Alpha and Omega Freedom Ministries Incorporated dba Hannah House
113 N 7th Ave
Wauchula FL 33873-0339

Our Mission is to provide food, comfort, safety, shelter and support for those   who are experiencing short-term or even long-term adversity, as well as advocating for their needs and rights, and providing for social services. In addition, we are committed to educating the communities we support, and resourcing with community partners to initiate, contribute and facilitate personal and social change in the population we serve. We achieve our mission through the generosity of others.


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lorraine J. Gillespie
Board Chair Dr. Nicholas Timmerman
Board Chair Affiliation Seveigny Eye Center
General Info
Organization DBA
Hannah's House Domestic Violence/Homeless Shelter
Hannah's House Complex
Community Counseling & Training Center
Hannah's Hope Chest
Former Names
Gillespie Counseling Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1988
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Accomplishments this past year:
  • In the past year we have helped homeless women and children, domestic violence victims, addicts, as well as domestic violence abusers to heal their inner child so that they can become independent and able to function in society without drugs, alcohol, or domestic violence. (approximately 227)  We also provided food for the elderly and homeless. (approximately 1560 bags of groceries annual total). In 2016, our office and store areas served 54 people in teaching vocational skills for a total of about 74 hours per person and 3998.75 hours total for the year.  They are sent to us from Heartland OneSource, Hannah's House, Probation offices and volunteers from the community who want to learn to use office equipment, cashier, sales, horticultural skills to further their education and gain employment in the community.  Our services are well recognized by One Hope United, Court systems, local businesses, and those already mentioned.  We would like to increase the amount of food and families we serve by increasing our space for food items, including buying a small portable building to put on our land.  We would like to increase our counseling area to increase the amount of people we serve by moving the food pantry out of our existing building to the new building.
  • Received a good used 13 passenger bus to assist in getting women and children to work, school, doctor's appointments and recreational activities 
  • Hired a new case manager 
  • Hired a part-time assistant for Hannah's Hope Chest, a retail thrift store
  • Hired new house manager.
Goals for the Next Year:
  1. Improve the number of counselees we serve through One Hope United and Probation offices by improving communication through these agencies. (ongoing)
  2. Improve our efficiency in the office by adding an administrative assistant and in fundraising/grants, gaining new funds so that we may better serve Hardee county and surrounding counties. (Met-continuing with fundraising/grants)
  3. Decrease our electric bills through other sources for energy as well as teaching clients to conserve energy by turning off lights when you leave a room, turning off TV sets, putting the thermostat on a comfortable but lower cool setting, etc. (continuing)
  4. Increase the amount and nutritional value of foods in our food pantry so that we may improve our service and amount of people we serve especially for elderly and homeless. (continuing)
  5. Improve the plant for better service for counselees, food pantry clients and for better use of the offices. (continuing)
Needs Statement
Our top needs for Hannah's House DV Shelter and Hannah's House Complex:
  1. Pay off Hannah's House DV Shelter $115,000 
  2. Hire Fund raiser/grant writer (26,000.00) or 5% of monies gained by grant/ fund raiser.
  3. Solar panels for Hannah's house, for sustainability $45,000.
  4. Find new grant monies for food sources to feed elderly, homeless and shelter residents. approximately $20,000 per year.
  5. Permanent bookkeeper  for Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc. to help with finances. ($26,000)

Background Statement

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc. started in 1982 as a prison ministry and help for those inmates who were coming back into the community.  During the course of this ministry, the owners, Mr. & Mrs. John and Lorraine Gillespie opened Alpha and Omega Freedom Ministries in 1988 and incorporated the ministry. They had a half-way house for men in 1994. In 1999 John and Lorraine went to a drug and alcohol treatment facility for 10 months of training, returned home and began Gillespie’s Counseling and Training Center from their training.

