HOPE South Florida

The information on this page was last updated 3/20/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


For those desperately searching for a bridge to go from a crisis of homelessness to a life renewed, HOPE South Florida has been a beacon of light since 1995.

Started as The Shepherd's Way ministry, we are a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has provided emergency shelter, housing assistance, and support services to thousands of homeless families, veterans and individuals.

Contact information

Mailing address:
HOPE South Florida
1100 N Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Website: hopesouthflorida.org

Phone: 954.566.2311

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 650670031

CEO/President: Dr. Ted Greer

Chairman: Mat S. Gulley

Board size: 9

Founder: Fred Scarbrough

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


HOPE for the hopeless and homes for the homeless.

Mission statement

Providing HOPE for the homeless and hurting through housing, case management, support services and strategic alliances.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating107 of 107722 of 144
Fund acquisition rating571 of 107880 of 144
Resource allocation rating117 of 107814 of 144
Asset utilization rating18 of 10773 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$582,158$269,348$215,221$272,486$438,148
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$747,259$422,998$439,761$327,072$608,637
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$937,730$1,001,369$1,067,004$998,723$472,133
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$4,821$4,821
Total long-term assets$937,730$1,001,369$1,067,004$1,003,544$476,954
Total assets$1,684,989$1,424,367$1,506,765$1,330,616$1,085,591
Payables and accrued expenses$94,099$81,562$76,514$62,797$71,563
Other current liabilities$4,310$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$98,409$81,562$76,514$62,797$71,563
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,038,091$1,170,696$1,116,980$683,705$70,468
Total liabilities$1,136,500$1,252,258$1,193,494$746,502$142,031
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$254,065($21,353)$114,711$343,374$640,547
With donor restrictions$294,424$193,462$198,560$240,740$303,013
Net assets$548,489$172,109$313,271$584,114$943,560
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,919,391$1,340,386$2,695,465$2,855,604$2,319,558
Program service revenue$5,156,997$2,225,489$62,223$81,823$62,361
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3$0($9,090)$0$23,040
Other revenue$57,507$10,121$7,500$39,549$34,753
Total other revenue$5,214,507$2,235,610$60,633$121,372$120,154
Total revenue$7,133,898$3,575,996$2,756,098$2,976,976$2,439,712
Program services$5,960,292$2,852,713$2,380,685$2,815,627$2,299,343
Management and general$532,107$527,824$396,433$314,613$319,422
Total expenses$6,757,518$3,717,158$3,026,941$3,336,422$2,812,828
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$376,380($141,162)($270,843)($359,446)($373,116)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$376,380($141,162)($270,843)($359,446)($373,116)


Dr Ted Greer JrCEO$176,075

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


A Humble Beginning

In 1995, a ministry called The Shepherd's Way was founded by local veterinarian Fred Scarbrough who felt a calling to help homeless families and individuals.

On Thanksgiving Day of that year, with no money, staff or formal plan, The Shepherd's Way housed its first family, a mother, father and five-month-old baby girl who had no place to spend the night, and no baby food. Using rooms at various hotels paid by volunteers, The Shepherd's Way began housing families.

Engaging the Community

As the homeless epidemic continued to grow through the years, The Shepherd's Way expanded programs and services to better assist those in need. Partnering with local churches in 2008, the ministry introduced a community housing program called Faith In Action that provided safe places for families to stay while they awaited placement into mainstream shelters.

As other partnerships and alliances arose in response to the homeless crisis, a continuum of care began to take shape, offering comprehensive services and resources such as a food pantry, shared mass meals, childcare, and financial literacy counseling.

The Story of HOPE

In 2010, eight of the largest churches in the Fort Lauderdale area joined with The Shepherd's Way to launch HOPE South Florida. The idea, then and now, is to work collectively to "Build Hope, Housing and Community" as part of a holistic approach to homelessness.

Today, HOPE South Florida continues to grow and gain momentum as more churches, businesses and individuals seek to be part of the solution. Contributing their time, talent and resources, they help us transform the lives of those who once found themselves homeless.

In many ways, our story is just getting started. Join us, and let's fill it with hope, purpose, and compassion in action.

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