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Serenity Church Terrell

Lifting the Fallen, Restoring the Broken, Healing the Hurting

aka Serenity Corner   |   Terrell, TX   |  SerenityCorner.org

Mission

The Mission of Serenity Church is to provide love to those who are wounded by life circumstances.

Ruling year info

2020

Board President and Lead Pastor

Don Ledbetter

Main address

PO Box 266

Terrell, TX 75160 USA

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Formerly known as

Serenity Church Terrell

EIN

81-2392776

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (E11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Terrell is 30 miles from Dallas and situated at the junction of 4 major highways that bring people to and from the Metroplex. Serenity is 7+ years old, has a client base of 40+ regulars, serves two hot meals weekly, distributes 24 bags of ready-to-eat food weekly to homeless individuals, opens it doors as often as it has a volunteer to do so for bathroom breaks, food, water, toiletries, clothing and respite but it functions in a 450 square foot run-down building with no sustainable income stream. The ministry is all performed by volunteers. We need a building, sustainable income, a fulltime employee and funds to build the ministry so we can minister to the total needs of our clients not just put band aids on.

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?

Weekly Hearten Food Bags

We provide meals of ready-to-eat food items that can be taken on the go twice a week. Everything has a poptop lid and needs no refrigeration.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

We collect and provide as needed clothing, blankets, toiletries, comfort, counselling, transportation, help with replacing lost documents needed for identification and for job serch.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Work status and occupations
Health
Social and economic status
Sexual identity

We provide volunteers who are Christian to mentor, feed, worship with our guests who can share the love of God with them and to encouragement them in their walk of faith.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Homeless people

5 churches in Terrell take turn provding a hot meal on Friday nights prior to the regular worship and Bible Study time known as "The Circle". On Wednesday nights a meal is served to those who attend Bible Study.

Population(s) Served

Individuals, church groups and volunteers pack shoeboxes with goodies, snacks, clothing items, games, and all kinds of items that would be useful or bring joy to a homeless person at Christmas time. The boxes are gift wrapped and each recipient gets to choose the box they want.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Social and economic status
Health
Age groups
Social and economic status
Health

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Terrell Chamber of Commerce 2020

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 grants received

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Dropouts, Out-of-home youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Weekly Hearten Food Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing 32 different services and ministries mostly around food, clothing, shelter, medical, health and utilities assistance.

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.

1. Our #1 goal is to serve the spiritual, physical and practical needs of the homeless and housing insecure persons who have made Terrell, Texas their permanent or part-time location.
2. Design and build a Church structure on land we have purchased in south Terrell where we can provide daily meals, shelter, clothing, laundry and shower facilities and Christ-based guidance/counseling to these persons.
3. Employ a fulltime Director to manage daily ministries and operations.
4. Establish a sustainable annual financial operating base of $100,000 consisting of contributions from individuals, churches, businesses, organizations, corporations and grants.

1. Serenity has a large group of volunteers who serve meals, collect clothing and other items needed, seek job opportunities, provide transportation for doctor visits and all kinds of other social service needs.
2. A committee of volunteers, contractors, and architects are currently working with the city, local churches and organizations to build a church and ministry space of adequate size and capability to serve our growing homeless and housing challenged population in Terrell.
3. We are currently training a local young man, a recovered addict who has a heart for ministry to serve as a Director. He is enrolled in a Bible College course and is the preaching minister on Friday nights at "The Circle".
4. The Board of Directors establishes annual fund-raising goals and plans to raise 100% of this revenue from donations from people, churches and businesses and grants from local businesses and charitable organizations.

1. Serenity has a dedicated leader and functioning Board of Directors including two Pastors which have kept it moving and growing for 7+ years. With strong volunteer support, Serenity has managed to garner enough donations to rent a building, pay the utilities, provide two meals a week and meet 32 different needs of the homeless who are drawn there including a weekly bag of street-friendly food.
2. There are now committees of volunteers helping to stock and distribute the food bags, write grants and plan fundraising opportunities, seek out building possibilities, provide meals, etc.
3. Our functioning grant writing team is key to identifying grant opportunities and writing targeted grant applications that have been key to Serenity's financial success.
4. We have moved our finances to QuickBooks and have a volunteer Treasurer / Bookkeeper who manages and reports financial performance at a very detailed level.

1. Serenity now has a fully functional Board of Directors, two Pastors and Treasurer, has an EIN number, is a 501(c )3 non-profit, has a post office box, has a website presence and is on Facebook. In 2022 our supporters grew to nearly 250 online and in-person volunteers and friends. We were awarded $11,000 in grant funds, maintained a pantry stocked and capable of providing 24 bags of ready-to-eat meals per week to our homeless friends, have a printed brochure and a promotional video, is serving over 40 clients weekly in some manner.
2. Priorities:
1.Building where ministry can take place all day every day, where problems can be resolved, where wounds can be healed, where love and care can be disbursed with abandon,
2. Hire a fulltime Director,
3. Maintain a predictable, sustainable income stream that supports a growing need.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Serenity Church Terrell

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Mike Lewis


Board co-chair

Mr Launny Thies

Tracy White

Launny Thies

FUMC Terrell TX

Mike Lewis

FUMC Terrell TX

Don Ledbetter

Serenity Church

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 4/29/2023

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2021

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.