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Sober Shuttle Inc.

 535 Ferry Street
 Everett, MA 02149
[P] (617) 270-0479
[F] (617) 917-8178
sobershuttle535.com
serenitynow@sobershuttle535.com
James Booker
INCORPORATED: 2017
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 82-1797716

LAST UPDATED: 09/19/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Sober Shuttle "Mission" is not to focus on the personal problems that bring individuals into treatment, but instead on the supports needed in order to sustain ongoing recovery.

Mission Statement

The Sober Shuttle "Mission" is not to focus on the personal problems that bring individuals into treatment, but instead on the supports needed in order to sustain ongoing recovery.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $6,000.00
Projected Expense $2,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The Sober Shuttle "Mission" is not to focus on the personal problems that bring individuals into treatment, but instead on the supports needed in order to sustain ongoing recovery.

Background Statement

The Sober Shuttle is a newly awarded 501(c)3 organization comprised of volunteers in recovery and concerned community members. In 2008 the Sober Shuttle was founded and operated as a volunteer entity solely supported by Founder/President James A. Booker and his wife Linda.  The Sober Shuttle began to service local communities with in-house 12-Step Commitments to neighboring hospitals and other treatment facilities. The intention of the Sober Shuttle upon entering recovery treatment programs was to instill the hope that one could achieve and sustain a good life beyond treatment. Sober Shuttle volunteers would offer our business cards to the meeting attendees and would write their personal contact information on the back of those cards upon request. The purpose of sharing personal contact information was to allow the recipient the opportunity to build a recovery foundation while they were still in a safe environment.

In May of 2017 the Sober Shuttle applied for non-profit status with the State of Massachusetts and is known today as Sober Shuttle Inc.  On May 14, 2018 the Sober Shuttle Inc. received a 501(c)3 from the IRS. As members in recovery it is our experience that individuals who are offered and exposed to immediate transport to a treatment facility generally feel better about their decision to seek treatment. The Sober Shuttle mission is not to focus on the personal problems that bring individuals into treatment, but instead on the supports needed in order to sustain ongoing recovery.

At these commitments the Sober Shuttle would announce that they will provide cost-free transportation to any client that chooses to continue in a recovery program. Included with this offering was the attainment of clothes and food for those who had lost everything as a consequence of their poor choices and active addiction. This process began to work and individuals began to call for both food and clothes, as well as rides to their next recovery program. Without a doubt the hope instilled by the Sober Shuttle volunteers resonated deep within the individual and a strong client base was formed. This was all made possible through the unselfish gestures of brotherhood and care for our fellow man.

The Sober Shuttle Inc. offers cost-free transportation throughout the State of Massachusetts with the majority of these rides originating in the Boston area and north of Boston as far as the New Hampshire border. The Sober Shuttle has partnered with many local District and Drug Courts including Boston, Malden, Medford, Lynn, Chelsea, and even the Middlesex Sherriff’s Department. The Sober Shuttle Inc. has transported individuals as far as Plymouth High Point, New Bedford Reflections, Spectrum of Westboro, Passages of Worcester, Baldpate of Georgetown, and Gosnold of Falmouth.

 
Here at the Sober Shuttle we would like nothing more than to continue to help those in need.  We predict a larger volume of individuals entering and sustaining recovery as our services become fluent throughout the State of Massachusetts.  We would like the support of the Giving Common as we prepare for greater involvement within the communities in which we serve.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1)  The Sober Shuttle has partnered with the District Drug Courts of Boston, Malden, Lynn, Chelsea, Plymouth and Worcester as well as the Middlesex Sheriff's Office
2)  The Sober Shuttle is an active member of the Roadmap to Recovery Outreach Initiative in Everett.
3)  The Sober Shuttle has received over 1,000 telephone calls for service information and to schedule services in the first year of operation
4)  The Sober Shuttle has transported over 90 individuals seeking assistance and has transported personal belongings for 41 individual in the first year of operation.
5) The Sober Shuttle was honored by the Everett Chamber Of Commerce and Everett Community Health for its' support to the business community against substance addictions and the Opioid Epidemic
 

Goals and Outcome:

