La Amistad Foundation Inc.
8400 La Amistad Cove
Fern Park FL 32730-2900
Contact Information
Address 8400 La Amistad Cove
Fern Park, FL 32730 2900
Phone (407) 331-7226
Fax (407) 331-7291
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://www.laamistad.org
Lakewood Entrance
Lakewood Pool
Lakewood Art Gallery
Lakewood Pine House
Mission
Mission La Amistad Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults with chronic mental illness.  Our goal is to maintain a community in which these individuals have the opportunity to live with dignity and independence, as they pursue leisure activities, social relationships, and meaningful work.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jake Talley
Board Chair Mrs. Linda K. Rimmer-Zierold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, retired
History
IRS Ruling Year 1972
Former Names
NameYear
La Amistad, Inc.1970
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,914,898.00
Projected Expenses $2,914,898.00
Statements
Mission La Amistad Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults with chronic mental illness.  Our goal is to maintain a community in which these individuals have the opportunity to live with dignity and independence, as they pursue leisure activities, social relationships, and meaningful work.
Impact

In the late 80’s and early 90’s the psychiatric arena in the U.S. experienced a paradigm shift.   The expense of long-term care for individuals with mental illness became a burden that no one wanted to incur.   State institutions were closing and hundreds of thousands of people with mental illness became someone else’s problem.  Those who had families with the means and resources stepped up to help out; many others became homeless.  Now, insurance companies only cover short-term treatment and ceased paying for long-term care. Mental health facilities looked at the bottom line; almost all of them re-designed their businesses to offer only those programs that were reimbursable by insurance.  This created a “gap” for long term care.

The Board of Trustees of La Amistad Foundation started Lakewood Center in 1989 for the sole purpose of addressing this critical gap in coverage.  Today Lakewood Center is the only non-government funded, not-for-profit, long-term residential treatment facility for individuals with chronic mental illness in Central Florida.

Lakewood Center provides a secure, supportive environment in apartment homes for 50 individuals. The programs vary in degree of structure and supervision to meet the specific emotional, social and physical needs of the residents. Numerous activities, therapy groups and a work program are offered. The facility serves meals in its dining room and provides round-the-clock supervision. The 15-acre campus is on Lake of the Woods in Metro Orlando. 

If Lakewood Center ceased to exist, nearly 50 families would need to seek treatment for their loved ones outside the Central Florida community.  Due to the chronic nature of their illnesses, most of our residents cannot function in the community at large; some would likely become homeless.  

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness?
Needs

Mental illness, more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease, is the leading cause of disability in the US.  It affects more than 60 million Americans or nearly one in every five families.

Lakewood Center provides 25% of the beds currently available for long-term residential psychiatric treatment in the tri-county area.  In Central Florida, we are the only non-government funded, not-for-profit, long-term care facility for adults with chronic mental illness.  Insurance does not cover long-term care; we are a self-pay facility.  

Chronic mental illness is not curable so treatment lasts for a lifetime.  Some of our residents have lived at Lakewood for over 25 years.  The cost of their treatment becomes a heavy financial burden on their families and scholarships allow them to keep their loved ones in treatment at Lakewood Center.  We raise donations to fund our scholarship program, work program, and therapy and activities programs.
Background

Founded in 1970, La Amistad Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults with chronic mental illness.  La Amistad Foundation's goal is to maintain a community in which these individuals have the opportunity to live with dignity and independence as they pursue leisure activities, social relationships and meaningful work.

La Amistad Foundation does business as Lakewood Center, a long-term residential treatment facility for adults with chronic mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression and Spectrum disorders.  Lakewood is located on a peaceful 15-acre campus on Lake of the Woods.  The programs vary in degree of structure and supervision to meet the specific emotional, social and physical needs of our residents.  Numerous activities, therapy groups and a work program are offered.

 

Lakewood Center is licensed by the State of Florida Agency on Health Care Administration.

