Laurel Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 23
Gloucester VA 23061-0023
Mission Statement

The mission of Laurel Shelter, Inc. is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing direct victim services and to prevent violence by increasing awareness of the impact these victimizations have on ALL members of the community.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
Board Chair Ms. Kathleen Evans
Board Chair Company Affiliation MITRE Corporation
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 23
Gloucester, VA 230610023
Telephone 804 694-5890
Fax 804 694-5191
E-mail laurelshelterinc@verizon.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $273,506.00
Projected Expenses $273,616.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of Laurel Shelter, Inc. is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing direct victim services and to prevent violence by increasing awareness of the impact these victimizations have on ALL members of the community.

Impact
In the past two years Laurel Shelter, Inc. made strides to address and improve the health concerns of our victims.  Thanks to a grant from the Gloucester Community Foundation, the organization was able to have a registered nurse on site to evaluate clients on the following: cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and routine health concerns for themselves and their children.  All concerns arising from these checks were referred to the Gloucester Mathews Free Clinic.  When the grant funds were expended we were able to continue this program through voluntary nurse services. The teen club in Mathews was instrumental in creating awareness and making referrals from this sub group of potential victims while staff reached out to the senior population through programs presented at the local senior/lifestyle centers.
 
Unfortunately many victims suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues that come along with their victimization.  During the upcoming year, there will be an effort to respond to these and integrate these clients into the appropriate services.   New staff just joining the organization has extensive experience in working with this type client and will add her expertise to the goal for prompt referrals and treatment. Working in a rural environment presents challenges in reaching out to potential victims since the usual methods for creating awareness are not adequate to address the various sub groups of the population.  Increasing the awareness and education events will increase the ability to identify victims and provide services.
Needs
The organization is facing several needs that will start to be addressed during the coming year:
  1. Increase the diversity and experience of the Board of Directors.  Outreach will be targeted at potential board members who have experience in stragetic development and fundraising.
  2. Develop a plan to ultimately make affordable health care and retirement available to staff.  Almost 90% of staff turnover results from the lack of health care.  Emphasis will also be placed on a salary review to compare present salaries with those of comparable programs.  Additional benefits will present funding issues that must be addressed with a stragetic plan. 
  3. The Board needs to address a succession plan for replacing the current Executive Director.  This will take time and funds to accomplish.
  4. Identify any additional sub groups with the service area and target those groups with information and services available.  The Hispanic population is small but additional victims that require services and information.  The organziation has been targeting this sub group but needs to increase the organization's ability to meet this need with a staff member fluent in Spanish.  Attempts to do this in the past have not been successful, the organization must renew efforts to fill this need.
Background
Laurel Shelter, Inc. was started by a group of citizens who saw a need and set out to fill this service void.  Through their efforts they located startup funding and rented a residence which culminated in the opening of the shelter in March of 1997.  The organization secured a grant in 2000 to purchase the residence and completed renovations to make it handicapped accessible.  The shelter serves an average of 100 adults and 100 children each year.  The current eonomic environment has presented additional barriers to the vicitms in their quest to lcoate employment and then affordable housing.  Some clients return to the abuser after dealing with the barriers that often become impossible to conquer.  But when they do that they know that the program will be here for them in the future when needed.  (The national average is that women leave seven times before they leave for good.)  We have never had a client meet that average - success has come long before that number. 
 
