J-JIREH MINISTRIES INC

Healing Hearts with the Love of God

aka Open Arms Children's Shelters   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.j-jirehministries.org

Mission

Mission Statement To love God by serving and empowering others.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you so much for the Christmas Shoeboxes you brought to our teen girls at Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. You gave more than we expected and each girl got something special for Christmas. They also really enjoyed your talk and encouraging words. You made their Christmas Day very special for them and we are so appreciative. Thank you again for making such an impact on them.
Roy Maas Youth Alternative Home


Dear Lili, Capone and J-Jireh Ministries,
I wanted to thank you for your help with the Prosthesis Clinic in Bolivia. Without your help I would not have had the courage to continue when, at times, I felt like I was just stumbling around in the dark. With your help, the one thing I did not have to worry about was money. Because of your help, this Clinic went from a “simple" plan written on a sheet of paper to an actual Clinic that is currently serving patients with new prosthetic limbs and now has a waiting list. The hugs, kisses and thanks I receive from the patients that are walking for the first time, in many cases, in years, do not convey how much we appreciate your help. Their lives have been changed forever.
Matt Pepe
Centro de Miembros Artificials Clinic
La Paz, Bolivia


Dear J-Jireh Ministries,
Thank you very much for partnering with us and supporting our mission of helping the poorest of the poor around the world. Your continued support for LIMBS International is greatly appreciated and we look forward to what the future holds.

LIMBS International
Trevor Bergman
Executive Director


THANK YOU, J-Jireh Ministries, for supporting Daily Bread Ministries and Hill Country Daily Bread for so many years. It's organizations like you that really help us expand our reach and meet the needs of so many families and individuals that need food, clothing, school supplies and other necessities throughout the year. We couldn't continue to do it without caring and committed organizations such as yours. May God bless you and all you do for others.

Daily Bread Ministries
Hill Country Bread Ministries

Dear Lili Kristan,
On behalf of The Guadalupe Home, we would like to thank you for your generous gifts. Your commitment to helping the mothers and babies we serve is sincerely appreciated. The mothers were elated. You really made a difference in the lives of these single mothers and their babies. We hope to partner with you again for next year and many years to come. With the help of donations from supporters such as you and JJM, we will continue to see improvements and our residents will become better mothers and more productive citizens.

Blessings,
Suzanne de Leon
Executive Director

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Rev. Lili Kristan

Main address

6231 Peace Pipe Dr Lili Kristan

San Antonio, TX 78238 USA

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Formerly known as

Family Fiesta, Inc.

EIN

41-2216226

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program, we create an instant healing process and positive triggers in the child or teen who has been abused, neglected or abandoned and are particularly vulnerable during the Holidays. They leave knowing that they have not been forgotten and that someone has lovingly and thoughtfully put together a custom shoebox gift with them in mind and solely for them. It's amazing how we see and hear it from them immediately. With our Open Arms Children's Shelter and Foster to Adopt Agency, we provide a safe and loving home for the multiple thousands of children and teens that are in the Child Protective Services system that desperately need to be placed into an environment that will rescue the child from a life of abuse, neglect and destructive negativity. There are over 6,000 open cases of children and teens needing a safe Shelter or Foster Family in and around San Antonio, Texas. We provide life-saving solutions and development opportunities to children/teens.

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?