Major goals:
1) to increase the number of transports from the street to hospitals and urgent care
2) to increase partnerships within all communities
3) to gain a grant to purchase organization vehicle
4) to open an outreach clinic
 
The Sober Shuttle anticipates the following outcomes:
1) Increased number of individuals entering treatment
2) Increased partnerships with further awareness of our services
3) Sustained recovery for those using our services

Needs Statement

There is an extreme and immediate need for individuals seeking treatment to have the opportunity to reach their destination once a treatment bed has been procured. By partnering with concerned organizations and community-based affiliates the Sober Shuttle can provide the safe and professional transportation so desperately needed. Through our services individuals gain support, families begin to heal, businesses continue to thrive, and communities remain safe.

As overdose deaths continue to rise these supports become even more relevant for individuals, families, businesses, and the communities in which we reside. On May 16 the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released that “among the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with over 20,000 overdose deaths.” Opioid deaths have increased from 5,000 in 2014 to that astonishing unnecessary lost of life recorded for 2016.

Transportation and the lack of funds to procure transportation is a major deterrent for those individuals attempting to attain necessary substance use prevention and/or interventions. Research shows that treatment can be effective, but there are barriers to treatment that keep many low-income people from accessing the services they need. One such barrier is the “transportation barrier” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/201508/the-transportation-barrier/399728.

In this article written by Imran Cronk from The Atlantic it is understood that transportation is a particular problem for people who struggle with addiction because even when they do have a license/their own vehicle, it may not be safe for them to drive. One very practical way to overcome this barrier is to provide safe and professional transportation. The Sober Shuttle provides safe and professional transportation.


CEO Statement

The Sober Shuttle Inc is proud to offer cost-free services to individuals, families, and treatment facilities that are not found with any other organization.  Mind you there are some treatment facilities such as Adcare of Worcester who transport their own clients, but what about the individual on the street wanting to detox, the individual at a detox who wants to continue his/her journey in recovery but has no ride, and most of all how about the judicial system and the inmates who have the opportunity to remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs as they are either being paroled, completing drug court, or finishing up a bid?  The Sober Shuttle partners with all drug courts to ensure that these individuals have that opportunity to continue in recovery which is also a component to happier families, more secure businesses, and safer communities.
 
The Sober Shuttle would like to continue their services that help so many, but this can only be done through financial partnerships of support.  Would you please be a partner in our efforts to save individual lives, restore families, help businesses thrive, and keep communities safe?
 
James A. Booker - Founder/President 

Board Chair Statement

It is with great honor that I have the opportunity to partner with individuals, families, businesses, and communities in the name of recovery.  The Sober Shuttle volunteers engage in proactive recovery processes that allow individuals the opportunity to enter recovery via stress-free transitions.  Our services allow families the opportunity to heal, businesses the opportunity to thrive, and communities the opportunity to remain safe.  Supporting recovery is a responsibility the Sober Shuttle takes very seriously and stands committed.
 
However challenges do exist and will always exist.  With an open mind we philosophize that if there were no challenges then there would probably be no need for the services.  The Sober Shuttle is aware that those who struggle in and out of recovery, displace themselves from and then reenter the family structure, and present with the absence of personal social presence remains skeptic about his/her own ability to escape the bondage of addiction.
 
The Sober Shuttle helps individuals procure a recovery foundation through support and trust.  When considering first responder's in addiction one would entertain the Police Department, Fire Department, First Alert Medical Teams, and the Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Units.  However, who do these individuals have to turn to as first responder's in recovery?  Let us not take anything away from the detox and withdrawal process, but let's also remember that this is not the end.  One must begin to recover and learn how to live life on life's terms.  This is where the Sober Shuttle shines in the light of an eye through the lifelong commitment to others.  Will you please help us continue our mission?
Sober Shuttle Inc.  --  The "CLEAN" Machine  --  We are here to Help!
James A. Booker - Founder/President
 
 

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
The Sober Shuttle is proud to service all communities located throughout Massachusetts.  Although based centrally located to the Boston area the Sober Shuttle has serviced communities from as far as Cape Cod and Worcester, to New Bedford and Topsfield.