In 2006 the Hannah's Helpers' thrift store was opened (In same building--small to start)  and in 2007,  with the help of a generous donor who gave the funds for a down payment, Hannah’s House Domestic Violence Shelter was founded  

In 2008,  Hannah’s Hope Chest—Priorly was called Hannah’s helpers—was started to aid the shelter in funding for paper goods, personal items and food for those we serve.  

In 2012, Hannah’s House Complex, a 17 unit apartment complex was built to house women and children who were either DV victims or suffering from homelessness.  These women have to have some form of income, whether child support, part-time or full-time jobs, disability or other income.  The rents are based on low income rates.  These women also receive counseling and assistance as needed to get them to a better place in their lives.  Although the apartments are deemed permanent supportive living, many of the women only stay for about 3 to 6 months as their lives improve. 

The biggest success for us is not just how we have grown through the years with our physical plant but how we are accepted in the community as a necessary agency for social change in the residents of Hardee County.  We service through counseling, food distribution and Hannah's House & Complex on average about 227 people each month. For our county, this is a great number.  This past year we received more referrals from other agencies whose numbers have doubled so much that they can no longer serve the people in their counties.  Some were sent to other counties for safety reasons. In that same sense, other counties send their domestic violence victims to us.

We have  (and continue to) serve residents of Hardee County, as well as Sarasota, Highlands, Desoto, Polk, Manatee,  Charlotte, Glades, Okeechobee and some from out of state.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hardee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
Our primary area is Hardee County, but we also serve Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Glades, Highlands, Polk, Okeechobee, and Charlotte.  We have also been known to take people from Orange County and out-of-state, due to the nature of domestic violence issues. There is no limit on where they come from or how long they can stay. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The success of the organization has reached not only our small county, but larger ones as well.  We receive many referrals from surrounding counties.  We also have such a good reputation with the judicial agencies in town, that they send people to us regularly.  They have seen the progress that we have made with ex-offenders and want to keep sending people on probation to us for counseling, so they can get on the right path.   I have been with AOFM, Inc. for a long time!  The Gillespie's have such a heart for the people here.  They want everyone to change for the better and become successful for the future.  I have such a desire for the organization that several years back, I started counseling the men, the abusers and addicts to make the changes they need to be able to either become a family again with their loved ones or become stable enough to hold down a job and support their families.
Every member of our Board gives in various ways, monetarily and physically through fundraising, counseling, and being a soundboard for the Executive Director when she needs our help.  One of our board members has helped cook, clean, volunteer at the store and also at the fundraisers.  Another is a Spanish interpreter, on call when the need arises and is now working as a case manager to help with rents and utilities for those needing help in Hardee County.    Another helps read over grants prior to sending them out and making suggestions for changes to ensure better chances for acceptance.  We are all hands on and never deter from making a big change in the lives of others!

We believe in this organization and do whatever it takes to help keep it going through the years.  Yes, we have challenges financially to keep this organization afloat but we are always looking for better ways to gain funding and look to a brighter future.  Also, it is hard to keep volunteers in our organization.  Many of the clients we serve want to volunteer and they do, but they move on as they become whole again and self-sufficient.  One of the quirks here is that another ministry is often mistaken as ours, that is why we have been pushing to get our ministry and organization out there to the public.  Due to our being a domestic violence shelter, we have not really "advertised" the fact, but we have other avenues such as the homelessness and the addictions programs that we offer that should gain interest.  We have been putting out some ads in our local paper and also pictures of current events, of course leaving out our DV victims in the process.  The pictures we have on our websites and Facebook pages have all given their written approval to be photographed for the good of fighting domestic violence.  We have used stock photos as well, so that we did not photograph our victims as they first came in. One lady had been so badly beaten, that we thought she would lose her eyesight, but she was able to heal and go back to work within a couple of months while staying at our shelter.  She is independent and happy! As an optometrist, this also makes me happy!  This past year, we have had a volunteer fund-raiser to join us and we have been very busy trying to pay off the Hannah's House DV Shelter.  We did not make our goal, but we did gain a lot in the process.  We have a possibility of two new board members to help us and the fundraiser is also a great bookkeeper.  She has been helping with year end and setting up the new Quickbooks for the new year, making sure that everything is ready to go.  We would really like to hire a full time bookkeeper/ finance director for our organization.  Our non-profit will benefit from this addition to our organization!

