs has accentuated our need for an overhaul of our Strategic Plan, and increased board training for members to clearly understand their overall responsibility to the organization.
 
This current year our board expanded to six members:
Samuel Carter, Board Chair
Kenyata Frazier, Board Vice Chair
Patricia Bowen, Treasurer
Elizabeth Phillips, Secretary
Jamil Allen, Director
Mutaqee Akbar, Attorney, Director  
 
We now have officers of the corporation separate from the board of directors.  Gary Montgomery is President of Living Stones and Josephine Gamboa-Montgomery, Vice President. 
 
Living Stones represents a great opportunity to influence families in the Big Bend region. Our challenge and opportunity is to use our time, talents, and treasures more efficiently to help children of inmates in our communities. 
 
I look forward to accomplishing these goals this year.  As stated in our Motto, our goal is to strengthen one marriage, save one family, and raise up one child at a time.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
As President my overall goal is placing Living Stones International at the forefront of bonding relationships between the child and their incarcerated parent. Fifty-five percent of incarcerated parents in state prisons never receive visitations by their children. It is a benefit to the child emotionally and behaviorally to see their parents. Additionally, parents who have regular contact with their children are less likely to commit a crime once they’re released.
The Program's success is highly visible within the Florida Department of Corrections and desired by wardens at various facilities that have experienced the bonding visits during their tenure at previous locations.  Eric Lane, former Regional I Warden, stated “we had him within the first five minutes when he saw the kids’ faces light up and eyes wide open as they saw their dads coming in for the visit.”

As a member of a larger network, Living Stones has developed and implemented the same model here in North Florida state prisons (Region I).  Based on a two-year proven track record, Living Stones serves 125 children and 75 parents/caregivers to maintain relationships, reduce delinquency among the children, and improve their grades.

Description

Living Stones addresses the solutions to key issues in our Children of Inmates Program by reconnecting parents to their children, working with fathers and mothers to be more active in their children lives, gaining confidence of families thereby mending relationships, and working with all family members to make these connections stable and productive.  Mentors and case management services are provided to the family.  Living Stones teams with area colleges utilizing valuable resources in master- and bachelor-level social work students.  College students and seasoned volunteers are utilized as well.  Implementing our Children of Inmates program, LSI serves 125 children from infants to eighteen years of age. This program facilitates a more personal relationship between the incarcerated parent and child.  Living Stones has proven for two years that developing bonds between a parent and child improves the child’s outlook in school and their future plans for a successful life.

Budget $75,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success The outcome is helping these 55 children pass to the next grade level, receive passing FCAT scores, and those desiring to enter college or technical school will receive the grades to do so as well as scholarships.
Long term Success Living Stones' is expanding this program, desiring to reduce the statistics that show 70% of children will follow their parents to prison. Our goal is working with 55 children in four counties: Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla.
Program Success Monitored By The program success will be monitored by pre- and post-surveys of inmates, children, and caregivers.  Those children and families participating in our after school program will also complete surveys as well. Currently, we have reconnected 125 children through our special bonding visits to their incarcerated parents and grandparents.  Many children stated that without this program, they would not see their moms and dads.  In particular, one dad stated he had no hope of believing that he would ever see his daughter.  This program made it possible and now "she will know I'm her dad."  Another older son who brought in his grandson stated, "if not for this program, my dad would not get to see his infant grandson."  The statistic proves that children change both their attitude and behaviors when they know their parents care about them, regardless of their current incarcerated situation.  Children want to know that they have not forgotten about them as their “kids.”
Examples of Program Success At our 2nd Annual Family Fun Day, one of our grandparents, previously in prison, attended with one of his grandsons.  He stated that he now has a personal relationship with his family again due to this program.  One daughter reconnected healing her relationship with her dad.  Another mom had been in prison for three years without seeing her children.  The issue was her mom’s lack of adequate transportation and cost of fuel.  Our program was introduce in the prison.  She now was able to see her children.  Though our program is for the children and grandchildren zero to eighteen years, Living Stones assists the entire family.  Two of our young male adults, ex-offenders themselves, attended our Living Stones program and now are attending Tallahassee Community College.  Caregivers are also provided services to return to school, receive GEDs and attend college if they wish.  The goal is to help moms and dads, reentering their communities, strive to materially support their families.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