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Human Services - Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI)

The Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI) was established for the purpose of education of the services offered by the Sober Shuttle Inc. This initiative is expected to begin on July 1, 2018 with no established date of completion.

The RTAI is intended to assist with issues of substance abuse including the Opioid Epidemic by providing information on how Sober Shuttle services could help contribute to sustained recovery. Information will be shared through telemarketing services, mailers, and store front information stations. In addition the Sober Shuttle will seek out outreach programs and conventions to share their services.

Funds attained through donation and grants will be utilized for brochures, business cards, mailers, postage, and other office supplies needed to print materials. In addition a clerk’s hourly rate of $14.00 an hour at 20 hours per week will be considered.

Budget  $18,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education Policy Programs
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Homeless Families
Program Short-Term Success  The Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI) will be deemed a success at a short term level when partnerships are confirmed that allow for the understanding of all cost-free services that are available.  Short term success of this initiative will be discussed and evaluated by board members at each monthly board meeting.  Readily available transportation to treatment facilities has always been a barrier for success.  Many addicted individuals have to make a hard decision when they are ready to enter treatment.  With this being said it is of the utmost importance to make sure a ride is on standby.  The Sober Shuttle offers 24/7 transportation services averaging100 calls and 15 transports per month.  A short term success would be considered when these numbers had doubled to 200 calls per month and 30 transports per month.
Program Long-Term Success  The Recovery Transport Awareness Initiate (RTAI) will be deemed a success at a long term level when Sober Shuttle services are commonplace to all recovery treatment facilities.  In order for this to happen treatment facilities must be made fully aware of our services and are then able to educate their clients and support our initiative.
Program Success Monitored By  The success of the Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI) will be monitored weekly by the Sober Shuttle Clerk and a monthly report offered to the Board at the monthly Board of Directors meeting.  It will be at the Board Meeting that changes will be introduced if needed.
Examples of Program Success  Presently this is a new initiative expected to begin on July 1, 2018

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Sober Shuttle Inc needs assistance in obtaining operational funds, a permanent vehicle, and an outreach office.  However, it is extremely important for us to have the immediate opportunity to let our services be known throughout all communities.  Addiction does not discriminate and it effects and attacks individuals, families, business, and all communities.  Whether the consequences of active addiction are seen or unseen, felt or not felt it is a real dilemma.  The Sober Shuttle ambition is to work with and educate all people with the understanding that comfort and support can be achieved and is readily available.  The knowledge that addiction can be addressed with proactive services starting with harm reduction and ending with total abstinence is a reassurance that substance abuse recovery is possible.  The Sober Shuttle has the support from all 12-Step Self-Help Programs, but it is those who do not identify with the real issues of addiction that must be reached.  The Sober Shuttle has initiated the Recovery Transportation Awareness Initiative to let our communities know that assistance is a phone call away.  Assistance from the Giving Common will ensure these individuals are aware of our services!

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. James Anthony Booker
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO Email serenitynow@sobershuttle535.com
CEO Experience The President of the Sober Shuttle has 42 years of experience in the field of addictions.  He is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and is a Program Director in the field of Mental Health.  James has also worked at East Boston Rehabilitation, and has volunteered at the Kingston House in Boston.  James has a Bachelors in Psychology from Stonehill College and a Masters in Human Services from Walden University.  James has been doing volunteer work as the Founder of the Sober Shuttle since 2008.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. James Anthony Booker President --
Mrs. Linda A Booker Treasurer/Clerk --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Working Together to Address the Opioid Epidemic Everett Chamber of Commerce and the Community Health Partnership 2018

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Partnerships include but are not limited to the Malden Drug Court, Lynn Drug Court, Middlesex Sherrif's Office, Everett Roadmap to Recovery Outreach Program, Everett Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army of Saugus, Salvation Army of Cambridge, and Baldpate of Georgetown

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As the president of the Sober Shuttle I work hard along with all members to incorporate new partnerships in an effort to sustain both program longevity and success.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 18
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

