MOUNT CARMEL GUILD of Trenton

Providing Hope. Preserving Dignity.

Trenton, NJ   |  www.mtcarmelguild.org

Mission

Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton provides hope and preserves dignity as it feeds the hungry and provides home health nursing services to the elderly. Through collaborations and relationships forged with dignity and hope, the Guild assists the community to overcome challenges to decent health, nutritious, housing, education and home health nursing care for the elderly within the Community of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey and beyond.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2017 Mount Carmel Guild began the task of evaluating the organization on all levels from Board of Trustee involvement to operational procedures of the Guild's 2 core service programs. The organization’s goal was to improve programmatic, financial and organizational security. The objectives were to create a long-range planning document, increase the knowledge base of staff and board members, increase donor base and donor management, improve volunteer recruitment, and improve grant writing. Capacity building needs determined by the Board of Trustees included hiring consultants to assist in long range planning, grant writing, external affairs, and training for administrative staff and board members. The long range plan continues to be evaluated and adjusted throughout the year.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Mary Inkrot

Main address

73 N Clinton Ave

Trenton, NJ 08609 USA

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EIN

21-0675183

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With generous donations from our donors, funders and community, Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton continues to develop and implement programs and initiatives that focus on enriching and empowering the lives of the families, children and the elderly in the Greater Mercer County area. While implementing our Strategic Plan in early 2020 the Pandemic pivoted our programs to "essential" emergency Community Support. In an effort to stay connected to those we serve the Guild increased marketing and communications strategies to provide a greater presence. Continually reaching out to the community via the website and active social media platforms and printed flyers disseminating vital community information allows us to reach all of our care receivers.

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?

Community Support

The Guild's Community Support Program stabilizes impoverished individuals and families who are hungry and food insecure or lack access to adequate, nutritious food for healthy living. Case management includes food, and limited (due to funding) assistance with prescriptions, rent and utilities to prevent homelessness.

Our Community Support Food Pantry Program is a distribution site for the New Jersey commodities food program for senior citizens and is the only pantry in Trenton that is open five days a week. Our care receivers are provided with a three-day supply of food when needed once a month. In addition, we have special holiday events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and our Family Fun Fest in the summer. The Guild Food Pantry is a distribution site for the federal commodities food program for older individuals and is the only local pantry open five days a week. Our Holiday programs provide food, gifts and holiday cheer. The Thanksgiving dinner program is our largest community effort, serving over 800 families annually.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Health
Family relationships

Our Home Health Nursing Program provides free quality, long term, home-based nursing care for low-income, frail individuals aged 60 years and over with many economic, medical, and social needs. Our patients require on-going care not covered by their Medicare benefits and assistance with managing geriatric ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, dementia and cardiopulmonary diseases. We provide care coordination, prescription assistance, food, and much needed human interaction. Objectives are to improve the well-being of every patient, reduce unplanned hospitalizations, and avoid premature long care institutionalization so they may live independently while "providing hope and preserving dignity". (1941)

In April 2019, the Guild joined a select group of home care providers who can demonstrate their commitment to responsible, accountable quality service as a result of earning accredited status under the NIHCA Standards of Accreditation.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people
Family relationships
Older adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Institute for Home Care Accreditation under private duty Nursing Standards 2019

National Institute for Home Care Accreditation under private duty Nursing Standards 2022

Affiliations & memberships

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton 2019

Diocese of Trenton 1920

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average number of senior citizens visited by our registered nurses every one to two weeks.

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

Seniors

Related Program

Home Health Nursing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Corona virus pandemic restrictions and guidelines provided by the CDC in 2020 decreased the number of seniors requesting home healthcare.

Number of bags of food distributed to families and individuals in need.

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed people, Age groups

Related Program

Community Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total distribution through the daily pantry but additional bags are distributed to other social service providers when in need.

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.

Since its founding in 1920, Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, New Jersey (the "Guild") has been a charitable, religious Ministry of the Diocese of Trenton bringing community, people and needs together with the "emergency" Community Support Program, their Holiday themed Programs annually, and the Home Health Nursing Program. No one is ever turned away! In the early 1900's, the Diocese of Trenton (capital city of the great State of New Jersey) geographically covered 13 counties in New Jersey until the Diocese of Newark was formed.

In 2020 declared by the Governor of New Jersey, the Guild's Community Support Program and Home Health Nursing Program pivoted and became not only emergency services, but "essential" services to provide healthy, nutritious food to the community of Trenton, the County of Mercer and beyond. Our goals are to continue to adjust to the "virtual" environment, which was successful for us this past year, and greet each challenge with a can do attitude.

With your generous donations and their Membership of #MissionMembers reintroduced in the Centennial year, the Guild continues to develop and implement programs and initiatives that focus on enriching and empowering the lives of women, their children, the elderly and all families in the Greater Mercer County area by "providing hope and dignity" to those we serve.

Partnering with our community partners we provide resources to those who have become newly unemployed, SNAP, family services to children and women, our elderly (care receivers) and winter outerwear for grades K - 12 annually donated by the dedicated Knight of Columbus from the Diocese of Trenton. We continue to organize FOOD DRIVES, themed for the needs of the Community. We engage with the local school districts and are the beneficiary of 5K Walks, the entertainment for our Gala from the Chorus of the high schools singing happily, and the Girl Scouts of the USA donate cookies for our families and seniors ~ for a treat. Stewardship is an important part of our program. Thanking those who at times, cannot afford to donate to us, but are there when called upon. Our Parishioners are awesome. We publish throughout the Diocese and to all our thanks for all who continue to support our Programs. We are looking forward to another 100 Years beginning in 2021! Wish us well. To visit us for an update or to make an ONLINE donation, https://www.mtcarmelguild.org. Or by USPS our Administrative Offices ~ 73 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08609 If you prefer telephone: 609.392.5159 daily. Closed on weekends.