Living Stones is on the frontline as an advocate for children of inmates and their families.  Our goal is to restore relationships with fathers and mothers found disconnected from their children due to their incarceration. We are proud to say that the working relationship between the state prison facilities, incarcerated moms and dads, to the connection of children with their parents have made Living Stones’ program unique.  Becoming a valuable resource to children for reasons not to enter prison as their parents, it also gives the parents an incentive to work for a restored relationship with their children.  It helps that parents are finding ways to complete their own re-entry plans, build character, and become active parents through attending our classes.   Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing families the tools to stay together, children growing up in a stable and safe environment, and fathers and mothers taking responsibility for their households.

Great outcomes and measurements are detailed for our program through the pre- and post-surveys completed. Our program interfaces with 125 children, 60 caregivers, and 45 incarcerated moms and dads.  During a six month review, it’s found that children begin to have better relationships with not only the incarcerated parent, but their caregiver as well.  Caregivers that assumed their relationship with the child is good, but may have some serious flaws, especially if the child believes that the caregiver is responsible for the incarcerated parents’ arrest.  The challenge with implementing this program is usually what ties have been broken by the incarcerated parent.  There are successes noted by changes in the child’s behavior, attitude towards the parents and school, and the likelihood that children want to know that their parent’s love them more than anything.

Another major challenge is our transportation need.  We have the ability to include more children in the program, but without adequate transportation is another way to stunt our growth.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Samuel Carter
Company Affiliation Neighborhood Medical Center
Term Sept 2014 to Aug 2016
Email carterscorner@me.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mutaqee Akbar Attorney / Board MemberAkbar Law Firm
Jamil I. Allen BoardBeneficial Savings Bank
Patricia Bowen TreasurerRetired
Samuel Carter ChairmanNeighborhood Medical Center
Kenyata Frazier Vice PresidentDepartment of Children & Families
Elizabeth Phillips SecretaryFlorida Department of Juvenile Justice
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Professional Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Affairs
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments Our biggest challenges are staging our visits and transporting the children and their families.  Currently, we have three churches supporting this effort for us, but Living Stones' goal is to have two fifteen passenger vans similar to a paratransit vehicle to provide even better and quality programs and services to our children and families.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Pastor Gary Montgomery
Term Start Jan 2007
Email gary@welivingstones.org
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation 0
Experience
As President, Gary has been serving in ministry for over 20 years. Gary had a career that encompasses thirty plus years in Transportation, Fleet Management, Manufacturing, Contract Administration, and Instructional Training.  As a former Business Owner and Executive, his companies installed nearly 8,000 vehicles nationwide with contracts totaling more than ten million dollars. 
Coordinating and implementing a 501(c) (3) faith-based ministry, Gary and his wife founded Living Stones, which focuses on fathers, children and families. Living Stones sponsored a Marriage Conference titled “How to Stay Married without Really Trying.” He is a trainer for Pre-Marriage and Marriage Education research-based curriculum. At Wakulla Correctional Institution, Gary teaches re-entry classes for Family Relationships I and II, Inside/Outside Dad, Life Skills, and Boundaries –“When to Say Yes and When to Say No”. Named Wakulla Correctional Institution 2010 Volunteer of the Year, he has taught the gospel to over 900 inmates throughout four counties. Gary trains young men, especially ex-offenders, how to develop and manage businesses. 
 
He has received numerous awards, including the Business of the Year Award presented by the York Area Chamber of Commerce, the General Chappie James Award by Pensacola’s Fiesta of Five Flags, and as a board member he was responsible in building the William Goodrich Incubator Industrial Center York, PA.  
 
Recently, Gary and his wife received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2013 Outstanding Community Service Award and the Department of Children and Families' Local African American Hero Award.  They were also awarded the 2013 Champions of Hope Award by Governor Rick Scott's Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council presented at the National Faith Symposium in Orlando, Florida. 
Co-CEO
Email gary@welivingstones.org
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography
Josephine worked along side her husband in business for thirty years when they retired in 2006.  Her expertise includes the operation side of the business including human resource and financial management.  Her previous awards included being Small Business of the Year for the York Chamber of Commerce, Woman Business Owner with the Small Business Administration and Department of Transportation, and many other awards.  
When she retired with her husband, they both decided it was time to move into ministry full-time and thus Living Stones was birthed in 2007.  The baseline program was marriage that is now extended into other services to include fatherhood, prison, and marriage.
 
