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Dawning Family Services


Directors / Governance



Remote Options

Hybrid (Some In-Person Required)

Cause Type

Housing & Shelter


We embrace diverse families with children touched by housing instability or homelessness and support their transition to a safe and stable home.

We serve

Families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness

Our greatest accomplishment last year

Being a recipient of One Tampa's Non-Profit of the Year


View our most recent form 990

Reasons to serve on our board

Dawning Family Services (DFS), formerly the Alpha House of Tampa, has been serving those experiencing homelessness since 1981. Until recently, DFS offered emergency shelter and support services to only pregnant women and single mothers with small children. In 2018, the Board approved a new mission to reflect the agency's desire to address the growing need to provide housing and support services to all families facing homelessness and housing instability.Now, DFS provides stability for hundreds of families with minor-aged children in Hillsborough County—those who are homeless AND those at risk of becoming so—supporting them on their paths to long-term economic security and wellness.  DFS provides supports through our four, family-centered components: an emergency bridge housing program for homeless families with minor children; a prevention program for families unstably housed or otherwise at risk of homelessness; a rapid rehousing program to provide financial assistance to support and stabilize families struggling to maintain or obtain housing; and an employment services program to prepare and connect high-barrier parents to employment and job skills, as well as, job development.To learn more about Dawning Family Services, please visit

Our ideal candidate

Dawning Family Services (DFS) seeks a well-connected leader, who is passionate about vulnerable families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, to join our Board of Directors! We are looking for a leader, who can leverage their networks and resources in support of efforts to positively impact awareness of and fundraising for Dawning Family Services. The ideal board candidate has a track-record of providing or securing funds for nonprofits and has strong connections in the Greater Tampa area with decision makers that are in a position to positively impact DFS’s work to support families facing housing instability and homelessness. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training. DFS board responsibilities include the following:1.      Ensure that Dawning Family Services is serving the community in the best possible way.2.      Participate in the evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer and when necessary, in the hiring and firing of the Chief Executive Officer.3.      Ensure that Dawning Family Services is operating in a fiscally responsible manner.4.      Contribute generously to Dawning Family Services. The amount of your gift should set an example for fellow board members and the community.  We would appreciate that each director “writes or raises” the minimum gift required.5.      Actively participates in fundraiser and awareness activities benefiting Dawning Family Services.6.      Connect the leadership at Dawning Family Services to people or businesses that can be a resource to the agency’s mission.7.      Attend and be engaged in board meetings. Each board member must attend a minimum of 50% of the regularly scheduled board meetings.8.      Serve on at least one (1) of the standing board committees.9.      Participate in establishing policies and plans (short and long-term), and make sure plans are carried out in a reasonable period of time. Participate in establishing realistic strategic goals and objectives for Dawning Family Services, setting priorities, planning strategies, and evaluating alternatives.10.  Do everything possible to promote Dawning Family Services. This will require a passion for excellence and a commitment to Dawning Family Services.

Our current board size


Time commitment

4-6 hours per month.

Where we meet

How often we meet

Hybrid/In Person

Contact name

Tammi Casagni

Contact email

Contact phone

Date posted

January 23, 2023