Family Integrity Training Inc
5017 37th Street East
Family Integrity Training, (FIT) assists the underprivileged, indigent, incarcerated, or addicted in transitioning from dysfunctional lifestyles to healthy ones through mentoring and small-group, faith-based, life-skills courses. It develops, provides and publishes appropriate lesson materials for use in these classes. It trains and authorizes facilitators in the specialized materials and methods.


FIT networks with other faith-based and non-faith-based organizations to accomplish the desired gains in clients’ personal functioning and development. To do this, it partners with institutions such as state prisons, local jails, schools, recovery houses, churches, rescue missions, and the Salvation Army. It also partners with individual-leaders who want to increase the effectiveness of their own mentoring and ministries.

The organization provides its printed materials free-of-charge to members who have completed the required training and keeps records of all facilitators it trains. It also provides custom graduation certificates to each client completing one of its seven life-skills courses. It uses its databases to provide reports for judges, officers of the detention system, and others desiring to see evidence of clients’ effort in improving their personal lives. It provides pertinent information on each graduation certificate which includes client name, title of course, number of group-interaction-hours, date of completion, city of completion, and class facilitators.
FIT accomplishes its faith-based dimension by using Christian scriptures and is by its By-Laws interdenominational. It functions by agreeing on the major Christian principles and avoiding controversial issues which would degrade its constructive life-improvement-skills mission.  The seven courses making up these focus areas are Practical Parenting, Personal Insight, Free to Grow, Anger Dynamics, Dating and Marriage, Handling Loss and Grief, and Financial Recovery.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Donald Pratt
Board Chair Dr. Donald Pratt
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Former Names
Florida Integrity Training
Florida Inmate Training
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration Yes May 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
The FIT CurriculumView
Impact Statement

In the past three years, 2015-2017, the FIT organization has revised and streamlined its course offerings, developed and tested evidence-based evaluation tools, field-tested new curricula, and expanded its offerings to numerous new institutions.

Course Improvements 
Practical Parenting was revised, improved, and expanded from five to nine lessons.  The books were upgraded from plastic bound to perfect binding.
Anger Dynamics was professionally bound.
Financial Success from Scratch was improved, revised, and upgraded from seven to nine lessons.  It was also printed in a more professional, perfect bound format.
Curriculum Development 
In the past year, FIT has both streamlined its course offerings and planned for new ones.  The previous nine courses have been reduced to eight and two new courses developed.  They are Change of Heart, which deals directl with the the thought changes that are necessary to see healthy behavioral changes.  The second course, Handling Loss and Grief, published by Living Free of Chattanooga, TN, has been revised  and rewritten to be more relevant to today's culture and to provide concrete examples that our clients can relate to.
The writing team includes Donald Pratt, Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, Joseph Sheehan, Ph.D. from the University of South Alabama, and John  Woods, M.P.A. from Troy State University.
Enhanced Assessment
FIT has increased its assessment and reporting effectiveness through its headquarters development lab in Bradenton, FL. New assessment tools have been developed, monthly training meetings held, and new weekly reporting with letter grades sent to requesting agencies.
Needs Statement
FIT's five most pressing needs are (1) funds to produce printed materials for its life-skills courses, (2) volunteers willing to be trained and facilitate one of our nine life-skills courses, (3) institutions who welcome our facilitators and classes, (4) funds for advertisement and promotion, and (5) IT and web site support.
Printed lesson books for both facilitators and clients are at the heart of FIT's life-skills mission.  Experience shows that only 10% of otherwise willing facilitators will teach classes without having the average cost of $150 taken care of.  Since our mission is primarily directed to the incarcerated and poor, almost none of our clients will take our courses if they have to pay for them.  By far, this is our greatest expense.  FIT's course books come from two sources: books which are bought from another organization and books which are authored, published, and printed in-house by the FIT organization.  The average retail cost for student books in both series is about $11, but the purchased books cost more.
Due to major internal changes in jails and prisons, as well as movement of inmates within the penal system itself, FIT is constantly looking for new opportunities to serve.  Similarly, recovery houses are notoriously understaffed and underfunded and many close.
Background Statement

Family Integrity Training Inc. is faith-based 501.c.3 charitable organization. Its Articles of Incorporation specifies that its governing board must draw its members from at least two different Christian denominations. It is a network of volunteers who specialize in re-entry into society, either from incarceration or substance abuse.