 

NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Primary Organization SubType Mental Health Treatment
Secondary Organization Type Health Care
Secondary Organiztion SubType Health Care NEC
Tertiary Organization Type Human Services
Tertiary Organization SubType Human Services NEC
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
Statewide
Nationwide

La Amistad Foundation, Inc. has a statewide and nationwide presence.   Our residents are from over 30 counties in Florida as well as Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The success of our program is attained when all residents in need of financial assistance are able to remain in treatment at Lakewood Center. Also, when we can continue to provide treatment and care in a safe and supportive environment that enhances the quality of life for our residents with chronic mental illness. 
Our goals for the next 3 years are to broaden our spectrum of programs available to our residents; engage in more community involvement and outreach; improve our collaboration with other non-profits in Central Florida; market ourselves more to the community; upgrade our IT infrastructure (security, email, website, software, hardware).
 
 
Programs
Description

Aqua Fitness is designed to improve self-confidence and maintain cognitive development, motor development and memory capacity through class participation. It is a planned and structured program that is tailored to the needs of each resident and encourages a healthy and safe environment to prosper and develop wellbeing and athletic development. Classes vary from lap, timed and fun swims. Lakewood’s heated pool extends participation year round.


Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Homeless
Description

Fitness Class - Fitness class is tailored to the individuals’ needs in a group setting. It helps control weight, improve mood, boost energy and promote better sleep. The class encourages a sense of play while developing and maintaining athletic ability, which helps with balance and coordination.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description Like Skills therapy group focuses on topics that enhance the activities of daily living of Lakewood residents. The focus of each group address issues around cognitive skills, such as analyzing and using information, personal skills for developing and fine-tuning coping skills and interpersonal skills for improving relationships and communication style. Group members are encouraged to share personal struggles and weekly challenges, which might include working on treatment goals, adjusting to life at Lakewood or managing medication changes. Although group members are encouraged to express thoughts freely they adhere to group norms that they have had a chance to develop, confidentiality within the group, respect, tolerance.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

Personal Growth and Coping Skills therapy groups provide the residents the opportunity to process their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and situations as well as learn more effective ways to cope with them. These groups incorporate the techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills training and role-playing. Often it results in the residents being able to increase their awareness of their distorted beliefs and learn to objectively evaluate the reality of those beliefs and how it impacts their lives and relationships with others.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

Stress Management therapy group teaches coping skills from a cognitive and behavioral therapy theoretical perspective. The group provides discussion, exercises and handouts, which outline and suggest appropriate ways to better manage anger, frustration and stress. Each week, residents are asked to rate their stress fro 1-10 using the Subjective Unit of Stress (SUD) Scale. They are then asked to describe their stress, what skills they used to better manage it and how effective they were in reducing their stress. Each group concludes with either a mindfulness, relaxation and/or diaphragmatic breathing exercise and then asked to rate their SUD scale again. This process gives the residents immediate feedback concerning coping skill effectiveness.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description Yoga offers physical, mental, and emotional benefits to our residents. The physical practice of yoga embodies three components: poses/postures, breath work, and meditation. The physical component of the poses provides benefits such as flexibility and tone. The breathing exercises benefit the physical self, as well as helping to calm/clear the mind. The meditation component is an introspective part of yoga that allows the residents to stay present and cultivate focus and contentment. The practice of yoga encourages positive thought processes, affecting emotional and behavioral expression. The combination of deep breathing exercises and the physical movement results in healthy overall functioning.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

Art Class teaches the resident new skills with an artistic medium or gives the opportunity to refine skills in creating his/her expression. Art class is an environment in which each resident is encouraged to develop and apply the skills that holistically integrate the mind (conceptual), body (sensory/motor) and spirit (transcendent creativity), to explore, cultivate and utilize the known or emerging abilities to create and bring an aesthetic expression of self into the world. Residents may become aware of a previously unknown talent or passion for a given type of art through participation in the class.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

Music Appreciation offers the residents exposure to a variety of music by the aural presentation of music, lecture and discussion. Music is presented in such a manner that the world in which the music was inspired and created will be brought into the residents’ awareness—socially, philosophically, politically, etc. Knowledge and awareness of general musical styles and eras of history as the music relates will be cultivated in this class. In order to more fully appreciate the individual and universal/interpersonal effects of music in the world,

residents are encouraged to consider and share their personal thoughts, feelings and experiences as they relate to the subject of the music being presented.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

