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. Luisa Olivera Goldman
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
SPARCC
Supported Organization
Former Names
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 2016
State Registration Yes May 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,305,021.00
Projected Expenses $2,435,444.00
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • Built kennel facility at Shelter.
  • Implemented Economic Empowerment Program
  • Staffed new full-time office in North Port
  • Upgraded Shelter facility with new paint and new deck

 

Goals:

 

  • Open Forensic Facility at Outreach Center on Main Street 
  • Expand services to underserved populations
  • Expand services to sex trafficking victims
  • Implement Male Engagement Program to enlist males in movement to end gender based violence
  • Expand our existing donor base and increase donor commitment to SPARCC's mission 
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  abuse and violence and what is needed to bring about the social change to create a violence free community.
  3. To recruit volunteers to work on the hotline and hospital emergency response team.
  4. To engage males in ending gender-based violence.
  5. To update kitchen and bathrooms at Shelter.
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 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
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Keywords
Women, Children, Domestic, Sexual, Violence
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President


I remember attending my first Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center Auxiliary meeting, as a guest of my neighbor, back in 2003 and from that point forward, my "SPARCC" was ignited. Something about the organization struck a chord with me. I still find it literally staggering that one in four women will be touched by domestic violence in her lifetime, and that an estimated one in three teenagers has experienced dating violence. We need a solution.

I wanted to be involved in an organization whose mission was to stop domestic and sexual violence in our communities...and SPARCC is that organization. It empowers survivors to gain confidence, experience peace, begin a path to healing, and often discover new skills as they step away from abuse towards a beautiful life.

In addition to providing a 24 hour hotline and safe haven for those in crisis, SPARCC works to break the cycle of violence in future generations through prevention education programs. This past year, SPARCC reached over 4,800 school children, and continues to expand outreach through its male engagement program which seeks to educate, organize, and empower men and boys to engage in the solution of preventing domestic violence, sexual assault and all forms of violence and discrimination.

As SPARCC's Board Chair, I welcome your involvement in our mission to stop domestic and sexual violence in the community. Your charitable donation to SPARCC will help save lives today and tomorrow!



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 $526,199
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 
 
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 $576,152
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 5,208 hotline calls
  • provided outreach services to 1,343 new survivors of domestic violence
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
 

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 $312,082
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 $240,063
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
Program Comments by Foundation
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.  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
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mrs. Jessica Hamilton Director of Outreach Services
Ms. Tanjee Lane Director of Shelter Services
Mrs. Mary Ellen Mancini Director of Development
Ms. Melissa Smith Director of Business Operations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 16
Staff Retention Rate % 83
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 300
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 at SPARCC, all collaborative activities require affirmative signed releases from the program participants.  Examples of these collaborations include:
* SPARCC works closely with Legal Aid of Manasota and Gulf Coast Legal Services to obtain legal advice and representation for clients for a variety issues such as injunctions for protection, dissolution of marriage, child time sharing and support, housing disputes and immigration. 
* The YMCA School House Link program arranges transportation for children residing in the Shelter to ensure they are able to continue attending their home schools if they desire; as well, this program provides a tutor at the Shelter one day a week to assist with homework. 
* Forty Carrots provides parenting classes for Moms and therapeutic play groups for the children on a weekly basis at the Shelter. 
* SPARCC staff works with the CareerSource Suncoast, Career Edge and Goodwill in assisting participants with job searches.
* SPARCC works with the Early Learning Coaltion to provide childcare while program participants are attending court hearings or searching for employment and housing.
* 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 homes.
 
In addition to the above examples of direct services for program participants, SPARCC collaborates with many other organizations in the following ways:
* Providing prevention education in the public and private schools, as well as at many agencies serving youth in our community.
* Sharing trainers with other agencies for continuing education of staffs.
* Working with the Child Protection Center and the Humane Society for joint presentations on family/pet violence in the home.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
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 No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Luisa Olivera Goldman
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2014 to May 2017
Board Chair Email luisa4296@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Derek Wilson Billib Billib and Billib Real Estate
Ms. Shirley Brown Sarasota County School Board
Father Mario Castro Church of the Redeemer
Ms. Susan Erhart Community Volunteer
Mrs. Rosemary Eure JDLancaster and Eure, PA
Ms. Luisa Olivera Goldman Community Volunteer
Sgt Deb Kiner Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ms Lynne Koy Coldwell Bank Real Estate
Ms. Susan Lanier Community Volunteer
Ms. Becky Mahoney Community Volunteer
Ms Maria Moreno Seascoast National Bank
Ms. Diane Muir Northern Trust
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
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 6
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $2,305,021.00
Projected Expenses $2,435,444.00
Endowment Value $1,631,979.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$968,223$817,365$1,000,118
Federal$590,495$554,220$0
State$377,728$263,145$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$1,000,118
Individual Contributions$621,958$274,190$295,443
$65,553$65,802$64,738
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$30,277$1,831$3,618
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$154,755$136,852$108,395
Revenue In-Kind$34,809$34,809$34,809
Other$392,039$368,267$347,908
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,598,708$1,510,182$1,485,302
Administration Expense$169,966$155,175$136,200
Fundraising Expense$138,298$95,244$38,345
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.170.951.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%86%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$6,602,555$6,223,890$6,314,697
Current Assets$2,925,510$2,556,596$2,593,893
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$87,818$107,716$101,787
Total Net Assets$6,514,737$6,116,174$6,212,910
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $621,958Government Grants - Federal $554,220Government grants $1,000,118
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $590,495Resale Shop $368,267Resale Shop $347,908
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountResale Shop $392,039Contributions, gifts, grants $274,190Contributions, gifts, grants $295,443
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities33.3123.7325.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

The 2014-2015 budget shows a deficit, including depreciation expense. Without the depreciation expense, the budget plans a near break-even result , with a $286 profit.

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.
The in-kind contribution revenue includes non-cash contributions and donated services and use of facilities as reported on the IRS Form 990.  Donated services and facilities are not included in total revenue on the IRS Form 990.
Nonprofit Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center Inc
Address 2139 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34237
Primary Phone 941 365-0208

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