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Daystar Life Center Inc

People Helping People Since 1982

aka Daystar Life Center   |   St. Petersburg, FL   |  www.daystarlife.com

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Mission

Daystar fights hunger, poverty, and hopelessness by providing the necessities of life to our neighbors in need. We engage, educate, and empower the community by promoting the value of nutrition, good health, and financial literacy.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mrs. Heide Cornell

Main address

1055 28th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA

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EIN

65-0523539

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Urban, Community (S31)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Daystar addresses food insecurity and financial instability for the low to moderate income population in Pinellas County, FL.

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?

Addressing Food Insecurity

To improve access to healthy and nutritious food, Daystar offers a client-choice food pantry and fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables from our on-site organic food pantry farm. To address the root causes of hunger and empower the community to improve the food desert, Daystar also provides urban agricultural training and food preparation programs for children and adults. Daystar also provides healthy diet-specific foods for low-income frail senior citizens and persons managing chronic disease that require high-cost specialty diets. Community participants also have access to a nutrition specialist who creates specific healthy, low-cost, and easy to prepare menu plans and teaches local children fundamental life skills of basic food preparation and benefits of healthy eating. To engage and empower the community at large, Daystar has partnered with local low to moderate income residents to plant and tend their own edible gardens and offer peer mentoring opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans
Chronically ill people
Economically disadvantaged people

The program addresses the needs of community members who are experiencing a life event that has led to financial crisis. With this program, Daystar offers short-term solutions such as rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to begin the process of re-stabilization. Additional services such as financial consultation and literacy programming allow clients the opportunity to address the systemic issues that led to crisis and re-empower them to take charge of their finances. Through on-site collaboration with community partners, clients are assisted with benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare applications, job and vocational training, tax preparation, legal services, and access to vital statistical documents. The secure mail service program allows individuals and families in housing transition a safe place to temporarily receive essential correspondence. The resource room allows community members secure access to internet applications and phones.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger 2023

Florida Prosperity Partnership 2023

Suncoast United Way 2023

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2023

Gulfport Merchants Association 2023

Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber 2023

Business Network International 2023

Women's Chamber of St. Petersburg 2023

Association Fundraising Professionals of Tampa Bay 2023

Business Women's Association St. Petersburg 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Homeless Prevention

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Financial Stability and Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Safe, affordable housing is a basic human need. Providing emergency assistance with overdue rent or utilities can keep a family in their home and stabilize their situation.

Access to Nutritious Food

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

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Families, Veterans

Related Program

Addressing Food Insecurity

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Food insecurity is a symptom of financial crisis. Nutritious food is necessary for subsistence, good health, and the ability to perform well at work and in school.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Addressing Food Insecurity

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Daystar, performing key functions with skill and compassion so that we can have a small paid staff and devote over 90% of our income to client services.

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.

1) To provide compassionate assistance to those in need of basic life necessities in times of emergency.

2) To move community members from financial crisis to financial security.

3) To identify and secure resources to meet current and future community needs.

4) To engage volunteers of all ages and skills in service to our mission.

5) To raise awareness of daily struggles of those with limited resources, our ALICE population.

Daystar uses a client-first and intentional community partnership approach to fill gaps for households experiencing financial crisis and designing a personal goals oriented plan to move the residents from poverty to a place of security. We first provide short-term assistance (food and financial assistance) designed to re-stabilize and then offer education and empowerment opportunities (financial literacy and consultation) creating safety nets that will mitigate any future crisis.

Daystar utilizes two modes of entry to our financial stability programs. The food pantry and farm, and the financial assistance program. The 7 person staff has experience and education specific to their unique role and work together with over 100 volunteers to provide best-in-class service to our community members in need. Our mission is only possible through generous community volunteers, partners, and individual philanthropy. Since we have such a small overhead, we are able to dedicate over 90% of each received donation to directly benefit the community.

Daystar, in accordance with the community health needs assessment has created ways to uniquely address nutritional insecurity head-on through the implementation of an on-site food pantry farm. Over 3,000 lbs. of produce was harvested and distributed in 2022/2023 growing season. Additionally, the Seedlings to Neighbors program has expanded our farm program to individual households. Over 100 community members and counting, with the guidance and mentorship of Daystar, are growing their own healthy, and home-grown produce. This program has assisted low-income households not only with access to food, but instills a sense of pride and re-builds the community one edible garden at a time. Our financial stability program is assisting the moderate income community members with financial literacy. 5 out of every 10 participants in this program have been able to create a positive balance in their bank accounts within 12 months. The future of Daystar includes expansion of our resource center to assist unemployed residents to become employed in service, hospitality, and agricultural industries through education and intentional client-first training. With additional funding, we intend to implement a year-round solution to access to fresh produce and a mobile community outreach program.

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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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Daystar Life Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Ghosh

Retired Senior Executive, AT&T/Lucent; Adjunct Professor, UTD

Term: 2023 - 2025

Fr. Damian Amantia

Pastor, St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Kevin Milkey

Retired Insurance Executive

George Monlux, Jr., MD

Retired physician

John Fox, MD

Practicing physician

Thomas Camphire

Treasurer

Jacquelyn Dawson, DDS

Corresponding Secretary & Retired dentist

Michael Menchen

Vice-President & Owner, EMWLaser

Carl Brody

Assistant Tampa City Attorney

Linda Lerner

Retired Pinellas County School Board President

Mary Anne Putman

Community Volunteer & proud military spouse

Pamela Cadigan

Retired Automobile Auction Company Owner

Toby McDuffie

Marketing and Digital Solutions

Thomas Lang

Business Consultant/ Retired VP for AT&T

Sr. Dolores A O'Brien, OSF

Franciscan Sister of Alleghany

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 11/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.