FIT Inc. provides life-skills instruction for the incarcerated, recently released, and those recovering from substance abuse or from troubled relationships. To do this, leaders are trained to effectively use the course materials in small groups. The organization serves as its own curriculum developer and publisher.  The main activities of the organization is producing course and distributing course books for members' class use, training them, and providing custom certificates for each of their course graduates. 

FIT began in 2005 with a group of three people who had a vision to a faith-based, life-skills curriculum to prisoners in Florida’s state prisons to help them successfully transition from incarceration to society. Over the years, the transition theme has been applied to all kinds of people needing life-skills improvement. This included the addicted, homeless, incarcerated, those in recovery houses, and even prisoners serving life sentences.

By March 2017, FIT had trained over 1,000 volunteers and recorded 14,123 course graduations for a total of 231,448 contact hours with clients. FIT has board members residing in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

Areas Served
Areas Served
State Wide
Areas Served Comments
Though over 90% of FIT's classes and facilitators are within the state of Florida, they also are also present in several states throughout the nation.  Major centers include the Key West, Miami, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Lakeland, Brooksville, North Florida, and Panhandle regions.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Crime & Legal - Related
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Because our organization is so small and is run entirely by volunteers, I am both President and CEO.  I am proud of our hundreds of volunteers from all over Florida and beyond who are so dedicated and passionate.  They strive to make a difference in the lives of clients who came from dysfunctional or non-existent families (nearly all of our clients), knowing that this will cost them a lot in terms of time and even money.  They travel hours to meet with clients, at their own expense.  They come from different Christian denominations and do not let doctrinal differences hinder their interactions with either clients or colleagues.
Do these, my colleagues, see rewards from their efforts?  Yes. Yes. Yes.  To be honest, the success rate in general of dealing with clients with entrenched toxic-life-skills is poor.  We do not shrink from the challenge. On the other hand, when a person makes it out of a lifetime pattern of addiction, crime, or family failure, the rewards are absolutely huge.  Anyone who stays dedicated long enough will have these huge success stories along with seeing small advances in every course taught.
I am proud that we are transparent.  Our middle name is Integrity.  We are Christian, but not sectarian.  Clients are told this up-front, but everyone who may benefit from it are welcome without pressure.
We are not at odds with the social sciences or other non-religious organizations.  We work with them where possible.
FIT has conducted life skills courses essential to successful, productive, and crime-free living since 2008.  Though the courses have primarily been used in prisons, jails, recovery centers, and government agencies, they have also been used in other settings such as in churches and schools. To date, FIT has issued 15,332 graduation certificates and provided over a quarter million contact hours in 90 different institutions throughout the country, 17 of them in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The FIT Targeted Life Skills Program provides free professionally authored and formatted books to clients who cannot afford them as well as provides FIT-trained volunteer facilitators to guide them through their workbooks. FIT uses the small group approach for maximum effect with helping clients to work through their problems. Eight different courses are offered in the areas of addictions, dating and marriage, parenting, anger management, financial recovery, and coping with the losses of life. 
Budget $35,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Rehabilitation Services for Offenders
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Our program has been very well received by individuals who opt for a faith-based program, and there are many that do.  It focuses on being a support group where members solve their own problems and learn to apply what they have learned and not just recite facts or even scriptural verses.  It is a workshop for change in a nonthreatening setting.  Without that psychological safety, participants will not open up and even consider change.  FIT is specifically designed to be effective in all these areas and has shown results in terms of dramatic, complete turn-around in life styles as well as any.  In terms of more limited and focused gains, nearly every client has shown improvement.
Long Term Success
With additional resources and more time, many more clients will be helped.  In the period August 2012-August 2013, there were 1710 course graduates which represented 32,678 contact hours.  Each year there have been more.  In the past seven years, about 850 facilitators have been trained.  These trends are expected to continue.  All course data is kept on record, including Florida Department of Corrections inmate numbers for future use with the Department in studies to determine the effectiveness of our program.  The base has been laid for continue liaisons with community groups and organizations, and churches to offer more support to individuals and small groups who want to be more effective in their own personal ministries.  FIT will continue to develop and improve its curriculum so that it is as effective as possible.  More and more organizations will partner with us as we continue to show our quality and passion.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success is difficult to assess because of the numbers of confounding factors that enter into it.  One study at the Sarasota County Jail (see Robin Rogari, programs director, for information) showed a dramatic decrease in re-arrest among those who had completed at least one FIT course.  Most of monitoring comes from facilitators who go beyond the class and assist clients in choosing new friends (i.e. non-addicts for those who have been addicts) and churches that will welcome them to establish new and positive social norms.  Much of this is informal, but is effective.
