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Gulf Coast Social Services

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Gulf Coast Social Services

(225) 201-0696

Gulf Coast Social Services

5850 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Fax Numbers
  • (225) 201-1792
BBB File Opened: 03/03/1993
Started: 09/01/1983
Started Locally: 01/01/1987
Type of Entity
Corporation
Contact Information
  • Principal: Mr. Marcus Alexander, Regional Director
  • Mr. Rick Hardie, CEO
Category
  • Social Service Organizations
  • Charity - Local

Additional Information
  • Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services' mission is to empower people with mental, physical, behavioral, and other challenges to improve the quality of their lives and to live as independently as possible in the community.
  • Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services' mission is to empower people with mental, physical, behavioral, and other challenges to improve the quality of their lives and to live as independently as possible in the community.
  • Programs for Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services include: ACTIVITY CENTER: Safe place for consumers to experience new learning opportunities. ADULT DAY HABILITATION PROGRAM: Program for adults with physical and/or mental disabilities to help cultivate their creative and social talents through daily activity. FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM: Respite program for caregivers of qualified elderly individuals. GULF COAST IN HOME CARE: Private pay, in-home personal care attendant program. HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (HMIS): System capturing reliable data relating to the homeless to identify gaps in service delivery. HOMELESS PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING (HPRP): Homeless prevention assistance and rapid re-housing programs for at-risk individuals and families. NEW OPPORTUNITIES WAIVER (NOW): Medicaid waiver program that provides personal care attendant services to qualified individuals with developmental disabilities. PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT PROGRAM (PCA): Personal care attendant services to assist disabled individuals in the performance of necessary daily living activities. PERSONAL CARE SERVICES FOR DISABLED MILITARY VETERANS: Personal care attendant services for disabled military veterans that are referred by the Department of Veterans Affairs. SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT LIVING (SIL): Medicaid program that teaches individuals with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in a home setting of their own. SUPPORTS WAIVER: Program that provides in-home services instead of institutional care. THERAPEUTIC FOSTER CARE (TFC): Foster care services for abused, neglected, or troubled children and adolescents, as well as for children with physical and/or mental disabilities. TRACKERS/MENTORING: Mentoring program for at-risk youths referred by OJJ. TRAUMATIC HEAD/SPINAL CORD INJURY (TH/SCI): Services of Louisiana Citizens who survived traumatic head or spinal cord injuries.
  • Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services, Inc. began in 1983. Locally, they began providing services in 1996. Other locations for this program include Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans. Financial information covers the entire organization
  • This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.
  • Charity Tips: TEN TIPS FOR BETTER GIVING 1. WATCH OUT FOR SIMILAR NAMES. As there are many charities raising funds for similar causes, some charity names sound the same. Be sure to look at the name carefully, because the charity soliciting you may not be the one you had in mind. 2. DO NOT BE PRESSURED TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE GIFT. Be wary of solicitors that demand an "on the spot donation." Charities should welcome your gift whenever you want to send it. 3. QUESTION VAGUE APPEALS. Appeals should clearly identify the charity's programs. Watch out for appeals that are strong on identifying a problem, but weak on describing what specifically the charity intends to do about it. 4. DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION TO PHONE SOLICITORS. Don't give out credit card numbers, checking account numbers or any other personal information to unknown telephone solicitors. 5. DO NOT GIVE CASH. Write out a check to the charity's full official name, not to an individual or third party that may be collecting the donation. 6. KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR DONATIONS (receipt, canceled checks and bank statements) so you can document your charitable giving at tax time. (Note: The IRS requires donations of $250 or more to be substantiated through a written receipt from the charity.) 7. IF YOU WANT A TAX DEDUCTION, MAKE SURE THE ORGANIZATION IS A CHARITY. There are many different types of soliciting nonprofit organizations. Most appeals will indicate if the organization is eligible to receive gifts deductible as charitable donations. (To be sure, review the list of organizations in IRS Publication 78 or ask the charity for a copy of its tax-exempt status determination letter.) 8. DON'T HESITATE TO ASK THE CHARITY FOR WRITTEN INFORMATION on its programs and finances. This tip can be particularly helpful in responding to phone appeals from charities that interest you. 9. TO VERITY IF A CHARITY IS REGISTERED TO SOLICIT, CONTACT YOUR STATE GOVERNMENT. In most cases, this will be the state's office of the attorney general. Remember that state registration does not mean "approval," it means the group has filed the appropriate forms. 10. REPORT BAD PRACTICES. Contact your BBB and your state's Attorney General office about solicitation problems.
  • Fundraising includes State and Federal Grants, Donations are accepted, although fundraising is limited. Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services also solicits donations of vehicles and boats.

Alternate Names
  • Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services, Inc.
Licensing, Bonding or Registration
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Number of Employees: 
81

Overview

Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services' mission is to empower people with mental, physical, behavioral, and other challenges to improve the quality of their lives and to live as independently as possible in the community.

Gulf Coast Social Services

Gulf Coast Social Services

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