VOICE OF CALVARY MINISTRIES

Rebuilding Lives Since 1975

aka VOCM   |   Jackson, MS   |  www.vocm.org

Mission

Voice of Calvary Ministries exists to rebuild people to rebuild communities through the gospel.

Ruling year info

1975

President/CEO

Margaret Johnson

Main address

531 W Capitol St

Jackson, MS 39203 USA

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EIN

64-0564343

NTEE code info

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Voice of Calvary Ministries (VOCM) is working to address the problem of poverty by providing programs and services that would give people choices--where they live, where they work and where they bank. It is our belief that when people have living wages, they are not doomed to live in under-resourced neighborhoods and be defined by their zip codes.

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?

ESG

Provides financial assistance for homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless 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.

Voice of Calvary Ministries is aiming to change the narrative for low income and disadvantaged populations. We are working to provide services and programs that will enhance the opportunity for our clients to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Our strategies include offering financial literacy and credit counseling; intensive case management and support; creation of workforce development initiatives; and housing stability assistance.

VOCM has a professional staff with significant experience in working with disadvantaged populations. We have administered several programs to assist the disadvantaged. The programs include assisting homeless individuals secure stable housing; assisted incarcerated veterans to prepare them for a successful re-entry into society; and worked with elementary school students to increase their math and science scores. Voice of Calvary Ministries is a HUD certified counseling agency and has counseled more than 1500 families on home buyer education and financial literacy. We also provide credit counseling and assist clients with developing credit action plans to prepare for home ownership. Since 1975, VOCM has rehabilitated and sold more than 300 homes to low-to-moderate first-time home buyers.

Margaret Johnson, President/CEO, has more than 25 years of experience in grant administration and management. She has a MBA Degree in Strategic Management from Davenport University. Professionally, she has worked in the public sector and has managed several housing programs funded by the HUD. Ms. Johnson Ms. Johnson will be responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and reporting.

Sheron Brown-Gorden, Home Ownership Coordinator, has more than 13 years of providing housing and case management services to our target population. She is a certified housing counselor and most recently was a case manager supervisor for our SSVF program. She will serve as the Home Buyer Education Counselor/Trainer for the program.

Barbara Parker-Thornton, Community Engagement Coordinator, has significant experience in community engagement and outreach. She most recently served as Case Manager/Community Engagement Coordinator for the SSVF program. Barbara spearheaded the development of the SSVF Central Mississippi Correctional Facility Veterans’ program whereas we provided life skills, job assistance and housing services to incarcerated veterans before and after their release from prison. Barbara secured more than 25 community partners to visit the veteran pod on a weekly basis. Ms. Thornton will facilitate community outreach to promote the program.

Accomplishments:
• Purchased, rehabbed and sold more than 300 homes to low-to-moderate income home buyers in west Jackson.
• Developed a subdivision of 16 new homes in McComb, MS for hurricane Katrina evacuees.
• Developed Claiborne Park, a 16-acre park in west Jackson.
• Provided home buyer/financial literacy education workshops to 150 families per year.
• Provided assistance to more than 400 individuals through an Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from the Mississippi Home Corporation.
• Established Changing the Narrative! a pilot program of hands on learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in eleven west Jackson Schools.
• Successfully implemented nearly $4 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding; acquired, rehabilitated and sold 37 homes in Jackson to low-to-moderate income home buyers.
• Served more than 1,500 veterans and their families who were homeless or in danger of becoming homeless through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
• Developed and implemented a Veterans’ Incarceration Program at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) to reduce recidivism.

FUTURE IMPACT PRIORITIES/GOALS
HOUSING
A. Home Buyer Assistance
We will continue to pursue funding to offer down payment and closing cost assistance to low-to-moderate income first-time home buyers. Additionally, we will provide home buyer/financial literacy education to a minimum of 100 individuals/families annually.

B. Homeless Assistance
We will pursue funding to provide housing, workforce development and education assistance to young people aging out of foster care. We will provide wrap around support services (mental health awareness, employment assistance, financial literacy) in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.

C. Blight Elimination Project/New Housing Development
VOCM is designated as one of five Blight Elimination Partners for the City Jackson’s Blight Elimination Project. We are seeking approval to demolish more than 50 dilapidated structures. Next, we are planning to develop affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income.

EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
• Secure funding to fully implement two Maker Spaces children 2 to 5 years of age for STEAM learning through the West Jackson: Changing the Narrative! Initiative.
• Develop and sponsor Parent Summits to assist parents in functioning as the “first-line educators" for their children; how to communicate effectively and engage with their children's schools and teachers.
• Secure funding to implement the “Ties That Bind” program which will provide social interactions and support to caregivers; and tutoring to children being reared by grandparents or other relatives.

SUPPORTING VETERANS
• Secure financing and development partners to build a housing cooperative exclusively for veterans, the first of its kind in Jackson, MS.
• Provide financial literacy training to a a minimum of 75 veterans annually.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people who are very low, low and moderate income who are disenfranchised and/or marginalized.

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

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    No recent changes made

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

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

    The feedback reinforced our belief that one size does not fit all. We have to meet people where they are and develop programs with flexibility so that fairness and equity are priorities.

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

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting 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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VOICE OF CALVARY MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Willis Finley

Real Estate Solutions

Term: 2015 -

Pat VanderPol

Retired Justice for All

Bret Baxter

The Real Estate

Ronnie Crudup Jr

Exec Dir New Horizon Minstries

Montina Fletcher Lewis

Retired Army

Warren Gilmore

CFO Pike County Sheriff's Office

Sadie Palmer

Community Resident

Primus Wheeler

Exec Dir Jackson Medical Mall Fdn

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/01/2021

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
Black/African American/African
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: 09/01/2021

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 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 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 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 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.