Property in Transit and Off Premises

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. James Anthony Booker
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term May 2017 - Apr 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Leslie Bodvar Assistant Clerk Voting
Mr. James A Booker President Voting
Mrs. Linda A Booker Treasurer/Clerk Voting
Mr. Francis Burnett Director Voting
Mrs. Theresa Cimino Director Voting
Ms. Christine McLellan Director 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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

Presently the only board utilized is the Board of Directors.  If and when there is a need to consider other boards such as mentioned above the Board of Directors will meet to determine further possibilities.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $6,000.00
Projected Expense $2,000.00
Form 990s

2018 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Total Revenue $6,550 -- --
Total Expenses $4,632 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,426 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $1,124 -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Program Expense $1,474 -- --
Administration Expense $2,300 -- --
Fundraising Expense $0 -- --
Payments to Affiliates $858 -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.41 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 32% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Total Assets $0 -- --
Current Assets $0 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $0 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
1st (Source and Amount) Sabatino Insurance $1,500.00
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-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) Dr. John Kelly $1,000.00
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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 No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose The purpose of a Capital Campaign is to procure a company vehicle and to establish a facility to be used as an outreach service center.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2019 - Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $500.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets nan% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in May 2018. As such, one full year of financial data is posted above, per the nonprofit. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Goals of the Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative is to increase the number of transports from the street to hospitals and urgent care, from detox to holdings and transitions, and from transitions to halfway and sober houses. The Sober Shuttle anticipates the following outcomes:

1) Increased number of individuals entering treatment

2) Increased partnerships with further awareness of our services

3) Sustained recovery for those using our services

The Sober Shuttle will continue to promote services with brochures through the mail system, walk-ins to local businesses, speaking engagements at hospitals, shelters, and detox, and through political advocacy beginning of our fiscal year January 1, 2019. Please know that all members of the Sober Shuttle are in recovery from their own personal afflictions which allows for clear and precise identification of client needs and issues with professional and life experience support. An Open Door Grant would benefit many in need including families, businesses, and our communities.

It is considered that a successful program would decrease the need and the costs for addiction prevention and interventions.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The strategy is best explained in the RTAI description.

The Recovery Transport Awareness Initiative (RTAI) was established for the purpose of education of the services offered by the Sober Shuttle Inc. This initiative began on July 1, 2018, but is scheduled to be recognized and publicised starting January 1, 2019 at the start of the fiscal year.

The RTAI is intended to assist with issues of substance abuse including the Opioid Epidemic by providing information on how Sober Shuttle services could help contribute to sustained recovery. Information will be shared through telemarketing services, mailers, and store front information stations. In addition the Sober Shuttle will utilize outreach programs and conventions to share their services.

Funds attained through donation and grants will be utilized for brochures, business cards, mailers, postage, and other office supplies needed to print materials. In addition a clerk’s hourly rate of $14.00 an hour at 20 hours per week will be considered.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Sober Shuttle is the only non-cost to consumer transportation company for those wishing to recover from alcoholism, substance abuse, and the Opioid Epidemic.  There are some treatment facilities that pick up and drop off their own clients, but the Sober Shuttle goes beyond these services.  The Sober Shuttle partners with all treatment facilities, and services all drug courts and sheriff's departments.  The Sober Shuttle has 18 volunteers on register and utilizes others when in need.  The Sober Shuttle has 24/7 phone service and is available when needed.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

This Project will be evaluated each quarter by the Sober Shuttle Board of Directors. Sober Shuttle quarterly board meetings are held in June, September, December and March of each fiscal year. To be determined as successful the Sober Shuttle must sustain a workable balance of all debits and assets in agreement with the requirements and disbursement of awarded funds.

Data collection of all funds and financial balances will be documented on physical spreadsheets and also on computer flash drives to ensure safety and security. Monthly balance checks will be conducted by 2 directors with one being the treasurer, and then finalized by the President in a timely and efficient manner.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

The Sober Shuttle has tripled its' volume of telephone requests and more than doubled transports.  However, there are still those who have not had the opportunity to continue their recovery because transportation was not available.  The Sober Shuttle has increased communication and partnerships with recovery treatment programs through telephone representation and mailers.  The Sober Shuttle has also partnered with area District Courts and has successfully transported over 60 clients to their next recovery destination.