In 1998 the organization initiated outreach services for domestic violence victims that didn't need shelter but required other services to break and remain free from violence.Yearly approximately 80 clients seek these services.  And then in 1999, sexual assault services for both adults and children were added to the organization.  This program routinely serves an additional 150 clients per year through this service. 
CEO Statement
During my fifteen years with Laurel Shelter, Inc., I have seen the organization grow from just offering shelter services to a multi-program organization that meets the needs of those seeking services.  Each year has seen an increase in the number and diversity of clients served.  During this time, grant funding has remained static which challenged all of us to find additional resources to continue to meet the needs of those seeking services.  There are several factors that have lead to our success and ability to meet those needs:
  1. The ongoing support of the communities at large both financial and in-kind;
  2. The skills, expertise and committment of our staff; AND
  3. Lastly but not least the dedication and generousity of our volunteers.
The current economic environment has created additional challenges for both staff and the clients we serve but these are met with renewed dedication to be creative and inventive to meet these challenges.  Laurel Shelter, Inc. continues to meet and exceed all accreditation standards by offering a program that can provide the tools our victims need to break the cycle of violence and start a new life free from the past.  As time has gone by, we have seen new clients presenting with obstacles that were not there years ago but no barrier has been impossible to overcome through our strengths and committment to our mission.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Laurel Shelter, Inc. provides direct domestic violence services to Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen and King William Counties through either the shelter or outreach programs.  Sexual Assault victims are served from the following counties:  Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kathleen Evans
Company Affiliation MITRE Corporation
Term July 2010 to June 2018
Email kmcdermo@mitre.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kathleen Evans Mitre Corporation
Ms Theresa Swann EVB Bank
Mr. Robert Wilbanks chesapeake Bnk
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Building
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director No CEO
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Ebony Lynch Sexual Assault Program Coordinator
Ms. Liz Lyon Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Sandra Thornton Domestic Violence Client Services Coordinator
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 28
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Laurel Shelter, Inc. coordintion with the following agencies from all jurisdictions:  Law Enforcement, Social Services, Victim Witness, Health Departments, Counseling Center, Health Families, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Servies, other domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.
Programs
Description
Laurel Shelter, Inc. opened a 19 bed shelter program available for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and/or sexual violence in 1997.  In 1998 outreach services were added for victims needing advocacy or other services but not needing shelter.  Individual clients receive intensive case management designed for their specific needs.  Shelter clients have an art program for both women and children administered by the Bay school in Mathews.  Other services include: 24 hour hotline, crisis intervention, safety planning, client advocacy, emergency transportation, information and referral, support groups, counseling referrals, court and medical accompaniement, legal advocacy, children's services, public education and awareness.   Laurel Shelter, Inc. serves male vicitms through the outreach office and alternative shelter locations.
Population Served Victims
Budget $168,600.00
Short Term Success
Short term may be getting involved in a support group, seeking a protective order, pressing charges and begining the long road to indpendence.
Long Term Success
Vicitms are able to locate employment, seek validation through the court system or other resources to become independent and free from violence.  This is not an easy road nor a short one and success can be measured each step along the way. 
Description
The Sexual Assault Program was added in 1999.  It provides the same specific case management and services available to all other victims through either the outreach office or the shelter program.  This includes services to victims both adult and child who have been sexually abused as well as responding to the needs of adults who have been victimized as children or are being stalked.  Mathews County has a Teen Leaders Group who have received training and are instrumental in working with the teen population sub group.  This 'club' provides awareness, education and referrals for advocacy.  The teens were organized in 2009 and the plans are to expand these services with teens in Middlesex and Gloucester during the upcoming year. 
Budget $80,935.00
Short Term Success
For many vicitms the first big success is the realization that where they were, what they were wearing and what they might have said was not an invitation for the rape.  Guilt follows the vicitms through the path to recovery and NO means NO.  For child victims the pah may be longer and more intwined with steps forward and then back as often they lack understanding of why and what.
Long Term Success
Success for sexual assault victims is often small steps that take a long time in the road to recivery.  A vicitm reporting to law enforcement has taked a major step which opens her up to invasive questions and examinations that may continue over one to two years.  From her the road to recovery may involve follow through with criminal charges, support groups and individual therapy.  For some vicitms just being able to relax and sleep in their homes is a major victory.
Description
While not a victim service program, this was started in 2003 as a way to respond to the massive amount of goods donated to the program.  First priority for donations made to the Thrift Store is the immediate needs of the shelter and the victims we serve.  After that, the organization assists victims that have located housing but need furnishings.  Finally, everything else is sold to add funds to the operational budget.  The store provides a volunteer opportunity for victims that want some experience or just want to give back or help when they have time.
Description
Laurel Shelter, Inc. would not be able to meet all the needs of victims without the volunteers who generously give of their time and energy.  Volunteers can elect to provide administrative assistance up to meeting all the staff training requirements and working directly with victims.  These volunteers answer the hotline, staff the shelter and outreach office and provide a service that cannot be measured.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $273,506.00
Projected Expenses $273,616.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$70,199$47,385$33,732
Government Contributions$215,321$193,994$134,743
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$215,321$193,994$134,743
Individual Contributions$19,698$15,589$15,470
$2,407$2,542$2,700
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$8$4$5
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$5,421$10,537
Revenue In-Kind$59,529$37,191$57,592
Other$1,522$75--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$311,692$279,881$300,124
Administration Expense$25,395$26,064$21,155
Fundraising Expense$9,723$9,526$9,591
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.960.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%89%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$266,265$247,515$249,491
Current Assets$55,749$27,217$24,059
Long-Term Liabilities$37,003$0$18,902
Current Liabilities$25,566$65,691$35,495
Total Net Assets$203,697$181,824$195,094
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.180.410.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%0%8%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments Laurel Shelter, Inc. continues to build up revenue and pay down debt incurred during financial challenges caused by a slow economy and challenges with the location of the Laurel Shelter, Inc. Thrift Store.  The store is now thriving and we see a brighter future for the organization.
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2013 Financial Statement compiled by Denhert, Clarke & Co., P.C.