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Sundari Foundation, Inc.

Where Hope Blossoms

aka Lotus House Women's Shelter   |   Miami Beach, FL   |  www.lotushouse.org

Mission

Our Mission is to improve the lives of homeless women, youth and children by providing sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to improve the quality of their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency, and build safe, secure lives. In their dreams come true, we enrich our community with the fruit of their potential realized. To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of homeless women, youth and children to raise awareness of their special needs; inspire innovative, holistic solutions that truly break the cycle of childhood abuse, domestic violence and homelessness; and advance research and enlightened social policies to end homelessness.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for making all we do possible! Learn more at lotushouse.org.

Ruling year info

2004

President and Executive Director

Ms. Constance Collins

Director

Ms. Isabella Dell'Oca

Main address

3921 Alton Road, #468

Miami Beach, FL 33140 USA

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EIN

81-0652266

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lotus House provides wrap around support services to our women, youth and children experiencing homelessness so our guests can successfully exit outside of the shelter system.

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?

Lotus House Women's Shelter

Over the past 15 years, we have sheltered thousands of high special needs women and children, most of whom are persons of color lacking meaningful access to safe affordable housing, child care, education, health care, economic opportunity, and social & economic justice. Lotus House is committed to advancing the status of women and children, providing sanctuary with deep therapeutic supports to heal and enriched resources to reclaim lives marked by violence, poverty and discrimination, so that they may blossom into who they are meant to be. We advocate for enlightened public and social policies, and best practices to bring an end to homelessness. We are committed to solutions that provide racial, gender, social and economic justice for all. Meaningful financial security and affordable, safe housing must be assured for everyone in our country, and in times of inevitable transition, it is essential for trauma-informed, enriched shelter with deep protective factors.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Age groups
Health

Where we work

Awards

Project of the Year 2018

Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean Chapter

Affiliations & memberships

CARF Accreditation 2019

CARF Accreditation 2022

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 low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Lotus House Women's Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Results indicate number of total guests who exited Lotus House to non-shelter placement including independent housing, permanent supportive housing, and reunification with family.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Lotus House Women's Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Lotus House provides onsite evidence-based individual and group counseling to extremely high special needs women/youth and children -- a majority of whom have extensive histories of trauma or abuse.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Lotus House Women's Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of unduplicated homeless women, youth and children served by Lotus House in each year.

Number of meals served or provided

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Lotus House Women's Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of nutritious meals served annually

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.

Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. We provide sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to heal, learn, grow and blossom into who they are truly meant to be.

Utilizing an innovative format based on principles of education and empowerment, Lotus House addresses the gender specific needs of women and children who are homeless with a holistic, safe haven for healing, comprehensive support services, and access to tools and resources to reclaim and rebuild their lives. Since 2006, we have served over 9,500 women and children, helping them to improve their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency, and build the foundation for a brighter future. We have a variety of programs including: Maternity, Children & Families, Women, Youth & Teens, Free Health Clinic, Rainbow Lotus, and Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique.

Lotus House has set up programs and systems to allow every woman, youth and child to flourish and become they person they were meant to be. The leadership of the Lotus House staff members, all professional individuals committed to the cause, does this. By have a group of people working towards a common goal, our guests feel encouraged and motivated to become self-sufficient once again.

With a dedicated and motivated team, a structured program, and the commitment of the guest to become self-sufficient, over 82% of the guests who exit Lotus House have left to non-shelter placements. One thing that Lotus House has not been able to accomplish is ability to accommodate shelter for everyone in need. Lotus House turns away thousands of women, youth and children a year seeking shelter. This is due to the high demand and need for safe shelter and the lack of availability in our community. We opened the doors of our new Lotus Village December of 2017, allowing us to double our capacity to 500+ women, youth and children daily.

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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sundari Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Constance Collins

Founder and President of the Sundari Foundation, Inc.

Term: 2004 -

Constance Collins

Sundari Foundation, Inc.

Cynthia Bell

Nurse

Kim Abreu

Bank of America, N.A.

Julie Lotspeich

Philanthropist

Cobi Moon

City of Miami

Antonia Wright

Artist

Martin Margulies

Margulies Warehouse

John Sumberg, Esq.

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP

Faith Xenos, CFP

Singer Xenos Wealth Management

Miroslav "Misha" Mladenovic, P.E.

M2E Consulting

Mark Tamis

Royal Carribbean International

Maria Millares, CPA, PFS

Millares & Company, P.A.

Tadd Schwartz

Schwartz Media

Dwayne Robinson, Esq.

Kozyak, Tropin, Throckmorton

Tiffany Zientz Heckler

LSN Partners, LLC

Mayor Tomas Regalado

MEGA TV

Anastasia Cousins

Miami Dade County Clerk's Office

Giselle Devera

The Community

Evelyn Greer

Attorney

Nena Rich

Nurse

Sheila Oretsky

Buchanan Ingersoll& Rooney PC

Tamu Fourie

Baptist Health

Adriene McCoy

Baptist Health

Nat Moore

Miami Dolphins

David Berdugo

Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra

Julie Grimes

Hilton Bentley and DoubleTree Grand Hotels

Mark Scharnitz

Hearts of Palm Catering

Seth Cassel

EveryMundo

Rachel Furst

Maderal Byrne & Furst, PLLC

Cristina Real

Civic Construction, Inc

Zafreen Jaffrey

Third Plateau

Gladys Montes

United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education

Dana Ritzcovan

Royal Caribbean

Jodi Maltese

Bank of America

Tracy Slavens

LSN Partners

Christina Kolbjornsen

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2023

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
Spiritual Being
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/24/2023

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 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 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.