ALPHA AND OMEGA FREEDOM MINISTRIES INCORPORATED

A home where hearts are healed!

aka Hannah's House Domestic Violence-Homeless Shelter   |   Wauchula, FL   |  www.aofm-hannahshouse.org

Mission

Our Mission is to provide food, comfort, safety, shelter and support for those in our community who are experiencing short-term or even long-term adversity, as well as advocating for their needs and rights, and providing for social services. In addition, we are committed to educating the communities we support, and resourcing with community partners to initiate, contribute and facilitate personal and social change in the population we serve. We achieve our mission through the generosity of others.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Mrs. Lorraine Gillespie

Assistant Director

Karen Tibbs

Main address

PO Box 339

Wauchula, FL 33873 USA

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Formerly known as

Gillespie's Ministry

EIN

59-2735813

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Hannah's House Shelter

Hannah's House (HH) is a 5
bedroom, 5,000 sq. ft. rural ranch-style home, designed specifically for the
safety, comfort and care of woman and children who are homeless and/or victims
of domestic abuse. Upon entering the shelter, the house mother addresses the family's
immediate needs including food, clothing, and any health issues. The HH initiative contains an extensive
empowerment program with residential and case management services for a period
up to two years. Upon needs assessment, participants receive intensive
long-term assistance in a secure, healthy and stable setting.
 

Our organization has made cross-agency cooperation the norm at the federal,
state, and local levels to offer the range of services and resources the
participants need and want including: household management & budgeting;
nutritional counseling; self-sufficiency; financial planning; vocational
assessment & training; workforce development; continuing education; early learning
programs, child care; special needs programs; home ownership counseling;
fitness, prevention and well-being, as well as transportation services.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

In
response to the crucial need for accommodations beyond homeless shelters in the
rural areas of Central Florida, AOFM built a 17-unit, garden style apartment complex as well as a community center for groups, get togethers and for outsiders to visit. We built this with the help of a SAIL Loan through Florida Housing and a grant for $600,000. The apartment complex will serve as a transitional and supportive housing facility for homeless women and children with a focus on clients transferred from temporary emergency shelters.

Presently, due to Hurricane Irma, we have had massive damages to the apartments and the community center. The entire facility flooded due to how it was built and because the drainage system needed extra items that were not included in the project. We have to come up with 12.5% of the costs of the repairs which is about $156,250 presently. FEMA is helping and the State of Florida will help as well. We need the apartments for the many women and children who are presently homeless in our community. We have had around 15 per week to ask for help, sometimes 15 in a day.

AOFM does provide supportive housing in: Budgeting; Nutritional Counseling; Self-Sufficiency; Financial Planning;
Vocational Assessment & Training; Workforce Development Initiatives; Assistance in Obtaining GED/Continuing Education; Child Care/Children as well as Counseling and Transportation Service.

AOFM also has a program for fathers/abusers which covers parenting, anger management, domestic violence counseling, addictions, etc. Many of the courts, Heartland for Children, DCF and others refer their clients to us. We are a faith-based program but we do not focus on any one religion, just religious principles that help to heal and support our clients.

 Even though we have struggled this past year, we are still providing the programs that are needed for not just our county but Polk, Highlands, DeSoto, Manatee, Sarasota and others. We had one young lady to come all the way from New York to escape and abusive relationship with a gang member. We help as the need arises. At first it may be just to stabilize them emotionally, physically and medically. Later we focus on the areas that will help them personally as well as their children. Then we focus on what can help them make it on their own, such as vocational skills training, education and gaining employment. After that we help them with housing in the community or if they need more support, our apartments will be available within this year.

Without the support of individual givers, we could not make it! Please think about helping our ministry by visiting our website:
www.aofm-hannahshouse.org.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

A Women's Entrepreneur & Mentoring Initiative that provides vocational skills to not only the women from Hannah's House, but also for South Florida Community College, Probation, and other agencies, in business management, sales and customer relations. All proceeds benefit the Hannah's House residents. This store is located at 226 W Main Street

Population(s) Served
Adults

AOFM, Inc. provides counseling through our Community Counseling Center. We provide Domestic Violence survivor counseling, DV abuser counseling, Anger Management, Parenting, Improving self-esteem, budgeting and nutrition for the court systems, DCF and our clients. We also perform drug screens for agencies that need them. Drug screening costs are $25 each. Counseling classes are based on Income. The location is 113 presently, but we are moving to 102 Carlton Street by December 1st.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Women and girls

Overcomers is an addictions program to overcome any addiction that the person is struggling with. This may include, food, alcohol, drugs, sexual addictions, etc. It is a faith-based program that concentrates on healing the inner person so they have no need for the addiction that they have. It meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Women's Club located on 7th Avenue in Wauchula.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

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ALPHA AND OMEGA FREEDOM MINISTRIES INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Nick Timmerman

Sevigny Eye Care Associates

Term: 1988 - 2011

JOHN GILLISPIE

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.

C N TIMMERMAN

Sevigny Eye Care Associates

LORRAINE GILLISPIE

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.

Sylvia Collins

Retired

Esther Alvarado

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.

Shirley Tucker

City of Bowling Green

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 ? No
  • 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? No