PO Box 34001
Lexington KY 40588
Contact Information
Address PO Box 34001
Lexington, KY 40588
Phone (859) 533-1945
Contact Name Sheila Taluskie
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1996
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We are always in search of current style, lightly worn professional clothing for our clients. This includes dress casual, blouses, skirts, pants and suits. Clients can also use accessories such as jewelry and purses. Because of our diverse clients, cash donations or gift cards are preferred for purchase of hosiery, under garments and shoes.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement God's Closet provides women with career assistance and professional clothing to gain adequate employment and achieve self-sufficiency.
Background Statement God's Closet serves women of all ages and backgrounds who have the initiative to gain employment. All clients are low-income, referred from social service agencies, and have experienced any one or more of the following circumstances: Loss of employmentIncarcerationSubstance abuse and recoveryDomestic violence... and many more situations leading to lower self-esteem and feelings of helplessness.God's Closet is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1992, receiving tax exempt status in 1994. The organization is run by a volunteer executive director and all volunteer community board who provide not only governance but also program support for the organization.
Impact Statement Over the past three years, God's Closet has created The Purple Lunchbox, a social enterprise program. The catering program has provided employment, with above minimal wage, to over 35 women while also providing job skills training for an additional 100. God's Closet also serves approximately 150 women each year with clothing and other needed necessities.
Needs Statement God's Closet is fully funded by individual support. Our greatest needs: 1. Kitchen supplies or funds for purchase. The women are in need of tools for better customer service and food preparation. $500-1000. 2. Purchases through Purple Lunchbox. If you are in need of catering, please consider the impact of our social enterprise and look to us to fulfill your breakfast, brunch, or lunch needs. Our prices are competitive and provide an additional social impact when buying your food. 3. Skills training funding. While we provide our women with as much skills training as possible, those costs are not passed on to the customer of The Purple Lunchbox, yet we still need to pay them for their time as well. This cost is approximately $8,000-$10,000 per year
Board Chair Statement Thank you for stopping in and reading about God's Closet. God's Closet is a very unique organization, serving the needs of many women each year. Most concerning to us are women coming back into the working world but have significant barriers to employment, primarily criminal histories. These are devistating to our women who have worked so hard toward becoming independent again but are turned away. These barriers are what drive me and my board members to helping these women. The best feeling and payback for our work is seeing a woman succeed in her work and achieving self-sufficiency. We have had several clients leave our programs after starting their own businesses, developing an employment history and able to find a job or continue their employment with us. In the information provided here, I hope you see the value God's Closet is providing the Lexington and central Kentucky community and choose to donate to God's Closet. Sincerely, Lynn Beard Board President
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Economic Development
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Geographic Areas Served
Lexington, KY Clients temporarily residing in Lexington, KY for services offered by nonprofit organizations. Counties surrounding Fayette county.
Board Chair
Board Chair Lynn Beard
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Nov 2013 to
Board Members
Lynn BeardCommunity VolunteerVoting
Linda BorneBorne InvestigationsVoting
Sally DavissonSally AdvertisingVoting
Nakea DeauxChrysalis HouseVoting
Leslie DoddCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sally HammittCommunity VolunteerVoting
Holly HopperNational Drug Endangered Children Training NetworkVoting
Sherry JacksonChrysalis HouseVoting
Kimberly JohnsonNew York Life InsuranceVoting
Lorraine KilcoyneCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sheila TaluskieGod's ClosetVoting
Ginny ViciniCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kathy WhiteChrysalis HouseVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Sheila Taluskie
Term Start Jan 1994
Email staluskie@gmail.com
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments Any current/future part-time staff are those who are employed through The Purple Lunchbox program.
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Each client of God's Closet receives professional clothing as a part of her image consult.  These are outfits for interviews and for when the client receives employment.  Clothing for each woman is selected specifically for her and her needs.  In addition to clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry are provided.  Professional clothing are donated from individuals and organizations.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Description Getting ready for an interview is not easy, let alone when it is a new start.  To prepare for a professional interview, clients meet with community volunteers from a variety of professional fields who takes them through appropriate responses to a variety of interview questions. Volunteers also offer suggestions and techniques for presenting well in an interview situation.
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Image consulting is unique to each woman receiving services from God's Closet.  Each woman is given lessons in color choices that look best for her hair and skin tone, clothing styles that are flattering to her shape yet professional and how to choose clothing appropriate for her new career.
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In these difficult economic times and lack of employment opportunities, these women have been unable to locate employment. ThusThe Purple Lunchboxwas created by God’s Closet, as a way to provide opportunities for women.

The Purple Lunchboxoffers catering services for breakfast, brunch and lunch. We offer a variety of menu items and can create custom menus.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
We currently have close collaboration with the Chrysalis House.
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $6,000.00
Projected Expenses $6,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$9,133$2,164$1,935
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$5,705$19,764$31,579
Administration Expense--$9,676$2,053
Fundraising Expense$1,595$164--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.250.940.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%67%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,294$1,461$3,780
Current Assets$3,294$1,461$3,780
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$3,780
Total Net Assets$3,294$1,461$3,780
Form 990s
2014 990N 2014
2013 990EZ
2012 990ez
2011 990EZ
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Currently, because our organization's budget has been roughly $5,000 annually for the past 20 years, we have not had the financials audited. In the future because of the social enterprise program, we will be looking into conducting an audit of our financials as needed.
Address PO Box 34001
Lexington, KY 40588
Primary Phone 859 533-1945
Contact Email info@godscloset.org
CEO/Executive Director Sheila Taluskie
Board Chair Lynn Beard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer