Habitat For Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. (Venice)
280 Alligator Dr
Venice FL 34293

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. 

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deidre L Danmeyer
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Stroer
Board Chair Affiliation Calcs-Plus
General Info
Organization DBA
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.
Supported Organization
Former Names
Habitat for Humanity Venice Area
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2016
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,530,550.00
Projected Expenses $1,641,686.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Over twenty years from its inception, Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. has made great strides towards our mission to build affordable, safe housing for those in need in South County, with 77 new energy star rated homes completed and 28 renovated area foreclosures. In the last 6 months we have placed 6 families in new homes, currently we are in process of building 9 new homes, 1 rehab homes and we have 15 families working through our Habitat Partner program to become homeowners. We have over 860 committed, local community volunteers working with our partners. We employ 25  individuals  in our office & ReStores .All of our South County communities we serve are actively involved with us from refreshments to special events, including over a dozen  Faith Based Organizations and several dozen local  Business Partners, as well as Civic and Service organizations. Twenty different  family, private and community foundations support our mission. Habitat is fortunate to have eighteen prominent individuals who serve on our  Board of Directors. In 2007, we established a Habitat ReStore  in Venice, to further the mission of Habitat and to create a recycling headquarters in South County. Due to our commitment to the North Port Community we opened another ReStore in June 2013 in North Port. Habitat for Humanity South County has and continues to believe that a safe and stable place to call home is more than just a matter of convenience. Affordable homes make a huge impact on the communities we serve, in every aspect of our lives… emotionally, physically , socio-economically and environmentally. It is the basis for physical and emotional well-being, and the foundation for a successful life.

Habitat South Sarasota's Board of Directors approved and implemented a strategic 5 year plan which included placing 100 low- income families in a Habitat home by 2015. In June 2014 we CELEBRATED our 100th family in our 100th home, a full year ahead of schedule! With the partnerships of numerous local businesses, organizations and individuals we are accomplishing our goals to place people in homes. Our volunteers, over 860 strong, provide the labor needed to build Habitat Partner homes. Volunteers are the KEY to our success, donating over 29,000 hours this past year, providing a economic value of $616,000. In addition to the new construction builds we are currently engaged in a six family cluster build in Laurel Park Community, (with for our the homes already completed and families moved in! ) one of the last two homes is a WOMEN build, being built by women for a single mom and her daughter, we are also building at 9 different build sites in Laurel, Venice and North Port. A big challenge we are currently facing is the great increase for housing in South County, for every 24-25 applications into our home ownership program we receive, only 1-2 families fit the criteria & commitment needed for home ownership. So many in our community clearly need safe, affordable, secure homes. 
Needs Statement
Habitat South County needs are: 
  1. Funding to purchase new construction equipment to replace out of date and broken tools.$5,000 We are building on 9 seperate home sites and in NEED of tools! 
  2. Our new construction truck needs 'wrapped' -$3,000  
  3. Volunteers at our job sites for construction tasks and in our office to help answer phones, file and be creative and supportive of our applicant needs (priceless)  
  4. Gently used household items donated to our ReStores to be sold for construction cash to build additional homes for low income families.
Background Statement