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We are a grassroots, small rural and poor county, yet we have helped so many people in the years that we have been here.  The past two years we have struggled financially, mainly due to almost 50% decrease in giving.  Yet we have survived!  Our heart is to help as many as we can to break the chains of domestic violence, addictions, poverty, uneducated people and jobless individuals.
We accept anyone no matter race, creed, financial status, pregnant, addictions, etc. into our program.  We also accept children into our facilities since we feel a need to help the children from abusive situations.  We have helped children in our facility to gain emotional support and self esteem. We help those struggling to stay and do well in school, along with those that are struggling with their parents and having behavioral issues.  One of our counselors has had training in Behavioral training and has written plans for these children so that their parents can help their children face school, home and social life. We value education so much that if a client can not pay for their GED classes, we find the monies to pay it, many times out of our own pockets. There are many stories from the women we serve. We have sent some to Sarasota in the past couple of years and others had to go far away to get away from their abusers. We also have had womrn from other counties, such as Sarasota to come into our facility. I was an abused woman myself from a previous marriage. He would beat me for spending too much at the grocery store. When feeding five children, it was not difficult to go over the amount allotted. The worst beating I had, he called my children in (ages 2 to 8 at that time) to watch him beat me. I tried to leave, but there was no help available in the community years ago. Abuse was behind closed doors and never talked about. This is why I wanted to help others who had no hope for the future, as I did.  At the time of this writing, we have recently gone through Hurricane IRMA.  All the apartments flooded, due to poor design from the architect and IRMA.  27 women and children had to be evacuated from our premises.  Some went into our DV shelter, but others had to return to family members for help.  We have 4 women and their children who stayed due to having no place to go.  We are in the process of cleaning out the water, but damage has been done to furnishings, floors and walls.  We are in dire need of help this year.
Description When the women arrive, they are assessed as to their needs to include health, dental, optometry, mental health, educational, nutritional, vocational or any other need.  Appointments are made with our partners as needed.  We provide support and training at Hannah's House for nutrition, housekeeping, living skills, budgeting, meal planning, grocery shopping and counseling to improve self-esteem and stabilization.  While at the Hannah's House, the women will also attend counseling for Domestic Violence Victims through the Community Counseling & Training Center.  We do case management so that the women will have a plan for their families when they leave our program.   Some go straight back to the communities with that independence.  Others need more support, so they go into the apartment complex, as long as they have jobs.  The counties they come from are varied, but most have come from Hardee County, Polk and Highlands.  There are occasional people from Sarasota, manatee, Okeechobee, Glades and Orange County.  Others come from out of state, we help them all!
Budget $90,150
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success Short term goals include:  physical stabilization for 100% of the women, mentally stabilization 100%  for those who exhibit instability  through our partner Peace River Center,  70% of the women will be able to meal plan, prepare a budget, shop for the meals and cook nutritional meals with assistance and training by the onsite house manager.  70% will attend all scheduled classes to help with overcoming domestic violence and/or addictions.  100% of those served who need education to gain GED or start their AA in college will be referred and transported as needed to classes.  100% of those served who need more training in a vocational area will be referred to either our Hannah's Hope Chest thrift store-cashier, sales, and inventory control will be referred and transported back and forth as needed.  Others will be referred to our AORFM, Inc. offices to learn and use office equipment, receptionist training, as well as using the computer for various software training.   
