The Synergy Foundation Incorporated
PO Box 16217
Memphis TN 38186-0217
Contact Information
Address PO Box 16217
Memphis, TN 38186 0217
Telephone 901 332-2227
E-mail synergy@synergytc.org
Mission Statement Synergy's mission is to empower individuals with drug and alcohol addictions and co-occurring disorders with the tools to transform their lives.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kerleska Conerly
Board Chair Mr. Keithley J. Barton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000,000.00
Statements
Mission Synergy's mission is to empower individuals with drug and alcohol addictions and co-occurring disorders with the tools to transform their lives.
Background Synergy was founded in 1989 as a transitional housing program that provided supportive services to adult males recovering from substance abuse.  The agency had a $40,000 annual budget and operated from the basement of a local church.  The goal was for the program to be self-supportive through income generated by the clients.  Today, Synergy is one of the largest non-profit 501(c)(3) licensed esidential substance abuse treatment facilities in the state of Tennessee.  The program has the capacity to house 84 clients, a staff of 50, an annual budget in excess of $2 million, and boasts very impressive outcomes.  The funding concept continues with every dollar received through grants and contributions matched, dollar for dollar, with agency earned income.Synergy’s programs include long-term residential treatment for the chronic substance abuser and transitional housing and supportive services for those returning to society as sober and productivecitizens.
Impact Synergy's three year outcome study measured substance use, jail recidivism, and employment placement pre and post Synergy's treatment experience.  The study revealed that, at the 18 month follow-up, 71% remained abstinent, there was a significant decline in re-arrests, 68% of individuals were employed and that those employed were more likely to remain sober than their unemployed counterparts. The study also indicated that 96% of clients reported improved performance at work and/or school as a result of Synergy's interventions.
Needs  

Synergy’s program is widely known for its innovative vocational component that promotes a higher level of self-sufficiency for its residents, results in positive treatment outcomes, and distinguishes the agency from its counterparts. 

Synergy believes that vocational training is equally important as recovery from substance abuse and sustained employment is essential in promoting long-term recovery.  The program model fosters the idea that individuals must put forth effort, through vocation, in order to bring about positive change in their lives. 

This program component provides residents with the skills necessary to maintain gainful employment and allows the agency to uniquely answer the need for more self-supportive nonprofit agencies by generating nearly 50% of program income through the agency’s owned and operated businesses.  Synergy maintains partnerships with an extensive base of employers throughout the Memphis area that provide a wide array of job skills through on the job training.  Since the therapeutic component supports the majority of program costs, Synergy is continually seeking to increase its base of partner employers to provide on the job training. 

CEO/Executive DirectorComments  

There are many different types of drug rehabs offering numerous treatments for the same drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders.  Although there is no full proof program that can guarantee the addict will not relapse at some point down the road, Synergy’s program provides comprehensive and intensive treatment and training needed for successful recovery and long-term sobriety.

Synergy is unique in that it has the largest number of residential beds (84), an aftercare program with 31 transitional beds, serves both men and women, provides long-term (one-year) residential services, and has diverse and unique funding sources (50% of program income is generated through the agency’s owned and operated businesses).

Areas of Service
Synergy is located in Memphis, TN.  Most individuals served are from the State of TN, however the program is available to those living anywhere in the United States.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Keithley J. Barton
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2010 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Stewart G. Austin na
Keithley J. Barton na
S. Terry Canale, MD M.D.na
Lawrence L. Crane, Jr. na
Jennifer D. Danehy na
Mott Ford na
Charles D. Hamlett na
Martin J. Lichterman, Jr. na
Dow McVean na
D. Stephen Morrow na
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director
Executive Director Kerleska Conerly
Experience  

Mr. Conerly directly oversees the agency’s programs and finances to ensure compliance with policies and procedures and continued program growth and viability.  Mr. Conerly has a Master in Social Work from Columbia University and Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Queens College.  His experience in the clinical counseling field began in since 1985 and he has been employed with Synergy since 1994.  Mr. Conerly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Tennessee.

