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Mission of Love Charities, Inc.

Empowering People, Changing Lives.

aka MOLC   |   Capitol Heights, MD   |  www.molcinc.org

Mission

Mission of Love Charities, Inc. (MOLC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human services organization whose mission is to empower, educate, and advocate for low-income individuals and families in order to diminish poverty in our community. Our Core Values: 1) All homeless, low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families deserve to live with dignity, 2) Training and education help impoverished people achieve dignity and stability, 3) Quality of life improves when people's basic needs are met, 4) Connecting with the surrounding communities in Prince George's County, Maryland and Washington, DC is fundamental to improving the lives of the people we serve, and 5) Our staff and volunteers are committed to serving and empathizing with the people in need who come to us for help.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Deborah Martinez

Main address

6180 Old Central Avenue

Capitol Heights, MD 20743 USA

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EIN

52-1748577

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We persist in our commitment to serve homeless and low-income families and individuals in the community. With the health, economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the deleterious impact has been severe on many people, including many families with children, who were and are living on the very margins of society. The result is that the number of people seeking help has increased dramatically. Most, if not all, of these people are faced with food insecurity and the organization seeks to provide them with the food supplies they need. Additionally, many of the people who come to the Mission of Love Charities, Inc. for help are faced with housing uncertainty and eviction. They need help to pay the rent and/or pay a deposit on a rental. The majority, if not all, of these people need some help and training to get back in the workforce.

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?

Basic Needs Program

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. has served more than 348,000 disadvantaged individuals and families since its inception in 1991. Seventy percent of clients served live in Prince George’s County and other jurisdictions in Maryland, 25% are from the District of Columbia and 5% live in Northern Virginia.

With a barebones staff and some volunteers, the Mission of Love Charities, Inc. (MOLC) is committed to serving and empathizing with the people in need who come to its doors seeking assistance. This includes, among other things, the basic, essential support that gives people down on their luck some sense of personal dignity, accommodations such as showers and laundry, clothing and furniture, or even a designated place to receive personal mail.

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. Basic Needs Program helps individuals and families stretch their limited incomes by providing them with donated furniture, clothing, and household amenities. In addition, the nonprofit makes necessary referrals to resources in the community, based on people’s need. Each year the charity hosts a back-to-school community event where young people in need are given backpacks and other school supplies. The annual coat drive provides individuals, including children, with clean coats to wear during the cold weather. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, the nonprofit's staff distributes food and toys to those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. operates the only Food Pantry in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that is open five-days-a-week. While we have curtailed a number of our services because of restrictions and following social distancing requirements we have continued to offer our basic needs, crisis assistance and homeless services programs. Through the Food Pantry program, qualifying people are given free food.

The charity also provides education about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, otherwise known as Food Stamps, and the nonprofit’s Case Managers stand ready to help people complete and submit applications for food assistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. Homeless Services Program is aimed to help homeless individuals and families get access to needed resources and services. The nonprofit partners with the Department of Social Services in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The charity runs a Day Center where individuals and families living on the streets can have access to a shower, laundry machines, and food. There are also computers available to use to get information about services and to apply for jobs. A mailing address can also be provided for people to receive official documents and other important mail.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

MOLC offers utility, rental and security deposits assistance to homeless and low income individuals and families. Under this program MOLC offers crisis assistance to prevent eviction and homelessness. Each case is reviewed and help is assessed based on need and the severity of the case. MOLC also works very closely with the Department of Social Services helping individuals complete applications for their Energy Assistance Program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. provides education about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The nonprofit's Case Managers help clients complete and submit applications for food assistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

People served by the Mission of Love Charities, Inc. are experiencing severe and even desperate economic insecurity, which results in individuals, families and children going homeless and hungry. To mitigate and provide intervention that can remedy these situations, the organization is focusing on a new initiative to create Workforce Development Programs that will train and enable people to get back on their feet economically and support themselves and their families.

The charity is working to reinvigorate its current Workforce Employability Program that was curtailed because of the pandemic. The program had significant success in placing previously unemployed individuals in well-paying jobs in technology and administrative positions. Training included basic computer classes, financial management workshops, resume writing assistance and interview preparation guidance for people who need to build and enhance their self-esteem, emotional intelligence, and workplace skills.