Since 1992, HFHSSC has been building homes in communities of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, North Port and Englewood Florida. The 106 families we have assisted include over 320 children, women and men.The need for Habitat homes in South Sarasota County has never been greater. Workers in many of SW Florida’s most prominent occupations are now dedicating more of their paychecks toward housing than they can financially afford.  Rising home prices and residential rental rates have boosted the typical housing expense for workers in South Sarasota County well beyond average wages during the past two years according to a new study by the Center for Housing Policy.  It is a mix of fierce demand from renters, coupled with stagnant wages that have failed to keep pace, many working families are now spending a greater portion of their incomes on housing than what is considered financially stable. Even when home prices were affordable, amassing a sufficient down payment, or getting access to credit posted barriers for many working class families” said Bill Russell, ED, Sarasota Housing Authority. The hardest hit with this latest economic home downturn are the families who qualify within the economic guidelines for Habitat for Humanity housing. Affordability is a major  portion of our mission: to provide homes within the financial limits of lower income individuals and families.Our mortgage calculations are based on 30% of their yearly income.As a multifaceted organization operating as a home builder, social services agency and retail store our mission is to build and sell safe, decent, affordable housing with families in need.  We can all see the impact of a new house being built and we need to realize that each nail and two-by-four put to work by Habitat creates ripple effects throughout our economy.  We calculate: The total value of our building activity ($7,075,000) which translates into a direct economic impact of $49,525,000 over the last twenty years.Please consider these pertinent points 1.) Every family who applies to HFHSSC spends over 50% of their income on housing 2.)70% are single parent, head-of-household families 3.) Sarasota County has over 387,000 residents, with the median household income of $36,000 and a poverty rate of 11% . Building ‘green’ helps to keep Habitat homes less expensive to operate and maintain which keeps our families within their budgets assuring long term sustainability and stability for the homeowners.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
affordable housing, homeownership, low income, family, children, construction, building, veterans, Legacy of Valor
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The executive directorship for Habitat for Humanity-South Sarasota County (HFHSSC) has been passed from Judy Wilcox to Dee Danmeyer. Dee comes to us with an outstanding background and knowledge of Habitat for Humanity. Dee is the new executive director and I am the new board chair, trying to fill the (huge) shoes of Michelle Hazeltine; past board chair. Michelle has a lot to be proud of; she did an absolutely outstanding job leading HFH-SCC the last 2 years. She has also been a great help through this period of transition and I thank her for that.

Stepping into our new positions, both Dee and I are very lucky to have the strength of a well oiled machine. HFHSSC has an outstanding staff and active board. This makes both of our jobs easier and enjoyable.

I have been volunteering with HFHSSC for 8+ years and have received much, much more than I have given. Putting our partner families in homes and watching them become part of this great community we all live in and love has been very rewarding for me.

I and my company (Calcs-Plus) happened to be in the right place at the right time. HFHSSC has been building homes during a time when (some) grant monies come tied to some type of energy efficient green building certification. Improved energy efficiency is an area that I knew that I (and my company) could make the greatest impact by donating our services. Justifying the upfront cost of energy efficient upgrades can be challenging when building affordable housing. However, affordable housing means housing that is affordable to operate not just affordable to build. I am proud to have the opportunity to provide my company’s services to help make HFHSSC homes healthy, safe, durable, comfortable, and energy efficient; affordable to operate. Overall, it is an investment into our community. Building homes with low utility bills puts money in our partner family’s pockets.

Last year we completed our 100th home, a goal met a year and a half ahead of time. One of the successes that I am personally involved with has to do with energy efficiency. Our affiliate built seven homes last year that earned the DOE’s prestigious “Zero Energy Ready Home” program. The homes were also certified to comply with the Energy Star for Homes program with HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index Scores of 54 and less. Our construction manager (Michael Sollitto) will be receiving a prestigious DOE award at the EEBA (Energy & Environmental Building Alliance) conference in September of this year and he has also been asked to sit on a panel to discuss green, energy efficient construction procedures. These are the types of successes that excite me; we (HFHSSC) are a quality home builder building a product that will give years of service at an affordable operating cost. For a home to receive these types of certifications they must be built well beyond the typical Florida “code-only” home. In fact, our homes are 41% more energy efficient than a home of equal size built to meet the minimums of the Florida Building Code - Energy. The best part, our affiliate has been able to do this without breaking the bank. Yes, this is where I get the biggest kick out of what I do for Habitat.

