Magnificat Houses, Inc.

A Light Beyond The Streets

aka Magnificat Houses Inc   |   Houston, TX   |
GuideStar Charity Check

Magnificat Houses, Inc.

EIN: 23-7003471


A welcoming community where those needing housing, food and mental health programs can grow in stability, productivity and independence.

Ruling year info


Interim Executive Director

Mrs. Maureen Sanders

Main address

P.O. Box 8486

Houston, TX 77288 USA

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Subject area info

Offender re-entry

Human services information

Dining services

Domestic violence shelters

Housing for the homeless

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Population served info


Homeless people


People with psychosocial disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care) (P72)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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



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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to address the problems of homelessness, hunger, and mental illness in the Houston area.

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?

Loaves & Fishes

MHI's soup kitchen serves Houston's neediest warm meals six days a week, no questions asked, now averaging 300-350 meals daily. Open since 1972, it often serves as a stepping stone to other services provided by MHI or another provider.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Psychosocial Day Program, peer-run, based on a work-ordered day, free and open to anyone, eighteen years of age and older, with a mental health diagnosis, free of charge.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Homeless people

We provide:

Residential homeless shelter for 1 to 90 nights
MHI offers emergency 14-night housing for adult men and women within our 12 residential homes. After this 14-day period, guests may begin a rehabilitative 90-day stay. All guests receive clean, safe beds, meals, and dignified clothing while they live in supportive community.

Permanent supportive homes: shared, single room occupancy (SRO) or apartment
Guests share household chores and responsibilities, respect one another’s traditions, and celebrate holidays and birthdays together.
Each house is monitored by a house leader and an assistant, who are carefully chosen and trained to provide individual support.

Homes for those living with mental health challenges
Providing all meals and services to adults enrolled in our Clubhouse programs.

Homes for ex-offenders
Homes for ex-offenders offer a guided reintegration path with varied 30 to 90-day programs for men or women in regular residency. Some SRO housing is available.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with psychosocial disabilities

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.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Loaves & Fishes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Loaves & Fishes averaged 338 meals per service day in 2023.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program


Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of individuals in each MHI housing program: 14-Day Emergency - 947; 90-Day Emergency - 39; Jail Diversion - 7; SRO/SSO - 32.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This represents volunteer hours across all MHI programs, including Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen and Anawim Thrift Store, increasing capacity and community engagement, through volunteer opportunities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Adhere to the teachings of Christ by applying Christian Principals in our efforts:
To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To Shelter the Homeless
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead.

By providing healing environments:
• Housing — including emergency, transitional and longer-term housing for Houston’s homeless adults.
• Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen — 350-400 hot meals served, 6 days a week, free of charge, and no questions asked, to anyone who needs a meal
• Mental health Clubhouse — voluntary free day program for adults with mental health diagnoses, empowering members through a work-ordered day, engendering self-worth and self-reliance.

MHI has property and facilities, and volunteers.

1 soup kitchen
1 mental health clubhouse
1 resale shop (for vocational training and revenue)
1 intake and admissions center
14 residential structures across Houston, primarily located in the mid-town area (77004), available as needed to diverse populations.
The houses are maintained by resident managers, and meals are prepared by a resident cook, thereby using infrastructure, human resources and community.
The facilities and properties are maintained by an in-house maintenance crew that answers to a Director of Operations. For larger jobs, the maintenance manager will interface with the board of directors and contractors.
MHI cultivates an extensive external volunteer base, catalyzing community impact: in 2022 alone, 2692 volunteers contributed their time and talents at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen.

Many have passed through our doors to a brighter future since we began in 1968. MHI has provided homes for tens of thousands, and food for millions of those who have passed through Loaves & Fishes and our housing programs. Many have left our program and never looked back.

Unfortunately it is not a perfect world where we can show 100% success. Many of our residents will need a third or fourth chance in our program before they are able to become self reliant.

