Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center Inc
2139 Main St
Sarasota FL 34237
Mission

SPARCC's mission is to stop domestic and sexual violence in our communities.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Lewis Hays
Board Chair Ms. Susan Erhart
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1979
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,785,257.00
Projected Expenses $2,914,767.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
SPARCC General Services BrochureView
SPARCC Sexual Assault BrochureView
Newsletter/Annual Report - Fall 2016View
Newsletter - Fall 2015View
Newsletter Fall 2014View
SPARCC BrochureView
SPARCC Sexual Assault BrochureView
Newsletter Summer 2013View
Fall 2012 Newsletter and FY 11/12 Annual ReportView
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • Added legal services/representation for SPARCC participants through Injunction for Protection Project.
  • Expanded staff to include an advocate to specialize in male victim services.
  • Added art therapy and healing services, such as yoga, for SPARCC participants and their minor children.
  • Expanded community outreach and social media presence on multiple platforms.
  • Expanded support group options at multiple agency locations.
  • Doubled attendance and proceeds of SPARCC's newest fundraising event.

Goals:  

  • Expand services to include therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Increase security measures at SPARCC Main Outreach Office and SPARCC Shelter.
  • Attain funding to replace the agency computer server. 
  • Continued expansion of existing donor base and increased donor commitment to SPARCC's mission.
  • Expansion of SPARCC's primary prevention program to promote social change.
Needs Statement
  1. To develop a broader donor base of community support to fund the agency's much-needed programs.
  2. To increase awareness of the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and what is needed to bring about the social change to create a violence-free community.
  3. To recruit direct service volunteers.
  4. To engage males in ending gender-based violence.
  5. To replace the existing agency computer server.
Background Statement

In August 1979, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC) opened the first battered women’s shelter in Sarasota County, Florida.  SPARCC is the only state certified center providing services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and violence in Sarasota and  DeSoto Counties.  From what started as an agency with one staff member and a handful of volunteers, SPARCC has expanded to an agency with a 32 bed shelter, an outreach center, satellite outreach offices in Venice, North Port and in Arcadia, onsite advocacy and legal services at the Sarasota, Venice, and DeSoto County Courthouses and a 24 hour hotline. In addition to serving victims, SPARCC is actively engaged in promoting social change through community awareness and education in an effort to prevent such violence in the future. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments
SPARCC is the only state certified center providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

In my 15 years working with Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), I have been a volunteer, an employee, a fundraiser and now, Chair of the Board of Directors. In all cases, I have been extremely proud of this organization and the work they do providing free services and shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and their children.  

I originally became involved and began volunteering at SPARCC after a startling life experience. One day, which seemed to me, to be “out of the blue,” a former work colleague suddenly murdered his wife and committed suicide. Needless to say, I was shocked and disturbed. I had worked with this man for years, been to his home, and still had no idea of his life as an abuser. That’s when I realized the silence and secrecy that often surround the damage of domestic violence, even in this lovely and affluent community and even among educated and otherwise well-respected people… and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a part of the solution.

SPARCC's mission to end domestic and sexual violence in our communities and it is extremely worthy of our time, and of our financial resources. As the only state-certified non-profit providing free and confidential services to victims, and critical prevention education to young people in our Sarasota and DeSoto County schools, SPARCC has an excellent reputation for effective use of its resources.

I encourage our community to learn more about this often silent but devastating problem, and become a SPARCC supporter and advocate today. With your help we can save lives and stop the violence!