Long Term Success
Women come to us with their children, broken and afraid for their future.  We help them to become whole again through improving their immediate health, nutrition, education, vocational skills, living skills, budgeting, meal planning and much more.  They learn who they are, acknowledge where they have been, understand what constitutes abuse and work towards gaining independence and self-confidence that they can make it.  Many of the women have only finished 7th or 8th grade.  Many have little to no job experience.  Our hope is that every woman who leaves our DV program will have their education and job opportunities.   For the purpose of this report, 70% of the women will have a GED or equivalent, 70% will have jobs, 70% will go to a more permanent housing solution that is stable and safe.  We use the Service Point system to track their progress.
Program Success Monitoring We know what is working in this process by reports from the onsite manager and by testing the women to meal plan for a day & cook the meals for that day.  We know they are healthy and mentally stable by their appearance and behaviors. Through our staff in the office and thrift store, they track 
Program Success Examples Brittany came to us at 20, no eye contact, no common knowledge although book knowledge was good.  Brittany started in our DV/Homeless Shelter, gained her supported housing through Hannah's House Complex and gained vocational skills through our training program.  She was scared to even use a telephone when she first arrived, due to her mother's abuse and controlling behaviors throughout her life.  She became  a part-time receptionist for us, gained her AA degree and has blossomed with a great personality.  Brittany has a full-time job and her own apartment at this time in the community.  There are many other success stories.  One young mother with three children came to us for help from Domestic Violence (DV).  She also went through the shelter program, gained her GED, went through our skills training program and moved to her own apartment in the community after gaining a job through one of our partners-Heartland OneSource.  We have served approximately 27 women last year in the shelter and their children.    Another lady came to us straight from prison, living in her car and had no hope for the future. After going through counseling and our vocational skills training, she came to work for us and is now a successful business woman in the community and our organization. Service point data  shows monthly, quarterly and annual numbers for each program.  
Description The Hannah's House Complex was built in 2012 to assist homeless and victims of domestic violence to have an apartment based on their income.  The rents range from about $40.00 to $600.00.  We help the women to further their education or find better jobs and to learn about nutrition, budgeting, parenting, Domestic Violence, improving their self-esteem, safety issues and many other wonderful subjects.  We try to help each woman to gain independence and hope for their future.  We do provide transportation to and from work, school and college as needed and appointments.  The Complex has a large play area with playground equipment for children, computer room with two computers linked to internet and a printer for tenant use.  There is a community room for meetings and social events as well as a fully stocked kitchen for nutritional classes and meals.  There is also a  family room where we have children's classes while the women are in their sessions and a place for families to get together.
Budget $62,795
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Support
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Victims
Short Term Success 75% of the women will be able to budget for the month, meeting rent deadlines and paying for overages on electricity by the 5th of the following month.  75% of the  women will have a steady income prior to leaving the program.  75% of  the women will be able to state their goals for the future and be able to state how they will be able to keep from being homeless in the future.  
Long Term Success
Women have a safe and affordable place to stay while going through a program to help them gain education and find better jobs to make a more secure future for themselves and their children.  They are also offered case management assistance to sign up for food stamps, Heartland Workforce, health agencies, mental health agencies, transportation, etc.
 80% of women served will gain either further education, better job opportunities or receive their disability prior to 24 months in program.  This is considered to be permanent supportive apartments as well as a transitional phase for our domestic violence shelter victims who need longer support. 
Program Success Monitoring
We will know the budgeting is working if the women pay their bills on time.  We will give post tests from classes to see that the women have retained the information that was given to them in parenting, budgeting, DV victims, etc. 75% of women wil pass their post tests.   We will also ask each woman leaving the program where they will be moving to and determine if it is a viable placement and safe haven as well as finding out their working status prior to leaving our facility. 75% of the women will have viable employment and all will have a good place to live when leaving our facility.
