FORGOTTEN MAN MINISTRIES

aka Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  www.forgottenman.org

Mission

To follow in Christ's footsteps by bringing the healing powers of the Great Physician to those incarcerated in Michigan's county jails. Every departing inmate can start a new life in Jesus Christ, becoming a productive citizen and never returning to jail. Our vision is to have a Chaplin-led, Biblically-based program in every Michigan County Jail. FMM believes in the power of prayer and a ministering community that embodies acceptance and integrity. We believe in solid stewardship to bring Christ-centered, multi-denominational Bibilcal studies to those in need.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Rev. Nathan DeWard

Main address

1480 Buchanan Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49507 USA

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Formerly known as

The Forgotten Man Mission

EIN

38-1813208

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Forgotten Man Ministries believes in the redemption, rehabilitation and restoration of inmates through Jesus Christ.

We empower chaplains and volunteers to share hope and salvation with the “forgotten" men and women incarcerated in Michigan's county jails.

Our programs

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

Worship Services

Coordinate worship services conducted by members of local churches.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Coordinate in-jail bible studies conducted by members of local churches.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Offer a curriculum of 44 courses while in jail, prison, or to continue upon release. All courses are corrected by volunteers with awards for achievement granted at various stages.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Maintain library and distribute books focusing on Christian living.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

In several jails there exists housing units dedicated to the study of life skills based on the Word. Courses offering include parenting, spousal relations, anger resolution, personal finance with Biblical teaching throughout. The circular 10 week curriculum consists of 30 hrs. / week classroom instruction taught by FMM chaplains and volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

One-on-one mentoring can be sought both while in jail and during re-launching life upon re-entry.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

The ARM Program connects volunteers on the outside with inmates on the inside through the use of email.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2016

Charity Navigator 2016

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The goal of Forgotten Man Ministries is to impact inmates with a comprehensive range of spiritual programs so that upon departing the jail they start a "new life" that honors our Savior, Jesus Christ, never returning to jail again.

We deploy chaplains into Michigan county jails to personally minister to inmates, train and supervise volunteers, and coordinate the activities of local churches in the jail. These combined efforts are geared to impact inmates with direct, face-to-face interaction.

FMM is capable of developing ministries in each of the 83 Michigan county jails. However, this is heavily dependent on our success of generating the financial resources. FMM is 100% dependent on the financial donations made by individuals, churches, businesses, and private foundations. FMM does not receive government funding of any type. Currently we are in 35 of the county jails in Michigan.

The recidivism rate of inmates who have participated in our GRO programs/pods is less than half of the recidivism rate of general inmate populations. As of June 2019 our organization has GRO programs/pods in seven counties. Additional counties will add these programs as funding allows.

We are currently in 35 jails throughout Michigan. We are endorsed by the Michigan Sheriffs' Association and are frequently evaluating counties that have a need for our services. The Oceana County Jail has requested the services of an FMM chaplain and we are working with them to develop the financial support base needed to cover the cost of chaplain services in their jail. The news of our success has also spread outside of Michigan and other correctional facilities have begun implementing similar programs in their locations as well.

We have approximately 40 Chaplains serving in Michigan county jails as well as over 2000 volunteers. Our organization also grades over 120,000 self-study Bible lessons each year completed by inmates studying in the jails and former inmates who continue their studies. Inmates to whom FMM formerly ministered in the county jail may continue the Bible study program upon release into the community or transfer to the prison system.

Our organization continues to pursue, develop and strengthen relationships with those organizations, churches and volunteers that are in a position to assist and meet the needs of inmates upon release. Significant working relationships with organizations that provide re-entry services--including transportation, housing, and employment training/placement--have been developed in Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa counties. We will continue to work to develop similar partnerships in additional counties.

Financials

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FORGOTTEN MAN MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Ellis

Matt Antkoviak

Antkoviak & Antkoviak PC

Linda Haveman

Olivet College

Jay Kuiper

Retired

Nathan DeWard

Forgotten Man Ministries

David Ellis

Retired

Herb Lantinga

Retired

Dan Helmholdt

Helmholdt & Co

Kristen Aidif

Grand Rapids Event Management

Robert Ellis

RVE Consulting

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 07/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's 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

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