POOR HOUSEHOLD OF GOD

Opening the door of hope to the poor in the Philippines

Glen Ellyn, IL   |  www.PoorHouseholdofGod.org

Mission

The Poor Household of God is dedicated to supporting the Oikos Sisters' charitable works for those in need, enabling them to help provide food, shelter, education, medical assistance~~whatever the needs are as they love, serve, live and journey with the poor of the Philippines.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small nonprofit but with big hearts for the poor in the Philippines. We are an all volunteer staff who have been to the Philippines on medical/community missions. Due to the giving hearts of some of our volunteer staff, we cover the operating costs of the Poor Household of God. If you have a desire to help us, please be assured your kind donations will go directly to those in need. Thank you! Mary Jane Trinkus Director

Ruling year info

2009

Director

Mrs. Mary Jane Trinkus

Dr.

Victor Trinkus

Main address

233 Orchard Ln

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 USA

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EIN

26-2998831

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (L12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At this point we are meeting the primary goal of raising enough funds to be able to support whatever programs the Sisters want to start and maintain in reaching those in need. One of our difficulties in to carry out the programs in a timely manner. This is mainly due to the nature of life in the rural areas of the Philippines where we serve. Another concern is since we are a small organization staffed by volunteers, there will be a need for sustainability of our non-profit organization as the members continue to age.

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?

Educational Assistance Program

We believe education is the best hope for young people to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. The Education Program began in 2010 and continues to grow. We now have college graduates who are employed and helping their families live a life not crippled by poverty. Every year we support many college, high school and elementary students as they continue their schooling. All of these young people firmly believe that education is their hope for a better future…and so do we!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Piglet Recycling Program is a livelihood assistance project on backyard swine raising which was launched in April 2013. It began with 54 families receiving a female piglet, a pigpen, feed and an education on pig raising.
A Pig Fattening Program was added in 2017. This program is quite popular for families that desire and need a quicker return. They are given bigger piglets. For 3 to 4 months, they feed and care for the piglets until they can be sold at the market. This program continues to thrive with new families each year becoming 'pig farmers', which provides a means to provide food on their tables and financial support for their families.
In 2020 a disease affecting the pigs in Asia that is easily spread has halted the Piglet Recycling Program but the Pig Fattening Program continues to benefit many families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

"For the poor, health is a wealth they cannot afford to lose."
There are no social programs for the poor in Borongan. If you do not have the money to pay for your health care needs, you do not receive care. This program is composed of the Multiplication of Loaves Ministry, the Dental Clinic, the Charity Pharmacy, Medical Assistance for those in need and Medical/Dental missions.
The Charity Pharmacy, the only free pharmacy in Borongan and the neighboring area is busy every day. It also provided the medicines and supplies for the dental and medical missions to the distant villages.
The Multiplication of Loaves Ministry feeds the hungry in the barrios.
Due to Covid, the medical needs of the poor are even greater. The Dental Clinic is on hold for now in 2021 due to safety regulations but all aspects of the other health care programs are continuing and quite busy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

FAITH (Food Always In The Home) - A Backyard Gardening Project
FAITH is a program that ensures food will always be in the home. At the present time, 200+ families are participating. Seeds for plants that will provide food are given to the families along with gardening tools and basic instructions in caring for their plants. It is their responsibility to nurture the seeds into plants and establish a garden of produce. Some of the produce goes to the Multiplication of the Loaves feeding program and also to the market as a source of revenue for these families in need. This wonderful project is flourishing as it helps families learn to provide for themselves in a self-sustaining manner.
In 2020 a community garden was developed in Oikos Village benefitting all of the villagers as they work together to grow healthy produce for their families and also sell in the market to help break the cycle of poverty.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Poor Household of God also supports the many spiritual programs run by the Oikos Sisters. These programs include weekly catechism classes for children, bible sharing for parents, monthly youth faith formation, summer camps, annual retreats, family enrichment activities and community service involvement. A highlight for the youth is the Summer Weekend Camp Retreat with tents, games and spiritual renewal activities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013 causing widespread destruction. The Oikos Sisters, knowing many were in need started an immersion program, Solidarity Mission. They spend 3 days in destroyed villages, sleeping in tents, cooking food for the people, sharing their struggles while assessing their needs. They then return to the village with resources to help them begin to rebuild and heal. One village at a time, the Sisters journey with them, accompanying them in their struggles…bringing hope, encouragement and God's love! As natural disasters, typhoons continue to visit this area, the Sisters continue to reach out to villages in need. They also visit far-flung, remote villages though maybe spared from natural disasters are living in extreme poverty.
Due to Covid this program has been curtailed to one day visits but hopefully if this pandemic can be tamed, Solidarity Mission will be resumed full force to reach to those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

This village has become a reality! The plan was to build a small village providing homes for families desperately poor who own no land or home of their own. Land was donated to the Sisters and has since been cleared. A road into the village has been developed and all 20 homes are built. A community garden is producing vegetables, two wells have also been built. A beautiful church, St. Francis of Assisi has been built in the center of the village for the community to gather and pray together. Currently our organization is helping this village with ongoing maintenance to keep these homes and this community well managed and a beautiful "home sweet home" to many.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

This program is geared to help women provide for their families. Ovens are purchased and women are taught the skill of creating and baking pizzas, empanandas and other baked goods. These foods are then sold in kiosks or businesses providing funds for the women to care for their families. This program is gearing up on its new project, setting up its first bakery in one of the barrios. They will be baking 'pandesal' an inexpensive Filipino breakfast bread.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Often those in need will come to the Oikos Sisters homes in dire distress asking for help. The situations can be for medical assistance such as an ambulance ride to a higher level of health care or a child has been bit by a rabid dog and no money for the rabies injections. A family with little children may find themselves homeless or without food to eat. Whatever the need, the Sisters never turn anyone away. They listen, guide, explore possibilities and personally help whenever they can. This is their charism, their ministry. We are proud to be a partner to the Oikos Sisters and help them in their ministries of serving those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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.

The Poor Household of God's aims to raise enough funds for the Sisters to be able to move forward with whatever programs they choose to develop in serving the poor. These programs are focused on breaking the cycle of poverty for those they serve.

Our primary strategy is in developing a group of donors related to the Sisters and committed to support their work through their collective donations. We are accomplishing this through our website, an e-newsletter, bringing missioners to their rescue homes, parish appeals and bringing one of the Sisters annually to fundraise in the United States.

In 2018, a parish has formed their own mission team and visited the Sisters. This also increased awareness and in turn donated funds. We are always striving to spread the word and raise awareness of the need.

A young woman from the USA has joined the Oikos Sisters and is currently a novice in the Community, she will profess her vows in January of 2020. This has also added a new group of people with increased interest, commitment and support for the Sisters.

We are currently in 2020 applying for a grant to support a Greenhouse/Gardening Project to grow produce to sell at the market. This project will be set up in the Oikos Village, a small village built for the homeless and landless and worked by families in need who will directly benefit from the proceeds of the Program.

One of our biggest assets to help us meet our goals is a dedicated group of volunteer associates that fund the operational expenses of the foundation so we can humbly declare that 100% of donations are directed to the aid of the poor. Our webpage, constant contact newsletter, a communication discipline with the donors (thank you letters), letter writing campaigns and events during our summer fundraising season and throughout the year are all performed by volunteers.

These volunteers have faithfully dedicated their time, talents and treasures to helping The Poor Household of God raise funds for the Oikos Sisters work of serving the poor.

We have accomplished at this point:

~ Raised funds and purchased 4 vehicles for the Sisters to use when serving the poor
~ Educated a total of 69 college graduates. In the 2018, 52 college, 101 high school and 609 elementary students have benefitted from receiving school supply assistance this year alone.
~ Funding an ongoing Piggy Program that educates and produces self sufficient pig farmers.
~ Funding an ongoing FAITH (Food Always In The Home) Program that educates and guides families to be self sufficient vegetable farmers.
~ Funding an ongoing and very busy Charity Pharmacy, a free pharmacy for the poor.
~ Supporting now 4 rescue homes where the Sisters live with the children they are caring for.
~ Funding an ongoing dental clinic, a free service to the poor.
~ Character and Community Development continues to grow which includes quarterly gatherings, leadership conferences, bible sharing, catechesis and summer camps for the youth.
~ Oikos Village was built, a small village for the homeless and landless. 20 homes are built with families residing in these new homes. A community garden is producing produce and two wells were dug supplying fresh water to this village. St. Francis of Assisi Church is being erected providing a place for the villagers to gather and worship together.
~ Solidarity Mission is an active ministry where the Oikos Sisters have outreach barrio visits including weekend immersions with the gifting of relief goods, food along with medical and dental clinics being held.

What we have not accomplished and wish to:

~ A Succession Plan

~ An Endowment Plan

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We raise funds for the Oikos Sisters to use to help those in need in the Philippines. The people we serve are those living in poverty, without health care, suitable housing, adequate nutrition and the means to provide an adequate education for their children.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Trips to the Philippines for face to face meetings and discussions,

  • 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 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?

    Due to Covid and the restrictions experienced by all, the director was unable to travel to the Philippines in 2020 or 2021. We have kept in close contact with the Oikos Sisters via email and Zoom chats. As a result, we have adjusted some of the programs on a temporary basis. The Oikos Sisters still reach out to those in need and we had two of the Sisters come to the USA the summer of 2021 to help raise funds for those they serve. It is our tentative plan to have the director go to the Philippines in February, 2022 to spend time with the Oikos Sisters, to assess and plan for future activities to help those in need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By sharing feedback with the people we serve our relationship has grown closer as we share thoughts and ideas together. There has been a significant strengthening in our relationship as trust continues to grow for all the people involved, the Oikos Sisters, Poor Household of God and the people we have the privilege to serve.

  • 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?

    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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POOR HOUSEHOLD OF GOD

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Mary Jane Trinkus


Board co-chair

Dr. Victor Trinkus

Diane Fabrizius

Josephine Mulvihill

Rita Nathanson

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 11/1/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2020

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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.