  One of the issues we saw in past years was that during December and January, the women who had children were either very late on their rent or did not pay in December at all, due to buying Christmas presents for their children.  As an organization, AOFM, Inc. provided  toys and personal items (with donations) to all those we serve for Christmas each year.  Counseling was provided to encourage the women to only buy one or two items for their child instead of using their rent to buy all the children's toys, since we provided items they needed.  It was a success this year due to the counseling about setting priorities in their budget and reach out for help from other organizations if needed for the rest.  Our toys are donated through probation office, fire department and sheriff's department for Hardee County as well as a couple of churches.  There was a couple of organizations and individuals from Sarasota and Manatee Counties who also gave the majority of the toys for the children.  They came and dressed as elves and the children loved it.  We make sure that all have a good Christmas through this process. 
Program Success Examples Service Point data will be input into the system, including exit review where we will be able to see where the tenant will be moving.  We do hear from our tenants from time to time.  One moved away to Alabama with family, but she was able to have a place of her own next to her family.    Another grandmother raising her three grandchildren received her AA and now is in managment at the facility that she is working in.    One young lady received her GED while in the shelter and is now in the Hannah's House Complex apartment with her young son.  She is is first year college and plans to continue to get her AA and then on to physical therapy school. She does have a job presently.  We could go on and on about the progress of the individuals. We do make a difference in these women's lives.
Description We help those we serve learn the skills they need to work a job: showing up on time, leaving as scheduled, communicating with supervisor, working daily, staying on tasks assigned, asking for new tasks when completing, filling out forms, etc.   In Hannah's Hope Chest (thrift store) the ladies learn to cashier, inventory control, pricing items and taking care of customers.  One other area is in the office of our Counseling Center for reception, data entry and office assistance.  The clients learn to answer the phone, use office equipment, type letters, put books together, and other duties as assigned.  The volunteer hours will count towards job skills as they sign up for Heartland Workforce to find jobs in the future. We serve the community by providing a place where both Heartland Workforce clients and also Probation offices may send those who need community service or vocational skills training.
Budget $55,435
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Victims Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success As the women in our services are coming to completion of their stay, 75% will receive gainful employment through the Heartland OneSource or on their own after going through our vocational skills training sessions.  The Service Point system will track data to determine at exit if the women have viable jobs prior to leaving our facilities.
Long Term Success Men and women alike will gain job skills to be able to use in job searches and resumes.  Offenders and Ex offenders will work off community service  time allotted by the court system.  Homeless and DV victims will learn job skills as mentioned above.  Time sheets are completed daily.  Weekly skills sheets are completed.  Data is entered into the Service Point system.  Case management for those in our shelter and complex will have progress or lack thereof in their case files.  People from the court systems have probation officers that check on their clients and we submit written reports to them as needed.  Progress is determined through the skills sheets as to tasks that are done and behaviors on the job.  75% of all people in this service will complete tasks assigned.
Program Success Monitoring We use data sheets, counselors notes, and exit reviews to know if the program works.  Plus the immediate supervisors give us input as to behaviors and time spent on the job and following instructions.  Self reporting as the client is leaving the facility will determine if they have valid job to go to or other source of income so they may have stable return to the community. Many of the clients will gain employment through working with our counselors and the Heartland OneSource case managers.
Program Success Examples One of the ladies that worked on vocational skills in our program is now the Assistant for the Thrift Store.  She has proven trustworthy and dependable enough to get an actual place for her in our organization.  She gets paid for the work she does.  We have had approximately 25 people use our skills training this past year through OneSource (formerly Heartland Workforce) and 10 others who needed community service hours from Probation services.  12 women (survivors of domestic violence) went through our thrift store skills training last year.  Of those 12,  ten ladies  ( 80% ) went on to find jobs in the community.