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center ("SPARCC") is the only state certified center providing services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and violence in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.  The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the agency providing the certification for services to primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, while the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence provides the certification for services to primary and sexual assault victims age 12 and over.  These continuing certifications are dependent on rigorous monitoring programs to ensure compliance with all established, contractual standards.  SPARCC is proud of its exemplary record in consistently receiving very favorable monitoring reports on its high quality, free and confidential services for victims, as well as its state recognized prevention education programming.
Programs
Description
The SPARCC Shelter operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and can be accessed through several points of entry: the SPARCC 24-hour hotline, the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline, SPARCC’s Outreach Offices, and by referral from law enforcement, hospital or court personnel. Eligibility is open to all victims of domestic violence, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, immigration status, race or sexual orientation. The primary goal of the Shelter Program is to protect the residents from harm and to restore them to self-sufficiency through the provision of supportive services. Services include: safe refuge, on-site kennel, food, clothing, financial assistance (limited), crisis counseling, service management, advocacy, safety planning, transportation, information/referral to other private/public sources of assistance and children’s assessments. 

 

The SPARCC Shelter is handicapped accessible and accommodates service dogs. Hearing impaired participants are assisted with the use of TDD machines. SPARCC employs bi-lingual staff and affiliates with special needs community organizations to promote referrals from underserved populations. Information about SPARCC’s services is distributed in English and Spanish; Shelter signage is posted in English and Spanish and all forms are printed in both languages. For languages other than English or Spanish, the Language Line is used to communicate with participants. SPARCC provides transportation to the Shelter from the Outreach Center on Main Street and from its satellite outreach offices in South Sarasota County and in rural DeSoto County. 
Budget $535,377
Category Housing, General/Other Crisis Shelter
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
100% of residents will be kept safe from harm while staying at the Shelter.  They will develop a case plan and receive supportive services to assist in securing employment, permanent housing, childcare, and/or legal assistance as needed.
Long Term Success
Residents will learn safety planning techniques while staying at the Shelter to prevent future injuries or death to themselves and their families. Through supportive services, they will be empowered to reach their employment and housing goals to lead happy, productive and self sufficient lives, free from violence.
Program Success Monitoring
SPARCC tracks all services in a software system designed for domestic violence centers.  Staff and management are able to run reports to analyze the data on the services provided to the shelter residents.  Also, the residents are asked to complete surveys on the services they received.  In addition, the SPARCC Shelter Program is monitored annually by the Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence to ensure the program is in compliance with the standards established for the state certified centers.  The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence certifies SPARCC on an annual basis.
Program Success Examples
No resident has ever been seriously harmed or killed while staying at the SPARCC Shelter.  Last year, SPARCC provided 7,182 bednights to 173 women and 141 children.
Description
The Domestic Violence Outreach Program is empowerment based and survivor directed, tailored to each program participant’s needs. The following services are offered at the Outreach Center on Main Street and at the satellite offices in Venice, North Port and in Arcadia:
 
· 24 Hotline 
· Safety Planning
· Case Management
· Crisis Counseling 
· Information and Referrals
· Child Assessments 
· Legal Services 
 
All SPARCC facilities are handicapped accessible and accommodate service animals. Hearing impaired participants are assisted with the use of TDD machines. SPARCC employs bi-lingual staff and affiliates with special needs community organizations to promote referrals from underserved populations. Information about SPARCC’s services is distributed in English and Spanish; signage is posted in English and Spanish and all forms are printed in both languages. For languages other than English or Spanish, the OPI language service is used to communicate with participants.
Budget $705,373
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Family Violence Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims At-Risk Populations General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
100% of program participants will receive safety planning assistance, information on the dynamics of domestic violence and supportive services.
Long Term Success
Program participants will learn about the dynamics of domestic violence and will be empowered to escape the abuse relationship and live a safe and self sufficient life.
Program Success Monitoring
  • All services and case notes are tracked in a software system specifically designed for domestic violence centers.  Staff and management can run reports to analyze the data on the services provided to the program participants.  Management also reviews surveys completed on a voluntary basis by the participants.  In addition, SPARCC is monitored on an annual basis to ensure program services are in compliance with state standards. 
Program Success Examples
Last year, SPARCC provided the following services:
  • answered 3,393 hoelpine calls
  • provided outreach services to 2,249
Description
The Sexual Assault Outreach Program is empowerment based and survivor directed, tailored to each program participant’s needs. The following services are offered at the Outreach Center on Main Street, at the satellite offices in Venice, North Port and in Arcadia, and at area hospitals:
 
