Better Business Bureau Report for
House of Good Shepherd

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: House of Good Shepherd
Address: P.O. Box 13453
  Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-935-3434
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1867, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The House of the Good Shepherd serves women and children affected by domestic violence by offering a safe place with opportunities for emotional, educational and spiritual growth and continued support.

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Evaluation Conclusions


House of Good Shepherd meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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House of the Good Shepherd’s mission is to end the cycle of violence in families. The goals of our four-month residential domestic violence recovery program are (1) to promote healing and recovery for the mothers and children we serve, and (2) to enable the women to develop independence and self-sufficiency. We achieve these goals through a comprehensive program of counseling, including individual, family and group therapy; education such as classes in domestic violence, substance abuse, and positive parenting; our Economic Development Center, where women work on education and job skills; training in budgeting and money management; and an Aftercare Program with support groups and services that promote long-term recovery. Our Child Development Program encourages healthy child development, nurtures children’s self-esteem, reduces the long-term effects of family violence, and prevents children from reliving the painful legacy of abuse in future generations. In 2012, House of the Good Shepherd served 44 mothers and 101 children (six of whom were born while here), providing 3,838 days of care to women and 8,447 days of care to children. We also provided non-residential services such as information and referrals to over 480 additional abused, homeless or troubled women. Our Aftercare Program began when the first woman completed our recovery program in 1980; last year, 42 mothers and 79 children took advantage of these resources, with an average of 25 families attending each monthly session.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, House of Good ShepherdHouse of Good Shepherd 's program expenses were:

Social Progarm Services 1,133,020
Total Program Expenses: $1,133,020
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Chief Executive : Mary Ruth Coffey, MBA, JD, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Michael J. Baumel, JD
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, CNA Insurance Co.

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 30

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,081,017, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on House of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good ShepherdHouse of Good Shepherd 's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions from the Public 954,169
Support In-Kind 126,848
Contributions from related organizations 70,000
Investment Income 23,212
Realized gains on Investments 16,204
Other 10,059
Program Service fees 3,198
Total Income $1,203,690


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 8%  Other Expenses: 3%

Total income $1,203,690
Program expenses $1,133,020
Fund raising expenses 49,837
Administrative expenses 101,505
Other Expenses 41,950
Total expenses $1,326,312
Expenses in Excess of Income (122,622)
Beginning net assets 2,034,170
Other Changes in Net Assets 93,749
Ending net assets 2,005,297
Total liabilities 19,422
Total assets $2,024,719

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