ABUSE COUNSELING AND TREATMENT INC

aka ACT   |   Fort Myers, FL   |  actabuse.com

Mission

ACT's mission is to protect, support, educate and empower victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, Florida.

Notes from the nonprofit

ACT continues to analyze all programs and clients expanding needs so we can ensure comprehensive services are provided to these individuals and their children either through our programs or programs of others. Meeting all of their needs assist them in making better choices for themselves and any children they may have and provides them with a better chance of being successful and without violence in their lives and the lives of their children.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Jennifer L. Benton

Main address

PO Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906 USA

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EIN

59-1864735

NTEE code info

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

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Meeting all of the needs of our clients. Lack of funding to meet the needs.

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?

Shelter

We provide safe emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, individual and groups counseling, rape examinations, personal, medical and legal advocacy, case management, children's program, child assessments, and education.

Population(s) Served

Individual and Group Counseling, Advocacy, Education, Children's Program for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Population(s) Served

Within this program we have SANE trained nurses that provide forensic examinations for rape victims and an on-call crisis response team. All respond 24-hours per day.

Population(s) Served

Providing advocacy throughout the judicial system.

Population(s) Served

Providing community and professional education throughout our community including middle and high schools.

Population(s) Served

The Batterer's Intervention program offers a 26 week program. It is the only paying program of the agency.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2008

Affiliations & memberships

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1996

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 2000

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 youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of personal development plans in place

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of counseling hours provided, number of therapy hours provided

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.

To provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through safe emergency shelter, outreach and support to dramatically decrease the number of individuals suffering from these crimes.

Striving to ensure that our resources are available to every victim within our service area is an ongoing focus for ACT. We believe it is important to have commitments to work together to provide the most comprehensive and cost effective services for each of our clients and the clients of others. We work with many agencies and feel if we did not, our clients would not be as successful as they can be without having all their needs met.

ACT has 70 professional staff along with trained volunteers and interns. We work together as a team to empower and educated our clients and the community. We create partnerships so all the needs of our clients can be met while utilizing our programs. This helps create an environment where our clients can make informed decisions and can decide their own direction having all options available to them.

Each year we must look at our goals, accomplishments and see where we can do better to better serve our clients. We look at the changes and dynamics of our clients and their children's needs. We make changes accordingly and make those changes each and every year to help ensure we are providing the best and most comprehensive services we can provide. Additionally, we add programs and partners as we see the need arising.

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?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    Added a legal program providing assistance with Injunctions for Protection.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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ABUSE COUNSELING AND TREATMENT INC

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Steve Chaipel

City of Sanibel

Term: 2016 - 2017


Board co-chair

Ms. Cynthia Duff

CopyLady

Term: 2016 - 2017

Heather Langdale

IberiaBank; Vice President

Steven Chaipel

City of Sanibel

Darren Wallace

Henderson Franklin; IT Director

Alan Canfield

Lee County Sheriff's Office; Deputy

Cynthia Duff

Copylady, Inc.

Kathleen Johnson, CPA

Miller Helms & Folk, P.A.

Leslie Carbalho

Edward Jones

Barbara Siegel

Barbara Siegel, CPA

Andit Fleitas

CPA

Robert Bledsoe

Minister

Board leadership practices

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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