More than a Meal. We Feed, Clothe & Empower our Neighbors in Need

Mesa, AZ   |
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EIN: 26-1669496


At Paz de Cristo, we feed, clothe and empower those in struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Mrs. Jackie Shelley

Main address

424 W Broadway Rd

Mesa, AZ 85210 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Homeless people

Low-income people

Extremely poor people

Working poor

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Evening Meal Service

Paz de Cristo provides a hot nutritious meal every day of the year to those struggling with food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

Paz de Cristo provides a clothing bank that operates 3 days a week to give homeless people a place to get new underwear and socks as well as a change of clothing and personal hygiene products. We provide a shower program 1-2 days a week and haircuts are provided bi-weekly by a licensed barber/cosmetologist.

Population(s) Served

Paz de Cristo is partners with our local Feeding America Food Bank to provide food boxes that are part of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is a program provided by the USDA. Additionally, we have food boxes for people who do not qualify for the income requirements for federal assistance programs, such as TEFAP and SNAP (formerly food stamps), but do not have an adequate income to provide food for their families.

Population(s) Served

Paz de Cristo is a recognized partner of AZ Department of Economic Security (DES)/Wildfire to provide education, outreach, and application assistance for people who may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by doing community outreach on foot and online, providing assistance in completing the application, either by assisting with filling out a paper form or providing access to a computer and the internet for online applications.

Population(s) Served
Working poor
Working poor

Paz de Cristo assists people who need a copy of their birth certificate or Arizona State ID by providing assistance with completing paperwork and paying fees.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Working poor
Homeless people

Where we work

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

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Through our strategic plan and initiatives, Paz de Cristo Community Center is growing our service offerings to not only continue to offer the emergency services, such as the congregate evening meal, food boxes, and other services to those experiencing homelessness and poverty, but to grow our programs and services to include a food truck that we can use to bring a hot meal to people in locations throughout the community, such as senior centers, other nonprofits, etc. (and raise funds and awareness through working corporate events and food truck festivals). We also see the need to add shower days each week so people experiencing homelessness have access to clean clothes, a shower, haircuts and hygiene. Additionally, COVID was very hard on the 18-24 year old population, and we will begin to offer life-skills trainings and help people get connected with career/job skills resources so they can overcome barriers to supporting themselves and their families, thus preventing them from falling into homelessness. We do this through offering education, life-skills training, aptitude assessments and career/job skills planning.

Currently we have a 3-year strategic initiative which includes acquiring a food truck for mobile meal distribution, expanding our shower service so the homeless people in our community can have access to a shower at least 5 days a week, and begin to offer life skills and other trainings to people trying to improve their lives. We develop the strategic plan for each initiative by meeting with community leaders and stakeholders to address the needs of the community. The Executive Director prioritizes each initiative based on community needs assessments done by local governments, other nonprofits and community organizations. Once the priorities have been established, a plan and timeline is developed and staff works to implement new initiatives within their respective departments. Additionally, we write a case for support for each initiative so we can fundraise around each initiative making sure that the program is going to result in measurable and reportable deliverables.

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 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 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 27.13 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PAZ DE CRISTO COMMUNITY CENTER’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.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $90,444 $101,019 $332,930 $445,647 $355,754
As % of expenses 4.4% 5.3% 20.8% 29.5% 18.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $77,808 $84,362 $298,730 $412,021 $320,469
As % of expenses 3.8% 4.4% 18.3% 26.7% 16.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,133,113 $2,198,840 $1,940,522 $1,948,926 $2,286,552
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3.5% 3.1% -11.7% 0.4% 17.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 2.3% 2.9% 3.6% 3.4% 11.9%
All other grants and contributions 97.7% 97.1% 91.8% 95.4% 88.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 4.5% 1.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,044,336 $1,914,474 $1,600,092 $1,510,779 $1,930,798
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.5% -6.4% -16.4% -5.6% 27.8%
Personnel 21.9% 25.5% 33.0% 35.3% 32.8%
Professional fees 1.1% 2.0% 1.7% 7.5% 3.3%
Occupancy 4.4% 4.7% 7.3% 4.0% 4.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 72.7% 67.8% 58.1% 53.2% 59.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,056,972 $1,931,131 $1,634,292 $1,544,405 $1,966,083
One month of savings $170,361 $159,540 $133,341 $125,898 $160,900
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $106,397 $240,231 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,227,333 $2,197,068 $2,007,864 $1,670,303 $2,126,983

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.8 3.9 5.6 10.3 9.4
Months of cash and investments 2.8 3.9 5.6 10.3 9.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.0 3.1 5.9 9.8 9.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $481,704 $614,568 $750,032 $1,297,745 $1,505,127
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $15,666 $4,207 $0 $69,322
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $140,361 $246,758 $486,989 $486,989 $486,989
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 50.8% 35.7% 25.1% 32.0% 39.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.1% 1.7% 2.7% 6.8% 1.8%
Unrestricted net assets $574,631 $658,993 $1,156,070 $1,568,091 $1,888,560
Temporarily restricted net assets $15,000 $198,347 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $15,000 $198,347 $7,500 $0 $0
Total net assets $589,631 $857,340 $1,163,570 $1,568,091 $1,888,560

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mrs. Jackie Shelley

Jackie Shelley was born in a small town in Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1974. Jackie's desire to have a career of service began when she was 18 and she found herself in the line at the local food pantry after the death of her father. She knew once back on her feet, she wanted to return the favor and serve the community. During her 30+ year career in nonprofit, Jackies professional experience includes fundraising and development, marketing, relationship building, grant writing, volunteer management, food bank operations, and community engagement. These experiences positioned her well to lead the team and grow Paz de Cristos reputation and connections in the community. Paz de Cristo serves more than 10,000 people annually, and utilizes 1,000 volunteers on site and thousands more in the community.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Lori Jones

Tom Flessor

Lori Jones

Barbara Reardon

David Waxberg

Ellie Diamond

Chris Geesling

Ronaldo Gonzalez

Mark Keller

Trang Nguyen

Paul Noble

Gerald Reynolds

Derek Williams

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 5/13/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.