Serenity
P.O. Box 131
Petersburg VA 23804-0131
Mission Statement
Serenity is dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV by providing comprehensive support services, education, advocacy and referrals to persons living with HIV/AIDS and persons with multiple risk factors in contracting the virus in a safe and supportive environment.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rosa Johnson-Tuma
Board Chair Dr. Angel Allen
Board Chair Company Affiliation WalMart
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 131
Petersburg, VA 238040131
Telephone 804 861-9977
Fax 804 861-9395
E-mail serenity9977@yahoo.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $347,788.00
Projected Expenses $347,788.00
Statements
Mission
Serenity is dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV by providing comprehensive support services, education, advocacy and referrals to persons living with HIV/AIDS and persons with multiple risk factors in contracting the virus in a safe and supportive environment.
Impact
Accomplishments for 2014:
  1. Information was share with over 2,100 people throughout the community by way of health fairs, prevention education sessions, referrals for services from other service providers, individual and group counseling.
  2. 120 persons with multiple risk factors received short termcase management. Forty (80) persons living with the virus continue to received long term case management. 
  3. Serenity distributed over 26,000 condoms along with education material throughout communities.
  4. Petersburg Community Development Block Grant approved a grant for Serenity.
  5. Serenity continues to strive to meet the basic needs of individuals served to include, but not limited to housing, food, clothing, transportation, medication assistance and patient advocacy.  
 
 Five Goals
  1.  To relocate to a larger place to accommodate the services provided at Serenity.
  2. Secure additional resources to support programs.
  3. To establish the Brother/Sister Keeper's project among faith-based communities.  The project goal is to provide one on one support for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
  4. To continue to provide care and support to persons living in the community, who are living with HIV/AIDS and not in care.
  5. To assist in identifying persons who are living with HIV/AIDS and do not know it.
Needs
"Pressing" Needs
  1.  To strengthen relationships with organizations providing
       volunteers.
  2.  To established more diversity in funding sources.
  3.  To relocate to a larger facility to provide even greater
       services to our target populations.
  4.  Financial assistance for client emergencies and other
       direct services - $7,500.00 yearly
 
   
Background
Serenity was established in 2004, after seeing the many struggles of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  The vision of the founder was and still remains to provide comprehensive services for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  It is also noted that a large percentage of substance abusers are HIV/AIDS positive.  Thus our focus is to provide prevention services to persons at a greater risk of contracting the virus.  Serenity incorporates Risk Reduction sessions as well.  These sessions assist those who are infected with HIV/AIDS in reducing their risk of secondary infections.  Serenity also assist persons at risk of contracing the virus in reducing their risk factors.  Risk factors include multiple sex partners, homelessness and substance abuse. Having over 30 years of experience in the areas of outreach, treatment and prevention. The primary condition and barrier that has the most negative affect upon this population is the limited or lack of access to information to get their needs met and restore some dignity in their lives. 
Services include: Risk Reduction information provided to Riverside Regional Jail - Prince George, Va.; Petersburg Jail Annex - Petersburg, Va.; Pathways Youth Build - Petersburg, Va.; Salvation Army Men's Shelter - Petersburg, Va.; CARES Women's Shelter - Petersburg, Va.; Substance Abuse support groups; HIV/AIDS comprehensive services; ;  intakes and/or referrals.  The agency distributes education and prevention materials at more than 20 fixed sites throughout the community, and consults on HIV issues.   

Support Services include individual and group counseling, emergency rent/utility assistance, a food pantry and home-delivered meals, emergency housing, transportation, practical support with daily tasks and assistance with medication. Clients include African Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics; gay and heterosexual men and women; teenagers, adolescents and adults ranging from adolescence to sixty years of age.

CEO Statement
Serenity is a place where people living with HIV/AIDS can come and be free of stigmas. A place where people can talk open and relaxed regarding the virus and how it impacts their lives. There are two days set aside where people who are HIV/AIDS positive can spend the day receiving support services through groups, one-on-one support, connecting to needed resources in the community, social interaction, watching movies, trips in the community, access to the internet, laughing, crying, sharing and just being themselves.  As I think of some of the situations of some of the persons involved in Serenity, it is overwhelming.  One young lady contracted the virus at age 15 and has been back and forth in the hospital for depression/anger outbursts and other destructive life behaviors.  We met her in the local hospital in late 2008. She continues to be a part of Serenity and has become a peer advocate for others. In the past, some of the same people were in and out of the hospital, dealing with depression, living on the streets, "sneeking and hiding" from others as well as trying to hide from themselves - now they feel liberated. Our Risk Reduction sessions are vital to the prevention of HIV.  Serenity facilitates the sessions in jails, shelters, youth facilities, churches and other small groups in the community.  To discuss how the transmission occurs simply amazes our youth.  It affords us the opportunity to dispell myths regarding HIV/AIDS.
 
Our Bridging Our Communities Service Providers group is extremely resourceful for our clients.  It is a coming together of service providers to share resources to better serve our target populations.  
Board Chair Statement I got involved with Serenity because of its basic purpose:  to help those in need.  Whether a youth or an adult, a client or a family member, Serenity will be there to assist you.  Since we are our brothers and sisters keeper, I was compelled to give my assistance in any way I could.  As chairman of Serenity, I count it an honor and a privilege to serve.   

