Human Services

DOLPHINS TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INC

aka Living Springs Counseling and also Living Waters Rx Project   |   Tavernier, FL   |  DOLPHINSLivingSprings.com

Mission

DOLPHINS help our clients create and live out Different Options for Living Playing and Hoping In Nonviolence and Safety. Primarily we serve the residents of the Florida Keys. We achieve our mission through Pastoral Counseling, Educational Offerings and assistance with basic needs such as Rx costs.

Ruling year info

2001

Founder and Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Pamela Ann Feeser

Main address

92300 Overseas Hwy; Suite 200

Tavernier, FL 33070 USA

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EIN

65-1124767

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling utilizes all the same processes as regular counseling plus it integrates faith and spirituality. Pastoral Counseling takes additional training in the field of theology and pastoral studies. Pastoral Counselors also have additional internships, sometimes called CPE's, to complete for their training.

Pastoral Counselors at Living Springs Counseling are not only ordained clergy but also have completed specialized training and are Endorsed as Pastoral Counseling Chaplains by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency. This endorsement requires Certification by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Each of these organizations hold the counselors accountable ethically and academically

Because we believe all people should have the ability to attend to their mental and spiritual health we utilize a sliding scale that takes into account the extreme economy of the Under served Rural community.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$20,800

Good parents care about raising their children to be healthy, well balanced, happy and safe. We searched for an appropriate parenting class to offer to the parents of our Upper Keys families and found the perfect fit through the Melissa Institute of Miami, the ACT Raising Safe Kids program. ACT Raising Safe Kids is one of three (3) parenting programs listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their handbook “Implementing child maltreatment prevention programmes: what experts say. "

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program was developed and is coordinated by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office. Launched in 2001 and revised in 2006 and in 2011, the ACT Program teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8

Population(s) Served
Families
Budget
$3,500

Living Waters Rx provides funding so that all Upper Keys residents are able to fill legitimate prescriptions from their doctor.

42% of Upper Keys, Florida residents between the ages of 18-60 have no health insurance
Monroe County, FL is ranked as #1 in the nation for addictions (both alcohol and drug), suicide, domestic violence and divorce
Housing in Monroe County, FL is 86% more expensive than the rest of Florida
Retail cost is 37% more expensive than the rest of Florida
Income is 7% higher than the rest of Florida
How did the project start?

Due to the high cost of living in Monroe County, FL and the fact that the majority of those holding positions are in the service industry through mom and pop businesses, most residents can not afford to eat healthy meals or get the medical care they need.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$28,700

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 clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

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

General/Unspecified,Adolescents (13-19 years),Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is across all our programs

Number of list subscribers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We publish a monthly newsletter by email.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

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

General/Unspecified,Adolescents (13-19 years),Parents

Related Program

Pastoral Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each of our clients complete feedback forms at various points of service. Counseling Clients set goals initially, then after 6-8 weeks they review their goals, giving feedback to adjust/keep goals.

Number of clients served

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

Adolescents (13-19 years),Adults,Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric relates to unique clients over all programs for a year.

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

as reported by unique clients across all our programs over a 12 month period.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Empower individuals to live healthier lifestyles by removing obstructions or by creating a path around obstructions through counseling and training.<br/><br/>Empower victims of domestic violence to take control of their lives through advocacy of the collaboration between religious and secular leadership.<br/><br/>Educate and equip community leaders and residents to be effective in the process of stopping the violence by making the systemic changes necessary and developing collaboration between secular and religious leadership all which includes providers.<br/><br/>Educate and raise the consciousness of the Upper Keys community on the societal effects of domestic violence.

We are proactive against domestic violence in that we work to empower and equip residents and leadership to create and live out new ways to live hope and play in nonviolence and safety. This is accomplished through pastoral counseling, minimal case management, classes to improve and strengthen families, classes for how residents can support their neighbors who struggle with addiction and their families as they learn to live with healthier lifestyles. When people struggle to afford health care, food for the table, a roof over their heads, this stress can lead to addictions and violence. Therefore we have set a very generous sliding scale for our services and we have hired a grant writer to write grants to help cover the fees our clients can't afford. So while we assist our clients in developing and living out healthier lifestyles and offering this assistance in a way they can afford, our clients come through empowered because not only have they created better ways of living but they have the satisfaction of contributing financially as best they can and being affirmed for that.

We've been able to hire a grant writer in addition to our ongoing grant projects which is providing the funding necessary for the empowering programming we offer. Additionally, we have an ordained clergy person who has completed training and certification as a Certified Pastoral Counselor and endorsed by the Global United Methodist Endorsing Agency and Bishop. Our finances are overseen by a team of CPA's the President of the Accounting agency is the President of our board. We have a vision where we will increase our staffing as needed and our presence and educational influence among the young adults in our community who are surrounded by violence and addiction.

We regularly engage our clients with evaluative exercises. In counseling, our clients establish their goal in the beginning, then after a while they do a personal progress evaluation where we celebrate successes and evaluate future paths. In classes we have a variety of evaluation exercises according to the topic and needs. We always have graduation ceremonies from our workshops and programs. With our prescription project, we follow up with each client a month or two after assistance and complete any case management needed.

We are in the process of accomplishing: group support counseling, classes and educational artistic components into the counseling process. We look forward to serving the community teenagers and families in creative programs. We anticipate the day we can pay our ED for her services. <br/><br/><br/>We have successfully covered all overhead for this year ( except salary and office was covered in kind) through client fees, fundraisers, donations and grant. We have provided 42 free pastoral counseling sessions for people making less than $20,000 from January through June. Twenty-seven clients have received prescription assistance to the amount of $1,900 during that same period. We have counseled 28 clients this year.

Financials

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DOLPHINS TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Delbert Carter

Terp to Go

Term: 2019 - 2020

Cynthia Weems

Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

Evelyn Hardee

Church of the Nazarene

Delbert Carter Jr.

Terp to Go

Edith Zewadski-Bricker

Retired social worker

Sharon Smith

CenterState Bank

Teri Christian

Wesley House

Pamela Feeser

DOLPHINS to Stop Domestic Viol

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? No

Keywords

Mental Health, Spiritual Health, Counseling, Pastoral, Human Services, Rx Assistance,