Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc
1734 Cedarwood Street
Port Charlotte FL 33948

The mission and purpose of this corporation is to identify and meet the basic needs of our homeless population who may be suffering from physical, substance abuse with co-occurring mental health issues problems, with the goal being they ultimately move into transitional or permanent housing.

CEO/Executive Director Leslie Martin
Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey Burns
Board Chair Affiliation Board President
General Info
Former Names
ABDAS - The Ministry of Life, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Sept 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

Last year, Jesus Loves You Ministry has been able to connect over 200 individuals to much needed services like medical, mental, and disability benefits. We set out to accomplish this for 100 consumers and were able to exceed this goal through community support and collaboration with many community partners.

Throughout 2015, Jesus Loves You Ministry worked collaboratively with other community agencies to identify and begin housing plans for Charlotte County's homeless veterans.  We continue these efforts and have assisted more than 5 of our veteran clients transition into housing and provided them with needed furniture and household items.
This year, we would like to offer an in-house laundry facility for our "campers".  As Charlotte County doesn't have a facility for homeless to launder their clothing, we are hoping to offer this as part of our normal services to the homeless.  We have plans in place with a local builder and are currently in the process of raising needed funds for construction.
Needs Statement
1.  Used 15-passenger van               $13,000.00
 *transport clients to/from appointments*
2.  Laundry Facilities in Building       $13,500.00
3.  Rental Subsidy                            $12,000.00
* for 10 clients for 6 month program*
4.  Facilities Manager (part-time)      $12,000.00 
Background Statement
This ministry was originally incorporated under the name ABDAS - The Ministry of Life, Inc. in 2000 in Indiana.  In 2007 the ministry registered with the State of Florida and in 2008 was approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Our mission has always been to help serve the needs of the homeless and ultimately help folks into housing.  We did this by street outreach and by providing half-way sober housing with supportive case management services.  Now that we have a shelter in our county our focus has returned to specifically "Homeless Outreach"; which is accomplished through a Mobile Program.  We are the only Mobile Outreach Program for the Homeless in Charlotte County and continue to provide supportive services through case management services. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments We serve all of Charlotte County, we go where newly homeless or the chronically homeless can be found in Englewood, Punta Gorda, Bayshore Park area, and Port Charlotte. Our program transports those ready for services to Sarasota and Lee Counties or other counties if the service isn't offered here in Charlotte County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Organizations must first ask themselves to see if they are ready to grow; we need to bring a consultant in that will teach us the ins and outs of sustainable growth. 

We have provided so many with the “basic necessities” of life; food, clothing, and sometimes shelter. We look to bring more of the chronically homeless that need substance abuse services into programs that can assist them. Because of our partnerships in this community we have helped 23 men and women get into recovery, but there are so many more in need of this help. Reaching out to one is only the beginning, following them through the program and  reassuring them with support requires additional case management support that we want to provide.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


We are the only Homeless Outreach Program in Charlotte County and being a mobile outreach program for the homeless of our community gives us the opportunity to take services to our “local camper residents”. When people are homeless, their sphere of contact is often limited, and the longer someone is homeless the more limited it becomes. As we seek out our homeless and share what services are available and that we can help them receive these services, it not only meets the needs but also helps build more self-esteem and worth. The longer someone is homeless the more likely they are to remain homeless.  