Description Formerly known as the Gillespie's Counseling Center, this program is designed for the entire community at large.  We receive people from all walks of life, all ages, all races, creeds, etc. in need of counseling. We counsel in anger management, parenting, DV victims's counseling, DV abusers' counseling, addictions, etc.  The court systems, probation offices, sheriff's departments, DCF, One Hope United, NuHope, School systems, and other agencies send people to our center for counseling and/or to go into the shelter.  We have earned a great reputation for changing lives for the better and even have reconciled families, 
Budget $242,135
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Males Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Most classes have materials to go along with the information.  The client fills out the forms as they go.  We also have pre-tests and post tests in some of the curriculum.  The children's counselor does a pre-assessment and provides input into the behavioral plan as needed and keeps all paperwork to put into files.  For many of the clients, we have to send in progress reports and number of classes that the person has attended.  We also have the HMIS system for tracking counseling hours and clients. We expect each individual to gain knowledge of the subject and be able to answer questions regarding the subject matter.  The counselors keep track of participation and if the person is comprehending the information that is given.  By the end of  4, 8, 12,or 24 week class; the client will be able to recall what was learned and how he/she can relate to the information given.  90% will have been in every class assigned & reports to other agencies will be given such as probation and Heartland for Children.
Long Term Success
1.Parenting classes--each parent that attends and participates gains knowledge about the behaviors of their children, their own views about parenting, how to parent effectively--ie: consistent, preset determinations of infractions result in what disciplinary actions, etc.  There are pre tests and post tests for the counseling.  75% of those in class will exhibit better parenting and use the knowledge they gained to improve their children's behaviors.
2. Domestic Violence victims counseling--each client will learn about the wheels of violence and the wheels of non-violence, teaching the women about their abusers, what constitutes abuse and how to stop abuse  (We also have abusers classes that add what triggers the rage and abuse)  We get to the whys and hows of the person's life that caused the person to react the way they do to their loved ones and stop the anger.75% will be able to pass the post tests given in classes.
3.   We also offer building self-esteem, educational, vocational, addictions and various other counseling classes.  75% of the victims we serve will become independent and strong enough to be on their own in the community.
4.  We do individual and marriage counseling as well.  Individual for children and teens is available upon request. 75% of those we counsel will have improved marriages
Program Success Monitoring The success is noted by the offenders staying out of jail and not having repeat attempts towards violence of a loved one. (checked on individuals through Sheriff's reports)   Also success is noted by each client able to stay clean through random drug screens, women staying safe from offenders and becoming successful in the community, finding jobs, finishing school, etc.  This will be through self-report, drug screens, Sheriff's reports, court system statistics, etc. as well as our HMIS data base comments by counselors.
Program Success Examples 90% of our addictions counselees will be drug and alcohol free by the end of the 12 week period.  90% of the counselees will have no other arrest by the end of the 24 week period.  75% of the women will have gone back to school and found jobs at the end of the 24 week period.  For example:  Joe S. came in for domestic violence caused by excessive drug use.  We will drug screen randomly two and three times during the 24 week period.  If classes are missed, we followup with Sheriff report and probation to make sure that Joe is not arrested at the time.  Probation will then get in touch with Joe to make sure that he complies with his program.  Further if DCF has ordered parents to come to our counseling, we keep tabs on when they come, when they missed, drug screens if necessary and how they participate in classes.  Basically, it is the same for all classes and counseling.
