Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity Inc
10 South DeSoto Avenue
Arcadia FL 34266
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jane Breylinger
Board Chair Ms. Judie Neeley
Board Chair Affiliation retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $722,250.00
Projected Expenses $722,177.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Blanket ExemptionView
Other Documents
Brochure generalView
Sweat Equity GuidelinesView
Fair Housing Equity AssessmentView
Clean up Credit EducationView
Impact Statement

The impact our organization makes on the community and the families we serve is profound. Our mission of providing decent affordable housing is an economic engine for our community. Our Habitat families pay property taxes and homeowners insurance, we support the local economy by hiring subcontractors in our community, we provide approximately 14 jobs in DeSoto County, and we participate in job training through the AARP placement programs.


  • 86 community members attended “HomeED” workshops, which teach skills for successful homeownership. HomeEd is a monthly class taught by local experts, and include topics like home maintenance, budgeting and credit repair, and energy conservation to name a few.

  • We built new homes for three partner families. Successful homeownership produces stability for the families, but also for the community as those families become self-reliant leaders who understand the value of giving back to others in need.

  • Arcadia DeSoto CO Habitat joined the Florida Green Building Coalition and completed our first Green Certified home. Going forward all Arcadia Habitat homes will be Green Certified.

  • Critical Home Repairs were completed for three households. These repairs are completed by Arcadia Habitat construction workers in partnership with Thrivent Builds to enable Veterans, the elderly, or disabled individuals to remain in their home by repairing or retrofitting the home to meet their needs.



  • In 2016-2017 Arcadia DeSoto CO Habitat is planning to build 8 new homes for working families. To date we have completed 28 homes for low income families that would otherwise not have the ability to realize their dream of homeownership in DeSoto County.

  • Arcadia DeSoto CO Habitat plans to develop and manage a community garden in proximity to five of these homes. Healthy lifestyles are an initiative of the DeSoto County Health Department and this will be a resource to educate residents toward the goal of making healthy food choices.

  • We are developing “HomeReady” a Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Education and Credit Counseling program that meets HUD standards. This program will be available to serve all DeSoto County households as well as our Habitat partner families.

Needs Statement


ReStore Parking Lot Rehab:

This improvement will attract more customers which will allow us to continue to reach our goal of covering all administrative overhead costs through ReStore revenue. $14,000

Land Development:

DeSoto County BOCC has donated a plot of land that can be subdivided into 7 buildable lots. Sewer and Water lines are available to connect to, but they must first be installed adjacent to the plot. Each lot also needs to be cleared and prepped for building. The estimated cost of this work is $5000 per lot for a total of $35,000.

Home Construction Material Sponsorship:

With our goal of building 8 homes this year we will need building partners to purchase materials through a monthly giving partnership as follows:

  • $15/mo.           Painting Partner

  • $30/mo.           Nailing Partner

  • $50/mo.           Framing Partner

  • $100/mo.         Roofing Partner

  • $200/mo.         Foundation Partner

Or, through one time gifts. The average cost for materials is $65,000 for each home.

Background Statement

Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization (Habitat for Humanity International) operated on Christian principles that seek to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair trade and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year. The agency’s mission is to partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. To date, 28 homes have been completed.

Arcadia Habitat provides safe, affordable homes to low-income working families. A volunteer workforce provides on average 500 labor-hours per home, resulting in a reduction in construction cost. The organization builds new homes (and renovates purchased properties) with an emphasis on energy efficient features using Green Building recommended building materials and techniques for sustainability, culminating in lower monthly expenses for homeowners.

The agency serves low income families, as defined by HUD income guidelines who a) demonstrate the need for improved and affordable housing; b) are willing to partner with Habitat for a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours; and c) are able to pay the affordable mortgage and still be able to manage their household finances. Qualified applicants are required to participate in a series of homebuyer classes and provide a down payment of $1,000 prior to closing on their home. A typical Habitat partner family completes this process within one to two years.

