Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland, Inc.

Where Broken Lives Find Hope

aka Talbot House Ministries   |   Lakeland, FL   |  www.talbothouse.org

Mission

Through the love of God, Talbot House Ministries provides those in need with immediate basic services and opportunities for life renewal. We are an multi-denominationally supported ministry providing emergency shelter and meals, residential programming, a free clinic offering medical, dental, and mental health care, job training and placement options, educational opportunities, and affordable housing.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Dr. Brenda C. Reddout

Main address

814 N Kentucky Ave

Lakeland, FL 33801 USA

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EIN

59-2151802

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Talbot House Ministries is Polk County's most comprehensive provider of services for adults experiencing homelessness. In a large, rural county the size of Delaware, the homeless face greater barriers to accessing services than they may elsewhere. We address the myriad causes of homelessness and their co-occurring conditions such as poverty, food insecurity, chronic illness, substance abuse, behavioral, and mental health disorders, unemployment and underemployment, financial illiteracy, and more.

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?

Emergency Shelter

We provide overnight shelter to men and women who are seeking a safe place to stay. Guests also receive a shower, clean clothing, and warm meals during their stay. We serve an average of 100 individuals daily.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The clinic serves low-income, uninsured Polk County residents. We offer primary care, dental services, mental health care, educational programs, STD testing, and a variety of other resources to improve an individual's health outcomes.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Solutions provides Talbot House Ministries' clients with services designed to improve their financial independence and stability. Through transportation assistance, basic computer skills classes, interview and resume preparation, industry-standard certification training, job placement assistance, vocational rehabilitation, SOAR specialist support (for those eligible for benefits), and financial education, Solutions staff help clients meet their professional goals.

Population(s) Served

Talbot House Ministries offers a variety of on-campus and county-wide housing options for individuals and families facing homelessness. Programs include transitional, permanent supportive, and rapid rehousing options, as well as the Vermont Place Apartments in Lakeland, Florida.

Population(s) Served

Residential programs, also known as Renewal and STEP, are designed to empower individuals experiencing homelessness to overcome their personal situations and attain independence. Each resident is assigned a case manager who meets with them to set individual goals, which may include substance abuse recovery, mental health support, employment training and placement, and much more. Empowerment classes, volunteer work assignments, and a structured living environment help clients to stabilize, recover, and reclaim their lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals successfully housed through transitional, permanent supportive, rapid rehousing, or other affordable housing initiative.

Number of clinic visits provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Our vision is to empower all who come through our doors to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

First, we aim to provide basic emergency services (food, clothing, overnight shelter, free medical care, etc.) to those in crisis. We offer a variety of services and referrals designed to stabilize individuals experiencing homelessness and empower them to establish and meet individualized goals. Each client's success looks different - whether they meet a milestone in sobriety, gain employment, establish a savings account, secure housing, or reunite with family, our clients work to break the cycle of poverty and contribute to the resiliency of our community.

Our overarching strategy is to serve as a "one-stop shop" of comprehensive support services for adults experiencing homelessness. By overcoming the transportation barrier so many face, we improve clients' chances of receiving the holistic physical, mental, practical, and spiritual support they need to accomplish their goals.

Specific services offered on-site include: three meals served daily, food pantry distribution twice weekly, low-barrier emergency shelter for men and women (including showers and clean clothing), free medical, dental, and mental health care, case management and sober living residential programs, employment training and placement, transportation assistance, financial education, and on-campus as well as county-wide affordable housing opportunities.

Another unique strategy employed by Talbot House is community building. Residents are expected to volunteer and serve each other as part of their recovery programming; they meet daily to discuss accomplishments and pray together. Peer-led groups and structured living contribute to a supportive environment which encourages clients on their journey toward self-sufficiency.

For over 40 years, Talbot House Ministries has been meeting the needs of the homeless in Polk County. Originally established as a soup kitchen, we have since grown to meet the needs of the community and now operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those in need. Our campus is strategically positioned for easy access via car, bus, bike, or on foot. As a low-barrier shelter, we serve individuals who may struggle to qualify for services elsewhere. All staff are trained in trauma-informed care and mental health first aid, and our leadership team consists of experts in their respective fields. Our organization has developed an expertise in administering HUD-funded affordable housing programs while providing wraparound services that encourage self-sufficiency.

We maintain positive, collaborative relationships with a wide range of other nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, and government agencies. We also maintain an active volunteer program to support and extend our services. Such partnerships are key to our ongoing success.

In 2019, the City of Lakeland recognized Talbot House Ministries' expertise in affordable housing by donating two properties for use as affordable housing. Once fully renovated, the Vermont Place Apartments project will expand Talbot House's affordable housing units by over 50 percent. Through a combination of on-campus and scattered housing projects, we housed 289 individuals last year across Polk County. We intend to continue expanding our affordable housing inventory to serve additional clientele in the future.

Besides affordable housing, our other services are also always in high demand. We distribute between 300-350 meals every day. In 2020, nearly 60,000 pounds of food pantry items were distributed to the food insecure. We average 130 individuals on campus every night. Since its inception, our employment program has helped 445 individuals gain part-time or full-time work. Our clinic treated 500 patients last year, for a total of 2,636 visits. Looking forward, we aim to continue developing our most needed specialized services, such as mental health care and elderly support, to better meet the needs of our population.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we facilitated regular client and staff testing, quarantined COVID-positive homeless individuals, and has applied to become a COVID-19 vaccination site to minimize the spread of coronavirus to our population. As a busy campus with high traffic and many immunocompromised clients, preventing a coronavirus outbreak on our campus certainly represents one of our most significant accomplishments.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Lobinsky

Retired, Publix Super Markets

Term: 2019 -

Robert Alexander

Ashley Barnett

Dr. Ron Daniel

Richard Eijo

David Evans

Denis Grant

Dr. Dan Haight

Ron Henkelman

James Lobinsky

Bob McKean

John Milone

Todd Parrish

Joe Ramirez

Patti Rose

JD Shahin

Nate Snell

Brian Stevens

George Tinsley Sr.

Teddra Porteous, Esq.

Brandon Giles

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.