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

We provide Christmas Shoebox gifts to children in Shelters, Foster and Needy families that might otherwise not receive a gift during the Holiday. A regular shoebox is filled with personal items, toys, socks, school supplies, dolls, cars, books, etc. that a child from infant to 17 years of age could use while living in a Shelter, Foster or Needy family. Each box is unique and has been filled with specially selected items for that gender and age and wrapped beautifully with that child's name on the box. We personally spend time with each group or family to deliver the gifts and also a message of love and hope to each child and any family member that may be present. When given the opportunity, we also provide a meal or a food box to meet the necessities of the family. Over the years, we have grown to include Children's Shelters, Teen and Single Mothers and their babies, Transitional Shelters for Foster children that have aged out of Foster Care and Angel Tree Families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We provide a water purification system to an established charity for the purpose of generating clean water and revenues from the sale of clean water. These systems are utilized in third world countries and locations where children are sick and dying because of contaminated water sources. Jobs and micro-businesses are created. The charity can become self-sustained and be able to grow and reach others. The community benefits by the financial contributions made to common areas through the revenues generated. This Program creates a systematic way to sustainability in the mission field and contains a "Pay It Forward" component.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We are in the process of opening Open Arms Children's Shelter in or around San Antonio to care for abused, abandoned and neglected children ages 5-17 years of age. It will house approximately 150 new beds. We will heal the hearts and lives of these children through the love of Jesus Christ, using strategic and proven programs and therapies. The Shelter will offer small animal therapy, horse therapy, dance and music therapies, garden therapy, song and prayer therapies as well as social, educational and community activities to develop well-adjusted and healthy children and teens. Counseling services are available for the children, teens and their extended caregivers. Each child will undergo The H.O.P.E. Journey curriculum to renew their mind with healthy, productive and transformative mindsets that will leading them to wholesome healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We collect out-dated computers, laptops, monitors and other IT equipment and refurbish and re-purpose them for training others with computer skills, literacy, life skills and job preparation. These are used in the Computer Lab and Library of our Shelters as well as given to our resident teens in High School and those preparing to go to College to assist them in their studies.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

We have started our Open Arms Foster to Adopt Agency to find and vet loving and healthy families to foster children. Once the family is certified, they can receive a child into their home. Many families choose to adopt and we assist in making that process as smooth as possible.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

This curriculum offers people from ages 5-75, especially those that have been abused, abandoned, neglected or in generational poverty a healing and transformative journey with holistic and integrated methods that they may learn to prosper everyday and in every faucet of their lives.

The HOPE Journey covers the 7 Pillars of Life; mind, soul, spirit, body, finances, social and workplace. Each Pillar contains 5 Fundamentals and each Fundamental contains 3 Practicalities. Each lesson contains specialized homework for that individual and their particular circumstances and each lesson contains Actionable Applications and Steps that must be taken to proceed to the next Pillar. It will place them on a life-long journey of prosperity and success. The Classes are a 10-month weekly learning process followed by 9 months of Mentorship and Life Coaching to ground them in their new found knowledge, understanding and behaviors.

H.O.P.E. is an acronym for Helping Others Prosper Everyday.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

The Jefferson Award 1999

American Institute for Public Service

The Imagineer's Award 2000

The Mind Science Foundation

Northside ISD Pillar of Caring 2000

Northside Education Foundation

Texas Woman to Watch - Lili Kristan 2001

Business & Professional Women/Texas

Top 100 Hispanic Entrepreneurs - Lili Kristan 1998

Hispanic Magazine

Top 100 Hispanic Entrepreneurs - Lili Kristan 1999

Hispanic Magazine

National Leadership Award - Lili Kristan 2006

The National Republican Congressional Committee

Good Neighbor Award-Greg Jones 2016

San Antonio Business Journal

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 355,000 children and teens have been served through our Programs since 1994. Some of those Programs include "The Local Hero School Program, Christmas Shoebox Gift Program and others.

Number of families served by JJM

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2010, we have served over 20,000 at-risk families who are well below the poverty line in the United States with Christmas Gifts, School Supplies, clothes, shoes, toiletries and more.

Number of Volunteers working with JJM

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Volunteer base has grown tremendously with our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program and in 2018, we added the student bodies of 5 Public Schools. That's 1,000s more.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Children and youth, Families, At-risk youth

Related Program

Open Arms Children's Shelter

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We work with ever growing School Groups, Church Groups, Ladies Groups, Businesses, Sports Teams and Social Clubs all working individually and synergestically to achieve great results.

Number of existing Shelters, Foster Agencies and Children's Organizations we served

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

Children and youth, Young adults, Families

Related Program

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JJM has served other Shelters, Ministries and Children's Organizations in several ways including gifts, clothes, food, volunteer hours, school supplies, hygiene products, emergency needs & counseling.

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Children and youth, Families, At-risk youth

Related Program

Christmas Shoebox Gift Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JJM provides school supplies and backpacks through our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program and through our Back to School programs. We also support other ministries that offer a Back to School Program.

