Dave's House

Windermere, FL   |  www.daveshouseevents.org

Mission

Dave’s House provides permanent supportive housing for men and women with serious mental illness (SMI), giving them a solid foundation so they can manage life obstacles, and succeed.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Ms Ellen O'Connor

Main address

P. O. Box 1466

Windermere, FL 34786 USA

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Formerly known as

The Brain Foundation of Florida, Inc.

EIN

27-0533943

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (W19)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Dave’s House, we envision a world in which homeless individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disabilities have permanent supportive housing – and hope. These are people in our community who, because of serious mental illness, find themselves in a place in which they cannot thrive, but are merely surviving. A stable home is a catalyst many of them need to get on and stay on, the road to mental wellness. In Central Florida alone, we know there are at least 400 homeless men and women who live with serious mental illness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dave's House

Dave’s House has developed permanent supportive housing for over 100 individuals who are living productive lives in an atmosphere of mental wellness, stability, autonomy, and safety. Nine single-family homes are located in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fairfax, Virginia.

Working with partners at the local, state, and federal levels, Dave’s House develops homes based upon best practice PSH models. These models combine a solid foundation of affordable and stable housing, accompanied by managed mental health care provided by our behavioral health service partners. We also coordinate with other well-being service providers to assist residents.

Our homes have a 90% retention rate for residents. All our residents participate daily in a productive activity including continuing education, volunteering, and working. Through PSH, residents can more easily manage life obstacles, live in recovery, and achieve their dreams. Our homes provide independence, a sense of security, and a support network of acceptance and caring. Support consists of case management services, access to day programs, and regular visits by a mental healthcare professional to check on residents’ continued success with daily life skills, medication compliance, the performance of daily chores,  good hygiene practices, and congenial living.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Dave's House

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dave’s House provides permanent supportive housing for men and women with serious mental illness (SMI), giving them a solid foundation so they can manage life obstacles, and succeed. It was founded in 2008 by Lin and Ron Wilensky, to help others in the world like Lin’s brother, Dave, who had schizophrenia.

Dave’s House has developed permanent supportive housing for over 100 individuals who are living productive lives in an atmosphere of mental wellness, stability, autonomy, and safety. Nine single-family homes are located in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fairfax, Virginia.

Working with partners at the local, state, and federal levels, Dave’s House develops homes based upon best practice PSH models. These models combine a solid foundation of affordable and stable housing, accompanied by managed mental health care provided by our behavioral health service partners. We also coordinate with other well-being service providers to assist residents.

Our homes have a 90% retention rate for residents. All our residents participate daily in a productive activity including continuing education, volunteering, and working. Through PSH, residents can more easily manage life obstacles, live in recovery, and achieve their dreams. Our homes provide independence, a sense of security, and a support network of acceptance and caring.

As we move into 2021, we are developing a long term plan to grow our services to reach more individuals in Central Florida and beyond. We have created a replicable model and will be making this available to other regions who want to launch Dave's Houses in their communities, as well as growing our reach locally by the acquisition of additional property offering services to homeless men and women who might become future residents of Dave's Houses. Watch us grow!

1.      Publish a handbook for those seeking to replicate Dave's House model and make it available.
2.

Our staff, board, and volunteers are well connected in the mental health community and fundraising circles. We have forged a strong partnership with our behavioral provider partners. This leadership and proven expertise provide the solid foundation on which Dave's House can build upon with our own internal network of community leaders. Dave's House also provides a strong staff and active board (with diverse backgrounds and expertise) that will continue to spearhead the organization and demand long-term stability.

Over its now 11 year history, Dave's House has shown consistent growth, moving from a volunteer-led organization with just a few homes to the provider of preferred solutions in keeping people with serious mental illness in stable, permanent housing. Dave's House currently has 9 homes, with funding sources identified for an additional 2 over the next 12 months, as well as partnerships for the "Dave's Housing First" model, which is described in detail in other sections. Also, Dave's House will host its fifth signature event on October 12, 2019, the Dave's House - House Party, celebrating the transformative lives of our residents with our corporate partners, major benefactors, and community advocates.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the pandemic, it became obvious our residents were suffering from isolation. Our programs now include adding computers to each house, with internet and offering online meetings, medical appointments, and other interactions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dave's House

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Adam Schwartz

Schwartz Coaching & Advisory

Term: 2019 - 2023

Lin Wilensky

Retired

Ron Wilensky

Navigator Executive Advisors, Inc.

Martha Harriman

Treasurer of Board, Dave's House; Retired CPA

Edward Hofma

Secretary of Board, Dave's House; WithumSmith+Brown, P.A.

Lori Trainer

Vice-Chairman of Board, Dave's House; Pinnacle Property Management Services

Adam Schwartz

Zazen Business Strategies

Matthew Palma

Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel

Elena Norman

Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Jennifer Brewer

Vistana Signature Experiences

Karen Case

Legoland Florida Resorts

DeShawn Chapman

University of Central Florida

Nancy Wheeler

NJW Designs

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data