The primary goal of the Work Program is to involve our residents in meaningful work, thus improving the quality of their lives. Being productive and feeling useful enhances their self-esteem. It is a voluntary program that gives the residents the opportunity to work in various jobs at Lakewood earning a paycheck as well as contributing to their community. It also can serve as a way to prepare some of them for the return to mainstream life outside our campus. Job Club is a part of the Work Program that focuses on teaching skills necessary for the resident to successfully do his/her job. It is open to all residents, not just those currently working and offers the opportunity to learn about employability skills and steps to take to reach one’s goal of working. Another aspect of the Work Program is teaching the personal benefits of volunteerism. Lakewood gives residents volunteer opportunities on campus as well as selecting community projects that match their talents and interests. 

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Description

This group is designed to reinforce positive cognitive messages that enhance self confidence and self esteem. With the “wisdom of the group”, daily issues are identified and problem solved together. Feelings are processed and concrete solutions are discussed by group members. Emotions and behaviors are verbalized in an effort to increase self awareness and gain a perspective to understand how to control various challenges in life. This is done within the safety of the group setting, with some instruction from the therapist, but generally by collaborative peer encouragement. The goal of this group is to “take charge” of one’s life and gain self empowerment as well as reinforce successful behavior.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Adults
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Linda K. Rimmer-Zierold
Company Affiliation Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, retired
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mrs. Bryn Auld Community VolunteerVotingNo
Ms. Helen Booth La Amistad Foundation, Inc.NonVoting
Mr. Tom DuChene M&I BankVoting
Mrs. Lindy Rich Kuykendall Vining Rich GroupVoting
Mrs. Linda K. Rimmer-Zierold Goodwill Industries of Central FloridaVoting
Mr. Jake Talley La Amistad Foundation, Inc.Voting
Ms. Teresa Williams DLS ConsultantsVoting
Mr. Bruce Woodruff Bruce Woodruff & AssociatesVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 62%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jake Talley
Term Start July 2017
Email jtalley@laamistad.org
Experience Jake Talley has been working in the mental health, non-profit sector for 13 years.  He has experience in both the clinical and administrative functions of residential treatment.  Jake holds a Master's Degree from Widener University for Clinical Social Work and is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
CEO Salary Range $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO
Term Start July 1998
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Ms. Helen Booth July 1998July 2017
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 27
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 33%
Senior Staff
Title CEO
Title Clinical Director
Title Bookkeeper
Title Development Director
Title Human Resources Director
Title Direct Care Coordinator
Title Program Director
Title Plant & Safety Director
Other
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)1998
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Business Income
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
See Management and Governance Comments
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Risk Management Provisions
CEO Comments The structure of our organization does not include term limits for our Board Members or Chair. 
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2017
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016990
2015990
20142014 LaAmistad Foundation form 990
2013990
2012990
2011990
2010990
2009LAF IRS 990
2008990 w/D
2007LAF IRS 990
2006LAF IRS 990
IRS Letter of Determination
LAF IRS 501c3
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0----
State$0----
Local$0----
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$444,298$850,415$116,957
$0$0$0
$2,646,752$2,665,240$2,411,846
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,966$6,414$6,818
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$28,804$16,299$12,255
Revenue In-Kind$19,127$19,305$12,527
Other$0$1,010$144
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,270,590$2,240,850$2,034,439
Administration Expense$358,580$316,452$335,193
Fundraising Expense$88,669$65,050$64,167
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.361.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%8%50%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,994,380$5,579,520$4,889,270
Current Assets$1,671,607$1,884,383$1,330,524
Long-Term Liabilities$113,523$97,890$338,840
Current Liabilities$158,637$166,700$352,090
Total Net Assets$5,722,220$5,314,930$4,382,760
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,616,758 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $444,298 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $28,804 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.5411.303.78
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Foundation, corporations and congregations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990 or audit.
Endowment held at the Community Foundation of Central Florida.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit La Amistad Foundation Inc.
Address 8400 La Amistad Cove
Fern Park, FL 327302900
Primary Phone (407) 331-7226
Contact Email msands@laamistad.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jake Talley
Board Chair Mrs. Linda K. Rimmer-Zierold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, retired
Year of Incorporation 1972