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Rivers of Hope Ministries

Together We Can Change the World

aka HOPE Help Other People Eat   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.riversofhopeministries.com

Mission

Rivers of Hope Ministries is committed to share the love of Christ and spread hope by providing material support to people in need around the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

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Ruling year info

2023

President and CEO

Stacie Rivers

Main address

PO Box 40064

San Antonio, TX 78229 USA

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EIN

88-4326147

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe there is a lack of hope in our nation and world that is causing a mental health crisis among economically disadvantaged people. Our aim is to provide help through provision and finances to those in need with the aim of providing hope and lessening the mental health crisis locally and across the globe.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HOPE Help Other People Eat Food Pantry

Our food pantry is open the 3rd Saturday monthly to provide food assistance to families in Greater Northwest San Antonio.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

HOPE Assistance Fund is currently in the start-up phase and only accepting donations to help people in need pay any expense they might have. We see many families in need of $20-$50 to make it until payday and our goal is to help bridge the gap. We will have more information soon about how to apply for assistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds of clothing donated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We distributed 40lbs of clothing to families in need in 2023. We are working to increase this metric in 2024.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We distributed 60 backpacks filled with school supplies in 2023 to children in need. We are working to increase this number in 2024.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Related Program

HOPE Help Other People Eat Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

238 children served with food from our food pantry, 60 children served with school supplies from our back to school giveaway, 51 children served with Christmas gifts from our Adopt a Stocking program.

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

60 children received backpacks filled with school supplies at our back to school giveaway.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOPE Help Other People Eat Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

50 hygiene kits distributed to food pantry visitors and 25 hygiene kits distributed to the homeless through our Blessing Bag Giveaway.

Number of orphanages supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

5 orphanages supported monetarily in 2023.

Number of bibles requested and distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOPE Help Other People Eat Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

381 Bibles distributed to food pantry visitors and the homeless through Blessing Bags.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOPE Help Other People Eat Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 we distributed 8,852 meals to families in need in San Antonio, Tx through our food pantry and Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide help through provision and finances to those in need with the aim of providing hope and lessening the mental health crisis locally and across the globe. We aim to do this through seven program areas:

HOPE: Help Other People Eat Food Pantry
HOPE: Helping Others Pay Expenses Assistance Fund
Annual Back to School Giveaway
Gary Wade Memorial Blessing Bags Giveaway
Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway
Adopt a Stocking Christmas Giveaway
World Partners - helping to raise funds for 7 orphanages across the globe


Through these focus areas, we seek to provide families in need with the food and provisions they need to be healthy and happy and lead full productive lives. Families are filled with hope, and have peace of mind knowing they don't have to go hungry and have necessary provisions.

Our strategy is to begin locally in San Antonio with our HOPE Food Pantry and HOPE Assistance Fund, while also helping to fundraise for orphanages across the globe, then eventually branch out with the food pantry and assistance fund to other cities and states across the nation.

We fully depend on generous donations from the public and our board members.

With the help of our volunteers and the generous support of our donors, we were able to positively impact the lives of 617 individuals in San Antonio, Tx. In total, we distributed 7,377lbs of food in 2023. We helped 134 families, 506 individuals, put food on their tables in 2023. We successfully hosted our First Annual Back to School Giveaway and provided backpacks and school supplies to 60 children. We successfully hosted our Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway where we handed out 2397lbs of food and fed 175 people. We successfully hosted our First Annual Gary Wade Memorial Blessing Bags Giveaway and provided 25 backpacks with food, water, hygiene items and winter accessories to the unhoused in our community. We successfully hosted our First Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway and provided 51 children with multiple toys. We provided 40lbs of clothing to families in need. We distributed 381 bibles in 2023.

In 2024 our goal is to double our impact in each of our program areas, and implement HOPE: Helping Others Pay Expenses Assistance Fund to help families pay necessary expenses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rivers of Hope Ministries

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacie Rivers

Rivers of Hope Ministries

Term: 2022 - 2024

Terry Rivers

Cynthia Brumley

Eugene Clark

Elizabeth Hays

Lisa Frazier

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.