Currently, the nonprofit is exploring the possibilities of creating new Workforce Development Programs. We are in ongoing talks with professional associations and local educational institutions seeking ways to create and provide training and certification programs for people seeking employment as water treatment and management technicians, terrazzo craftspeople, construction managers, and nursing assistants. Launching these programs are in the preliminary stages, and the goal is to have them up and running by January 1, 2021.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. partners with the Mental Health Association of Greater Washington to connect people with mental health support services. The organization also provides Mental Health First Aid sessions to individuals. The charity is actively seeking partnerships with primary care, dental care, and other mental health care providers so that it is positioned to have more seamless and reliable resources for the homeless veteran and other populations that regularly visit the charity.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

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 families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Utility and Rental Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have screened 1000+ families and individuals seeking financial assistance for rent and security deposit this year. This metric also includes people seeking utility assistance.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Basic Needs Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have provided 250 families with back-to-school supplies and backpacks.

Number of meals served or provided

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

Families

Related Program

Food Pantry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have provided 4,600 families with food this year.

Number of individuals and/or families receiving furniture or clothing

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

Families

Related Program

Basic Needs Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have provided over 1800 individuals and families with clothing and furniture.

Number of homeless individuals receiving snacks and toiletries

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

Adults

Related Program

Day Center Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have provided 200 homeless individuals with snacks and toiletries.

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.

In FY21 it is our objective to provide:

2000 individuals and families with clothing and furniture.
5000 families with food.
Screen 1500+ families and individuals seeking financial assistance for rent and security deposit.
7300 hot meals to homeless individuals visiting our Day Center.
250 families with back-to-school supplies and backpacks.
200 homeless individuals with snacks and toiletries.
250 families with Thanksgiving food baskets.
250 families with Christmas food baskets.
200 families with new toys for Christmas.

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. is embarking on several new ventures that will enhance operations and increase the ways and numbers of people we serve.

1) We are seeking partnerships with primary care, dental care, and mental health care providers so that we can have more seamless and reliable resources for these needs.

2) We are hoping to secure funding to support after-school and weekend supplementary education programs and provide food for school-aged children who because of their economic circumstances are being left out and passed over with the remote learning and teaching offered by schools.

3) We are in ongoing talks with professional associations and local educational institutions seeking ways to create and provide training and certification programs for people seeking employment as water treatment and management technicians, terrazzo craftspeople, and construction managers.

4) We are hoping to reinvigorate our Workforce Employability Program that was curtailed because of the pandemic, a program that had significant success in placing previously unemployed individuals in well-paying jobs in technology and administrative positions.

To expand and increase the impact of our operations and serve more and more people in our community, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation has made an offer to the nonprofit, which we cannot refuse. They have a property across the street from the current Mission of Love Charities, Inc. facility that is a vacant school, a public-school building that has not been used for several years. Prince George’s County has given us the building and the land on which it sits. All we must do now is renovate the premises and move across the street.

As you might imagine, renovating a school building that has sat vacant for years is going to be quite a task. It will be expensive, and we will need help. We will need your help in coming up with the funds to take advantage of this opportunity.

Our goal is to raise $5 million to fund this project. That is a lot of money. But it is doable. We cannot imagine anyone saying that it is not worth it. Give it a thought. Think about joining us in our quest to be bigger and better in our services to the many needy people of the community.

The Mission of Love Charities, Inc. has served more than 348,000 disadvantaged individuals and families since its inception in 1991. The nonprofit 501(c)3 human services organization’s mission is to help, empower, educate and train as well as serve as an advocate for low-income individuals and families in our community.

