FRIENDS OF CITRUS AND THE NATURE COAST INC

Helping People - Healing Lives

Homosassa Spgs, FL   |  http://www.friendsofcitrus.org

Mission

To Provide help, hope and healing to people in grief

Notes from the nonprofit

Citrus County is a rural community, on the west central coast of Florida and has a population just under 150,000. Over 36% of the population is age 65 and older, making it the second oldest median age in the State. Over 19% of the population are Veterans and 70% of those are over age 65. The economy is service oriented which caters to retirees, supported by some tourism, healthcare and 75% social security revenue and 17% social assistance revenue. 46% of households struggle to pay for basic needs. (United Way ALICE Report) and the County ties for 27th worst counties in Florida at or below Federal poverty level. There are two hospitals 23 Assisted Living Facilities and 9 Skilled Nursing Facilities. Almost 15,000 people live alone. There are over 2,000 Medicare beneficiaries who are electricity dependent. There is minimal public transportation available. Many people are isolated and alone and need grief services.

Ruling year info

1984

CEO

Bonnie Saylor

Main address

8471 W PERIWINKLE LN

Homosassa Spgs, FL 34446 USA

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Formerly known as

Hospice of Citrus County

EIN

59-2401197

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

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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?

Grief Support Services and Workshops

Grief services are provided to anyone who has experienced a loss.
Groups for newly bereaved and ongoing grief. Participants share their experiences with others in a supportive environment and learn coping skills. They become educated on the stages of grief and learn how to cope. They will become aware of community resources and safe socialization opportunities at the Wings Grief Center such as workshops, monthly movies, widow and widowers social group, chair yoga, Café Break and many more. They will be encouraged to volunteer in the Thrift Shoppes, provide supportive telephone calls, assist with mail or courier. The participant will validate their grief and move forward with their lives. Zoom support groups are offered to home-bound participants. Camp Good Hope Teen Encounter teach children to deal with the death of a loved one.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
Preteens
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide grief services and wellness programs to any one, of any age who has experienced a loss. We provide bereavement support Camps for children age 6 to 18.

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

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, telephone,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The children's Camp did not include parents. Through surveys we recognized that parents needed supportive activities as part of the kids Camp. They are now included.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our programs and services are designed to help people in our community. Their feedback and participation strengthens relationships with them. Our partnerships are strengthened and donations increase when the community has a vested interested in what we do.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, when people feel better they stop accessing programs and it is difficult to make contact,

Financials

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Operations

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FRIENDS OF CITRUS AND THE NATURE COAST INC

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Dixon

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inc

Term: 2022 - 2025

Debbie Rector

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coa

Jack Moring

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coa

Carol Rowda

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coa

W Ray Kelley

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inc

Jimmie Smith

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coa

Suzanne Pinner

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Tracy Alm

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Inc

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.