My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Restoring hope, one life at a time.

Gainesville, GA   |
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My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

EIN: 16-1619238


My Sister’s Place provides a nurturing home, nutritious meals, and other basic necessities to the single women and mothers with children whom we serve. While they are with us, we provide tools, resources, and support to help them move from dependence toward self-sufficiency.

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Have a strategic plan approved by our Board of Directors in February 2022; however, it is over the allowable file size limit. Please contact My Sister's Place directly if you would like a copy of this plan.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jennifer Bero

Main address

PO Box 908492

Gainesville, GA 30501 USA

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Subject area info

Homeless shelters

Population served info

Children and youth


Homeless people

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Programs and results

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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?

My Sister's Place Shelter Program

My Sister's Place (MSP) offers short-term shelter stay for single women and mothers with children who are experiencing homelessness. MSP provides a nurturing home environment, nutritious meals, transportation, client advocacy, and other supports to help program participants move from dependence toward self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served

My Sister's Place provides temporary transitional housing to single women and mothers with children who have graduated from its shelter program, but need additional time to be financially ready to afford the market rent rates for permanent housing. Program participants enter a 12-month lease with the ability to terminate the lease should permanent housing be secured before it expires.

Population(s) Served

My Sister's Place (MSP) has a resale boutique where high-end donations of clothing, housewares, and home decor are received from the community and sold at low prices. All proceeds financially support the MSP shelter program and all shelter residents shop at the boutique for no charge.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council on Accreditation 2022

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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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?

    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's difficult to get feedback after they leave our organization due to change in contact info.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 318.07 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $14,392 $57,018 $87,568 $117,690 $105,624
As % of expenses 7.1% 23.3% 38.3% 40.2% 23.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$12,639 $32,858 $62,937 $89,267 $81,256
As % of expenses -5.5% 12.2% 24.9% 27.8% 16.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $217,326 $304,504 $315,749 $401,669 $610,620
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.2% 40.1% 3.7% 27.2% 52.0%
Program services revenue 23.3% 26.4% 25.7% 6.5% 4.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 4.4% 4.8% 2.0% 2.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 6.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 78.6% 63.4% 57.5% 84.9% 96.7%
Other revenue -1.9% 5.9% 12.0% 0.0% -3.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $202,933 $244,982 $228,466 $292,568 $456,308
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 20.7% -6.7% 28.1% 56.0%
Personnel 54.8% 53.3% 56.1% 55.4% 64.3%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.6% 4.8% 5.3% 3.4%
Occupancy 13.0% 11.5% 11.6% 24.5% 15.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 1.1%
All other expenses 31.5% 34.6% 27.4% 14.0% 16.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $229,964 $269,142 $253,097 $320,991 $480,676
One month of savings $16,911 $20,415 $19,039 $24,381 $38,026
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $41,554
Total full costs (estimated) $246,875 $289,557 $272,136 $345,372 $560,256

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.1 10.4 9.6 13.4 5.6
Months of cash and investments 14.1 14.5 20.0 22.0 16.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.1 14.5 20.1 20.7 14.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $238,847 $212,171 $182,363 $325,861 $212,963
Investments $0 $83,386 $197,626 $209,463 $406,785
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $615,605 $615,605 $616,709 $625,369 $666,923
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 30.5% 34.4% 38.3% 42.3% 43.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 6.4% 16.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $864,657 $945,913
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $666,241 $699,099 $762,036 $864,657 $945,913

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jennifer Bero

Since 2015, Ms. Bero has led efforts to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness whether in a shelter or in a rehousing program. Prior, she coordinated trainings and provided supportive technical assistance to families with children battling mental illness. She also served her community through her work with local government as a grants administrator and project manager for community improvement projects. Ms. Bero is a wife to her husband of 31 years, mother to two adult children, and grandmother to a three-year-old girl in Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in social services and a Master's Degree in Leadership, both from Belhaven University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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My Sisters Place of Gainesville Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dave Smith

Retired Business Manager

Term: 2022 - 2025

Anne Dittman

Community Volunteer

Judi Garofalo

Retired Banker

Dave Smith

Retired Manager

Donna Stringer


Michele Rasmussen

Major Gift Officer

Galen Reavis

Retired Counselor

Calvin Stowell

Retired Manager

Joseph Sherman


Polly Bennett

Retired Nonprofit Administrator

Ron Cox

Information Technologies

Beth Curry


Sandhi Kozsuch

Retired Communications

Danielle Butler

Business Owner

Lynn Syfan


Lynnda Thomas

Retired Nurse

Andreina Hernandez


Ashleigh Thurmond

Nonprofit Administrator

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/31/2023

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

  • 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 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.