Program Comments by Organization

One of the challenges we face, is having the money to pay qualified help for all of these programs. We have volunteers but that doesn't always work. We've struggled with having a long term House Manager (house mom) due to little monies to pay. She does get room and board with a small salary presently.  Some of our volunteers work many hours to fill these positions but most work other jobs too. We still could use some more help in the office and with the children.  With the size of our organization growing by leaps and bounds, the staff and volunteers have not caught up with the progress.  There have been very little monies for operational and salaries in particular.  Presently, we only have one full time Complex manager and one part time store manager that are able to be paid. No one else, including our 80-90 hours a week Executive Director, board members, counselors or full time IT/handyman are paid on a regular basis. We do have wonderful volunteers and those that keep on working even if we cannot pay them.  We still need to help alleviate some of the strain on these folks that work so hard to keep the organization going.  There is no question that we would be moving forward to greater and better things if we had enough financial help.  For one thing, Hardee County does not have a men's or families' shelter.  We do have 2 addictions facilities in Hardee county but Hannah's House is the only domestic violence/homeless shelter for women and children.  We have had to turn away way too many women and their children. Around the holidays it gets worse and it is so hard to say "No, I'm sorry we have no room". We do refer them to other locations, but this is difficult if they have jobs here to go to other counties without any form of support.  We have linked with other partners and other counties' organizations to discuss the problems.   Our unemployment rate is one of the highest in the state and we are in the top four poorest counties with our neighboring county Desoto being No 1.  It is an ongoing process to help our citizens and those counties surrounding us.   We did receive a couple of nice grants last year that helped us pay our Administrative assistant and Case Manager.  We still give classes to our clients on Anger Management, Domestic Violence survivors, DV abusers, Parenting, Marriage Counseling as needed, children's counseling, budgeting, and vocational skills training.  Our programs continue day by day!  We have helped many and have been rewarded inside each of us with pride and humility that we have been of service to our community.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lorraine J. Gillespie
CEO Term Start July 1988
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience 6 years prison ministry, 29 years Christian Counseling, 29 years Domestic Violence Certified Recovery Support Specialist, 29 years Drug and Alcohol counselor, 29 years Executive Director for Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.  BA in Theology
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Office Manager Heidi Nordstrom AOFM, Inc. Office Manager
Onsite Manager Monica Phillips Onsite Manager Hannah's House DV Shelter
Manager Kathleen Judy Whaley Hannah's Hope Chest Store Manager
Complex Manager Beverly Whaley Office Manager Hannah's House Complex
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 12
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Career source Heartland for jobs, resume building, etc.; Adult Education for clients to gain GED; South Florida State College for furthering education; Peace River Center for mental health evaluations and services; Hardee County Health Department for dental and medical assist; Hayes Transport for medical appointments out of  county;  DCF, One Hope United, Sheriff's Office, Court Systems, Pioneer Academy, and other DV shelters in other counties for referrals to our program.  AOFM, Inc. for rental assists, utility assists and budgeting classes; Home extension office for nutrition and budgeting classes; Smoking Cessation through Florida Hospital and medical appointments through Florida Hospital-Pioneer Medical Clinic.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Women of Peace Award/ Lorraine GillespieWomen's Peacepower Foundation, Inc.2009
Cambridge Who's Who/ Lorraine J. GillespieCambridge Who's Who2009
Recognition Letter from Circuit Judge EzelleCircuit Court 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida2015
Quality Assurance/ Christine PriceSecretary of State of Florida2003
Risk Management Provisions
Workplace Violence
Commercial General Liability
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Although we are not under state or federal government licensing, AOFM, Inc., Hannah's House Domestic Violence Shelter, Community Counseling & Training Center and Hannah's House Complex is held in high regard due to the individual counselors, staff and administration.  John & Lorraine Gillespie both went through a 10 month drug rehabilitation program and completed the training so they could help others who suffered from addictions, even though they had no issues in that area themselves.  Both were also certified as Recovery Support Specialists in 2008.  Lorraine Gillespie and Esther Alavarado completed the Duluth Domestic Violence Training so they could further help the women we serve.  Christine Price, Beverly Whaley  and Lorraine Gillespie have completed the Florida Housing Training for Multi-housing programs. (All certified) Beverly worked for and has certificates for Emergency Management Coordinator.  The above are  requirements for the SAIL program through Florida Housing.  The SAIL and another smaller grant from the state were used to build the apartment complex for the Homeless.  We are also very tuned in to what is going on in the community through Hardee and Highlands Homeless Coalitions, the Women's Club, DCF and One Hope United and the other agencies we partner with to help our clients reach stability.  Christine Price has had over 20 years experience working with disabled individuals, several years as case manager and 2 years as Quality Assurance monitor.  She is supervising our new case manager so that we meet the needs of state requirements in granting process.  We continue to train our staff and volunteers in order to better assist the clients with whom we work. We have annual Leadership training seminars with outside speakers to address all our staff and some of the volunteers who are in key positions.  We encourage continued education and personal enhanced studies by our staff and volunteers.  We have encouraged women's seminars, business affiliated courses, and going back to college for formal training, helping those people with an interest to get the degrees and training they so desire.  