Our affiliate has 10 homes on schedule to be built this year. But more importantly we are starting serious talks of upping the game. Our goal and commitment is to increase the number of homes built to 15 per year. The question we ask is, what will it take? What will it take in volunteers, what will it take in scheduling, will we need more contractors? These and many more questions will have to be answered. Answered they will be, I have assembled a committee specifically to work on the logistics of increasing our house production to 15 homes a year. At our first meeting we identified many hurdles with positive remarks. It is going to be a challenge but I am looking forward to upping our game to putting 15 partner families in homes per year.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Habitat builds, with volunteers,  new affordable, energy efficient homes and rehabilitates area foreclosures, for local residents whose incomes fall between the 30% and 80% average median income range in Sarasota County. They must have the need for housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for over 300 hours of sweat equity and be able to pay the 30 year no interest mortgage. Families, seniors and veterans that qualify must go through a defined selection process and interview with our Family Services department and an twelve hour trial run at our construction site. They also must attend financial education and first time homebuyers classes in addition to saving a down payment of $2,150. The program takes our applicants about a year to complete before they purchase their home. Habitat then services the mortgages and provides a mentor for support for the life of the 30 year mortgage commitment. 
Budget below is PER HOME.
Budget $90,000
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Development, Construction & Management
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Other Economic Level Families
Short Term Success
Building hope for local families through affordable home ownership. Building 100 affordable homes by 2015
Long Term Success
To eradicate poverty housing in South Sarasota County.
To give the dream of  home ownership to those that normally would not qualify for a conventional home loan.
Program Success Monitoring
Mortgage collection each month and personal contact with each homeowner.
Program Success Examples
Since 1992 we have to date (12/11) built, sold and rehabilitated 79 homes in South County.
At our two ReStore locations in Venice and North Port, gently used clothing, furniture, appliance, building materials and home goods are collected and sold to benefit Habitat's affordable housing program. We also collect aluminum cans to recycle. In the last five years the ReStore proceeds have provided the funding to build six new homes for families in our communities.
Budget $300,000
Category Environment, General/Other Recycling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success
HFHSSC has been successful as a local employer in our community that has not only created local jobs but has encouraged community volunteers to be part of an affordable housing solution in their area. 
Habitat is also building awareness in the public about recycling more and how Habitat's mission works through partnerships.
Long Term Success
Since the ReStore opening in 2007, the proceeds from the sales of donated items has built six affordable Habitat homes and has recycled tons of metals that have kept many larger materials out of our local land fill.
Program Success Monitoring
Monthly status reports document expenses and revenues.
A ReStore committee also meets monthly to discuss strengths and weaknesses.
Program Success Examples
The building of six safe, secure and affordable homes in South Sarasota County from the stores proceeds and the selling of those homes to Habitat partner families.
Program Comments by Organization
Our greatest challenge within South Sarasota County is the misconception that we 'give people houses'. Habitat is constantly out in our community, spreading our mission at Faith based organizations, Civic and Service Organizations, Veterans organizations and business forums including Chamber of Commerce's trying to education and inform the local communities of our work. We offer families the chance to change their 'path' by providing a opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.  Our retail outlets,  ReStore's in both Venice and North Port also help us educate our communities to the mission of Habitat. Our stores are visible and active, and our ReStore truck is our moving billboard.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deidre L Danmeyer
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email ddanmeyer@habitatsouthsarasota.org
Dee Danmeyer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is not a new face to the affordable housing industry. Dee has been working with Habitat for Humanity for 12 years of which nine were with the Orlando Affiliate. A native of Maryland, she worked as the Director of a small Habitat affiliate in Frederick, Maryland prior to moving to Florida in 2005. Dee brings to South Sarasota County experience in building energy efficient large Habitat communities. She attended Towson University, has completed Leadership Frederick and Leadership Orlando programs as well as Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management at Harvard Business School. Dee is a founding board member of Habitat Florida (the state support organization for the Florida Habitat affiliates) and is a former Chair of the board for that organization. She was appointed to the Orange County Mayor’s Sustainable Committee from 2012-2014 and was an avid volunteer with the North Brevard SPCA. She currently resides in North Port.

Dee Danmeyer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is not a new face to the affordable housing industry. Dee has been working with Habitat for Humanity for 12 years of which nine were with the Orlando Affiliate. A native of Maryland, she worked as the Director of a small Habitat affiliate in Frederick, Maryland prior to moving to Florida in 2005. Dee brings to South Sarasota County experience in building energy efficient large Habitat communities. She attended Towson University, has completed Leadership Frederick and Leadership Orlando programs as well as Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management at Harvard Business School. Dee is a founding board member of Habitat Florida (the state support organization for the Florida Habitat affiliates) and is a former Chair of the board for that organization. She was appointed to the Orange County Mayor’s Sustainable Committee from 2012-2014 and was an avid volunteer with the North Brevard SPCA. She currently resides in North Port.