This is accomplished through our current programs and services:
• Crisis Assistance: We provide rental and security deposits assistance to homeless and low-income individuals and families to prevent eviction and homelessness.
• Food Pantry: Open six days a week to offer free food for homeless and low-income individuals.
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps: Our Case Managers provide education about the USDA’s program and helps qualifying individuals and families apply for benefits.
• Day Center: Homeless individuals and families can have access to a shower, laundry machines, and food.
• Basic Needs: Qualifying individuals are eligible for donated furniture, clothing, and other household amenities.
• Workforce Development / Employability Skills Certification: Our education courses help build people’s self-esteem and emotional intelligence so they can confidently re-enter the workforce. Training courses include topics such as benefits of technology in the workplace, change management and life coaching, and money matters / financial wellness. Basic computer skills are also taught to help individuals research and apply for jobs.
• Mental and Behavioral Health referrals: The charity partners with the Mental Health Association of Greater Washington to provide services and offers mental health first aid sessions to individuals on a regular basis.
• School Supplies: Backpacks and school supplies are available free to homeless and low-income children in the community thanks to kind donations.
• Coats: At the start of winter, coats are available free to homeless and low-income individuals in the community thanks to big-hearted donations from local businesses.
• Food Baskets: At Thanksgiving and Christmas time, food baskets are distributed by staff to homeless and low-income individuals thanks to substantial donations from the community.
• Toys: Needy families are granted free toys for their children during Christmas time, thanks to generous donations from the public and businesses.

With our 9 member Board of Directors, and 7 dedicated professional staff, along with donors like you and numerous volunteers, we are capable of reaching our goals and expanding our programming and services to help the low-income and homeless population in our community.

There has been a dramatic increase in the demand for food because of the economic impact of the pandemic. Many families, who were living on the edge, lost their jobs and are now faced with empty refrigerators, empty cupboards, and mouths to feed. Then comes the worry about trying to pay the rent and utilities – which, of course, is only the start to major problems of eviction and homelessness, despite the eviction moratoriums.

In the closing months of FY2019, April, May, and June, we began to see up to 1,500 visits a month from families, children and individuals who were desperate for food. This is almost seven times the number of people we were seeing earlier in the year. While our capability to help people with housing insecurity was limited because of the pandemic restrictions, we were able to help some families and individuals. While the demand for food and other support has increased dramatically, so has the need for financial resources to pay for this support.

So far this year we have helped 1,800+ individuals and families with clothing and furniture; 4,600 families with food; Screened 1000+ families and individuals seeking financial assistance for rent and security deposit; 500 hot meals to homeless individuals visiting our Day Center; 250 families with back-to-school supplies and backpacks; 200 homeless individuals with snacks and toiletries; 250 families with Thanksgiving food baskets; 250 families with Christmas food baskets; 200 families with new toys for Christmas.

Our plan is to create new Workforce Development Programs. Most, if not all the people served are experiencing severe and even desperate economic insecurity, which results in individuals, families and children going homeless and hungry. In order to mitigate and provide intervention that can remedy these situations, the organization is focusing on a new initiative to create Workforce Development Programs that will train and enable people to get back on their feet economically and support themselves and their families. Some possible trainings include basic employability skills, computer skills, certification as a water treatment technician, and certification as a nursing assistant. The launching of these programs is in the preliminary stages, and the goal is to have them up and running by January 1, 2021.

In 2020 we will hold our first ever Fall Festival. Children will be presented with treats to complement their Halloween celebrations. Later in the season we will hold our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Families and children will be able to pick up Thanksgiving Food Baskets loaded with turkey and other food for the holiday. Finally, we will hold our annual Holiday Toy Shop Giveaway. Children and family members will be able to pick up toys for their children ages 1-15, and turkeys will also be distributed. All qualified low-income families and children are welcome.

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 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mission of Love Charities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Gary Michael

NAI The Michael Company

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. Anthony Perez

L. A. Perez Consulting Co.

Term: 2019 - 2023

Gary Michael

NAI The Michael Co

Clement Troutman

Tropical Smoothie

Alex Villegas

Rodgers Consulting Co

Chris Bloyer

Washington Football Team

Anthony Perez

LA Perez Consulting

Kara Janine Ziegler

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Mid Atlantic States

Brandon Gurney

Stanley Martin Homes

Deborah Martinez

CEO - Mission of Love Charities

Norman Rivera

Law Offices of Norman D. Rivera, LLC

Nathanial Crittenden

N'Style Hair Grooming

Tony Paige

Dream Point Sports

Nancy Brighindi

National Hispanic Medical Association

Lynn Phillips

Southern Management Companies

Sam Brin

Pull Up Fund

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/30/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.