 Joe L Satterwhite, Jr.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Tri-cities Region
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Colonial Heights, City
Chesterfield County
Dinwiddie County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Our target population contacts us from outside the Tri-cities area. Serenity connects individuals to needed services in their area. Presently, our services are more concentrated in Petersburg, Hopewell and the immediate areas around those cities.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Angel Allen
Company Affiliation WalMart
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Email myangel365@yahoo.com
Board CoChair
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Angel Allen Wal-Mart
Roger Pollard Retired
Mr. Harry Samuels Community Volunteer
Joe Satterwhite Northrop Grumman
June Twyman Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Coretha Claiborne CSS and Associates, LLC
Herman Crockett Jr.Faith and Hope Temple
Dr. Willis Madden Retired
Samuel Mitchell Community Volunteer
Comments
With the growth in staff and operations, the agency has expanded its planning, decision-making and communications infrastructure. All staff meetings are held bimonthly, with alternate meetings focused on continuing education and staff training.
A major focus for 2011-2012 is improving clients' health needs and self-care along with a reduction in the number of clients who drop out of or otherwise interrupt their services' care from one year to the next.
The Board-approved job description for members outlines responsibilities in four areas: strategic program oversight, funding (both direct giving and fundraising), fiscal oversight, and community representation. The Board also recruits members, on an ongoing basis, who possess these skills.  The Board also strives to ensure that the Board remains demographically representative of its various constituencies. Along with Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest provisions, these constitute a very detailed set of applied selection criteria.
Serenity's Advisory Council's primary purpose is to strengthen community relations by serving as agency “ambassadors” within the business, social and professional communities of the area we serve, along with offering strategic input into donor communications and donor appreciation activities and events.
Our Strategic Plan is presently developed each year and reviewed quarterly during the Board of Directors meeting. This plan includes the agencies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Rosa Johnson-Tuma
Experience Since my involvement with Serenity, I have found my experiences to be fulfilling.  I have seen changes in people lives.  I have been with people who were recently released from incarceration or hospitalization and we have walked with them to stability in  housing, uniting with families, gaining employment and other support services in the community.  I have also felt the pain and confusion of some of our clients and we were able to work through those dark places in people lives.  Even though Serenity is viewed as a small community based organization, how we impact people lives is anything but small.  The board and staff have the gratitude of knowing we have enabled peace and harmony to some people who have never known it.  
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Rosa Johnson-Tuma
Term Start June 2004
Email serenity9977@yahoo.com
Experience    
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Serenity has been providing risk reduction sessions in Riverside Regional Jail since September 2005. These sessions include HIV/AIDS/STD education as well as discussion on community resources available to inmates. We also provide similar sessions at Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing, Petersburg Jail Annex, Pathways, Salvation Army Men's Shelter and CARES Women's Shelter. We serve over 30 support agencies through our Bridging our Communities service  providers project; those providers include: Alamo Recovery House, District 19 Community Service Board, Boys and Girls Club of Hopewell, Va., Crater Community Hospice, Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing, John Randolph Medical Center, Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg Health Care Alliance, Petersburg Social Services, Pregnancy Support Center, Petersburg Community Corrections and other service providers.  Bridging our Communities is our service providers group, which meets quarterly.  It is a forum where service providers meet each other and become familiar with the services each agency provides.  When services are requested for the various target populations we serve, we find it smoother to connect to needed services.
Programs
Description Our partnerships are essential in providing services to the populations we serve.Often times the populations Serenity serves are faced with multiple challenges.  Having an on-going relationship with our partners in the community greatly lessens the barriers one often times encounters without a relationship with the agency from which you are requesting services for your clients.  As a result of our sturdy relationships in the community, Serenity established Bridging our Community, which has been in existence for several years.Bridging our Community is comprised of services providers in the community. Each quarter this group meets to exchange and discuss how we can enhance the services we provide to the populations we serve.
Description Serenity's primary population are those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Services include assistance, through collaborative efforts, for housing, food, long term case management, medical care, medication management, transportation and many other services deemed necessary. As part of this support network, Serenity also provides support services to persons who are recovering from substance abuse addiction. Through an array of support services, we hope to increase our clients' knowledge base and decrease their risk factors. 
Description Serenity presently provides Risk Reduction sessions to individuals at high risk of contracting the HIV virus, as well as persons currently infected.  Serenity provides regular sessions each month. This format allows us to measure an increase of knowledge and decrease in reported behaviors that put them at risk for contracting the virus. Serenity provides sessions to inmates at Riverside Region Jail, the Salvation Army Shelter and in-house support groups.
Description We are advocates for those who are not well enough or who lack the knowledge, skills or ability to obtain needed services. We had been working with a young man since the conception of Serenity, and he died. His wife had not yet been diagnosed with HIV.We were able to assist his wife with referrals for mental health counseling, as well as providing assistance with rent and food. She continues to be a part of the support services Serenity offers.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
One of the greatest challenges is meeting the multiple needs of the populations we serve.  People living with HIV/AIDS are faced with numerous stumbling blocks; HIV/AIDS often times compounds their situation.  The inability to secure services is a huge barrier.  Individuals often lack the knowledge base to access the services that may be available to them.  For many, especially those in rural areas, transportation is an issue. Other constraints include lack of housing; access to nutritional food; and emotional abuse from families and friends. Lack of commitment is another barrier for persons in reducing their risk factors.  Individuals need to be exposed to information continously.  Behavioral changes are achieved and maintained through constant exposure to a variety of support options.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $347,788.00
Projected Expenses $347,788.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$148,428$102,485$69,482
Administration Expense$31,653$34,564$7,130
Fundraising Expense$315$289--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.971.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%75%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,442$3,237$1,690
Current Assets$1,787$3,237$1,690
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$24,955$8,391$2,145
Total Net Assets($22,513)($5,154)($455)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.070.390.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments
Serenity has been compliant with all federal and state filings since it has been open. All fees are current and we remain in good standing with Internal Revenue Services Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2009, we begin using external certified public accountants to provide financial oversight over financial matters of Serenity.  The Board of Directors continue to receive regular balance and income/expense reports.  Budgets are prepared and approved by the Board of Directors.