NAZARETH HOUSE APOSTOLATE

aka Grace Church Nazareth, St Simeon Skete   |   Taylorsville, KY   |  www.nazarethhouseap.org
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Mission

The Mission of Nazareth House Apostolate (a ministry of Grace Church) is ongoing prayer. Living the life of prayer in community at St. Simeon Skete. We believe that this benefits the world and brings peace at levels that round tables and politics cannot reach. Having provided the necessary tools for self-sufficiency to the villages of Sierra Leone we once served, we have transferred our International work in Sierra Leone into the hands of their community. Our work now is primarily service within the domestic United States, with a small program also in Philippines, Pakistan and Sierra Leone.

Notes from the nonprofit

NHA is most grateful for our supporters, it is extremely important to us that your expectations are met with every donation. We document all of our work on facebook and through our blog. Please look us up on these social media networks to see your contribution in action. https://www.facebook.com/nazarethhouseap and http://blog.nazarethhouseap.org/ or on Twitter. Thank you.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mrs. Vicki A HICKS

Co Principal Officer

Vicki Hicks

Main address

185 Captains Cove Dr.

Taylorsville, KY 40071 USA

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Formerly known as

began as Grace Church Missions

Rector Wardens & Vestry of Grace Church

NHA - St. Simeon Skete

Grace Church

EIN

26-0481542

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Cave of the Heart Prayer center is now open and it is a wonderful place for quiet individual prayer. Our focus now is to expand the property to meet the needs of those on retreat. The Property of Nazareth House Apostolate and its church, Grace Church, is in need of many repairs. We are working to fund and update the buildings to accommodate the number of guests and pilgrims we receive as well as providing an updated area for conferences and study area. We also are hoping to expand our support of children's ministry and school both domestically and internationally. In order to best use our resources, it is imperative that we resolve the outstanding mortgage on the property.

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?

Nazareth House Apostolate Development Program- a ministry of Grace Church

In order to provide a space of prayer for pilgrims to come to set themselves apart from the daily grind and struggles within today's ever changing world, Nazareth House Apostolate, must maintain the grounds and buildings in a manner conducive to that service. In other words, providing a tranquil, sacred space of prayer and refreshment so that those we serve can re-enter the world with a renewed spirit. The landscape, buildings and office of NHA in Taylorsville must be maintained and functional.

We are striving to be as self sufficient as possible with hopes of developing more and more "off grid" living at the headquarters. Vegetable Garden areas are in process of being implemented.

A Cave of the Heart, namely the Cave of the Seven Sleepers is now complete offering the pilgrim an experience of a night of prayer like first century desert monks . With access and teaching this entire campus can be a landmark for pilgrims to come and worship.

A prayer wall - a wall where prayers can be written on paper and placed into the cracks of the wall (as the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem) has been developed and is in use. This must be kept up and maintained: see blog post: http://blog.nazarethhouseap.org/2011/11/wailing-wall-at-st-simeon-skete.html

It is NHA's hope and dream to provide silent areas of prayer for those who are looking for this in today's fast paced loud world. A place of pilgrimage, a place of thought. Everywhere you walk among the beautiful grounds you find little shrines or prayer focuses.

Individual Hermitages will be placed about the property for private seclusion for those desiring this time in solitude. Each hermitage averages $30,000.

It is also our desire to become debt free. In order to provide the service needed both in America and in Sierra Leone we must be relieved of the $600,000 mortgage on the property.

To relieve the mortgage and provide the improvements with ongoing regular maintenance the budget for this program arrives at $750,000.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Local children, regardless of race, immigration status or creed, receive assistance in Back to School supplies for the upcoming school year.

Population(s) Served
Families

When we provided humanitarian aid in W. Africa we began to grow at a larger scale and it seemed that instead of more being helped, we saw more hoarding and less sharing amongst the recipients. Some individuals in need were being overlooked. We considered how Jesus worked and have reverted back to our original plan of "one to one"; hand to hand. We give straight into the hands of those in need, rather it be due to Fires as in California, Hurricanes, natural or man-made disasters. Whatever the need. We don't have much but what we have we give. If the homeless are freezing on Winter Streets, we hand them a coat or whatever we have at the time to offer them. Person to person.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top NonProfit 2013

GreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org

top NonProfit 2020

https://greatnonprofits.org/org/nazareth-house-apostolate

Affiliations & memberships

GreatNonProfits-https://greatnonprofits.org/org/nazareth-house-apostolate 2018

https://greatnonprofits.org/org/nazareth-house-apostolate 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

At our recent NHA Board of Directors Meeting, Grace Vestry; (March 2020), the following goals were decided:
Priority: Increase awareness of the needs and work of Nazareth House Apostolate

Grace Church, NHA Monastic Community
1.The Matthew 25 Aid - providing assistance in disasters, aiding families with educational supplies, providing for the sick: $10,000
2. Repair, maintenance and upkeep of buildings, expansion of pilgrimage worship areas: $100,000
3. Pay Off mortgage on Pilgrim Retreat Center/Church/NHA International Headquarters
$400,000
4. Building of Private hermitages to center around Chapel $30,000 each.
5. Provide the grounds (landscaping, structures) for an International place of Spiritual Pilgrimage for those seeking to deepen the spiritual life. $20,000
6. Provide ongoing religious ministry opportunities for traditional families with children: $5000.
8. The Cave of the Seven Sleepers has been completed with only a small amount of no cost cosmetic work to be done. It is now a place of pilgrimage and prayer.

We have launched several campaigns to reach our goals via social media such as Facebook and mailings. We have an excellent standard of follow through and documentation through pictures, video and updates on our blog at http://blog.nazarethhouseap.org/. Our supporters are excited and ready to spread the word to make these goals a reality.

Our goal and plan to grow and maintain is to acquire 1000 donors giving at least $25 per month, supplemented with specific fundraisers for particular needs and causes.

In the United States we are actively working in awareness of NHA's work and the needs that enable us to provide ministry. Our board and vestry members are internet savvy. The prayer life and spiritual teaching through Grace Church and the apostolate is fully implemented and retreatants who come from all over the world are actively taking part in the community.

The onset of covid-19 has brought more needs of counseling and prayers and we have been actively engaged via many methods of communication.

The workers, recipients, supporters and volunteers of NHA through Grace Church are more than people working together, they become family. It is through living our lives, loving each other that we accomplish our goals. The people benefitting from the work of NHA are family to us. Our key capability is the ongoing one on one relationships built which enables the determination to reach these goals.

Having passed the baton to the people of Sierra Leone for continuance in their own country by giving them the tools and aid to become self sufficient; we maintain the religious life in Sierra Leone and we now turn our focus domestically in the United States. People come for "retreat" and instruction from all over the world to our Pilgrim's House for quiet time apart from the world to rejuvenate and strengthen themselves. We've implemented the Prayer Wall for the community to have access. We've provided children's ministry and Back to School needs program which is ongoing and provides for those in need. We support a Children's Ministry in the Philippines, St. Stephen's Housej and St. Mary's in Pakistan and a small group in Kabala, Sierra Leone.

The Unity Center - the Cave of the Heart has been completed and established as a place of prayer, solitude and spiritual growth.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    regular communication with those we serve,

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

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During Covid-19 we were made aware of the struggles of those in nursing homes and have developed a Wednesday Teleconference prayer day with shut-ins

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    no difficulty, we work together as family,

Financials

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NAZARETH HOUSE APOSTOLATE

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Reverend Fr. Seraphim Thomas Hicks

Spiritual Director


Board co-chair

Mrs Vicki Hicks

Nazareth House Apostolate

Thomas Hicks

Spiritual Director

Claudio Lopez

Member of the Board

Vicki Hicks

Secretary/Treasurer

Anna Cooper

Nazareth House Apostolate

Charles Nalls

Priest/Attorney

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/15/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/28/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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.