Face of Hope Foundation
13600 Tamiami Trail
North Port FL 34287-2055
We are a community outreach organization serving the underprivileged and those with minor physical and/or mental health issues.
CEO/Executive Director Evelyn Gore
Board Chair Pastor Lynette E. McMCleland
Board Chair Affiliation The Center of Hope of South County
General Info
Organization DBA
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Fundraising EventView
Newspaper Article 1View
Newspaper Article 2View
State of Florida Certificate of IncorporationView
Impact Statement

Face_ of_ Hope impacts the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. We serve low income individuals, families, at risk youth,  isolated seniors, veterans and refugees facing hardship. We connect those in need  with appropriate community resources and services to become independent and self-sufficient through job training and job placement. 

-FoH served 3157 individuals in 2016 
- FoH participated in area Point In Time homeless count with Suncoast Partnership to end homelessness.
- FoH is documenting clients served into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System)
- FoH serves as ACCESS Community Partner Liaison for the North Port, Warm Mineral Springs, South County area
- Serving Eastern European non-English speaking low income individuals and families in need by bilingual staff.
- Agency known for opening its arms to single men and women, with no or little money who other agencies politely turned away with referrals. 
- Strong community partnership and a team of dedicated staff in our community mission to end homelessness.
-Relocate to larger facility in order to establish our programs on a consistent basis, making educational opportunities available;
-Expand services such as food, clothing, baby clothes and formula, and other necessities to those in need;
-Provide incentives for employable men with tools and supplies;
- Housing searches are ongoing to provide more people with homes by interfacing with landlords to make them aware of the need and their ability to partner with us.
Needs Statement

1. Our most pressing need is relocation. We have squeezed into 1200 sf five administrative offices, storage for food and clothing, and a 6-station computer lab, virtually on top of each other.  We have located a 5000 sf building that would provide office space, expansion for food and clothing storage,and a more suitable area for educational pursuits. It also has three 2-bedroom apartments and three offices that can be rented, which would give us a sustainable income. ($170,000)

2. Our case manager spends many hours serving our clients screening them for housing and providing transportation, resume writing and locating employment. In addition the case manager must ensure that the HMIS data is entered in a timely manner with the assistance of trained volunteers. ($30,000)
3. FOH requires ongoing funding for Temporary Funding Assistance (TFA) for the low or no income, homeless or those facing homelessness, in order to stabalize their financial situation with immediate support as needed. Some clients require just a small amount of to pay a past due utility bill, while others need a larger amount to rent an apartment or house. ($60,000)
4. Transportation needs for our clients vary from discounted bus passes ($15 per month) to reliable used bicycles. This provides transport for our clients to their jobs.($7,500)
Background Statement
Our outreach was formed in 2010.  In the past year alone we have served over 3157 individuals. A major accomplishment is that 56 families are out of the woods, have roofs over their heads and are off the streets, getting nourishing food and clean housing.
We continue to add and expand community business partners to help with our mission.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

FoH serves North Port, Warm Mineral Springs, South County of Sarasota and Port Charlotte area of FL.


Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Originally from the USSR, Board President Evelyn Gore came to the United States 26 years ago. Knowing the state of the country she left behind,she decided to make a difference in the lives of people with basic needs in her new homeland. Evelyn is a dynamic business woman with a strong devotion and a belief in supporting and helping others. Upon coming to America, she started her own private enterprise, launching a successful international travel agency. She founded her Face_ of_ Hope outreach in 2008 and has been successfully helping families with children and single adults since that time. Evelyn's work ethic and philanthropy is inherited from her father, a submarine captain and one of three Russian army military professionals handling international cargo shipments, and her mother, a well known physician in the USSR. Partnering with her in her passion to serve those less fortunate, her son Ilya Gore, has joined her to provide assistance with every aspect of the ministry.
We are a unique group of people from all branches of employment from book authors, to nurses, doctors, religious/spiritual ministers, accountants, educators and other professional and willing productive citizens of the United States. We have a vast array of talent to offer in dealing with the poor and needy population of our underserved area. We have come together to reach out to those in need and especially those that cannot find help by any other resource. We assess clients needs and come up with a plan for each person, then assign someone who will partner with him/her, to perform the task we set out to accomplish, and with great success, we might add.
Description We have a computer lab consisting of six stations where clients can learn English and computer skills, do job searches and prepare resumes.  We also provide appropriate wardrobes for interviews, and tools for tradesmen, as well. 
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Seventy individuals have benefited from our educational program to date.
Long Term Success The long-term success of this program can be measured in the number of clients who no longer require weekly food, clothing and toiletries because they have been employed.  It can also be measured by those who, because of using new skills, go on to acquire more skills through training and employment.
Program Success Monitoring Our intent is to implement a tracking program that will allow us to determine the exact numbers of persons helped and in what specific ways.
Program Success Examples
Denise Yaffe, through our training and assistance, was able to find a job in the local school system.
Five Russian emigrants were helped to apply for janitorial positions at the Saratoga School District and were employed.
Forty-two others have been referred to department stores for janitorial work, two persons were hired at a local fence company,
and twelve are working at data entry at the Nielson Research Center. Nine more were referred to the Coastal Care Nursing Center in Venice. 
Description The Face_of_Hope Foundation, Inc., provides clients the means to travel to and from job interviews and employment by donating bicycles. In order to sustain this program, we receive donated bikes and also purchase used ones, repair them (including purchasing new parts, tires, etc.),and give them to clients.  Secondly, we sell discounted bus passes, purchased and valued at  $50, for $15.  We give free bus passes to those who are going to job interviews or have to get to medical treatment facilities and do not have the means to buy the passes.
Budget $10,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success
We donated 42 bicycles to clients in 2016.
240 bus passes were donated without remuneration to the Foundation. 
Long Term Success
The bicycle program was born out of necessity in 2016, when clients came to us needing transportation.
We have been distributing bus passes since 2013. 
The program provides clients the means to travel to and from job interviews, gain employment, medical appointments.
Program Success Monitoring We maintain records of bicycle distribution and the sale and donation of bus passes.
Program Success Examples
Lydia and Irena, emigrants from Ukrania, have both received bicycles from the Foundation, and therefore are able to travel to their places of employment. They not only are able to work consistently but they also volunteer some time to us.
Two brothers who have technological skills are employed and were able to report to their jobs daily because we provided them with bus passes.
We have so many ongoing success stories because many of our clients return to thank us, to bring donations to the site, and to volunteer their skills for our benefit when they have time. 
Our housing program is a cooperative effort between Face_of_Hope Foundation, Inc. and a number of landlords who make low-income housing available to our clients.  Many of these landlords, seeing the on-going need, have purchased other properties in order to better serve those who inquire about housing, and we retain a waiting list for available properties.  The landlords are also participants in government programs that cooperate to provide housing.
When a client comes to us, they usually have exhausted every avenue in trying to find a place to live.  They feel hopeless, and that's where we are able to step in and expand their search, using our resources.  Unfortunately, only about 30% of those actually can be housed, so the success is limited by the availability of housing.  
Budget $0
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success