Number of youth programs offered

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JJM's Youth Programs include, "The Local Hero School Program", "Banking on The Future", "Computers with a Purpose", "Artists' Registry", "HOPE Retreats" and Mentorships and The H.O.P.E. Journey

Number of people with improved water access

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

Families, People of Latin American descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Fountain of Life Clean Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Fountain of Life Clean Water Program has provided clean water to over 4,500 people in Colombia.

Number of people hearing the Gospel during outreach events

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

Children and youth, Adults, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at all our Christmas Shoebox Gift presentations, food distributions, counseling/teaching, Ministry outreaches, Back to School Events and when opportunities arise.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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The next and immediate goal for JJM is to establish Open Arms Home. Open Arms Home will be a transitional Shelter that will house up to 70 teens who have aged out of Foster Care. We will provide a safe and loving home where they can learn job and life skills to assist them in becoming productive citizens of society. Teens aging out of Foster Care at age 18 have not been taught how to care for themselves. Most, if not all, have never had a job, don't know how to cook, manage money, handle bank accounts, drive a car, participate in community service, shop for themselves or make a productive contribution. They will be taught all of that and more. We will help them get their GED or college credits while finding and holding down a job. These young adults are sadly the target audience that gets involved in drugs, prostitution, human trafficking or suicidal tendencies if they are not nurtured and assisted in becoming productive and self-sufficient adults. Open Arms Home will provide the safe housing, support systems and teaching they need to thrive in life.

Strategies for the Open Arms Home include doing a Lease Purchase with a property such as an abandoned nursing home, small hotel or multi-unit complex that would provide the housing needed along with the rooms, kitchen and great spaces for counseling, activities and studies. Establishing symbiotic relationships are imperative as well as finding property owners that wish to use their spaces for humanitarian purposes and are more highly motivated by the greater purposes of "good and productive transformations" than by money. Grant writing and fundraising are also a big part of our strategic plan. Our strategy to lower our overhead includes adding green technologies to the structures, adding traditional and hydroponic greenhouses to grow food as well as planting gardens, orchards and berry patches. We will also capture rain, recycle grey water and use solar water heaters and solar and hydro devices for lights and power. Our plan is to be completely self-sustained in 3-5 years.

We have an "Adoption" Partners Program in place to connect and engage with individuals and businesses that wish to financially support Open Arms Home on a monthly basis. Our strategy is to grow this Adoption Program each year.

JJM has projections of Salaries, Expenses & Income for 5 years for up to 100 children for the Open Arms Home. A property has been identified and negotiations are underway for a Lease Purchase. The organizational capacities are in place and the fundraising and grant writing has begun and will continue until fully funded. Policies and Procedures have been written up.

The Foster to Adopt Placement Agency has begun with simply a Manager. As it grows, a Director and more case workers will be hired. JJM began by collaborating with an established Foster Placement Agency to learn and grow without any heavy overhead. Policies and Procedures are in place.

The Christmas Shoebox Gift Program has been growing steadily by 75-100% for the last nine years and each year the partnerships and volunteer base grows. This year we will add a Volunteer and Program Coordinator to oversee this much needed Gift and Healing Program.

We have received a donation pledge of $3,000,000 for the purchase of our Open Arms Home.

We have also received a donation pledge of $500,000 for 3 years (total $1.5M) for Operating Costs contingent on getting a "matching" amount. This will cover our total operating costs for the first 3 years.

We have identified a very suitable property for our first Open Arms Home and negotiations are underway for a Lease Purchase Agreement.

We have met with DFPS and CPS case workers to discuss our plans, strategies and tour the potential property.

We have re-taken the certification course from DFPS to become current.

We have conducted initial interviews with key people for Directors, Administrators, Caretakers and others.

We have obtained "Adoption Partners" that have agreed to financially support the Shelter on a monthly basis for 3+ years. We will be meeting with others. Our first goal is to obtain 100+ Adoption Partners.

We continue to write grants.

Financials

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J-JIREH MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 5/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lili Kristan

Kingdom Studios Advertising Agency

Greg Jones

Phyllis Browning Real Estate

Carlos Ferreyro

Canaan Latin American Ministries, Inc.

Maree Crouch

Altogether Lovelee Spa & Salon

Daniel Lindblom

Crystal Water Alliance

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 05/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability