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Lynn Shelter Association Inc.

 91 Liberty Street
 Lynn , MA 01901
[P] (781) 5810739 x 1
[F] (781) 5816380
www.lsahome.org
[email protected]
Mark Evans
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INCORPORATED: 1986
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 22-2603594

LAST UPDATED: 12/11/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Lynn Shelter Association (LSA) believes every person deserves a place to call home. Our mission is to work alongside individuals and families to create a supportive environment-- by listening and building relationships-- empowering them to define and pursue their goals. We provide shelter, supportive services, housings solutions and access to a continuum of community supports to individuals and families at risk for and experiencing homelessness. We serve over 1,000 individuals and families each year, including parenting youth (young adults ages 18-24 with children), children birth to 17, veterans, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and the chronically homeless.

Mission Statement

The Lynn Shelter Association (LSA) believes every person deserves a place to call home. Our mission is to work alongside individuals and families to create a supportive environment-- by listening and building relationships-- empowering them to define and pursue their goals. We provide shelter, supportive services, housings solutions and access to a continuum of community supports to individuals and families at risk for and experiencing homelessness. We serve over 1,000 individuals and families each year, including parenting youth (young adults ages 18-24 with children), children birth to 17, veterans, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and the chronically homeless.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $3,676,354.00
Projected Expense $3,695,093.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Day Enrichment Center/Programming

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The Lynn Shelter Association (LSA) believes every person deserves a place to call home. Our mission is to work alongside individuals and families to create a supportive environment-- by listening and building relationships-- empowering them to define and pursue their goals. We provide shelter, supportive services, housings solutions and access to a continuum of community supports to individuals and families at risk for and experiencing homelessness. We serve over 1,000 individuals and families each year, including parenting youth (young adults ages 18-24 with children), children birth to 17, veterans, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and the chronically homeless.


Background Statement

LSA was founded in 1986 with the establishment of the city’s first adult emergency shelter in the basement of a local church as a way to address and serve the homeless who had begun to congregate on the streets of Lynn in the mid-1980s. Initially run with volunteers and very few professional staff, the shelter soon proved to be an invaluable resource as the homeless population continued to grow as a result of shifts in large-scale political and economic forces, including a move towards de-institutionalization, declining personal incomes and deep cuts in welfare programs.

In response to the growing number of homeless families in Lynn, LSA added its first family shelter in 1989, now providing shelter to 64 families in three different family shelters. Shortly thereafter, we recognized that it was inherent upon the organization to not just provide shelter but also permanent housing solutions and additional supportive services were added to address the full spectrum of challenges our clients, guests and residents face (including Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness, programs for those living with HIV/AIDS, veterans housing and more). Every day, we commit ourselves to stay on the cutting edge, providing compassionate and impactful services that incorporate evidence-based, best practices, and innovative collaborations to serve the homeless of greater Lynn. 


Impact Statement

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Most recently, we have strategically focused on ensuring that our finances are stable and that our funding streams are diverse. We have also recently invested in a development consultant who is working with us to build the foundation of an effective and efficient development shop. This reflects our acknowledgement that we have been overly reliant on government funding, making us vulnerable to budget cuts and changes in public funding priorities. We have also recently expanded our case management services to serve individuals and families who are not staying in our housing or shelters. For the homeless who are living in encampments in Lynn,, we use an outreach strategy that engages them at a level they are comfortable with and allows us to connect them to additional resources. 

Each year we serve over 1,000 individuals – men, women and children struggling to find a place to call home.

GOALS:

- Strategic Plan: Engage the board and staff in a comprehensive strategic planning process that will guide our growth and development over the next three years (ongoing in 2017).

- Diversify funding streams: Finalize a Development Plan that will guide fundraising processes and actions that will result in LSA's securing additional individual, foundation and corporate funding partners so that we are less dependent on cycles of public funding and defunding (in progress).

- Reopen a multi-service day program to ensure that our shelter guests have a safe place to be during the day and can access additional supports that lead to their achieving self-sufficiency (ongoing in 2017). 

- Increase the hourly wages of our direct care staff to reflect their level of responsibility and commitment and bring their pay in line with market rates (in progress).

- Invest in new, evidence-based, innovative training for our staff including Housing First, Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care (done in 2017).

- Reduce the amount of time that our families live in shelters by increasing the number of placements into permanent housing.


Needs Statement

- $170,000/year: One of the most pressing needs at LSA is to establish a Day Enrichment Center/Programming for our shelter guests. In 2013, our day program was defunded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development after their funding priorities shifted away from service programs. This has had a massive impact in that our guests now have limited options for where to spend their time during the day and have lost access to key services that support their journey towards independence and self-sufficiency. Today, we are designing and implementing a Day Enrichment Center and Program that will provide our clients with both proven, best-practice approaches to address their challenges as well as new and innovative approaches.

- $40,000: Our shelter is currently in a rented space in the basement of a public building in downtown Lynn. We hope to undertake a planning analysis to determine whether this space is appropriate for our needs or if there are other options we should consider.

- $25,000. In order to transport our guests to enrichment activities, partner agencies and other activities and supports, we require a 12-passenger van. 

- $65,000. For the creation of a new Housing Specialist position. Our family shelters are bottle necked with guests who are not able to find affordable apartments. Additional staff to support families in finding affordable housing would allow us to reduce the amount of time our families spend in shelter.

- $120,000. We seek to raise the hourly rates of our direct care staff to bring them more in line with market rates and acknowledge their level of responsibility.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
Our agency is based in Lynn Massachusetts but serves individuals and families from all parts of the state.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Housing & Shelter NEC
  2. Human Services -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Day Enrichment Center/Programming

Our vision is to develop a vibrant, cutting edge Day Enrichment Center and Programming that will provide positive, targeted wrap-around supports and opportunities for our homeless clients to engage in a variety of productive, life-affirming and health promoting activities during the daytime hours. We will offer a variety of groups focused on addressing physical and mental health, including stress-reduction, substance-abuse disorders, nutrition, anger management, etc. as well as programming designed to provide our clients with the knowledge and skills to succeed in achieving self-sufficiency (GED/ESL classes, debt reduction, budgeting, etc.) Programs include accepted best-practices for serving those experiencing homelessness as well as new and innovative programs and services. Referrals for preventative healthcare, dental and behavioral health will further connect them to the support they need and ultimately see them successfully placed in permanent/stable housing.
Budget  178,541
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Participants who engage in a variety of enrichment activities designed to increase their well-being - offered within a safe and healthy space at the Lynn Shelter Association increase their knowledge and skills in areas related to stability and self-sufficiency (housing, health, financial/economic empowerment, parenting and healthy families, stress reduction, etc.). As they demonstrate knowledge in these areas as shown in evaluative tools, then they are more likely to successfully engage with community supports and access critical services leading to placement in permanent housing.
Program Long-Term Success  The Day Enrichment Center/Programming supports the successful placement and retention of homeless clients into permanent housing (1 year+) where they are more likely to be healthy, self-sufficient, empowered community members.
Program Success Monitored By  Evaluative tools include pre- and post-surveys designed to gauge the impact of enrichment programming; case managers notes and tracking in regards to change in behavior and attitudes, and Efforts to Outcomes database to track other variables. We also track individual participation in the variety of activities and programs offered, including hours of participation, type of programming, and specific metrics identified with particular programming.
Examples of Program Success  This is a new program. We anticipate compiling a final report for this program in the fall/winter of 2018.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Methven Evans
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Director of Individual Services, (November 2015-July 2016), Heading Home Inc, Charlestown MA

Clinic Director, (December 2013-November 2015), Lahey Behavioral Health Services, Beverly, MA

Director of Client Services, (January 2009-September 2013), Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., Boston, MA

Clinical Director, (May 2003-January 2009), Wayside Youth and Family, Framingham, MA

President, (September 2002 – March 2013, part-time) Strategies for Prevention, Inc., Framingham, MA

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Tom Lorello Director of Clinical Operations and Staff Training --
Ms. Barbara Renda Chief Financial Officer --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 46
Number of Part Time Staff 31
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 98%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 26
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 27
Hispanic/Latino: 18
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 5
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 53
Male: 24
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mike Tarmey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bay Ridge Mental Health Services
Board Chair Term Aug 2017 - Aug 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lizete Alcalai Keller Williams Voting
Mr. Mike Anderson General Electric Voting
Ms. Terry Blade General Electric Voting
Ms. Karen Bowden Craneware Voting
Ms. Alison Brookes MGH Voting
Mr. Walter Guptil General Electric Voting
Ms. Lazara Lugo Soothe Boston Voting
Mr. Frank Nitkiewicz Federal Home Loan Bank Voting
Ms. Dayle Persons Salem State College Voting
Mr. Craig Sutherland Craigmark Realty Voting
Mr. Mike Tarmey Lahey Behavioral Health Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $3,676,354.00
Projected Expense $3,695,093.00
Form 990s

2016 2016 990 LSA

2015 2015 990 LSA

2014 2014 990 LSA

2013 2013 990 LSA

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $4,736,335 $3,322,709 $2,735,291
Total Expenses $4,423,585 $3,244,862 $2,653,194

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 -- $0
Individual Contributions $235,479 $124,753 $109,160
Indirect Public Support $0 $15,888 $11,234
Earned Revenue $4,488,657 $3,169,399 $2,583,730
Investment Income, Net of Losses $159 $135 $42
Membership Dues $0 -- $0
Special Events $12,040 $7,507 $26,833
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $0 $5,027 $4,292

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $3,912,504 $2,963,632 $2,392,095
Administration Expense $481,925 $280,799 $259,454
Fundraising Expense $29,156 $431 $1,645
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 1.02 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 91% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,166,256 $791,103 $653,865
Current Assets $885,723 $519,279 $418,982
Long-Term Liabilities $155,269 $165,623 $153,693
Current Liabilities $425,102 $376,695 $369,445
Total Net Assets $585,885 $248,785 $130,727

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 0.25

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.08 1.38 1.13

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 13% 21% 24%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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