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Judith H. Wilcox Oct 2004 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Michael Sollitto Construction Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 99
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 860
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
  • State of Florida
  • Sarasota County Government
  • Laurel Community Center
  • Goodwill/Goodhomes
  • Community Housing Trust of Sarasota County
  • Homeless Coalition
  • All Faiths Food Bank
  • Sarasota County Libraries
  • Sarasota Reading Council
  • North Port High School
  • Venice High School
  • American Red Cross
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Local Garden Clubs
  • Local mission groups
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2012
National Association of Home Builder2010
North Port Chamber of Commerce2008
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce2007
Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council2010
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2012
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County2012
National Association of Home Builder2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Non Profit of the YearNorth Port Chamber of Commerce2010
Nominated 3 years in a row for Non Profit of The YearVenice Area Chamber of Commerce2012
Finalist for Non Profit of the yearHerald Tribune Group2011
Sustainable Building PartnerHabitat for Humanity International2011
Affiliate in Good StandingHabitat for Humanity International2012
Platinum Rated Energy Star BuilderDepartment of Energy2012
Auora AwardFlorida Green Building Coalition2011
Best of 2014Venice Gondolier2015
Risk Management Provisions
Builders Risk
Automobile Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Business Income
Computer Equipment and Software
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Stroer
Company Affiliation Calcs-Plus
Board Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Chair Email djstroer2@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
Bill Ahern Island Time Spirits & Gourmet Market
Richard Ayers retired CEO
Mark Beebe Beebe Design Studio
Blaise Casellano Castle Air
David Cornish Attorney
Joe Dalton Babe's Plumbing
Michelle Hazeltine Owner Hazeltine Nurseries
Chloe Judge Sarasota County Star Student
Joe Justice retired
Stephen Long Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor
Tom Meyn Community Volunteer
Rob Nelson Edward Jones
Sandra Pridemore Sandra Pridemore CPA & Associates
Golda Radefeld Fidelity Title
Susan Rosenbaum Community Volunteer
Jon Steketee Inn Keeper
Dennis Stroer Calcs Plus
Bill Werdell Calusa National Bank
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
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 75
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization

Our organization has been given opportunities to help
families through Federal, State and local funding and
programming.  With the current state of  economy in this country it
has become increasingly challenging on where we can find funds to continue our service  for those in need.  Our main challenge and focus has been identifying  the programs that we can  work with, 
continuing to work with existing programs, communicating with local , state and Federal agencies and building up a donor base of individuals who can help us through private donations either directly to our organization or through Foundations. We are constantly working  in the community to  educate about the mission for Habitat for Humanity. Dennis Stroer, Board President

Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $2,530,550.00
Projected Expenses $1,641,686.00
Endowment Value
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?
Audit/Financial Documents
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
Government Contributions$0$0$58,699
Individual Contributions$1,212,265$1,349,692$751,073
Investment Income, Net of Losses$14,067$3,287$3,712
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$172,127$121,380$85,236
Revenue In-Kind$422,742$536,880$94,120
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,123,747$2,167,758$2,623,337
Administration Expense$63,647$61,746$56,787
Fundraising Expense$83,761$102,007$65,901
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.250.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%93%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%7%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$5,067,174$5,226,393$4,051,358
Current Assets$3,736,776$3,790,604$2,429,077
Long-Term Liabilities$500,089$435,347$0
Current Liabilities$178,968$348,441$143,009
Total Net Assets$4,388,117$4,442,605$3,908,349
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHome Sales $1,325,960Contributions, gifts, grants $1,349,692Contributions, gifts, grants $751,073
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,212,265Sales to Homeowners $874,890Home Sales $695,052
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountReStore $294,826ReStore $299,821ReStore $581,983
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits Yes
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.8810.8816.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%8%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. Assets & liabilities on 990s and audits reconcile. Total revenue per audits: $2,236,595 (2011), $2,577,980 (2010); $1,299,260 (2009). Total expenses per audits: $931,888 (2011), $878,825 (2010), $478,327 (2009). The value of donated merchandise is included as revenue in the financial statements.
Nonprofit Habitat For Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. (Venice)
Address 280 Alligator Dr
Venice, FL 34293
Primary Phone 941 493-6606 225