While only about 30% of those coming to us for help to find housing are successful, moving from a transitory living situation into permanent housing not only gives the individual or family a secure place, but the incentive to do whatever is necessary to maintain their new status.  We are able to help them with immediate needs like utility hookups and other short-term necessities, and also provide them with used furniture and some household goods through donations given to us.
As a result, those who are established in housing take their place in the community as productive citizens rather than those who are in need and looking for temporary help.  Often they become those who reach out to others because of the help they have received.
Long Term Success This program's long-term success is measured not only by the 30% who are housed and move into a new place in life, but by the on-going participation of landlords who are willing to continue to enlarge their property holdings to meet the need.  As they make properties available, more people will have access to housing, and the circle of success grows exponentially.  We believe that our housing program is one way that we can help give people back their lives.
Program Success Monitoring We have records of those who have been housed, and of the landlords who make housing available to us for our clients.
Program Success Examples
Michael was a homeless veteran who lived in the woods for over 12 years. He began coming to Face_of_Hope for food, much of which he consumed while here. Whatever he had left over, he asked us to keep for him here, because he said it would be stolen if he tried to take it where he stayed. He began to come every day. We treated him with dignity and gave him enough food to sustain him. He eventually moved into an empty building under construction, but kept coming.  We found him a place to rent, and he has lived securely and comfortably in his apartment for 14 months.
Amanda, a mother of three whose children were not with her because of her living situation, came to us expressing that she felt there was no hope. Because of our cooperation with other helping agencies and government programs, she was able to be placed in a 3-bedroom home and her children restored to her. She had a desire that gave her the incentive to go through the steps necessary to have her family reunited. Now she is studying cosmetology and will be moving into a 4-bedroom home shortly. While waiting for her first house, she volunteered with us, and she continues to help other women who need to know that there is help if they will persevere. She teaches them what she learned to help themselves, and we are here to be an encouragement and help with necessities like food, clothing, toiletries, and information while they get established.
Every Friday for three hours Face_of_Hope's doors are open to the community to receive food and clothing for those who come.  All Faith Food Bank's truck pulls up behind our building, and volunteers work steadily to empty the truck and arrange the food so that it can be distributed.  At our front door, clients are completing the necessary forms that allow us to track our distribution and keep records.  As the information is completed and entered into the computer, boxes and bags of food are prepared to meet the need of each person or family according to their numbers.  We provide food for single men and women, those who are homeless, veterans, families with children, and recent emigrants.  
Outdoors in front, tables are set up and loaded down with donated clothing, which is free to those who take the time to look for what they need.  If clients need toiletry items, they check a box on the request form, and we give them toiletry supplies. 
Budget $26,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families At-Risk Populations At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success This weekly distribution of food, clothing and toiletries is a short-term solution to hunger, exposure to the weather, and health issues.  Many of the people we serve have no income, or very little.  We know that approximately 40% of those who come are homeless, so they come for food that doesn't have to be prepared.  The success of this program is easy to determine because it provides the necessities of life for those who would otherwise go hungry or be exposed to the elements.
Long Term Success This progam's long-term success can be measured by those who come and are actually sustained by what we provide in the short term.  The need is never-ending. Homeless populations grow. Poverty grows.  However, there are those who start coming because they are desperate, and because of our personal, caring attitudes they realize that there might be other ways we can help. As we engage them in conversation and assess their needs, we can often offer other directions for them to go, ie, places to live, jobs to apply for, even opportunities to volunteer where they can give back and be productive in some measure.
Program Success Monitoring We monitor the success of this program through a management program.
Program Success Examples The best example of the success of this program is the number of volunteers who are part of our organization because they have come here for help and received it.  Because we give to them, and ask nothing in return, they come back when their situations are improved to help improve the lives of others.
Program Comments by Organization Serving within our community gives us a great sense of gratitude.  We network with other community partners to serve our neighbors and those in need.  We believe that what we all contribute to the area helps give people back their lives and makes the community a better place to live.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Evelyn Gore
CEO Term Start Feb 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email faceofhope211@gmail.com

