C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries

Chicago, IL   |
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C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries

EIN: 81-3116501


C24/7 (Christ 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week) is a non-profit organization dedicated, through the power of Jesus Christ, to improving the lives of children and young adults in the North of Howard Neighborhood of Chicago by providing them with the necessary tools, security, and environment for them to thrive economically, socially, and spiritually.

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Executive Director

Mr. James Crockett

Main address

1348 West Howard Street Unit 1

Chicago, IL 60626 USA

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Subject area info

Job training


Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Christian (X20)

Employment Training (J22)

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

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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?

After-school Program

Our after-school program hosts 28 students coming predominantly from low-income households, who join our program starting an average of two grade levels below proficiency in reading and 1.5 grade levels below proficiency in math. However, 100% of our kids move to the next grade level at the end of each year, and over 75% have increased their reading and math scores on standardized tests. We added seven new participants for the 2017-2018 school year, and hosted our first ever summer program in 2017, serving 17 participants.

C24/7 seeks renewal in Rogers Park in two ways: By 1) standing outside the neighborhood and addressing systemic inequality, and 2) standing inside the neighborhood to live in solidarity with those who are affected by said inequality, attempting to negate the effects. Our After-School Program is an embodiment of the second way. The primary goal is to create an atmosphere which compensates for the effects of the outside world. When abandonment and mistrust persist outside our walls, we hold up a standard of relationship and love. When underfunded schools and social services fail to measure up, we pour tutoring and counseling into our students, and connect them to individually needed services. When financial hardships bite families, we make sure each child has healthy meals and the school supplies they need to be successful.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged 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.

Total number of students participating in private lessons

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Infants and toddlers, Preteens

Related Program

After-school Program

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

After-school Program
a. Continue high rates of attendance
b. Communicate our theology better to students, and enhance the student faith
formation process
c. Implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Program (based on National
AfterSchool Association’s guidelines)
d. Better address Mental Health
e. Continue the establishment of a formal mentoring program
f. Increase the effectiveness of our mentoring program
g. Create Individualized Learning Plans for each student
h. Incorporate Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship Framework into staff
and mentoring relationships with students
i. Determine how to better measure and improve “student empowerment”
j. Provide necessary support for students and families doing remote learning
3. Job Development Program
a. Host more job training students

b. Ensure no student is turned away due to external circumstances
c. Study and address relational barriers to employment
d. Increase the size of students’ network
e. Empower students to improve relationships with their friends, family, and
f. Formalize educational curriculum
g. Incorporate more trade-specific education
h. Implement the use of, and improve for each student, PEBS scoring
i. Increase job placement and job retention rates

By accomplishing these goals, as well as continuing our community outreach, we believe we will
realize our long-term goals:
● Higher rates of economic and spiritual empowerment for all of our constituents
● Increased household spending power, faith involvement, and civic engagement
● Restored community through lowered rates of prison and gang re-entry
● Improved academic success for our children
● Lowered rates of crime and violent activity
● A more empowered community inspired by faith in Jesus Christ

After-school Program
The C24/7 After-school Program provides opportunities for elementary students who are
forgotten or ignored by other local programs, helping them learn, grow, and thrive in and out of
the classroom. We build relationships with students and their families, serve their immediate
needs in the form of food, childcare, clothes, and supplies, then walk with them on their way to
becoming empowered individuals.

Job Development Program
Most of our students have spent time in prison, a gang, or both, and face a severe lack of
opportunity. C24/7's Job Development Program, called Dreams, Visions, Work, provides spiritual
support and job training in order to connect men and women to work that taps into their unique
skills and God-given purpose. We do this through building relationships with local businesses,
teaching a proven, faith-based curriculum, and walking each step of the way with our students.

Community Outreach
Because we live and spend so much time in the community, we are always aware of the needs of
our neighbors. Most services and programs in our community don't get to know the individuals
they are serving, and fewer put in the time to build valuable relationships. Strong relationships
lead to strong change. We provide weekly men's and women's Bible studies, communal open
gym time, one-on-one counseling sessions, and street ministry to help our neighbors in the midst
of gang activity, violence, drug use, and more. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we started a food
pantry that serves 200+ people every other week. Ultimately, we work to make sure each person
knows they are loved and embraced by the arms of a loving father.

People Served
Our After-school program hosts 40 students coming predominantly from low-income
households, who join our program starting an average of two grade levels below proficiency in
reading and 1.5 grade levels below proficiency in math. However, 100% of our kids move to the
next grade level at the end of each year, and over 75% have increased their reading and math
scores on standardized tests. We are at full capacity, given our limited capacity, and have to hold
a waitlist. Our Summer Program hosts an average of 25 students each year.
Roughly half of our community outreach connects with men and women with little or no
education background, predominantly from our high-risk, low-income neighborhood. The
amount of relationships we’ve built in the community keeps growing, reaching into the
thousands. Our job development program has grown even stronger in 2021, as we have begun
hiring members of the community for project-based jobs and internships while they go through
our curriculum. We’ve also started a Summer Youth Work Program, hiring several high school
students for internships while they complete our job training program.
Since COVID, we have doubled our reach in our community. We have been able to provide a
bi-weekly, free store for our community members. They receive household goods and food for

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31
Financial documents
2021 Audited Financial Statements
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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 124.26 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.2 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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.

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C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries’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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $36,479 $72,023 $240,498 $430,990
As % of expenses 21.5% 25.3% 69.0% 99.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $36,479 $71,747 $239,631 $430,179
As % of expenses 21.5% 25.2% 68.6% 98.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $487,541 $659,861 $780,329 $795,157
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 35.3% 18.3% 1.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.6% 2.2% 2.9%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.4% 97.8% 97.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $169,967 $284,961 $348,673 $435,291
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 67.7% 22.4% 24.8%
Personnel 77.6% 48.5% 46.2% 40.8%
Professional fees 1.1% 6.8% 5.5% 4.0%
Occupancy 1.5% 0.9% 1.1% 1.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.7% 43.8% 47.1% 53.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $169,967 $285,237 $349,540 $436,102
One month of savings $14,164 $23,747 $29,056 $36,274
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $23,400
Fixed asset additions $0 $4,334 $0 $428,395
Total full costs (estimated) $184,131 $313,318 $378,596 $924,171

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 21.8 29.5 40.2 29.7
Months of cash and investments 21.8 29.5 40.2 29.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.0 5.4 12.7 10.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $308,706 $701,267 $1,166,789 $1,078,106
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $58,157 $2,223 $2,241 $9,805
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $4,334 $4,334 $432,283
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 6.4% 26.4% 0.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 2.6% 2.2% 0.8%
Unrestricted net assets $57,216 $128,963 $368,594 $798,773
Temporarily restricted net assets $309,100 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $309,100 $611,977 $803,135 $732,011
Total net assets $366,316 $740,940 $1,171,729 $1,530,784

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. James Crockett

Father’s Arms Ministries was created by Natalie and James Crockett. James grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and from an early age missed having a central father figure in his life. He spent his formative years in and out of gang activity and prison, only to end up accepting the overwhelming power of God’s father-like love at the age of 19. Ever since, he has been passionate about living out the love of God and acting as a father figure to a neighborhood desperately in need of one. Our organization was born out of his passion. Because of the hard work of our four staff members and countless stakeholders, we were awarded 501(c)(3) status as of April 14, 2017.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

C24 7 Fathers Arms Ministries

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
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Board chair

Tim Nealt

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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