Samaritan Counseling Services Of The Gulf Coast Inc
3224 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota FL 34239
To Provide Excellent Professional Spiritually Integrated Counseling Services
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Richard Oneal Howell
Board Chair Marlene Petro
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1997
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Oct 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
Past Year Accomplishments:
  • Provided over 6225 outpatient mental health counseling sessions, an increase of 15% over 2016, for residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties
  • Instilled hope and transformed lives of people struggling with depression, anxiety, hopelessness, addictions, marriage and family challenges
  • Supported local clergy and congregations by being a trusted referral source for counseling, education, and consultation
  • Expanded community awareness through outreach events including seminars for clergy, presentations for retirement communities, and family life education workshops
  • Increased counseling accessibility by staffing 9 established and 2 new church partnership satellite offices in Sarasota and Manatee Counties
  • Successfully passed 37 standards required for reaccreditation with Samaritan Institute
Current Year Goals:
  • Provide over 6750 faith-based outpatient mental health counseling sessions
  • Develop 2 new congregational partnerships and 2 news partnerships with local organizations
  • Implementation of a  second year internship in Spiritually Integrated Treatment that includes education, supervision and consultation for post-graduate masters level clinicians seeking state licensure.
  • Increase donations by 10% assuring continued capability to provide counseling services for uninsured and underinsured clients
  • Recruit  additional volunteers to support Samaritan in a variety of capacities.
  • Review space needs and personnel needs related to strategic plan
  • Hire two new clinicians to meet the ever increasing demand for counseling sessions
  • Develop and implement an EAP program for local businesses


Needs Statement
  1. Financial Donations to Client Assistance Fund which provides professional mental health counseling for uninsured and underinsured clients.
  2. $1200 provides hope and healing for a child suffering from the ravages of abuse and neglect  
  3. $800 provides reconciliation for a family torn apart by chaotic consequences of addiction
  4. $400 makes possible participation in an annual clergy support group thereby reducing clergy isolation, compassion fatigue, and burnout
  5. Volunteers and additional staff to help Samaritan by serving as board members, committee members, office partners and welcoming hosts
Background Statement
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Gulf Coast, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency, was founded in 1997 to meet a clear and urgent need in the community for affordable faith-sensitive counseling services.  Led by Reverend Bruce Porter and Reverend Ruth Schaaff, who had the original vision for the counseling center, a group of parishioners from Church of the Palms - Presbyterian in Sarasota spent months studying, planning and developing a long-range plan for the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Guidance and involvement from the Samaritan Institute in Denver, which also independently confirmed the community's need for a counseling center, was an important part of the process.
The first Board of Directors was elected in Spring, 1997, made up of ten members of Church of the Palms.  We currently have twelve members representing a variety of churches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Richard O. Howell, an ordained minister who is a Certified Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, was hired in 1999.  Since joining Samaritan, Rev. Howell has helped the Board refine and clarify the organization's mission and programs, and networked extensively with churches of all faiths throughout Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice.  In 1999, the agency's name was changed to Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, Inc., to more accurately reflect the expanded service area.  In August 2002, Samaritan Counseling Services added a part-time female clinician to assist in the counseling demands.  In January 2003, Samaritan hired another full time pastoral counselor, under-writing his transition while building his caseload.  At the present time we have three full-time clinicians and six part-time clinicians to serve our clients and the community.  In the seventeen years of mental health ministry and services, we have experienced steady and sometimes dramatic growth. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments We serve the areas of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties, along with the specific areas of Venice and Lakewood Ranch.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I welcome the linkage that The Giving Partner provides between not-for-profit agencies like Samaritan Counseling Services and the philanthropic community.  As the provider of a full range of counseling services, Samaritan relies heavily on donor support for our Client Assistance Fund.  Each day we see clear evidence that many with mental health needs in our community do not have the resources necessary to access professional counseling assistance.  The Client Assistance Fund enables us to provide faith-based counseling on a sliding scale to many who otherwise would not be able to receive the help they need.
I am pleased that Samaritan Counseling Services has become a trusted referral resource for not only pastors, but for educators and employers as well.  I am grateful that over the last 17 years our highly trained, committed and professionally licensed counselors have been there for hundreds of individuals and families in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area who needed some help getting their lives back on track.
It is with a deep sense of satisfaction that I - and each member of our Board of Directors - commit our energies to the expansion of our services through the Client Assistance Fund.  We invite your participation through this - and other channels - as together we "Instill hope and transform lives". 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Welcome to the Samaritan Counseling Services profile. I am thankful for the opportunity to share with you about Samaritan. I have had the honor of serving Samaritan for the past 18 years as it has grown into a vibrant organization seeking to provide excellent, professional and spiritually integrated counseling services. While we seek to be on the leading edge of empirically validated treatment methods, our emphasis is on the intentional integration of faith into these services to the degree desired by our clients is unique.