Multi-Media Comments by Organization We have many ways of connecting to us.  The main one is through our website.  The pictures for the most part are some of the women and children who have come through our program who have given permission to include their pictures.    Due to the nature of our shelter, we can not show pictures of our clients with their injuries.  But some of the pictures we used were on free art regarding domestic violence.  We do have a video that is in the process of being revamped. Our website is
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Logic Model
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Nicholas Timmerman
Company Affiliation Seveigny Eye Center
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Esther Alvarado Hardee Help Center, AOFM.Inc.
Dr. Sylvia Collins PHDAOFM, Inc. Retired Educator
Ms. Joyce Cook Wauchula Radio Station
Mr. John G. Gillespie AOFM, Inc.
Ms. Lorraine Jeanette Gillespie AOFM, Inc.
Ms. Heidi Nordstrom Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc
Ms. Christine Scott Candiff Community Services, LLC
Ms. Bette Sneider Faith Temple, Cutting Edge Food Bank & AOFM, Inc.
Ms. Karen N. Tibbs Self Employed (Sales)
Dr. Nicholas Timmerman Seveigny Eye Center
Ms. Mary Shirley Tucker City of Bowling Green and AOFM, Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 99
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
The Administration Committee  consists of the President, Vice President-Chairman of the Board and Executive Director. Their governance includes but is not limited to overseeing all phases of operation, needs of the facilities, and plans for the future.
The Funding Committee/grants, etc. consists of the Executive Director and 3 Directors.  This committee plans for the future needs by organizing fund raisers, deciding what grants are needed and for what purposes, and finding funds for present programs.  They also help to put budgets together and gain board approval for all the above.
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 $365,000.00
Projected Expenses $358,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Buy a building and prepare land for new food pantry $30,000.
Remodel current AOFM offices to include new offices for counseling, bookkeeper and file room.  $50,000 
We have not yet started project, waiting on blueprints for County and State approval 
Campaign Goal $80,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2017 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 80000 as of Sept 2017
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$363,648$140,882$129,015
Administration Expense$0$239,903$137,297
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$26,309$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.820.510.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%37%48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,515,482$0$2,513,930
Current Assets$54,156$0$57,776
Long-Term Liabilities$2,419,094$0$2,167,857
Current Liabilities$9,374$0$1,945
Total Net Assets$87,014$0$344,128
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $105,149Complex Income $118,020Program Income $79,763
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $54,276Program Income $42,934Thrift Store Income $40,814
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountComplex Income $52,123Thrift Store Income $34,426Complex Income $35,383
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.78--29.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets96%--86%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Although Hannah's House Complex had an audit done in 2011, the AOFM, Inc. organization has not.  We are also audited as to the physical plant for the Complex only.  We have a CPA overseeing our volunteer/board member bookkeeper and with filing our 990 and Employment Taxes along with entering and correcting the last 4 years of bookkeeping in Quickbooks. We are close to having it up to date.  Through this process we found multiple mistakes due to inexperienced volunteers entering data in the computer; some donations were entered as expenses. Therefore, the above history is not accurate. In 2011 we received most grant money for the apartments which is listed as revenue but the expenses of the building are not listed. We continue to work at getting all past years corrected in our system. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990s. 
Nonprofit Alpha and Omega Freedom Ministries Incorporated dba Hannah House
Address 113 N 7th Ave
Wauchula, FL 33873 0339
Phone 863 773-5717 1010