Strategically since March 2020, Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, New Jersey (www.mtcarmelguild.org) :

Pivoted all programs to meet the needs of the Pandemic in March 2019 as "essential" personnel decreed by the Executive Order of the Governor of the State of New Jersey. Many families have experienced profound stress as the coronavirus rages. BUT, again, the Guild's programs continue:

~ Essential operations were adjusted to ensure safety of staff according to Protocol and Guidelines;
~ Staff faced the Pandemic head on to pursue our Mission of service to those in need, providing hope and preserving dignity;
~ Our Community Support Program provided daily, nutritious food to ALL and increased assistance to prevent homelessness;
~ Our Holiday Program, our largest community project was very successful during Thanksgiving serving a complete dinner with all the traditional trimmings to 800 families. Today, we are preparing for the Christmas Holiday presently with community collaborations and partnerships;
~ The Holiday Program is an amazing undertaking involving many community partners and our volunteers working together to make a celebration possible for seniors and families in need; and
~ Older adults remained independent and safely in their homes with our Home Health Nursing Program.

The Guild continues to

~ Expand the Community Support Program Food Pantry access to meet the increased needs of our care receivers;
~ Offer ALL and our seniors in the City of Trenton and Mercer County a more healthy, nutritious food selection;
~ Offer more community-driven educational programming with partnerships, resource information and community organizations;
~ Serve the elderly older adults and seniors within the Home Nursing Program so they may remain independently in their homes. No cost to the elderly and no one is turned away.

In April 2019, Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, New Jersey, as the lead organization, affiliated with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton's Community Support Program Food Pantry providing space for the Program to provide healthy, nutritious food daily to residents of the City of Trenton, Mercer County and beyond.

Since 1919, for one hundred years, the generous support of donors, foundations, volunteers and collaborations provides our care receivers with food, nursing care, utility and rental assistance while offering kind and caring interactions. The Guild tries to create change at the most basic and fundamental level, providing food security for those with not enough to eat and health services for seniors providing hope and preserving their dignity...our Mission Statement.

In the year 2020, Mount Carmel Guild celebrating 100 years has undertaken some significant initiatives to revitalize the Home Nursing Program and the Community Support Program. Mount Carmel Guild is the lead organization in the alliance with the Community Support Program of Catholic Charities, Trenton. Full utilization of the 2018 Strategic Plan SWOT was implemented by the formation of several committees, headed by a Board of Trustee member, in the area of Development, Finance, Facilities and Communications/External Outreach.

The Guild is a membership-based program and has revised the Membership Program, "Mission Membership" in October 2019 with the blessing of the Bishop, Diocese of Trenton. This Membership Program preempts the celebration of their Centennial in 2020.

Then, much to everyone's dismay...the Pandemic COVID-19 public health emergency began. Since March 2020, many families have experienced profound stress as the coronavirus rages. BUT again, the Guild and its resources continues for the families and communities within the City of Trenton and the County of Mercer, New Jersey.

* Essential operations were adjusted to ensure the safety of "essential" staff, as declared by the Governor of New Jersey;

* Our employees faced the Pandemic head on to pursue our Mission of service to those in need;

* Our Community Support Program provided healthy, nutritious food daily to ALL and increased assistance to the homeless, older adults and seniors; and

* Older adults remained independent and safe in their home while isolating with our Home Health Nursing Program.

As of now, the surge continues. This January 2021, the Vaccine has become available for distribution statewide.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Community Support Program aides families that do not earn enough to be able to afford basic necessities, such as food and housing. Although one or more individuals in the household are working, they still struggle to make ends meet. In addition to families, we also provide assistance to single adults and seniors who are on a fixed income, are mentally or physically disabled, or are unable to secure consistent employment. About one in five families who come to the Guild are Spanish-speaking. The Home Nursing Program assists low-income, frail individuals aged 60 years and over with many economic, medical, and social needs. We serve the most economically disadvantaged and vulnerable senior citizens in the county who are not eligible for Medicaid.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As we entered 2021, CDC guidelines as well as state and local guidelines for the Corona Virus Pandemic have continually changed and in an effort to protect our most vulnerable population we continually passed on information via flyers inserted into the grocery bags and distributed hand sanitizer. As our clients began to reenter the workforce we reopened the pantry for afternoon hours on Wednesdays. Our Nurses resumed home visits on a bi-weekly basis. We continue to push out pertinent information to the public through our social media platforms on a daily basis.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MOUNT CARMEL GUILD of Trenton

Board of directors
as of 06/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jane Louise Chrnelich

Retired, Registered Nurse

Term: 2021 - 2024

John Tattory

Discovery Labs

Michael Herbert, Esq.

Herbert, VanNess, Cayci and Goodell

Joseph Mutinsky

Sherute LLC

Brenda Rascher

Diocese of Trenton

Brian Duff

Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman & Lento

Jane Chrnelich

Susan Evans

Barry Breen

Mary Inkrot, Exec. Dir.

Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, Diocese of Trenton

Sr. Pat McGinley, SSJ

Diocese of Trenton

Terri Olexa

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/26/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.