St Joseph Clubhouse is the first accredited mental health clubhouse in the state of Texas. Since we helped open that door, we have created a sister clubhouse, and have helped gain accreditation for others across the state. That said, we are unique. Many clubhouses will see 2-3% of their population come from prison... St Joseph's rate will climb over 15% regularly. Some others will have homeless members occasionally, while we have 40% of our regular members come from the streets on a weekly basis... at that rate, they have trouble focusing on self improvement and the principle of the work ordered day, but instead are thinking of their safety that evening, and wondering how to get their next meal. International Clubhouse guru Ralph Milby noted that we have the best turnout of the most impoverished, on the lowest budget of comparable programs. We could not have expressed the situation better.

Magnificat does not aim to solve societal problems of homelessness and poverty, or even mental health. We aim to minister to the needs of the other, as taught by the Christian faith and demanded by the basic dignity of our human condition. Through this, we may actually solve the problem... not by the top down, but from the bottom up.


Magnificat Houses, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2018 Audit Report
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 29.12 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Magnificat Houses, Inc.

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 Magnificat Houses, 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.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $789,064 $84,023 -$211,696 $297,499 -$385,398
As % of expenses 40.5% 2.6% -9.0% 12.5% -14.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $605,348 -$92,110 -$378,344 $135,152 -$540,375
As % of expenses 28.4% -2.7% -15.1% 5.3% -18.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,741,143 $3,305,759 $2,120,337 $2,542,729 $2,431,488
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.6% 20.6% -35.9% 19.9% -4.4%
Program services revenue 48.5% 9.4% 14.0% 8.0% 9.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 26.8% 11.6%
All other grants and contributions 45.4% 85.0% 78.0% 63.4% 79.0%
Other revenue 6.2% 5.6% 7.4% 1.2% -0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,946,608 $3,263,889 $2,339,592 $2,372,759 $2,724,456
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.2% 67.7% -28.3% 1.4% 14.8%
Personnel 34.4% 18.6% 32.1% 33.1% 33.0%
Professional fees 3.1% 2.1% 7.7% 11.7% 14.2%
Occupancy 27.8% 15.8% 21.4% 8.0% 5.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 18.2% 53.3% 28.7% 24.6% 26.0%
All other expenses 16.5% 10.2% 10.0% 22.6% 20.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,130,324 $3,440,022 $2,506,240 $2,535,106 $2,879,433
One month of savings $162,217 $271,991 $194,966 $197,730 $227,038
Debt principal payment $84,000 $0 $0 $137,079 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,376,541 $3,712,013 $2,701,206 $2,869,915 $3,106,471

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.7 4.9 2.2 1.9 0.9
Months of cash and investments 7.7 4.9 6.1 5.7 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.0 4.5 5.0 6.4 3.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,244,917 $1,319,161 $419,469 $366,343 $202,622
Investments $0 $0 $776,487 $765,989 $417,146
Receivables $11,849 $13,131 $2,586 $184,241 $281,244
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,396,942 $7,136,227 $7,152,673 $7,152,673 $7,174,572
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 44.6% 45.1% 47.1% 49.4% 51.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 0.6% 3.0% 1.0% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets $5,228,404 $5,136,294 $4,757,950 $4,893,102 $4,352,727
Temporarily restricted net assets $145,872 $103,719 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $145,872 $103,719 $96,160 $13,708 $43,846
Total net assets $5,374,276 $5,240,013 $4,854,110 $4,906,810 $4,396,573

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

Interim Executive Director

Mrs. Maureen Sanders

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Magnificat Houses, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Magnificat Houses, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Bobby Knight

retired industry accounting professional

Term: 2023 - 2024

Kimberly Dennison

CPA, non-profit financials

Abigail Gunderson

financial advisor

Michael A. "Mitch" Ackal, III

corporate attorney

JoAnna Bruce

MBA, former American Airlines Management

Scott Hickey

PhD, clinical psychology, MHMRA directorships

Clay Jeansonne

Director of Investor Relations

Zachary Witten

Capitalist Investments

Martin Doublesin

Assistant General Counsel at Centaurus Capital

Ken Hertel

oil & gas finance

Dominic Fails

advertising and marketing and/or communicaitons

Sr. Carol Mayes

former educator, congregation leadership

Trevor Pinkerton

corporate and M&A attorney

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 2/2/2024

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