Originally from the USSR, Evelyn  is a dynamic business woman  multi-lingual in English, Russian and  Ukrainian. She began her working  career at the age of 16, and by age 22 Evelyn was elevated to the position of manager for VIP's at the Black Sea Port Club in Odessa. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and Business Administration from the University of Leningrad and operated a very successful international travel agency for over 20 years in NYC.  She has volunteered countless hours for many non-profits including  the United Way.
Evelyn founded the Face_of_Hope Foundation in 2008.  As an international project and the first of many charitable quests, Evelyn planned to give people in her adoptive Ghana West Africa community of Gomoa Techyam, west of Accra, the knowledge and tools needed to take charge of their families and survive the destruction they had experienced by natural disaster.  Through the exhaustive efforts of the FoH founder, funds were provided to FoH from benefactors, the community is now self-sustaining. Evelyn moved to Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, Sarasota County in 2010 where she began the local FoH Community Outreach Program.  Each week FoH provides food to area families in need.  Through her efforts, over 400 families received services such as case management, housing, employment, vocational training and job placements, food, clothing, and children's items (diapers, formula, car seats, clothes and shoes). The future of the South Sarasota community will improve because of the relentless positive efforts of Evelyn Gore and her program.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 6
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Suncoastal Partnership, Presbyterian Trinity of Venice, San Pedro Church of North Port, Church of the Nazarene of North Port, COC of Port Charlotte and Sarasota, DCS/ACCESS, SCAT, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Gulf Coast Partnership Continuum of Care, 211, JFCF, New Paradigm Foundation, EACH of Port Charlott, Pregnancy Solution, Center of Hope Venice, Catholic Charities, Spiritual Diplomacy
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted May 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 Opportunities are everywhere.   Needs are everywhere.   There is no place we look where there is not somebody in need of help...with either food, shelter or with some type of mental health or drug related issue.  We also desire to help those men and women coming out of prisons and those fathers who are coming to reconnect with their families.  Basic language and computer skills are desperately needed so people can find jobs. It is very challenging but one that our board members and everyone who helps us reach out are desirous to fulfill.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/face_of_hope211
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Pastor Lynette E. McMCleland
Company Affiliation The Center of Hope of South County
Board Term June 2015 to June 2018
Board Chair Email lmccleland30@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
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
Governance Comments by Organization Like most organizations that run on volunteer help and board governance, we are constantly faced with the challenge of stretching our funding to meet all the needs of the organization. For us, that mainly entails paying our staff, who are often donating more time than they are financially compensated for.  This is a  challenge for us that we feel must be met so that they will stay with us and continue to supply us with their expertise and talents in reaching out to those with far greater basic needs in our community.  It is our desire that we remove transients from our streets and woods, not just to 'get rid' of them but to help them secure housing, food and hygiene and medical services. This will keep down the spread of  disease and famine running rampant in our own backyard.  Those are our goals. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
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
The building we are looking at has 5000 sf, to expand our office space, food and clothing storage, and computer lab and offer job training on site. It is centrally located in order to serve and expand our client base.
Campaign Goal $400,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2016 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 30000 as of Mar 2017
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$305,841$92,875$48,425
Administration Expense$0$53,940$98,280
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.161.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%63%33%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$68,791$29,321$6,271
Current Assets$23,756$7,923$2,871
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,011$1,731$1,000
Total Net Assets$57,781$27,590$5,271
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $339,434Contributions, gifts, grants $126,111Program Service Revenue $131,783
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Program Service Revenue $34,529Contributions, gifts, grants $14,636
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0In-Kind Donations $9,4150 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.164.582.87
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our financial challenges are space and funding. We are in a capital campaign to purchase a large building that will enable us to expand from our 1200 sf space where we house offices, food and clothing storage, and a computer lab and barely have room to function. The building we hope to purchase has 5000 sf of space, three rental apartments and three rental offices. It will not only allow us to expand and grow, adding programs that will benefit our clients and help change their lives, but will provide us with an income base.  At the present time we look to foundations, grantors and donors for funding, as well as holding our own fund-raising events. On April 29th,  2017,  we are holding a fund-raising banquet at the Jacaranda West Country Club, 1901 Jacaranda Boulevard, Venice FL. If you are in the area, you are welcome to participate and learn more about our work.  Please reserve your seats by calling 941-284-3734 or visit our website at www.faceofhope211.org.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2013 was taken solely from audited review, as the organization filed a Federal 990-N for that year. In-Kind Donations are included in total revenue.  For 2014, the financial information was taken from Federal 990-EZ. Tax return and audited financial statements for 2014 do not reconcile. In 2015, the value of in-kind donations is included on the Federal 990-EZ under Other Revenue. 
Nonprofit Face of Hope Foundation
Address 13600 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 2055
Phone 941 284-3734