Latisha's House Foundation
216 Patrick's Crossing
Williamsburg VA 23185
Mission Statement

The Latisha’s House Foundation has a unique place in our community. It provides a safe, residential home for young women who are victims of human sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Our overriding goal is to rescue these young survivors and restore their shattered lives to wholeness by providing:

  • Long term housing
  • Educational support
  • Assistance in recovery from substance abuse
  • Trauma based counseling
  • Medical intervention
  • Structure, guidance, life-skills and job training


In conjunction with more than 25 community partners, Latisha’s House is committed to increasing the opportunities for these young victims to holistically build new lives with dignity, purpose, value, independence and free choice.

Our second, but equally important, goal is to educate the public and our legislative leaders about the realities of human sex trafficking at all levels: local, state and national. (According to the F.B.I. this is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing crimes in our nation. It is NOT “victimless”. It is pervasive at every level.)

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Ameling
Board Chair Mr. Steve Hibbits
Board Chair Company Affiliation President of Cincinnati Savings and Loans- Retired
Contact Information
Address 216 Patrick's Crossing
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Telephone 757 741-2798
E-mail latishashouse@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $168,500.00
Projected Expenses $93,464.00
Statements
Mission

The Latisha’s House Foundation has a unique place in our community. It provides a safe, residential home for young women who are victims of human sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Our overriding goal is to rescue these young survivors and restore their shattered lives to wholeness by providing:

  • Long term housing
  • Educational support
  • Assistance in recovery from substance abuse
  • Trauma based counseling
  • Medical intervention
  • Structure, guidance, life-skills and job training


In conjunction with more than 25 community partners, Latisha’s House is committed to increasing the opportunities for these young victims to holistically build new lives with dignity, purpose, value, independence and free choice.

Our second, but equally important, goal is to educate the public and our legislative leaders about the realities of human sex trafficking at all levels: local, state and national. (According to the F.B.I. this is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing crimes in our nation. It is NOT “victimless”. It is pervasive at every level.)

Impact
Latisha's House prides itself on the impact that it has made in over 31 women's lives in the past four years.  In the last year we have witnessed women who have been trafficked as young as 12 years old start a new life.  These women have started to work through years of trauma associated with their victimization, they are developing new skills, volunteering in the community, are employed and many have advanced their education through acquiring their G.E.D. and attending college.
 
Latisha's House has awarded multiple scholarships through our scholarship fund to women who have attended community colleges, private and public universities.  One of our clients recently finally achieved her dream of going to culinary school to become a chief and has graduated on a full scholarship.
  
Latisha's House is a stake holder in Henrico county where we work closely with the Commonwealth Attorney and Victims Advocate, and the Northern Virginia Anti- sex trafficking taskforce. Latisha's House is a member of the York County Domestic Violence Taskforce and the James City County Alliance on Violence Against Women. Also- Latisha's House aided in creation of the William and Mary student led anti-sex trafficking taskforce. As of early 2017 we began a referral collaboration with the Laurel Shelter in Gloucester. Latisha's House recently trained the York and Poquoson Sherriff's Department. as well as presented to the York County Domestic Violence Task Force for the over riding concern of identification and best client practices. Latisha's House has also been asked to aide in creating police policy. Lastly- Latisha's House has built a collaboration with Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and partnered to help advocate for Virginia Legislation that prosecutes perpetrator and protects victims.
 Also, with our small beginnings as a nonprofit we have doubled our income in the period of a year. This past year at our 4th Annual Christmas Gala we doubled our contributions from the previous year. Latisha's House carries no debt and sustains itself with both monetary and in-kind contributions. 
Needs
 The pressing needs that are presented to Latisha's House continue in client care and general operations.  We provide many services onsite and with partnering organizations.
 
Latisha's House provides onsite tutoring services to prepare residents for G.E.D. certification, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and college/ trade school placement. Latisha's House also awards in-house scholarships to help clients with tuition costs. Currently- the education fund is $5000.00 per year awarded through a grant. Latisha's House would like to increase the fund by $10,000 per year.

We would like to expand our current program to include onsite substance abuse counseling. These services are currently offered through partnering organizations that are off-site; a $25,000 annual increase would meet the need of a part-time onsite substance abuse counselor.

Transportation costs are always a need. Currently, transportation cost are $12,180 which include gasoline, auto insurance and maintenance. An annual increase of $7,000 toward transportation would improve operational costs.

Latisha's House staff works on stipend and volunteer basis. It is our objective to pay our staff salaries commensurate with the current recommendations; a $ 35,000 annual increase would allow for salaries to meet those recommendations.

Latisha's House Administrative team offers their services on an in-kind basis to the mission. The in-kind gift is estimated to be $94,800, we would like to offer these employee's a salary; a $75,000 annual increase would meet that need..
 
Latisha's House client's are indigent upon arrival and Latisha's House provides 100% of resident psychiatric and medical and dental care until client's are gainfully employed.. The annual cost of this is approximately $57,000.00 per year. Latisha's House would like to expand funding to reduce long wait times for client's who need immediate psychiatric and medical and dental health care. 
Background

Latisha’s House Foundation is a nonprofit founded in March of 2013, after Elizabeth Ameling, our Executive Director and Founder encountered a young women on the streets of Chicago, IL.

The young women was 25 years old, HIV positive, had been raped and had been on the street since she was 12 years old. She had no identification, address, education or social security card. She and other ladies were forced to perform sexual acts in exchange for money and beaten or in danger of losing their lives if they did not. She had to depend on her trafficker for sustenance needs such as clothing, food or shelter.

Latisha described a life that was filled with fear, the threat of assaults, being hungry and forced to live a life that she did not want but did not know how to escape. Elizabeth and her team rescued Latisha and took her to a safe house where she was able to begin a successful new life. The idea for Latisha’s House began in Chicago and would become a reality in the Greater Hampton Roads area in 2013.


CEO Statement

Latisha’s House was a dream that has become a reality-- being one of eight houses in the United States that offers the “H.E.A.R.T model”—a trauma-informed counseling model developed at Regent University for trauma victims. With the comprehensive holistic programs offered at Latisha’s House we have seen lives change since we first opened doors in 2014 and said, “welcome to Latisha’s House.”

 

Ninety-six percent of all funds go directly to the residents’ programs. Your support feeds, clothes, transports, educates, provides much needed medical and dental care, and empowers sex trafficking victims to begin a new life and see a new positive future. Without your generosity—expressed through finances, in-kind contributions, and life skills that you share readily, none of this would be possible. 

 

Latisha’s House has relied strictly on funds from community groups, churches, and individuals, with no funding from government sources. 

 

Our residents are going to college, pursuing vocational education, or getting their GED. They are testifying against traffickers and cooperating fully with law enforcement—which is a scary thing to do—and taking their lives back. They are graduating from our programs to independent living and productive lives in our community.

 

You see, no little girl says, “When I grow up I want to be a prostitute”. At Latisha’s House your support gives our residents the ability to once again say, “When I grow up I want to be a sous chef, a financial advisor, a psychologist with a safe house, own my own business, and the list goes on.”

 

Thank You

 

Elizabeth Ameling

Changing one life at a time and changing the world for future generations.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Ettrick
Essex County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Richmond County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Statewide
National
Other
Westmoreland County
Latisha's House has served Henrico County, Richmond City, Chesterfield, Mathews County and Gloucester.  We also have served the greater Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth of Virginia at large. We serve nationally through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Hibbits
Company Affiliation President of Cincinnati Savings and Loans- Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Email mhibbits@cox.net
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Rev. Charles Mullay
Company Affiliation Associate Rector, St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Email chuckleith@cox.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jeffery Ameling President of Property Adjustments Inc.
Mrs Elizabeth Ameling Executive Director and Founder
Jeanne Forrest Certified Life Coach, Best Co-author "Chicken Soup for the Soul," Realtor
Mr. Steve Hibbits President of Cincinatti Savings and Loan- Retired
Mrs. Mary Anne Lemere Senior Counsel, Ferguson Enterprises
Rev Charles Mullay Associate Rector, St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Mrs. Leith Mullay Former Director of Nursing Coalition for the US Government
Mrs. Lillian Woolfolk Former James City County Librarian
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 98
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 7
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 8
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Ameling
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 1
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Memorandums of Understanding:
Dr. Alfonso Cardona Lopez, MD, Williamsburg Psychiatry 
Christine Bott Schmuker, M.A., L.P.C., Sunflower Services, LLC
Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Regent University/ Richmont Graduate University
Michael Edmonds, Executive Director- Center for Child & Family Services
Lackey Clinic
Marijane Harper Flower Therapist
Claire Duval, Yoga/ Dance Instructor
Monica Smith, Holistic Life Coach
Rebecca Bozora, MA, Clinical Mental  Health Counseling
Catherine Hatcher, MA Clinical Mental Health
Williamsburg House of Mercy
Albert Mitchum, Director of Internal Affairs
Bruton Parish Church
 Joan Peterson, Executive Director- Literacy For Life
Dr. S. William Berg, MD, MPH- Virginia Department of Health
David Coe, Executive Director, Colonial Behavioral Health
Micheal Feinmel, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Office of the Commonwealth Attorney for Henrico
Arleigh Hatcher, RN/ Owner- Heart to Heart Training Center
 Dr. Benjamin B. Keyes PH.D, Ed. D.- Professor/ Director Center for Trauma Studies, Regent University
Amber Salula, Assistant Vice President, Chesapeake Bank
Shannon Woloszynowski, Executive Director- Williamsburg House of Mercy 
Nancy Bolash, York County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
Rev. Tyler Montgomery, Bruton Parish Church Taskforce Lead- William and Mary Student Led Taskforce 
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $168,500.00
Projected Expenses $93,464.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$89,251$35,282--
Administration Expense$20,331$10,108--
Fundraising Expense$499$613--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.69--
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%77%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$57,090$75,988--
Current Assets$15,353$32,412--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,430$0--
Total Net Assets$55,660$75,988--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.74----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 2/2017View