Staff
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 22
Volunteers 0
Contractors 2
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS)1989
Programs
Description LONG TERM RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM Synergy’s long term residential substance abuse treatment program is based on a therapeutic community model and uniquely integrates clinical treatment with work therapy. This approach treats the whole person rather than solely treating substance abuse or mental health problem. This approach has proven to be successful as clients return to their families and society as productive citizens and successfully maintain long term sobriety. Clients receive counseling sessions with qualified staff, individualized treatment plan, group, counseling, 12-step recovery meetings, job skills training, GED and Adult Basic Education, room & board, healthy meals, personal hygiene items, transportation, recreational activities, minor medical, dental, and vision care.  Synergy’s residential program is available to adults 18 years and older who have a primary alcohol or drug addiction. Individuals with secondary co-occurring disorders may be eligible if their mental condition is stabilized. Clients must demonstrate a high motivation to complete the structured program and be able and willing to work at a designated job in exchange for their room, board, and clinical treatment. Application Process The prospective client shall submit a written letter in their own writing indicating their desire to enroll into Synergy’s long-term (one-year) residential treatment program. The letter should describe the drug / alcohol problem and history, legal and criminal history, medical and psychiatric history, family history of substance abuse, why long term treatment is desired, and contact information.
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Budget $2,000,000.00
Short Term Success The immediate goal of Synergy’s substance abuse treatment program is to reduce drug abuse and improve the individual's ability to function by providing comprehensive services and educational tools that client needs to remain sober.  
Long Term Success  

The long term goals are for the individual to remain abstinent, maintain gainful employment, and be a productive citizen.

Description TRANSITIONAL SUPPORTIVE HOUSING Synergy’s Transitional Housing Centers provide housing and supportive services to individuals who have successfully completed a treatment program and are integrating back into society as sober and productive citizens but lack the resources to obtain permanent housing. The program provides a suitable living environment and supportive services that include counseling and case management, employment services, budgeting and money management, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing.
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Budget $35,000.00
Short Term Success  

Synergy’s Transitional Housing Program provides safe, affordable housing in a supportive recovery environment.  The program addresses various barriers to getting out of poverty that those recovering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders face while learning to live a lifestyle of sobriety.  Many of the individuals served have criminal backgrounds resulting from their substance abuse.  Although many are non-violent criminal backgrounds, the offenses still result in lifelong, substantial barriers to employment, public assistance, and higher education. Synergy’s program empowers these individuals by assisting them in accessing mainstream resources and public services that will result in enhanced capacities and improved economic and social conditions.

Long Term Success  

Synergy’s Transitional Housing Program provides safe, affordable housing in a supportive recovery environment.  The program addresses various barriers to getting out of poverty that those recovering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders face while learning to live a lifestyle of sobriety.  Many of the individuals served have criminal backgrounds resulting from their substance abuse.  Although many are non-violent criminal backgrounds, the offenses still result in lifelong, substantial barriers to employment, public assistance, and higher education. Synergy’s program empowers these individuals by assisting them in accessing mainstream resources and public services that will result in enhanced capacities and improved economic and social conditions.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000,000.00
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
--$490,667$564,872
Government Contributions$524,542$557,334$509,730
Federal------
State$524,542----
Local------
Unspecified--$557,334$509,730
Individual Contributions$131,463----
--$0$0
$1,116,603$832,970$880,430
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$2,174$2,379
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events--$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Other--$40,995$36,048
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,419,798$1,548,346$1,654,037
Administration Expense$433,636$434,593$431,725
Fundraising Expense$53,800$58,656$60,889
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.930.940.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%76%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%6%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,861,150$3,024,659$3,235,154
Current Assets$1,372,608$1,418,202$1,461,012
Long-Term Liabilities$13,607$27,992$37,328
Current Liabilities$156,724$85,906$141,209
Total Net Assets$2,690,819$2,910,761$3,056,617
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.7616.5110.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
TN State Charitable Solicitations RegistrationView
Address PO Box 16217
Memphis, TN 38186 0217
Primary Phone 901 332-2227
Contact Email synergy@synergytc.org
CEO/Executive Director Kerleska Conerly
Board Chair Mr. Keithley J. Barton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired

 

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