She is an asset to the organization and look forward to successes with Teen dads and moms, as well as working with women. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments

One of Living Stones’ proudest moments was sponsoring the 1st Annual Family Fun Day, June 22, 2013. The day was an awesome start to the beginning of summer in the Bond community. It was held at Walker Ford Community Center.  650 lunches of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks were served.  Farmshare provided a food giveaway and 16,800 pounds of food distributed.  There were clowns, face painting, hair glitter, and balloon animals.  Game winners won stuffed animals donated by Goodwill.  Living Stones looks forward to our 2nd Annual Family Fun Day June 21, 2014.

IMAGINE over 1,600 children and their families having fun at Walker Ford Community Center Saturday June 21st.  Thanks to our sponsors’ generosity those in attendance had a great time of food, fun and fellowship.  The 2nd Annual Family Fun Day was held again in the Bond Community, a neighborhood made up of a diverse population.  We met the goal where for this time we put aside our differences and join together for a single purpose…having fun.  Included this year were photographs place on Living Stones’ Twitter page and hand wax models that both adults and children alike were making and taking home the end of the day.  All winners from our games won stuffed animals donated again by Goodwill.  Living Stones appreciates the 45 volunteers who came out to serve including our interns, two fraternities from Florida A&M University, and numerous caring individuals.  This time we serve close to 1,300 hot dogs, drinks, and fruit.  A special thank-you to the City of Tallahassee for supporting this effort through the use of the center, stage, and pool. 

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Probation and Community Intervention is again assisting Living Stones with our 2nd Annual Family Holiday Family, Food, and Fellowship.  It will be held December 11, 2014 at New Birth Tabernacle in the heart of Griffin Heights.  The toy drive is now underway, which are provided to families during the holidays, and during our quarterly bonding visits.  This is an opportunity for children and families to break bread together during a season that may be stressful.  Last year’s function assisted 120 families with dinner and gifts for the children.

DJJ pitching in and providing transportation for families last year, helped many families to attend.  One of our key challenges is having vehicles to transport our children and families on bonding visits, to and from our after school tutoring and mentoring program, and to special events.  This would definitely be a holiday wish for 2014.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Living Stones works with over thirty partners including Florida Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, Department of Juvenile Justice, Tallahassee City Police SHOCAP, Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Faith Community Network Circuit II, to name a few. Our philosophy is that the services we do not provide are referred to other agencies and organizations. Collaborating  with other organizations builds upon our network to provide quality programs and services to our children and families. 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Volunteer of the YearWakulla Correctional Institution2010
Certificate of Award for Excellence in Community ServiceNational Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution2013
Local African American HeroesFlorida Department of Children and Families2013
Champions of Hope AwardFlorida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $74,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
990 EZ2013
990EZ2012
990EZ2011
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$35,860$21,703$37,553
Administration Expense$6,599$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.011.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$82,255$142,615$180,961
Current Assets$167$83$595
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$82,255$142,615$180,961
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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? Yes
Organization Comments Budget constraints make expansion of our Children of Inmates' program slower.  The program has been expanded to Liberty and Gadsden’s state prisons. A new request for expansion will occur spring 2015 to Gadsden Re-Entry Facility.  With the right mix of private donors, foundations and corporate funders, the program may be replicated throughout Region I, state of Florida, and the U.S.  It assures that children will bond with their incarcerated parent producing successful and happier children.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990EZs.
  • Contributions from foundations,corporations, governments and indirect support are included with total for individuals as they are not separated in a 990EZ or in this organizations given financial statements.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Living Stones International, Inc.
Address 604 Eugenia Street
Tallahassee, FL 323104818
Primary Phone 850 765-0320
Contact Email info@welivingstones.org
CEO/Executive Director Pastor Gary Montgomery
Board Chair Mr. Samuel Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Neighborhood Medical Center
Year of Incorporation 2007