DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc
ARCADIA FL 34266-3944
To seek solutions, and coordinate services for the homeless in DeSoto County, and the surrounding areas.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kathie L. Alderman
Board Chair Affiliation Arcadia-Desoto County Habitat for Humanity
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

DeSoto Cares Homeless Services greatly impacts the community by coordinating services and resources for homelessness, with the goal of transitioning them into housing.

2016 Accomplishments:

Homeless Services Center served 150 homeless individuals. Services include mailing addresses, shower & laundry facilities. After an intake interview assistance is provided to meet their needs, such as obtaining IDs, job search, medical referrals etc.

Homeless Management Information System implementation greatly improved data quality, enabling us to see a clearer picture of the clients we serve, their needs, and the outcomes they are experiencing.

2017 Goals:

Hire an Executive Director: DeSoto Cares is a 100% volunteer organization. In order to better coordinate client services and operate more effectively.

Housing First Program: Understanding that housing is the answer to ending homelessness, DeSoto Cares BOD is planning for the development of facilities and programs to house the homeless.

Needs Statement

  1. Salary for Executive Director- Currently all activities are staffed with 100% volunteers under direction of the BOD. For more effective operations and higher level client oversight there is a need for a qualified professional. Part-time position $25,000
  2. Service Center – Ongoing needs for the Center include donations for Hygiene supplies (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, toilet paper, feminine hygiene supplies, razors, undergarments etc.) $$ or physical donations are acceptable.
  3. Operational costs of the Center - To maintain the current level of services at the Center on a monthly basis. $1000
  4. Housing First Fund – In order to plan, purchase land, develop, and build facilities and implement programs for the first phase of a Housing First model program. $100,000

Background Statement

DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc. (herein referred to as DeSoto Cares) is a 501c3, non-profit organization with the expressed goal of reducing and/or eliminating homelessness in and around the neighboring areas of DeSoto County, FL, by seeking solutions and coordinating services for the homeless, and transitioning individuals from homelessness when they seek it.

2014 marked the beginning of DeSoto Cares by a dedicated group of local residents who recognized the need in our community for homeless services, and who began a dialogue with other interested parties in the community to look for solutions to homelessness in and around DeSoto County. DeSoto Cares is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and we are a participating member of the Heartland Coalition for the Homeless (HCH), which is the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated lead agency for a six county Continuum of Care (CoC) which includes DeSoto County.

Emergency and transitional shelter is non-existent in DeSoto County. The 2016 Point in Time Survey which is mandated by (HUD), identified 270 homeless individuals in DeSoto County alone, and 1071 individuals in the six county CoC. According to the survey there are no shelter beds or homeless rapid re-housing assistance programs in DeSoto County or the surrounding area.

DeSoto Cares responded to the homeless issue by opening the DeSoto Cares’ Homeless Service Center in Arcadia, FL in December 2016. The Center offers homeless individuals laundry services, shower facilities, a mail address, a secure lock box for valuable documents, computers for clients to search for, and/or make applications for assistance and jobs, and provision of basic needs such as hygiene supplies, blankets, tents, socks, shoes etc. Client Intake/ Case Management is also provided for each client; creating an action plan based on the client’s needs and goals toward stability, and assisting clients to access resources as needed; assisting individuals in obtaining identification, transportation for medical treatment, finding clothing for job interviews, and applying for birth certificates, to name a few of the types of assistance provided. All of these services are provided free of charge to the clients. Currently the Center is serving approximately 20 clients each day the Center is open.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc. serves the homeless in DeSoto County, FL and the surrounding areas.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Tears suddenly came streaming down the cheeks of the 16-year-old sitting in front of me. “I don’t know where to go” is all she could manage to say between the sobs. Dad is in jail, mom passed away a few months before, and her older sister who had been caring for her was kicking her out. My mind was racing; I had been in this situation before. I don’t know where you can go either, I thought. The desperate search began, to find a place for her. Finally, a friend of hers came through with an available couch.

The depth of the homelessness problem in DeSoto County came to light for me several years ago. I was working in the school district as the Homeless Advocate and saw first-hand, not only how many families were affected by homelessness, but also some of the difficulties they faced when trying to remedy the situation. There was not an active homeless coalition in the county, nor any emergency housing, and we just had to find some way to help these families.

DeSoto Cares Homeless Services is dedicated to finding solutions and resources to give a hand up to individuals and families who find themselves in homelessness. I first met the group of concerned residents, who had joined together and called themselves DeSoto Cares, as I was looking for community resources to assist the families I was working with. I was so impressed by this group’s passion and commitment to being part of the solution, and I wanted to be involved with them. In January 2016 I was elected as Board Chair. My first course of action was to assist in the finalization of Bylaws, incorporate the group as a nonprofit, and apply for our 501c3 status, which we received in May 2016.

2016 also marked the opening of the Homeless Service Center due to the hard work of that dedicated group of volunteers who have a vision for a community who cares for their own in need. Every board member is actively involved as a volunteer in some aspect of DeSoto Cares’ activities.