Our commitment at Samaritan is twofold. First, we are dedicated to striving toward excellence.  It is precisely because of our belief that we are called by God to do what we do, that the pursuit of excellence is required. To this end we employ only highly trained, state-licensed, professional psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors to provide our services. Our clinicians have invested significant resources to become the best they can be. In addition, they are compassionate people of deep faith whose lives are shaped by their relationship with God. We understand that reaching out for help is very difficult for some; we therefore want the initial experience to be rewarding and productive.

The second dimension of our commitment requires us to do the best we can to make our high quality services available to those who seek them even if they are unable to pay the full fee. Historically over 40% of our clients have needed some financial assistance because they were either uninsured or underinsured. We are blessed with many who generously give of their time, talent, and treasures to make it possible for us to live out this commitment. Our supporters see the value of participating in the healing process through the work of Samaritan Counseling. We invite you to consider how you can become a part of Samaritan and invest your resources thereby helping us Instill Hope and Transform Lives.

The primary program of Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast is to provide excellent professional spiritually integrated counseling services. Through a team of highly trained, state-licensed Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists, Samaritan seeks to provide a wide-range of mental health counseling services.  Depression, anxiety, grief, marital issues, parenting issues, and addictions are some of the challenges our clinicians are prepared to address.  Integrating faith into the counseling process, to the degree desired by the client, is a unique skill possessed by our counselors.  We have nine convenient offices in Manatee and  Sarasota  Counties for easier access to our services.
Budget $1,100,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success
90% of clients reporting after their fifth session will acknowledge feeling more hopeful and empowered to address their life challenges
Long Term Success
90% of clients accessing Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast will report that the counseling they received helped them achieve their counseling goals.  Goals typically are related to reduced symptoms, improved daily functioning, improved relationships, and general improvement in daily living.  90% of clients will report that they will use Samaritan in the future and will refer others to Samaritan.
Program Success Monitoring
Clients will be asked regularly if the counseling is helping them achieve their goals.  Depending upon the nature of the client goals, satisfaction surveys will be destributed at least upon termination if not more frequently.  These client satisfaction surveys are reviewed by the Executive Director.
Program Success Examples
Currently  95% of our clients report that their participation with Samaritan has resulted in their achieving their counseling goals.  They report increased peace and well being in their lives and relationships. 
"Judy" a 20 year old single female presented experiencing significant conflict with her boyfriend.  They care very much for each other. Her anxiety about him ending the relationship has caused her to  be jealous and paranoid.  She was adopted by a single woman at birth, and had no real nurture from a man.  Her first boyfriend whom she came involved with at 15 was physically and emotionally abusive.  She realized through her counseling that her emotional need for male acceptance resulted in her allowing him to severely mistreat her.  Now she is afraid of losing this healthy relationship because she struggles with believing that she deserves it.  She has worked on grieving the father she did not have, and coming to believe that she is a person of worth. 
This program is intended to facilitate the well-being of local clergy and congregations.  Through a variety of efforts including clergy support groups, congregational education programs and congregational consultation, Samaritan seeks to strengthen the health and well being of local clergy and congregations.
Budget $40,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Specialized Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Clergy participating in current clergy support group report that the group is helping them be healthier and more productive in their ministry and personal lives.  They report feeling less loneliness and isolation through increased community with peers. 
Long Term Success
Samaritan will develop strong relationships with local denominational leaders, clergy, and congregations.  These relationships will result in 50%increase in participation by local clergy in clergy support groups.  Congregational partnerships with Samaritan will increase by 25%.
Program Success Monitoring
Regular and ongoing feedback from clergy to clergy support group leader.  Executive Director regulary seeks interaction with local clergy to receive feedback regarding their perception of Samaritan's impact on their ministry.
Program Success Examples
Samaritan received a call from a local pastor who reported that he and his leadership team were experiencing significant conflict which was resulting in distractions from their mission, and potentially could lead to split in the church.  Samaritan met with the pastor and the leadership team in a consultative capacity.  At the completion of the intervention, both the leadership team and the pastor resulted in increased communication, strengthened trust, and clarification of mutually desired direction for the congregation.

The Spiritually Integrated Treatment (SIT) Training program provides the opportunity for interns to gain the hours needed for state licensure, as well as the opportunity to learn how to integrate spirituality into their work with clients.

