Widows Jar Ministries, Inc.

aka WJM   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.widowsjar.org

Mission

WJM ministers to Gospel preaching missionaries by providing a warehouse stocked with new or near new items they might need on the field to minister or to provide for their own families. We maintain a 26,000 square foot warehouse in which we have 10,000 square feet of shelved items available for missionaries to take free of charge. Furniture and household items are available for those returning to the USA for a period of time to visit their supporting churches. This enables them to furnish their temporary homes or apartments at little cost. We also provide goods for several homeless shelters and kitchens and provide toys at Christmastime for local needy children. Presently sending food to organizations that are feeding the needy.

Notes from the nonprofit

WJM's purpose is to provide supplies for Gospel preaching missionaries who are dependent upon churches and individuals for their total support on the field. They are almost always underfunded, so we have designed a program whereby Christians can donate usable goods for us to display in our warehouse or when we receive donations of funds, we are able to purchase items that have been requested.
The greatest gift to a traveling missionary is gas and restaurant cards, so when we receive funds designated for this purpose, we give each missionary a $100 gift packet which includes a gas card, restaurant card and gift card to a retail store.

This year we were gifted a beautiful large building so our overhead has increased by 1000%. Any donations are used to maintain and equip this warehouse with needed items for the missionaries.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Mrs. Sandy Van Vlymen

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Jim Little

Main address

9250 Corporation Dr

Indianapolis, IN 46256 USA

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EIN

75-3205190

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Christian (X20)

Protestant (X21)

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Our programs

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EQUIPPING WAREHOUSE FOR USE

We endeavor to provide new or near new top quality items for Gospel preaching missionaries in our warehouse free of charge.
We also store items for missionaries temporarily whatever the need and provide furnishings and household goods for missionaries on temporary furlough from their field of service.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We will be shipping approximately 10,000 packages of food that will feed a family of four to Haiti in November. We are in need of funds to pay for the shipping of this food.

Population(s) Served
Families

In October we will be taking a trailerload of goods to a warehouse on the Mexico/Texas border for the use of missionaries and pastors from Mexico who have needs or are ministering to those with needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Clothing we cannot use for distribution to missionaries is put in a special area of the warehouse designated for homeless. We also donate first aid kits, health food, and personal items. It is distributed to them about four times a year

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Items we cannot use for distribution to missionaries because they are too large or unable to be transported in their suitcases are given to a local group who help furnish apartments given to immigrants. Only bare necessities are given to them so we provide such things as lamps, furniture, toys, vacuum cleaners, cookware, dishes, etc. that they desperately need. We also provide bicycles when we get them so they can transport themselves to jobs.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

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Our results

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Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

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EQUIPPING WAREHOUSE FOR USE

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Protestants

Related Program

Clothing and bedding for Homeless

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to excess donations, we began sending many boxes of goods to local organizations trying to feed and clothe local families affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Our goal is to supply more and more that missionaries need as they come to the US to gain the financial support they need. We hope to someday have enough funds to provide cars to loan to them for the year they are here or to receive usable used cars or RVs for this purpose.

We make known our needs to local churches whose missionaries we are servicing and expect that they or a member of their church will back us with financial support to carry out the visions that we have to do more and more for the missionaries home on furlough.

We have a 26,000 square foot building in which we receive and process donations of goods. They are then taken upstairs to a 6,000 sq ft display room and put on shelves and racks to be taken by those eligible to receive items from our organization.

We have ample extra space downstairs in our warehouse to house vehicles for missionary use, if such vehicles were to be donated to us. We would love to have a late model van for missionary use.

We have managed to grow and stock more and more items, to gain many more donors of goods who are now aware of what we do.

Through the services of another 501(c)3, we are able to purchase the rights to all the donations from several local stores, enabling us to provide top quality merchandise to our recipients at a very low cost to us.

We have not accomplished the car loaning ministry due to lack of funds and lack of donation of worthy vehicles.

Financials

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Widows Jar Ministries, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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Board co-chair

Sandy Van Vlymen


Board co-chair

Mrs Joy Weiss

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Term: 2005 - 2010

Sandy Van Vlymen

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Karen Woodard

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Steve Heller

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Joy Weiss

James Little

Tim Altimus

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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