Making Connections Counseling, Inc.
8470 Enterprise Circle, Suite 300
Lakewood Ranch FL 34202
Mission
Making Connections Counseling is a non-profit counseling organization dedicated to providing professional services to individuals, couples, and families that promote and restore healthy relationships.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Stacey Schaeffer
Board Chair Stacey Schaeffer
Board Chair Affiliation Making Connections Counseling, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
MAKING CONNECTIONS COUNSELING, INC.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $144,940.00
Projected Expenses $117,784.00
Impact Statement
The vision of Making Connections Counseling is to build a nurturing community in which individuals are empowered to live healthy, productive lives and where all are seen as valued members of the community. We envision a community strengthened by diverse individuals and families who are empowered and supported by caring environments.
 
GOALS FOR CURRENT YEAR
  • Provide 215 individual, couples, and/or family therapy sessions to low-income, under-insured, and un-insured clients.
  • Provide 75 prevention/intervention groups to individuals throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties.
  • Provide 125 life skills training/coaching groups to individuals throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties.
  • Staff 2 additional full-time clinicians.
Needs Statement
Counseling Program Funding: This program provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and/or families who are low-income, under-insured, and un-insured.
COST: Approx. $10,500 (215 Sessions)
 
Life Skills Training/Coaching Program Funding: This program provides life skills training/coaching services to individuals of all ages. This program addresses many topics including self-esteem, bullying, managing middle school and high school years, parenting, and much more. Each series (based on topic) runs 6-8 weeks and includes workbooks and other necessary materials.
COST: Approx. $21,875 (Total Program Costs Per Individual - $175)
 
Prevention/Intervention Program Funding: This program provides prevention/intervention group services to high-risk youth and addresses many topics including substance abuse prevention, anger management, problem-solving, and much more. Each series (based on topic) runs 8-10 weeks and includes workbooks and other necessary materials.
COST: Approx. $16,125 (Total Program Costs Per Individual - $215) 
 
Other Funding: Our group focused programs are in need of a new television, television cart, and DVD player so that the program DVD's can be watched during our groups. Two of each will be needed due to some groups taking place simultaneously.
COST: Approx. $2800 (Total For All)
Background Statement
Making Connections Counseling is a non-profit counseling organization created to offer effective and affordable counseling to residents of Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, and Sarasota. It is our belief that everyone deserves to be nurtured and supported during their healing process; therefore, we do offer a sliding fee scale according to income and ability to pay. Our organization works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing mental health issues, marital conflict, childhood and teen difficulties and disorders, family blending, divorce, and grief and loss through education and therapeutic intervention. We recognize that life situations can get worse before they get better and are here to honor that process while we establish realistic goals and commitments to our clients.
 
