Bringing Health and Hope to Communities

aka Trinity River Food Bank   |   Cleveland, TX   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 77-0719656


To serve deep East Texas by bringing health and hope to communities providing a holistic approach to food banking that includes access to nutritious food , health and wellness support services, various educational and vocational programs that promote change and alleviate poverty. We Provide direct services and collaborate with other agencies to see needs met and the clients quality of life improved.

Ruling year info



Christine Shippey

Main address

PO Box 1029

Cleveland, TX 77328 USA

Show more contact info



Subject area info


Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Show Forms 990


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization focuses on the problems that the undeserved, uneducated and working poor population faces such as food insecurities, access to proper nutrition, lack of education, self care, overall mental health and wellness.

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?

Covenant with Christ Walker County

We host worship services and outreach programs at our Walker County Location including child literacy programs.
We collaborate with other Non-profits to provide various educational classes and nutrition classes for those with chronic health conditions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

We assist clients with case management and referrals. We provide direct services such as electric bill assistance through Entergy Electrics power to care program. We distribute hygiene and other household items as we have available for those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We conduct a two-year school of ministry program to help others fulfill their call through discipleship training so students can be equipped to share the love of Christ effectively in whatever ministry they are called to serve in. We are accredited through the Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries.
The degree programs we currently offer an Associates degree in Christian Ministry and a Bachelors degree in Biblical Theology.

Population(s) Served

Covenant Recovery Center is a faith-based residential facility for men who have recently been released from incarceration or homelessness. The house is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our program is up to (12) twelve-month period, and those who become Residents here will dedicate their time to reentry and transitioning to a healthy lifestyle and new beginning. Applicants must have a committed desire to change. A safe place for healing has been created that can help men who struggle life controlling problems and addictions. This ministry has a comfortable, yet controlled environment that helps residents attain recovery, healing, and restoration.

Mission Statement To provide a safe faith-based environment with comprehensive services for men to successfully transition into society after incarceration or homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work


Community Service of the year award 2019

Governer of Texas Award

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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 goals at Covenant with Christ International is to reach out to those in need locally and globally. Helping clients to have hope and receive healing, empowering them to live productive and healthy lives, then, equipping them to reach others.

We have food pantries that serve over 100 families daily giving them access to healthy food in a way that promotes dignity through a client choice pantry. These pantries are located within four counties;Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker & Trinity.

We also equip and empower other non-profit organizations to host monthly food pantries within this four county range in Texas. These various food pantries also identify the other needs that the clients may have and either meet the need with direct services of distribution of additional items or give a referral to the client to other organizations that we collaborate with to meet the need of the client.

We provide educational and vocational programming in Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker Counties Programs include; GED, ESL,Nutrition Education, Job internship and mentoring. christian education through our school of ministry.

We have a community service center in Cleveland, Texas. where we have case managers to identify the challenges they are facing and walk with them to find solutions for each area of their life, providing direct services such as electric bill assistance, hygiene cleaning products, program enrollment or referrals.

We host short term missions trips to Uganda, Africa and Guatemala where we bring humanitarian relief in the form of clothing, food and hygiene items. We also host educational programs for the uneducated and needy families overseas.

We host educational and rehabilitation programs in several units at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system.

We have two campuses with meeting rooms and food pantries, a large group of hardworking volunteers, fundraising teams and through the support of our local business, institutions and many individuals we will continue the work we have been involved with since 2014 of providing food, case management, educational programs and more to meet needs in our local communities.

Also, we host a variety of our programs in collaborations with several community partners. These partnerships are with organizations like MET, SER, Entergy Electric Company, Houston Food Bank, Salvation Army, Children's' Hunger Fund,Harris County Department of Education and the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County, Big Creek Cowboy Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle Church, The Sanctuary Church, The Ark Church of Huntsville and several other non-profit organizations.

We raise funds and send a team overseas bi-annually to conduct short term missions outreaches. We do this by working with the local non-profits already there. Bringing many items with us like clothing , hygiene and educational programs to widows, orphans and the needy. We purchase other items onsite that are additional needs they may have such as food or household items.

We have a team of volunteers and school of ministry students, who go into the prison units in Texas to bring hope and healing through educational programs such as worship services and Christian Education classes. Rehabilitation programs such as Anger Management, Financial Recovery classes and a few others as needed by the units.

What we have accomplished:
We currently serve thousands of clients monthly. Many for food and other direct services.

We have over one-hundred clients enrolled in educational classes and we serve many clients with electric bill and case management programs.

We received two major awards this year. The Houston Food Banks' Hub Organization of the year for 2019 and the Governor Greg Abbott Community Service Award for our work in the Texas Prison System and our local community for 2019.

We have graduated seven. two-year terms from our School of ministry and see many serving in our local communities and surrounding areas.

What is next:

We are looking forward to expanding and improving our locations with new facilities to better serve the community, expanding our services to free medical and dental clinics along with other social service, educational and vocational programs. We have been donated acreage where we plan to break ground and build this new facility to provide much needed services.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.54 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data


Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of COVENANT WITH CHRIST INTERNATIONAL INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

Created in partnership with

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $19,995 $210,499 $3,410,083
As % of expenses 20.4% 58.0% 514.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $12,273 $175,668 $3,325,183
As % of expenses 11.6% 44.2% 444.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $399,530 $1,698,832 $3,220,036
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 325.2% 89.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.3% 0.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.5% 99.6% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.5% 0.1% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $97,934 $362,841 $663,277
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 270.5% 82.8%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 14.2% 21.2% 24.5%
Occupancy 35.7% 28.3% 26.0%
Interest 0.7% 0.6% 0.5%
Pass-through 20.2% 16.8% 13.5%
All other expenses 29.1% 33.1% 35.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $105,656 $397,672 $748,177
One month of savings $8,161 $30,237 $55,273
Debt principal payment $4,673 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $65,654 $232,853 $266,835
Total full costs (estimated) $184,144 $660,762 $1,070,285

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 28.0 15.1 10.9
Months of cash and investments 28.0 15.1 10.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.4 1.1 59.4
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021 2022
Cash $228,668 $455,305 $604,100
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $704,834 $401,833
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $315,583 $548,436 $812,316
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 18.5% 17.0% 21.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.2% 11.2% 6.4%
Unrestricted net assets $280,856 $456,524 $3,781,707
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $281,601 $1,407,093 $548,867
Total net assets $562,457 $1,863,617 $4,330,574

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization


Christine Shippey

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of officer and director compensation data for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 04/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
Download the most recent year of board of directors data for this organization
Board chair

Christine Shippey

Tara Devon Robertson

New Caney ISD

Ronald Ray Shirley II

Shirley & Sons Construction, Co.,Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/5/2021

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/05/2021

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

  • 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 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser