Housing, Shelter

First Step Shelter Inc.

Building Hope, Renewing Lives

Daytona Beach, FL

Mission

Mission: Reduce the number of adults within Volusia County who are experiencing homelessness through the use of compassionate, dignified and respectful engagement activities. Vision: To restore hope, renew lives and transform our community by providing a 24x7 “Low barrier, come-as-you-are shelter” where guests can be sheltered and receive services leading to permanent housing. By coordinating with government, health & behavioral services, social service providers, law enforcement, and faith-based organizations we will dramatically reduce area homelessness.

Ruling Year

2017

Executive Director

Mark Geallis

Main Address

PO Box 12040

Daytona Beach, FL 32120 USA

Keywords

Homeless Assistance, Homeless Shelter, Ending Homelessness, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, Homeless Diversion

EIN

81-3976095

 Number

3728543688

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There is a critical lack of emergency shelter space for adult homeless persons within Volusia County. On any given day there are an estimated 900 single homeless men and women in Volusia County and there are 0 emergency shelter beds available for single adult homeless. Homeless solutions are complex; to succeed we need community involvement, donations and partnership. Our area has HUD funding for rehousing, a homeless Travelers Aid program, multiple shelters for families with children and many homeless prevention services. What we don’t have is a shelter for single adult homeless.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Homeless Shelter

Homeless Assistance Center

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of people using homeless shelters per week

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Homeless Assistance Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

There are currently 0 emergency shelter beds for single adult homeless in our county of 600,000 people. Our opening of a 100 bed shelter in mid 2019 will dramatically impact this metric & save lives.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to reduce the number of adults within Volusia County who are experiencing homelessness with a 118 bed “Come as You Are” shelter and homeless assistance center to stabilize, renew hope and restore lives of single homeless people in Volusia Co. We will lease the building from the City of Daytona Beach and will begin services in the summer of 2019. We are currently raising funds to furnish and equip the shelter as well as pay key staff form our organization and our operating partner Catholic Charities of Central Florida as the develop policy, procedures and prepare for operations.

Working with staff and strategic partners to provide onsite case management, behavioral and health services as well as documentation, life skills training, employment and housing assistance. This will restore hope, renew lives and transform our community by providing a 24x7 “Low barrier, come-as-you-are shelter” where guests can be sheltered and receive services leading to permanent housing. By coordinating with government, behavioral health, medical services, social service providers, law enforcement, and faith-based organizations we will dramatically reduce area homelessness.

First Step Shelter Inc. is a board driven 501c3 nonprofit charity established to fund operations, equip & furnish a shelter and homeless assistance center leased from building owner, The City of Daytona Beach with additional funding from the county of Volusia. Additionally we are receiving limited operational funding from area municipalities and businesses who make up our board. Our Executive Director has previous successful nonprofit experience leading a homeless charity and fundraising in our community. We have contracted with Catholic Charities as operating partner because of their success with similar programs.

As members of the area COC we will monitor the federal HMIS database and Point in TIme Count data to see the metrics of our services on the community. Our close partnership with law enforcement and Criminal Justice will provide data related to changes in arrest rates and transfer to other programs in place of jail time for the homeless population. Our case managers will provide data on compliance and success rates of our guests Individual Service Plans and track their outcomes while in shelter and when possible after exiting our programs.

We have brought together area government entities, criminal justice, health, behavioral, faith groups, other nonprofits and our operating partners to either sign MOU or make verbal agreements to be collaborative partners. We have secured 50% of our budgeted first year operational funding and are actively fundraising to fill any gap and provide capital for supplies, furnishings and equipment. We have employed an experienced Executive Director and begun funding our operating partners Operations Director to lead the FIrst Step Shelter.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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

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Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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