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Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Inc.

Everybody has a story, and every story matters to God.

aka Faith Mission, Faith Refuge, Faith Resale & Donation Center   |   Wichita Falls, TX   |  www.faithmissionwf.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide Christ-centered programs and services that lead the homeless toward self-sufficiency.

Notes from the nonprofit

Every person has a story and every story matters to God. Since 1958, Wichita Falls Faith Mission has stood as a place of faith, hope, and love for the homeless and displaced in our area. Serving in this way has brought opportunities for us to help individuals and families rewrite their stories and experience new and brighter futures.

Our vision at Wichita Falls Faith Mission is to eliminate homelessness in our community one person and one family at a time. We operate in three locations: Faith Refuge, Faith Mission, and Faith Resale & Donation Center. Faith Refuge is our homeless shelter location for women and children. Faith Mission is our homeless shelter location for men and families. Profits from Faith Resale & Donation Center help support our two homeless shelters.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Steve Sparks

Main address

P. O. Box 965

Wichita Falls, TX 76307 USA

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Formerly known as

Faith City Mission

EIN

75-1779401

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the North Texas and Southern Oklahoma region, hundreds of men, women and children suffer from homelessness. Moreover, many suffer from addiction, joblessness, poor health and mental health conditions. We serve these individuals and families by providing services and programs to meet their immediate physical needs such as shelter, food and clothing and we provide programs such as case management, recovery and job readiness programs and transitional supportive housing. Our goal for every individual and family is self-sufficiency.

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?

Faith Mission & Faith Refuge Homeless Shelters

Faith Mission is a homeless shelters that houses men and families. Faith Refuge is our women and children's homeless shelter.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

The New Beginnings Recovery Program is offered at both shelters for adults struggling with various types of addiction. Adults enter the program voluntarily or by court order.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Faith Resale and Donation Center celebrated its Grand Opening on November 8, 2014 at 4502 Old Jacksboro Hwy., Wichita Falls, TX 76302. It provides business training opportunities for students in the recovery program. It also provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Contributions-in-kind are either distributed to the poor in the community through a voucher system or sold to lend support to both shelters for the homeless, Faith Mission and Faith Refuge.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Faith Refuge Career Academy is a free 12-week academy that prepares women for the workforce. All graduates are eligible to apply for a scholarship to further their education.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Faith Enterprises is a social enterprise that trains male graduates of the New Beginnings Recovery Program for the workforce.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

Where we work

Awards

Four Star Charity 2015

CharityNavigator

Silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant 2015

GuideStar Exchange Seal

Four Star Charity 2016

Charity Navigator

Four Star Charity 2017

Charity Navigator

Torch Award 2016

Wichita Falls Better Business Bureau

Affiliations & memberships

Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce 2021

CityGate Network 2021

WF Chamber Torch Award 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Adults, Children and youth, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Faith Mission & Faith Refuge Homeless Shelters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric is the average monthly number of unique clients that received temporary shelter services at either Faith Refuge or Faith Mission. This number includes adults and children.

Average number of dollars given by new donors

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

Adults, Seniors

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric was taken from our Donor Perfect database. In our Financial Donor Revenue Analysis, we used the "Revenue per New Donor Gift" metric.

Average online donation

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people, Age groups, Victims and oppressed people, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Faith Mission & Faith Refuge Homeless Shelters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our vision is to eliminate homelessness. The vision is accomplished by fulfilling our mission to provide Christ-centered programs and services that lead the homeless toward self-sufficiency. All persons are served without regard to race or religion. All services are free. Goals include:

~Feed, clothe, and shelter homeless men, women, and children.
~Prepare women and hard-to-employ men for the workforce.
~Break the cycle and destructive behaviors of addiction.
~Reflect integrity in the organization.
~Be good stewards of our finances.
~Honor donor wishes.
~Be transparent and accountable to the public.
~Value the lives of all persons.
~Improve collaborative efforts with local resources.

Strategies to eliminate homelessness include

~Collect and purchase food to serve our clientele.
~Receive and distribute clothing donations to the poor and sell items at Faith Resale and Donation Center.
~Maintain both shelters, Faith Mission and Faith Refuge.
~Educate and train adults on healthy behaviors and how to overcome addiction through the New Beginnings Recovery Program.
~Train hard-to-employ men in marketable skills through Faith Enterprises to increase their chances of employment.
~Educate and train women through the Faith Refuge Career Academy to prepare them for the workforce.
~Annual audit.
~Monthly board meetings.
~Honor donor wishes, to the extent possible.
~Respect donor privacy and the privacy of clients.
~Network with local resources to serve the homeless and poor in our community.
~Maintain relationships with existing donors and build relationships with potential donors.
~Job referrals and referrals for job skills training.

~Three meals served daily at both shelters.
~110-124 bed capacity at each shelter.
~Case management, directors, and staff provide social services.
~Transparency and accountability.
~Board of Directors meets monthly and oversees the budget.
~Marketing, fund development, and public relations.
~Job training and referrals.
~Scholarship for women.
~Networking and relationship building improves collaborative efforts.

In the 2017 calendar year (January to December) the following statistics have been :

Faith Mission, 1300 Travis St., Wichita Falls, TX
71,910 meals served
17,257 beds of shelter for men
144 beds of shelter for women
418 beds of shelter for children
157 adults/families moved into housing
83 adults gained employment

Faith Refuge, 710 E. Hatton Rd., Wichita Falls, TX
29,173 meals served
10,162 beds of shelter for women
1,787 beds of shelter for children
70 women/families moved into housing
60 gained employment

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?

    Homeless individuals and families, men and women with addictions and men and women needing job readiness.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    It was brought to our attention that the women were not getting opportunities for on-the-job training in our job readiness program. We made a change in our model to include 3 days per week O.J.T. at our Resale Operations. We improved our menu as a result of some complaints but mostly from some constructive suggestions from the clients.We changed our policy for facial hair for men as a result of suggestions by the men in the addiction recovery program. We added day labor opportunities for the women in the addiction recovery program so they could have some spending money.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We have always done this, so not much has changed. Our whole approach to what we do is centered on listening. Thus, "Every person has a story and every story matters to God" is our motto.

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Blair


Board co-chair

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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 12/19/2022

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2021

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • 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.