First Step Shelter Inc.

A PATH TO HOUSING CHANGES EVERYTHING

Daytona Beach, FL   |  firststepshelter.org

Mission

First Step Shelter assists homeless, single adult men and women, who have the potential to stabilize their life and live independently, to move from homelessness to housing. We work in partnership with fellow community organizations to maximize services and resources, in order to reduce the homeless persons living in Volusia County. At First Step we go beyond assessment and temporary shelter by addressing our resident's medical, social, spiritual, mental, occupational and financial needs. As our residents become stable and self-sufficient, we assist them with the final step of transitioning into housing. First Step Shelter is more than a shelter, we are the path to housing. Vision: A PATH TO HOUSING CHANGES EVERYTHING

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Dr. Victoria Fahlberg

Main address

3889 W. International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32124 USA

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EIN

81-3976095

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. First Step is the only shelter for single adult homeless.

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?

Homeless Shelter

An emergency shelter for homeless adults in Volusia County, Florida, with a program highlighting four focus areas on the path from homelessness to housing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide referrals, case management, document acquisition, behavioral & health services, legal & employment assistance and life skills training with the goal of helping adult homeless people attain permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

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 people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
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.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goal is to provide a path to housing for single, adult men and women, suffering homelessness in Volusia County, Florida.

First Step Shelter implements a four step program on the path to housing.
We work with our residents on (1) Identification: secure a birth certificate, driver's license, state ID and social security card. (2) Health: medical compliance, hygiene, maintain sobriety, exercise and life skills (3) Income: disability, food stamps, pay stubs, bank statements (4) Employment: apply to 25 jobs per week, resume writing, job skills, practice interviews.

First Step Shelter Inc hired a permanent Executive Director in October 2019 and opened its doors to the brand new, 15,820-square-foot shelter in December, 2019. The Executive Director has replaced the temporary shelter operating organization with a highly qualified internal team.
We work in partnership with law enforcement, hospitals, faith-based organizations and social services to share resources and provide holistic services to our residents. In addition, First Step Shelter is building its strategic development plan to secure the resources needed for both short and long term goals.

The board identified and retained an experienced and extremely talented Executive Director, who then built a leadership team of Director of Operations, Director of Development and Kitchen Manager. We have brought together local government entities, criminal justice, health, behavioral, faith groups, and other nonprofits. Secured $1.1M grant from CARES Act . Opened the Tornatore Safe Zone to be compliant with Pottinger Law.

Next is to continue adhering to CDC guideline to keep residents safe from Covid while increasing intakes of new residents. Build and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan. Manage grant related projects.

Financials

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Operations

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

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First Step Shelter Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mayor Derrick Henry

Daytona Beach

Chase Tramont

Port Orange Commissioner

Dwight Selby

Ormond Beach Commissioner

Bill Milano

Ponce Inlet Commissioner

Mike Panaggio

DME CEO

Rose Ann Tornatore

Wholesale Lighting

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 12/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data