Our affiliate operates a successful ReStore location in the community which sells donated furniture and home improvement materials to support our mission. The ReStore produces enough revenue to cover all the agency’s administrative overhead, allowing us to allocate 100% of all monetary gifts from donors to our building fund, unless specified otherwise by the donor.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments
 DeSoto County, Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President



As the designated ‘Poorest county in Florida’, DeSoto county has enormous needs and critically limited resources to help the poor. We work very hard when screening new applicants to make sure that beyond needing a new home, that they are able to both afford and maintain that new home. We want to try to do everything we can to ensure that we have only success stories. We want our new homeowners to be in their new homes for many, many years to come.


We accomplish this through financial counseling by local lenders and monthly classes taught by members of the Board and the community at large on everything from simple home maintenance like changing air conditioning filters to buying a quality used vehicle. Sweat equity is a part of becoming a Habitat homeowner and is earned through working on other Habitat homeowners’ homes, our local ReStore and finally on the homeowners’ own homes.


We have been blessed to have outstanding and talented individuals working for our local affiliate from our Executive Director and Community Outreach Director to our ReStore manager, construction manager and bookkeeper. They are responsible for helping our affiliate grow so we can help more people in our county. We have also had two AmeriCorp volunteers with us this year helping with both construction and family services.


Last year the gloomy housing market was a boon for us. We were able to purchase bank owned housing and invest minimal time and dollars in rehabbing them. This allowed us to put more families into homes more quickly than we have ever been able to before when building from the ground up. Unfortunately for us, that option is gone now that housing prices are increasing. We are constantly looking at obtaining grants, fundraising and any other means to keep building houses for those who desperately need and deserve them.


Our Board members are local folks who believe in everything Habitat stands for and work hard to help promote Habitat in our community. Several work almost full time as Habitat volunteers in the ReStore. Others donate their time and talents in their own jobs as appraisers, Realtor's and lenders. We all work for the same thing – safe and affordable housing for everyone in DeSoto county.

Judie Neeley

Board President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. was able this last year to purchase and renovate homes for five families who are first time homeowners and we built from ground up a home for a family of six. This is a 100% increase in families now with decent and affordable shelter.

Our Critical Home Repair Program has allowed two home owners to stay in their home now that it is safe and has usable bath facilities.

Our Strategic plan was just reviewed and we were able to accomplish 85% of what we set out to approve on.

Our recent audit revealed 92% of income goes directly to mission program use.

Our goals for the current year include doubling participation in our Board Invitation Breakfast. This will mean increases to our fundraising.

We currently have launched a Women Build program that engages ladies in the build process and connect them to families in need. The goal is to increase year round volunteers by 80% on our build sites.

We have increased new Board participants by 30%. These members will impact our committee members while bringing new ideas to the table.

For the first time in our history we are starting three new homes in one month. Fundraising will be vital to the completion of these homes.


Jane Breylinger

Executive Director

  • Constructing and building simple, decent, affordable houses
  • Zero interest mortgage
  • Provides a safe, healthy,home for children
  • First time home-buyer 
Budget $680,000
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Homeless At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
The goal of homeownership provides a short term focus with high end results displayed by the individuals sweat equity. Many low income families have a hand to mouth mindset . Credit counseling provides higher credit scores and lower insurance costs. HAC reports that 47% of DeSoto County population are denied homeownership because of low credit. Homeownership means less disruption in the school year and less strain to the family for moving costs and hook up fees, etc.
Long Term Success
  • First time home-buyers means increased tax base for the community.
  • Homeownership results in long term stability for the whole family.
  • According to TheNational Education Association, home ownership results in higher levels of academic achievement, better health, and fewer problematic behaviors in children.
  • The program provides "Life Skills" as a result of the monthly Homeowner Education Classes.
Program Success Monitoring
Success results are measured by building and housing three or more homes a year. Successes are the raised credit scores of homeowners. Accomplishments are the better grades of our children.Success is increased tax base in community retention of working families.
Program Success Examples
  • We recognize childrens academic accomplishments at the home dedications.
  • One in three homeowners are the first in their family to send a child to college.
  • Job retention in 3 out of 4 of our homeowners shows success.


A home preservation program that provides needed interior /exterior home repairs for low income veterans and physically disabled . The program focuses on safety, security, accessibility, weatherization and keeping houses up to code.
Budget $45,000
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Reduces economic hardship to retired or physically challenged by funding at no interest and with monthly payments.
Long Term Success
Critical Repairs allow homeowners to retro fit their current homes to rectify physical barriers.
Program Success Monitoring
Results show that the number of families served should increase by five families.
Homeowner is now able to properly bathe at home.
Program Success Examples
Two homeowners recently were able to move back, from the nursing home, into their own home to live humanely and without barriers.