Program Success Examples
Example 1, Joe Moore.  Joe was incarcerated at the Sarasota County Jail when he turned his life around.  After a period of time, he came across our program, became trained, and now regularly facilitates many of our classes at the same jail.  He is a member of the board of directors of FIT. He was presented the 2013 volunteer of the year award by the Sarasota County Sheriff.  He was selected out of a pool of over 1,000.
Example 2, Melissa Webster.  Melissa attended our Insight course at the Sarasota County Jail because she was bored.  She certainly was not interested in religion.  She had lost everything because of some bad choices.  This included her car and custody of her daughter.  She found hope and a new purpose for living.  She continued with the FIT program after released and took the anger and parenting courses to successfully regain custody of her daughter.  She now has been a leading FIT facilitator and brought in her father to work with the men at the jail.
Originally developed to satisfy the 100-hour course requirements for early release of inmates in custody in the  Florida Department of Corrections, this program is now used to address the comprehensive needs of anyone wanting to better themselves.  It is not separate from our main or "targeted" or single-course program.  It is an extension of it.  It requires a total of 100 contact hours in a small group setting as well as a minimum of six different courses of the regular program.  A program completion certificate is awarded.
The rationale for this is that individuals facing serious problems need help with multiple areas of their lives and that more time with positive role-model mentors and peers will be helpful in seeing the whole picture.  For example, the anger management course is good in and of itself, but some have found even more help through our dating and marriage or financial recovery courses.  The six focus areas cover the major areas that people have to deal with.
Budget $35,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Rehabilitation Services for Offenders
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Our course completion certificates are in themselves evidence of short-term success.  100 hours of mentored, structured, face-to-face time with facilitator and group is a large commitment to self examination and persistence as 100 hours is a large block of time to consistently and voluntarily commit to.
Long Term Success
Our goal is that 33% of our 100 hour graduates will continue on to become trained facilitators themselves.  27 of our "peer facilitators" in state prisons have done this.  Outside of prison, there are many who have either gotten out and did this or were never been in any trouble and did this.  As of 2017, 503 individuals have been awarded the 100 hour certificates.
Program Success Monitoring
A high percentage of our 503 "100 hour" graduates are leading productive lives and now are FIT facilitators.
Program Success Examples
Jessie is serving a life sentence at a Florida state prison.  He was initially incarcerated at the age of 13 and then again at the age of 16.  He has completed the 100 hour program twice over with a total of 238 contact hours. FIT facilitator has worked with him over a period of several years and reports that he became a new man with a complete turnaround.  He was instrumental in getting the program into his institution.  For a more detailed report, see "Jessie's story" on page 2 of our September 2017 newsletter,  Also, see Tito Gonzalez's story in the October 2017 issue,
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Donald Pratt
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Donald Pratt received his BS in Physics from Syracuse University, M.Ed. from St. Lawrence University, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida.  He taught junior and senior high school science for 11 years and university classes for 25 years.  He has prepared thousands of teachers in Florida, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania.  He retired from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (Bloomsburg University) and was granted Faculty Emeritus status.  During his university years he published articles in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, School Science and Mathematics, and the Science Teacher.  He served as Assistant Chairperson of the university's largest department, served as director of student teaching.  He also served as President of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and was Executive Director of School Science and Mathematics Association for 8 years.  It was here that much of his experience in directing a non-profit was gained.  In 2012 he received a certificate for completing the Non Profit Management program at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Pratt retired in 2004, moved to Florida, and immediately began offering his services full-time as Care Pastor at Journey Assembly of God in Bradenton, FL.  Asked to develop a small group ministry there involving the Living Free curriculum and working with the local homelessness group, he began to see the great unmet needs of great numbers of people - "churched" or not.  He saw the need for combining practical and tried life-skills for church members and the need for introducing Christian practical applications, spiritual strength, and positive social contacts for those who wanted that.  Dr.Pratt's lifetime experience as a professional educator working with people of different denominations and lay leader in his church influenced him to see the need and forge the organization.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mr. Paul Corby Pratt Executive Assistant
