Daystar Life Center Inc

People Helping People Since 1982

aka Daystar Life Center   |   St. Petersburg, FL   |  www.daystarlife.com

Mission

We fight hunger, poverty, and hopelessness by providing the necessities of life. We engage, educate, and empower by promoting the value of nutrition, good health, and financial literacy.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Jane Trocheck Walker

Main address

P.O. Box 35009

St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA

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EIN

65-0523539

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Urban, Community (S31)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We fight hunger, poverty, and hopelessness by providing the necessities of life. We engage, educate, and empower by promoting the value of nutrition, good health, and financial literacy. Food availability is more than having monetary access; it is about transportation to get the food, adequate housing and utilities to safely prepare the food, and dealing with a fragile budget that can collapse with one small emergency. Daystar's mission rests on the belief that an individual is most healthy when he or she is as self-sufficient as possible, and that a community is most healthy when the self-sufficiency of the population is maximized.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Basic Needs Assistance

Daystar Life Center provides the following goods and services to our neighbors in need in Pinellas County, FL:

Client-choice food pantry, including fresh organic produce from our garden
USDA food distribution
Holiday food baskets
Client-choice clothing closet
Personal hygiene and household products
Rent assistance
Electric, water and natural gas utility assistance
Financial assistance to obtain birth certificates & Florida IDs
Local transportation - gasoline vouchers andTransportation-Disadvantaged bus passes
Traveler's Aid
Secure mail services
Access to computers and phones
Assistance with medication and co-pays
Homelessness prevention services
Information and referrals for other services

Daystar serves on average 100 clients a day, with clients usually receiving more than one service per visit. All services are provided by trained volunteers, allowing Daystar to maintain a small paid staff and devote 95% of our revenue to program services.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

The program addresses client needs that are more long-term than emergency services. Through collaboration with other community agencies, clients are assisted with housing, job training, parenting, and money management skills. Clients create their own goals leading towards self-sufficiency with the support of their assigned Daystar resource advocate.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The IRS trains VITA volunteers to provide free income tax preparation for taxpayers with a modest income, disabilities, or the elderly as an alternative to services that charge exorbitant fees. Daystar Life Center has been a year-round VITA facility since 2014, preparing and electronically submitting over 450 returns every year and returning more than $500,000 to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating 2018

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating 2019

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating 2020

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger 2022

Florida Prosperity Partnership 2022

Suncoast United Way Financial Stability Partnership 2022

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Financial assistance with rent and essential utilities to prevent unsafe living conditions, eviction, and homelessness.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Veterans

Related Program

Basic Needs Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Safe, affordable housing is a basic human need. Providing emergency assistance with overdue rent or utilities can keep a family in their home and stabilize their situation.

Value of purchased and donated food provided to the community.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Basic Needs Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nutritious food is necessary for subsistence, good health, and the ability to perform well at work and in school. Daystar serves clients who need to supplement their SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Basic Needs Assistance

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Daystar, performing key functions with skill and compassion so that we can have a small paid staff and devote 95% of our income to client services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) To provide compassionate assistance to those in need of basic life necessities in times of emergency.

2) To provide support to move people toward stability and self-sufficiency.

3) To identify and secure resources to meet current community needs and ensure our ability to meet future needs.

4) To engage volunteers of all ages and skills in service to our community's poor and needy.

5) To raise awareness in the community of economic hardships and daily struggles of those with limited resources, our ALICE population.

6) To advocate for systemic changes to policies that impede individuals' ability to care for themselves.

7) To maintain a clean, welcoming facility that demonstrates respect for all those seeking Daystar's services.

1) Offering services that assist in obtaining employment; stabilizing housing; meeting nutritional, health, and personal hygiene needs; meeting transportation needs, offering financial literacy information; and allowing clients to maintain critical contacts by mail, phone, and computer.

2) Actively recruiting, training, and retaining compassionate volunteers to offer services to our clients.

3) Listening to and understanding the circumstances of those who seek our assistance; we value the feedback we receive from those we serve.

4) Reaching out to individuals, the faith community, businesses, and other community groups for monetary and in-kind donations, and grant opportunities.

5) Reaching out to a wide range of audiences to understand the human impact of poverty in our community.

6) Raising the awareness of decision-makers of the negative impact of economic stress in our community by participation on committees, councils and task forces.

7) Partnering with other local nonprofits to address the community's needs.

1) The Executive Director is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience in providing human services in Pinellas County, Florida.

2) Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced in providing services to our clients.

3) Our volunteers are trained, compassionate, and committed to helping our clients.

4) Our Board members are from varied backgrounds and are actively involved in fundraising and sustaining the financial health of Daystar, monitoring program development and implementation, and representing Daystar in the community.

5) We receive financial support from individuals, foundations, community organizations; and city, county, and private grantors.

6) We receive a significant amount of donated food, clothing, and household goods from the community that supplements our financial resources.

7) We have offered services without interruption since 1982.

8) We have endowment funds that will provide an income stream into the future.

Accomplished: We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our community

Accomplished: We have optimized the use of our financial and in-kind resources to meet current needs.

Accomplished: Utilize the skills of a large dedicated corps of volunteers to perform many functions so that we can operate with minimal staff and devote 95% of our income to client services.

Accomplished: Receive funding from a diversity of individuals, businesses, community organizations, and grantors.

Accomplished: Increased our outreach with frequent social media posts and a monthly email newsletter to stakeholders.

What's Next: Develop additional community partnerships to strengthen our nutritional education and financial literacy programs.

What's Next: Actively recruit more corporate sponsorships.

What's Next: Transition to real-time technology for collecting and analyzing data.

What's Next: Recruit more volunteers, especially those with technology skills.

What's Next: Recruit a grant specialist to diversify and increase our grant revenue.

What's Next: Update the Daystar website.

What's Next: Issue an Annual Report at the end of every fiscal year.

Financials

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Operations

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Daystar Life Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Ghosh

Retired Senior Executive, AT&T/Lucent; Adjunct Professor, UTD

Term: 2021 - 2023

Fr. Damian Amantia

Pastor, St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

James Garrity

Financial Planner, LPL Financial

Kevin Milkey

Retired Insurance Executive

George Monlux, Jr., MD

Retired physician

Loretta Caldwell-Thompson

President, Caldwell Management Solutions

Sr. Marita Flynn

Franciscan Sisters of Allegany

Christine Larsen, MD

Recording Secretary & Retired physician

John Fox, MD

Practicing physician

Thomas Camphire

Treasurer

Jacquelyn Dawson, DDS

Corresponding Secretary & Retired dentist

Michael Menchen

Vice-President & Owner, EMWLaser

Carl Brody

Assistant Tampa City Attorney

Linda Lerner

Retired Pinellas County School Board President

Mary Anne Putman

Community Volunteer & proud military spouse

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.