· 24-Hour Hotline
· Information and Referral
· Crisis Intervention
· Advocacy/Accompaniment
· Community Awareness
· System Coordination
· Legal Services 
 

All SPARCC facilities are handicapped accessible and accommodate service animals. Hearing impaired participants are assisted with the use of TDD machines. SPARCC employs bi-lingual staff and affiliates with special needs community organizations to promote referrals from underserved populations. Information about SPARCC’s services is distributed in English and Spanish; signage is posted in English and Spanish and all forms are printed in both languages. For languages other than English or Spanish, the OPI language service is used to communicate with participants. SPARCC maintains satellite outreach offices in Venice, North Port and in rural DeSoto County to better reach geographically isolated participants.   

Budget $454,703
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Sexual Assault Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims At-Risk Populations General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Program participant will learn coping skills to deal with the trauma from the sexual assault.
Long Term Success
Program participants will be empowered to regain self confidence to move forward with productive lives
Program Success Monitoring
SPARCC staff track all services and case notes in a software system.  Staff and management are able to run reports to analyze the data on the services provided.  Program participants are encouraged to complete surveys on the satisfaction of services received.  In addition, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence monitors the program to ensure compliance with state certification standards.
Program Success Examples
SPARCC provided comprehensive services to 157 program participants last year in its Outreach offices.  In addition, the crisis team responded to 71 sexual assault victims in the area hospitals.
Description
The Community Awareness program provides prevention education presentations about domestic and sexual violence, free of charge, to the following: local schools and community youth programs; social service agencies; human resource professionals and civic/community groups.  SPARCC also offers free professional training to law enforcement and health care providers. 
The main purpose of this program is to shift social norms and address the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that support violence in our community.  SPARCC is committed to ending violence locally, by preventing a child from ever becoming a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence. Training and education sessions take place in the SPARCC service area of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. The priority population for education and training is made up youth in the 5-18 year-old age group, including minorities, at-risk youth and the disabled. The Community Awareness Program includes presentations, evaluation, and strategic planning.
Budget $329,368
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
During the 2011-12 fiscal year, SPARCC presented multi-session presentations to the following audiences/age groups: 7 High School, 6 Middle School, 11 Elementary School – these numbers reflect individual schools or programs; however, multiple classes and grades received education at each location, resulting in a reach of more than 3,000 students and 115 rounds of multisession presentations. Additionally, 44 professional development presentations and 90 public awareness presentations were delivered to more than 7,000 adults.
Long Term Success
Create social change needed to end violence in our community/society.
Program Success Monitoring
Pre and post surveys are used with audiences to measure success.   As well, the school programs are monitored by the Department of Health for overall effectiveness. 
Program Success Examples
Over a 12 month period, an average of 40% of youth surveyed responded that the prevention education multisession program changed their attitudes “almost always”, and an average of 45% responded “sometimes.” Surveys also indicated that an average of 48% “almost always” would change their actions after the presentations, and an average of 40% responded “sometimes” to the same question.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is the only state-certified center providing programs and services to primary and secondary victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. All programs and services are free and confidential.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Lewis Hays
CEO Term Start Sept 2007
CEO/Executive Director Email jhays@sparcc.net
Experience
Jessica Hays was appointed President and CEO of SPARCC in January 2015. She currently serves as a member of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence's Certification Advisory Workgroup. She is also a contributor to publications by the National Sexual Assault Coalition's Resource Sharing Project. Previously, she had served as the organization's Director of Community Awareness for seven years. In that role, she was responsible for the oversight of SPARCC's prevention education program, volunteer program, staff training, and all communications and special events for the agency. Jessica is a certified Core Competency trainer for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Jessica worked with many nonprofit clients in her role as an account executive for a public relations firm. She holds a BS in Communications for Business and an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from The Florida State University. Jessica is an active community volunteer. She is a member of the Junior League of Sarasota, serving as President from 2013-2014. She is also a graduate of Leadership Sarasota, class of 2007.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Ms. Olivia Thomas 2007 - 2015
Ms. Stephanie Woods 1999 - 2006
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Nicole Hartsock Director of Outreach Services
Ms. Tanjee Lane Director of Shelter Services
Mrs. Mary Ellen Mancini Director of Development
Mrs. Melissa Smith Director of Business Operations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 29
Part Time Staff 15
Staff Retention Rate % 68
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 350
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Due to the confidential nature of the services provided, all collaborative activities require signed releases from the program participants.  Examples of collaborations include: * The YMCA School House Link program, on transportation for children in the Shelter to ensure they are able to continue attending their home schools if desired; as well as tutoring services. *Forty Carrots provides parenting classes for Moms and therapeutic groups for children on a weekly basis at the Shelter. * SPARCC works with the CareerSource Suncoast, Career Edge and Goodwill in assisting with job searches.
* SPARCC works with the Early Learning Coalition to provide childcare for program participants. * SPARCC works closely with all law enforcement agencies on reported crimes of domestic and sexual violence. * SPARCC works with the Department of Children and Families in the case management of families with violence in the home.
 