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Nearly all activity is in cooperation with agencies which use our services to further their mission.  From 2008 to 2013 FIT services have been used in 17 men's prisons, 6 women's prisons, 4 jails, 3 churches, 3 community centers, 18 recovery houses, and one school.
Collaborations have been made with statewide church outreach ministries.  These include those of the Southern Baptist, United Methodist, and Assemblies of God.  The board, by its own By-Laws, must be made up of representation from different Christian denominations.  In most cases, the organizations which choose FIT services are already cross-denominational in nature.  This includes chaplaincy services in jails and prisons, and recovery houses.
The organization works with government and private agencies in providing course materials and instruction for betterment of personal lives to promote better citizenship, productivity, and fulfillment.  Agencies include the Safe Children Coalition, state circuit courts, halfway and recovery houses, and state prisons and county jails.  FIT also works with numerous other nonprofits and church denominations in fulfilling their mission regarding helping the fragile, underprivileged, and underserved in our communities.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
published Coping with the Losses of Life as a joint project with FITLiving Free, Chattanooga, TN2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Changing the negative thinking patterns of prisoners, those from impoverished or abused backgrounds, or those who are fighting addictions is a daunting task.  It is an area where success rates have been inflated and where the extent of intervention needed to make a difference by volunteer groups have not been recognized and planned for.  Then there is the general reluctance of the public to fund program who help offenders and mentally ill.  Add to this a faith-based program which must make it on its own and the funding sources are limited even further.
For all of these reasons, FIT programs fill a great void.  There are trained facilitators that will persist with clients until they show progress.  They will provide the books for clients and reward them with course completion certificates.  They will give opportunities for group support for exploring problem solving of personal problems.  They will connect clients to faith and the practical examples that come from this and positive social associations that have been missing in their lives.  All of this is provided at no cost to the participant.
In short, there is a large group of people that need FIT has to offer.  People want to discuss their faith as part of healing, but they do not want to be forced into attending a church or choosing one doctrine over another.  They cannot do that with public programs banning any discussion of personal faith.  They definitely want help in practical living skills and support as they are developing, but they do not want to just engage in unrelated Bible study that has no application.  They want and expect course materials that are professional grade and written by people who really have something to add to their lives.  They also want facilitators who will be there for them on a consistent basis.  FIT does all of these things.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Donald Pratt
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Helen Campbell Community Volunteer
Rev. Donald Carter Journey Church
Mr. Fred DeMouey Community Volunteer
Mr. Ted Gaines Self Employed
Mr. Joseph Johnsick Retired
Dr. Donald Pratt Retired
Ms. Geneva Presha Community Volunteer
Mrs. Beverly Shatterly Community Volunteer
Dr. Joseph D. Sheehan Retired
Rev. James Ed White Community Volunteer
Mrs. Suzanne Wilson Retired
Mr. John Woods Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 83
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 93
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
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
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$20,968$2,138$20,190
Administration Expense$0$1,042$1,565
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.340.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%67%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$13,946$11,197$10,004
Current Assets$13,743$10,822$9,331
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$322$254$142
Total Net Assets$13,624$10,943$9,862
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $21,107Contributions, gifts, grants $19,633Contributions, gifts, grants $16,724
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGross Profit from Sales of Inventory $2,5420 $0Gross Profit from Sale of Inventory $1,045
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities42.6842.6165.71
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
FIT is an all-volunteer operation with the exception of a part-time office manager.  The President assists in the office full-time and serves without compensation.  The other 100 volunteers who are active at any point in time also serve without compensation and pay their own expenses. Approximately 95% of income is in the form of donations from individuals and churches and 5% is from the sales of course materials.
Almost all expenditures are to produce and supply volunteers and other ministries with the course materials they need.  Because all of our clients are poor and cannot pay for the materials, the organization provides them and their leaders at no cost.  Buying and producing these books represents the greatest expenditure. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Forms 990 and 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Family Integrity Training Inc
Address 5017 37th Street East
Phone 941 799-4975