As we help with basic needs ie: food, clothing, hygiene items, hot lunches and even reading materials, it builds a relationship of trust that allows us to help with other, perhaps more important services. 
We are also unique in that we facilitate and transport to needed appointments for medical, mental or other needed services.
Description This program transports our homeless residents to medical and/or mental health appointments, detox unit, crises unit, social security office, rehabilitation services inside and outside our county, to meet with Veteran's service organizations and to the VA clinic and/or hospital if necessary.  This program is at the very core of our ability to deliver and facilitate services.
Budget $18,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Transportation Assistance
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless
Short Term Success The initial impact of this program is building more trust with the client on each meeting.  The time spent while transporting is invaluable to a successful case plan.  Not only are they receiving "special handling" while being transported, it gives the outreach worker more time to share other services we may be able to help link the client with.
Long Term Success By providing transportation, people are able to make and keep needed appointments for mental, medical, job applications and interviews and agencies where they can apply for benefits they may be entitled to.  After they are used to keeping appointments by us transporting them, they hopefully become confident enough to make and keep their own appointments.  We do not have a public bus system but a "taxi" sort of public transportation system which if someone is comfortable going on their own to an appointment, we can provide vouchers for them.  The goal is that all people we work with will eventually become independently willing and able to follow-through on their own.
Program Success Monitoring We know this program works in that many of our clients have found employment through our services, as well as many have also received deserved benefits either through Social Security Disability Benefits, Railroad pensions and VA Pensions and/or VA Disability Benefits - which has resulted in their self-sufficiency and in housing.
Program Success Examples One of the men we transported to all services he needed was living in a shed.  He moved into a shelter.  We began the process of him applying for retirement benefits and ultimately he moved into a transitional house and is in the process of moving into his own rental.  The process has taken 17 months to date.
Description This program facilitates our clients to services such as (but not limited to) Vocational Rehab; mental health; medical, health care facilities such as Charlotte County Health Department and Virginia B. Andes Clinic; help apply for Social Security Benefits (we have a SOAR trained person); food stamps, VA pensions and health care; short and long term substance abuse treatment programs inside and outside our county.  This program also facilitates and pays for birth certificates, identification cards, driver's licenses, medical prescriptions (if not covered by another program), work boots and/or other job related specialty clothing items.
Budget $38,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success Short term successes can be quickly seen when someone agrees to receive mental health services and is put on appropriate medications to help stabilize them.  Also when people have clean clothes to put on and a razor to shave with and transportation to apply for and interview for potential employment is a wonderful sight!
Long Term Success Long term goals include, but not limited to, the clients ability to be physically and mentally stabilized and receiving regular income either through employment or receiving disability benefits.
Program Success Monitoring
We know the program is working when people become stabilized enough to follow through with necessary appointments to either help them ultimately get employment or receive disability benefits they are qualified for and entitled to.
We see the program is not working when someone may be compliant with appointment, but it does not seem to have a positive impact on their lives.  We do not want to "enable" people to remain the way they are - but rather help instill a desire for a better life for themselves.  We then look for other ways to be able to help those people.
Program Success Examples
After months of delivering "on the street" services such as food and clothing and general visiting,  one of our chronic homeless residents who is also a chronic alcoholic asked us for help getting into detox.  This was about 10 months ago. 
While in detox he agreed to let us facilitate for him to go into a 28 day rehab program and then into permanent supportive housing dedicated to the chronic homeless person. 
He also had mental health issues which needed to be treated.  The program we got him into treated every aspect of his needs.
Three (3) months after he went into the program I received a call from him stating he stopped taking his medications and had left the program and was walking back to Port Charlotte from Ft. Myers (the program).  He asked if I'd come get him and take him to his friends.  After considering if I'd be doing the right thing I went to get him and took him where he wanted to go. 
3 days later he called and said "help me, I don't want to drink and I don't know what to do". We put him back into detox and the program he had been in took him back in. 
He's now stable, found a job and doing great.  Although he's been referred to another agency, we are still here as a non-judgmental support system for him if he needs us.
Program Comments by Organization
Just because someone has moved into housing does not mean they do not need a follow-up support system.