The board has not wavered in their vision or determination to continue finding solutions for the homeless. There is so much to do, but I am excited for the future. We will keep working for a future where those who need and want a safe place to live, can get the hand up they need, to make it a reality.


DeSoto Cares Homeless Service Center provides a point of contact for the homeless in DeSoto County; to connect them with community resources; to offer a hand up so they can make positive changes in their lives. Many who come to the Center are literally homeless; living in the woods and alley ways of DeSoto County. The Center is a safe place for them to come and is functioning as a Drop in Center. Showers, laundry facilities, hygiene items, tents, mail/safe box with a mailing address, blankets etc. are provided. In addition, an Intake questionnaire is completed by trained volunteers and an action plan is developed; determining what the client needs and wants in order to take the next positive step in their lives. The volunteers assist clients with obtaining IDs and birth certificates, as well as referrals for health care, mental health, substance abuse, housing, and jobs. The Center is designated as an ACCESS point by DCF, to better assist clients with government benefits.

Budget $48,670
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

150 clients have received immediate benefit from the services offered at the Center in the last year. The human dignity that comes with being able to be clean and have conversations with community members that genuinely care for and respect them is immeasurable. Practical improvements in their lives, the ability to look for a job, show up for a job interview in clean clothes, or apply for benefits because they have an ID and birth certificate, are sometimes the help they need to get on track. Connecting the clients with professional medical or mental health providers can also be a lifesaving, immediate outcome for a client in crisis. Action planning addresses the immediate priority needs and long term goals for each client.

Long Term Success

Over the long term, those that desire it will have the opportunity to leave homelessness and live more stable lives, strengthening the community. When individuals and families are faced with crisis’ and find themselves in homelessness, despair can easily set in, and can find themselves spiraling down. The effects of this trauma is manifested differently in each person, and the results are clearly seen by the increased occurrence of alcohol and drug dependency, mental health issues left untreated, violence experienced by the individuals, and increased costs for law enforcement and social services within the community. Intervention is the answer to assist those individuals out of the spiral and help them on a positive path. We anticipate lower crime rates, less cost to tax payers for services, and safer streets; individuals who were previously a drain on community resources will now be contributing, productive neighbors.

Program Success Monitoring

DeSoto Cares Homeless Services participates with the HUD designated lead agency for our area, The Heartland Coalition for the Homeless (HCH). In 2016 HCH implemented the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS). As part of the client Intake process, data is entered into HMIS, providing HUD, and us, with valuable data regarding client demographics, services rendered, and the outcomes achieved. Data will be more accurate and accessible, allowing us to better track and evaluate the effectiveness of our services.

Program Success Examples

D~ had lost his ID and was suffering with substance dependency issues, he was unable to keep a job and was on the streets. Volunteers at the Center helped him get his ID and put him in contact with AA. A year later he holds down a part time job and lives in a boarding house.

J~ is a mother who is the victim of domestic violence, and was suddenly without a home for her and her son. Child Protective Services placed the child in a foster home until she could provide a safe home. Through our partnership with Heartland Coalition for the Homeless, J~ was referred to a Rapid Rehousing program is currently working on a plan to reunite with her son.

F~ is an elderly man that came to the Center after being on the street for many months. He was ill, and had an ongoing battle with alcohol dependency. Volunteers helped him get the medical attention he needed right away. Next they assigned him a mail box and now he is receiving Social Security benefits and is living in a small apartment.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc. is participating in a collaborative partnership with Heartland Coalition for the Homeless to provide rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention assistance for DeSoto County, which is made possible through ESG funding. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kathie L. Alderman
Company Affiliation Arcadia-Desoto County Habitat for Humanity
Board Term May 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Kathie Alderman Arcadia-Desoto County Habitat for Humanity
Jane Breylinger Arcadia-Desoto County Habitat for Humanity
Mike Carter Community Volunteer
Paige Clark Community Volunteer
Sister Ann DeNicolo Catholic Charities
Dawn Jones Calvary Baptist Church of Arcadia
Devin Lacava DeSoto County School District
Roy Michaud Community Volunteer
Charlene Michaud Community Volunteer
Clifford Pierce St Edmunds Episcopal Church
Mike Provau DeSoto Insurance
Nancy Jo Vaughn Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $97,100.00
Projected Expenses $94,020.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We anticipate beginning a capital campaign in order to address the need for a tiered supportive housing plan to address the lack of homeless housing availability in DeSoto County. The BOD is in planning and research stages.
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,566----
Administration Expense$1,052----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.37----
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,486----
Current Assets$6,105----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$7,486----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $16,158----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $820----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Contributions $344----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc. officially formed in April 2016, therefore, at this time there is only one, partial, fiscal year to report.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N. The organization includes the value of in-kind donations (time and materials) as income.
Nonprofit DeSoto Cares Homeless Services Inc
Address 159 S ORANGE AVE
ARCADIA, FL 34265 3944
Phone 863 494-9933