* Providing prevention education in the public and private schools, and many agencies serving youth in our community.
* Continuing education for community partners.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence2016
Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence2016
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Non Profit of the YearSarasota Chamber of Commerce2012
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employment Practices Liability
Flood
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Record Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Susan Erhart
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Chair Email sce100@aol.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Derek Wilson Billib Billib and Billib Real Estate
Ms. Danyiell Blosser Marketing/PR Director, DeSoto Memorial Hospital
Father Mario Castro Church of the Redeemer
Mr. Patrick Duggan Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ms. Susan Erhart Community Volunteer
Mrs. Rosemary Eure JDLancaster and Eure, PA
Ms. Barbara Gardner Collins Interiors
Ms. Luisa Olivera Goldman Community Volunteer
Sgt Deb Kiner Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ms Lynne Koy Coldwell Bank Real Estate
Ms. Becky Mahoney Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Muir Northern Trust
Ms. Diane Muldoon Community Volunteer
Ms. Coral Pleas Cutting Loose Salon
Ms. Jill Raleigh Observer Group
Ms. Angela Regnier Assessment and Psychotherapy Services
Ms. Lori Rodgers Bert Rodgers School of Real Estate
Ms Kathleen Walker CPA, CFPGoar, Endriss and Walker
Ms. Emily Walsh Observer Media Group
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 94
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 29
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $2,785,257.00
Projected Expenses $2,914,767.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $1,908,597.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$1,054,029$1,032,941$968,223
Federal$0$584,610$590,495
State$0$448,331$377,728
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$1,054,029$0$0
Individual Contributions$693,177$480,319$621,958
$63,000$63,000$65,553
$0$356,039$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50,089$105,864$30,277
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$308,478$211,825$154,755
Revenue In-Kind$34,809$34,809$34,809
Other$338,138$0$392,039
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,981,153$1,762,446$1,598,708
Administration Expense$187,423$183,306$169,966
Fundraising Expense$123,504$129,670$138,298
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.081.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%7%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,879,737$6,712,973$6,602,555
Current Assets$671,372$3,081,812$2,925,510
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$96,542$89,882$87,818
Total Net Assets$6,783,195$6,623,091$6,514,737
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $1,054,029Government Grants - Federal $584,610Contributions, gifts, grants $621,958
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $693,177Contributions, gifts, grants $480,319Government Grants - Federal $590,495
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountResale Shop $338,138Government Grants - State $448,331Resale Shop $392,039
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.9534.2933.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The 2016-2017 budget shows a deficit, including depreciation expense. Without the depreciation expense, the budget plans a near break-even result, with a $17,574 surplus.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from 990.  Federal tax returns and audits are reconciled from 2009 and subsequent.  Audit for 2008 not provided.
Foundation, corporations and congregations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990 or audit. 
Nonprofit Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center Inc
Address 2139 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941 365-0208

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