We recognize that healthy families are vital to a healthy society. We also recognize the diversity and inherent worth of each individual, who collectively forms the backbone of our community. We value children as the future of our society and promote their right to care and nurturing in a safe, healthy environment by strengthening family dynamics and promoting healthy relationships. Our organization developed a set of core values that act as the foundation for everything we do.
  • Access: We believe everyone in our community should have access to professional counseling services regardless of their income. 
  • Collaboration: We understand the importance of close coordination and communication with our clients and other for profit and not for profit organizations working together to serve the individual and the community at large. 
  • Commitment: We are committed to our clients and are focused on the restoration of their emotional, relational and mental health. 
  • Compassion: We approach individuals, couples, and families with compassion, kindness, and respect. We are non-judgmental, accepting, and compassionate in our words, actions, and thoughts. 
  • Integrity: We will do the right thing by putting our clients first. Our practices are ethical, consistent, congruent and compliant to industry standards. 
  • Professionalism: We demonstrate our professionalism in support of our clients on a daily basis through our employment of best practices, our work ethic, our strategic thinking, and an abiding respect for the individual values of each client.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Director and Therapist Stacey Schaeffer has a passion for providing counseling services to people across the spectrum of the community. She has been educated and worked in the field of mental health for 10 years. Stacey began her studies at the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. From her undergraduate studies, Stacey completed her Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Stacey also furthered her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy earning a graduate certificate from the University of South Florida. Stacey is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Stacey has worked in a variety of mental health areas including community mental health with children and adults, substance abuse, domestic violence, school counseling, couples counseling, and family counseling. Stacey has a passion for helping and working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with mental health issues and life situations that present struggles and challenges. "Helping others by meeting them where they are in their life is my passion. Everyone is confronted with life challenges and in need of learning healthy strategies to confront those challenges. That is what we are here to help people do."
Programs
Description This program provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and/or families who are low-income, under-insured, and un-insured. 
Budget $10,500
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success By the end of the year 65 sessions provided to individuals, couples, and/or families at no charge to them so that they received quality and continuous services; 150 'fee for service' sessions based on sliding scale and reduced cost. By the end of treatment, each client served will show improved overall functioning in daily tasks as well as improved ability to cope with various situations.
Long Term Success Provide services to anyone interested and invested in addressing their own mental health and/or relationship issues regardless of their ability to pay; 25% of all sessions provided at no cost to the client and 40% of all  'fee for service' sessions provided based on the sliding scale and at a reduced cost. Long term success will consist of no one being denied counseling services due to inability to pay for services which will close the gap in service delivery.
Program Success Monitoring Our program success is based on the number of individuals, couples, and/or families served who would not have otherwise received services due to inability to pay. We also offer client satisfaction surveys to all clients prior to discharge.
Program Success Examples Since the beginning of 2015, our organization has provided 15 sessions at no cost to the client.
Description This program provides life skills training/coaching services to individuals of all ages. This program addresses many topics including self-esteem, bullying, managing middle school and high school years, parenting, and much more. Each series (based on topic) runs 6-8 weeks and includes workbooks and other necessary materials.
Budget $21,875
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success By the end of the year, 125 individuals will have completed the program at no charge to the client as well as have been provided with all necessary group workbooks and materials. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be better equipped to deal with life challenges they may face and do so in an appropriate and healthy manner.
Long Term Success Provide this program to any individuals who are interested in participating regardless of their ability to pay. Our organization plans to work with the local school boards so that some of these groups can be offered in school, allowing us to reach children that may not otherwise have access to these services due to various barriers. Program will be provided to 300 individuals at no charge to the client. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be better equipped to deal with life challenges they may face and do so in an appropriate and healthy manner.
Program Success Monitoring Our success is measured by pre- and post- tests; client satisfaction surveys; number of clients served; and the number of clients completing the full program.
Program Success Examples We will soon be completing our first series of groups and will be administering the post-test as well as client satisfaction surveys.
Description This program provides prevention/intervention group services to at-risk youth and addresses many topics including substance abuse prevention, anger management, problem-solving, and much more. Each series (based on topic) runs 8-10 weeks and includes workbooks and other necessary materials.
Budget $16,125
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success By the end of the year, 75 at-risk individuals will have completed the program at no charge to the client as well as have been provided all necessary group workbooks and materials. Upon completion of the program, individuals will recognize risky behaviors, challenge these behaviors, and will be better equipped to replace risky behaviors with more appropriate and healthy behaviors.
Long Term Success Provide program to any youth who are interested in participating regardless of their ability to pay. Our organization plans to work with the local school boards so that some of these groups can be offered in school, allowing us to reach at-risk children that may not otherwise have access to these services due to various barriers. Our goal is also to collaborate with other local organizations and agencies so that we may reach some of their clients and families who may be in need of additional services. Long-term success is 250 at-risk individuals (on a yearly basis) will have completed the program at no charge to the client as well as have been provided all necessary group workbooks and materials.  Upon completion of the program, individuals will recognize risky behaviors, challenge these behaviors, and will be better equipped to replace risky behaviors with more appropriate and healthy behaviors.
Program Success Monitoring Our success is measured by pre- and post- tests; client satisfaction surveys; number of clients served; parent satisfaction surveys; and the number of clients completing the full program.
Program Success Examples We will soon be completing our first series of groups and will be administering the post-test as well as client satisfaction surveys. We will also be offering a parent satisfaction survey for these groups.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Stacey Schaeffer
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email sschaeffer@makingconnectionscounseling.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 4
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Making Connections Counseling continuously seeks to partner and collaborate with other organizations as a means of sharing costs and conserving resources, as well as avoiding redundancies of service providers. Our organization works closely with Safe Child Coalition, Manatee County Sheriff's Child Protective Services Unit, Family Preservation Services, DCF (Sarasota/Desoto), and Manatee Children's Services to ensure that all individuals are receiving the services they need.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Stacey Schaeffer
Company Affiliation Making Connections Counseling, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
Board Chair Email sschaeffer@makingconnectionscounseling.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
William Fitzpatrick Retired Veteran
Ann Hornsby Retired
Jenna McCoy Community Business Owner
Stacey Schaeffer Making Connection Counseling, Inc.
Ray Stuckey Coplons, Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
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
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $144,940.00
Projected Expenses $117,784.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990-N2015
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$36,168$23,286$270
Administration Expense$8,064$615$1,495
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.111.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%97%15%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$482
Current Assets$0$0$482
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$482
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $49,376Program Service Revenue $22,717Fee for Service $1,517
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,040Contributions, gifts, grants $3,700Contributions, gifts, grants $730
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Financial accountability and management are of utmost importance to our organization. To that end, we emphasize receiving funding from a diversity of sources, including grants, fees for services, fundraising activities, individuals, local businesses, corporations, and local agency/government contracts. Equally, we continuously seek to partner and collaborate with other organizations as a means of sharing costs and conserving resources, as well as avoiding redundancies of service providers. In addition, we recognize the need to avoid being over-reliant upon any one funder or funding source, and that funding from any one grantmaker is time-limited.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations. No balance sheet information provided.
Nonprofit Making Connections Counseling, Inc.
Address 8470 Enterprise Circle, Suite 300
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone 941 704-5200

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