This is a crucial service regardless of what issues someone may have in their life. Moving inside can be quite an adjustment, and we make ourselves available to help even if they're not homeless any longer.
If the person has disabilities, we also refer them to case management services with the respective agency that works with the specific disability the client has.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Leslie Martin
CEO Term Start Dec 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email
Leslie Martin has attended various colleges and universities with majors in Secondary Education, Psychology, Music Therapy and Elementary Education.
Past employment:
  • Legal secretary
  • Book reviewer for Christian Publishing house
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Outreach Coordinator for Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Volunteer Experience:
  • Battered women's shelters
  • Chaplain to inmates in Marion Cty. Jail, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Chaplain in jail in San Antonio, Texas
  • Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministry
  • Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Leslie has assisted with and the setting up of soup kitchens, clothes closets and outreach programs for the homeless in Indiana, Texas, New Mexico and Florida.
She purchased and managed four (4)  half-way houses to house the homeless of Charlotte County.   As our county opened up a shelter and more half-way houses were available to the homeless, her focus again turned to outreach to the homeless in the streets and woods of our community to provide and/or facilitate services.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 4
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition;S.W.Florida Works; New Day Christian Church; St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Church; St. Vincent de Paul San Antonio Church; St. Vincent de Paul St. Charles Church; Charlotte County Health Department; Charlotte County Human Services; 211; St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy; Charlotte Behavioral Health Care; Charlotte Behavioral Detox Unit; Charlotte Behavioral Crises Unit; Love and Compassion Ministries (Cape Coral); Salvation Army - Port Charlotte, Ft. Myers and Sarasota; Southwest Florida Addiction Services in Ft. Myers; Mission Unity, Port Charlotte: Second Chance Recovery, Port Charlotte; Charlotte Community Foundation; S.W. Florida Community Foundation; Sarasota Community Foundation; 1stUMChurch of Punta Gorda, Eastside Baptist Church of Punta Gorda, Burnt Store Presby Church, Punta Gorda, Peace River Baptist Punta Gorda, Murdock Baptist Murdock FL, Agape Int'l church of God 7th Day, Punta Gorda, 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey Burns
Company Affiliation Board President
Board Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Sheri Anderssen Director
Jeffrey Burns Director
Florine Cousins Board Vice-President
Leslie Martin Executive Director
Carol Milliken Retired
Roger Will D
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
  • As with many faith-based organizations we began meeting the needs of the population we are led to serve without fully understanding the organizational structure that should be in place for sustainability.
  •  Thus, we are playing "catch-up" in our infrastructure, if you will, by seeking assistance for organizational capacity building.  This capacity building includes but not limited to: fundraising, grant-writing and volunteer coordinating.
  • We are seeking grant opportunities to hire consultants to help us identify board member recruiting, duties, as well as organizational growth and more.
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 $113,923.00
Projected Expenses $112,018.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
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
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902014
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$73,132$88,129$35,962
Administration Expense$47,869$59,831$34,168
Fundraising Expense$1,348$600$2,414
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.817.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%59%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$473,457$474,942$0
Current Assets$19,792$6,069$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$598$1,788$0
Total Net Assets$472,859$473,154$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $91,426Contributions, gifts, grants $98,702Contributions, gifts, grants $510,672
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGross Profit from Sales of Inventory $30,630Gross Profit from Sales of Inventory $22,187Fundraising $22,584
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1Investment Income $4Foundation & Corporate Support $17,973
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities33.103.39--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
In April of 2014 a couple donated $482,000 for us to purchase a building for our ministry.  This amount included closing costs.  This amount was not budgeted but added to the budget income and expenditure projections for 2014 so there was no confusion.
In this new building we have opened a small thrift shop to help support ministry expenses.
We have 2 annual fundraiser concerts in place now, as well as smaller fundraisers throughout the year.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Due to a staff change in bookkeeper and treasurer, the 2014 990 was not filed. As of August 2015, the CPA is preparing this. 
Financial information through 2014 taken from the financial compilation provided by the nonprofit.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Income reported on financial compilation includes In-Kind donations in the computation. For tax years starting with 2015, financial information taken from the Federal 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc
Address 1734 Cedarwood Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33938
Phone 941 661-8117