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. No experience is necessary!

Budget $30,000
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

The Women Build department of Habitat for Humanity   has one mission: empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions. The more people we can train to become effective volunteers, the better equipped we will be to fight poverty housing. Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing millions of women and children across the globe.

Women Build is not about excluding men. It is about including women and opening new doors of opportunity. Men are often involved in our training programs and build projects in supportive roles and as subcontractors when women from the necessary trades are not available. Our goal is to increase our year round volunteers by 80%.

Long Term Success

The homeowners are thrilled to finally have a home, and women of all ages have proven themselves capable in the construction of homes. For single mothers, a Women Build is even more empowering. Women and men alike have great respect and gratitude for the women volunteers and for the skills they acquire working side by side. Our long term successes will be providing more families with safe, decent, and healthy shelter.

Program Success Monitoring

We monitor our success by the increase in donations,  increase in volunteer hours, and an increase for Habitat from people in our community.

Program Success Examples

We know our program is a success because of the amount of interest from women in our community and the increase of donations since our launch.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jane Breylinger
CEO Term Start July 2008
CEO/Executive Director Email
  • 20 years as Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. 
  • Board of Director member the State Support Organization for 10 years.
  • Trainer and Mentor to Habitat affiliates for 7 years.
  • Graduate of Harvard Business School Leadership Class.
  • Graduate of Indiana University Philanthropic Studies.
  • Habitat Construction Volunteer in US and Mexico 24 years  
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Robert Baumann 2002 - 2004
Senior Staff
Ms. Kathie Alderman Major Funding Director
Ms. Jennifer Bowser Program Manager
Ms. Betty Brewer Bookeeper
Mr. Shawn Campbell ReStore Manager
Mr. Kenneth Jacobson Construction Manager
Mr. Brandon King Community Outreach Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 428
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Legacy of Valor
  • Habitat for Humanity District 
  • Leadership DeSoto
  • Numerous Churches
  • Rotary Club of Arcadia
  • Links to Success
  • Modern Woodsman
  • Veterans Council of DeSoto County 
  • DeSoto High School
  • DeSoto Cares Homeless Services
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
We are currently using Heartland Workforce and the Experience Works program to supply volunteer labor in our office and our ReStore.We have also been awarded a Capacity Build Grant to fund a Community Outreach person to raise our community awareness.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Judie Neeley
Company Affiliation retired
Board Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Timothy Backer Backer Appraisals
Dr. Brian Deery South Florida State College
Rev. Theodore Hanus Retired
Mr. Eugene Heitman Sr.Arcadia Abstract & Title Co. Inc
Mr. Brad Lawrence SBL Management Services
Mrs. Mitzie McGavic Retired
Mr. Terry Moe Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Mrs. Nancy Moe Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Ms. Judie Neeley Retired
Mr. Roberto San Luis Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Housing and Community Development
Governance Comments by Organization
 Our board of directors has a wonderful attendance rate and are all active on committees or as volunteers.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $722,250.00
Projected Expenses $722,177.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$116,937$178,592$218,783
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$53$58
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$16,276$20,289$1,502
Revenue In-Kind$29,283$78,150$32,500
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,041,354$1,056,964$376,717
Administration Expense$60,548$48,914$29,477
Fundraising Expense$38,873$44,247$30,587
Payments to Affiliates$1,000$800$200
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.181.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%92%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%7%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,046,824$1,193,795$837,030
Current Assets$337,155$571,294$439,950
Long-Term Liabilities$381,649$214,467$221,767
Current Liabilities$113,289$351,548$191,833
Total Net Assets$551,886$627,780$423,430
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSales of Homes $434,161Sales of Homes $493,913Contributions, gifts, grants $218,783
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRetail Sales $308,671Foundation & Corporate Support $396,610Retail Sales $175,526
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $147,615Retail Sales $221,749Sales of Homes $117,000
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.981.632.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets36%18%26%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our current budget reflects conservative income goals and realistic expenses budgeted.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.   
Nonprofit Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity Inc
Address 10 South DeSoto Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266
Phone 863 494-4118