To meet our goals, we have forged a strong partnership with USF, both at the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Social Work.  Licensed interns in our program are seeing clients and taking SIT classes. In 2017, we will launch a 30-hour continuing education course that leads to certification in Spiritually Integrated Therapy. This course is intended for already licensed clinicians who have an interest in integrating spirituality into the therapeutic process. 

Budget $30,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Specialized Therapy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Participants in this program receive the benefit of classes, workshops and on-the-job training in spiritually integrated treatment. 
Long Term Success Research shows us that 86% of all individuals seeking counseling wish to integrate their spirituality into the therapeutic process.  We offer one of the few opportunities in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for clients to receive such counseling through our on-site intern training program, as area clinicians learn how to integrate spirituality into their clinical practices.
Program Success Monitoring We use outcome measures through ACORN and exit surveys upon completion of therapy.
Program Success Examples In January of 2017, we began the 30-hour continuing education program.
Program Comments by Organization
The primary mission of Samaritan is to provide excellent, professional spiritually integrated counseling services.  To this end much of our energy and resources are devoted to insuring that this program is of the highest quality possible.  In addition to our primary program, we are committed to expanding our Clergy and Congregational Care Program.  We hope that in the near future we will be having a much more significant presence within the ecumenical community
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Richard Oneal Howell
CEO Term Start Sept 1999
CEO/Executive Director Email
Rev. Howell has served as the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast since September 1999.  Prior to coming to be the inaugural executive director, he served on the staff of the Pastoral Counseling Center of North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 1990 to 1999.   He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina.  He earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 33
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Samaritan seeks to be collaborative in accomplishing its mission.  To this end we have cultivated a number of various relationships with local churches.  We currently have offices in ten different congregations.  Some of the space we use is dedicated and used solely by Samaritan.  Some of the space we use is shared, meaning that we go in, put up our shingle, prepare our counseling, rearrange space, take down our shingle and leave.  Regardless of the nature of the space, Samaritan is fortunate to not have to pay any rent or utilities charges for this space.  These space agreements enable Samaritan to provide their unique services to uninsured or underinsured persons who reach out to us for help.  Likewise, partner churches provide volunteers to serve on our board of directors, committees, and office partner staff.
Samaritan Institute2012
Samaritan Institute2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Samaritan Institute - Accreditation1999
Samaritan Institute - Accreditation2012
Samaritan Institute - Accreditation2016
Awards & Recognition
Finalist for the 2016 Champions of Healthcare AwardsManatee County Chamber of Commerce2016
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Life Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Disability Insurance
Professional Liability
Professional Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Marlene Petro
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. James Feil Retired CFO
Rev. John Gregory Minister
Mrs. Melissa Gurchiek Retired
Ms. Dana Lederer Retired, Registered Nurse
Ms. Reva Mitchell Retired, Director of Reimbursement
Mr. Garrett Moore Self-employed Financial Planner
Ms. Marlene Petro Retired Administrator
Ms. Sandi Stewart Retired
Mr. Scott Van Ness Attorney at Law
Dr. Daniel Watts Physician
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Human Resources / Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Throughout the national Samaritan Institute, one consistent mark of a healthy Samaritan center is the strength of its Board of Directors.  From the beginning of  Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, the board of directors has been an excellent group of committed persons whose desire has been to help Samaritan flourish in accomplishing its mission.  We are currently looking to increase the number of board members  by identifying like-minded persons who could make a significant contribution to the organization through the use of their resources of time, talent, and treasure.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,170,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,155,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $52,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$188,028$112,934$133,518
Investment Income, Net of Losses$135$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$194,305$148,456$161,144
Revenue In-Kind$33,756$33,756$33,756
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$831,219$521,839$647,283
Administration Expense$69,330$188,664$164,953
Fundraising Expense$33,280$60,005$37,744
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.950.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%68%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%23%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$177,525$151,942$189,681
Current Assets$171,351$144,673$179,134
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$38,148$12,524$21,821
Total Net Assets$139,377$139,418$167,860
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $533,085Counseling Fees $462,037Counseling Fees $472,460
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $194,305Fundraising $148,456Fundraising $161,144
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $188,028Contributions, gifts, grants $112,934Contributions, gifts, grants $133,518
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.4911.558.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our 2016 Financial Audit will be completed by our auditors and uploaded by October 31, 2017.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s.  Federal 990s and audited financial statements reconcile.  Financial information for 2016 taken solely from the unaudited compilations as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
Nonprofit Samaritan Counseling Services Of The Gulf Coast Inc
Address 3224 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 926-2959