United Methodist Church Union

aka Church Union   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |
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United Methodist Church Union

EIN: 25-0965431


The mission of United Methodist Church Union is to transform communities, lives, and hearts.

Ruling year info



Rev. Larry P. Homitsky

Main address

PO Box 100086 971 Beech Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA

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Dining services

Retirement housing

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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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?

Kids Meal Network

Summer meal program for children in underserved neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Reader-Mentor pairs adult volunteers with elementary students in need of reading tutoring to increase fluency and comprehension. Reader-Mentor operates in ten elementary schools in the Pittsburgh Public School District, Northgate School District, Rochester School District, and Big Beaver Area School District.

Population(s) Served
Low-income 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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People of African descent, Caregivers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Kids Meal Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of meals served through Kids Meal Network (2020's was highly affected by COVID-19 and the Pittsburgh Public School District asked Church Union to begin service early due to school closures.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

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

Adolescents, Children, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Reader-Mentor wasn't held school yr 2020-21 due to COVID & school closures. The program has been ongoing for years, held 2018-2019 until schools closed in 2020. 2021 & 2022 are # books distributed.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

United Methodist Church Union (aka "Church Union") aims to build on its impressive history of 127 years (!!!) helping those in need in the Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area and surrounding counties. In addition to our m ission of transforming, communities, lives, and hearts, our vision is to be a responsive and collaborative force bridging across cultural and economic challenges to empower change.

Our programs are designed to assist primarily low-income individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities walk into the next day filled with hope for the future. This reflects itself in our core activities:
- Reader-Mentor offering literacy support during the school day to elementary schools in under-performing areas
- Kids Meal Network offering meals to children in low-income neighborhoods during the critical summer months when school is not in session (meaning meals at school are not available)
- Daily Bread meal services for the homeless
- MetHousing, MetTowers - housing program for low-income seniors

Reader-Mentor - Our primary program strategy offers a "win-win" formula. We pair adult volunteers, mostly retired senior citizens, with teacher-selected students needing literacy skill support. There's a special relationship that forms over the course of a year when a student can reliably depend on his/her reading mentor to show up, be interested in their progress, and dream together (while reading) about the future. Sometimes it's difficult to say who benefits more - the students improving in their literacy and fluency skills - or the volunteers who consider the time with "their" student the high point of their week.

Kids Meal Network - The strategy here is to make KMN a fun, "I-want-to-be-there" environment for young children, many of whom are left alone while their parents or caregivers are working. We combine nutritional food with fun, games, special guest visits (Charlie the Tuna!), along with plenty of neighborhood kids to make each year's KMN a summer to remember.

Senior housing - There's no other way to say it. Housing prices across the country have gone through the roof. And for low-income senior adults, this is frightening and scary. How can you afford a monthly rent on a 2-bedroom apartment of close to $1,500 per month ( if your monthly income is only $1200/month? This is the untenable situation in which many senior citizens find themselves. Pay rent or buy groceries? Pay the electric bill or a car payment to get to work? Church Union's strategy to meet this need is to offer low-cost, affordable senior housing for adults with verifiable financial need.


United Methodist Church Union
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 United Methodist Church Union 2020 Church Union Audit 2019 United Methodist Church Union
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.82 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.5 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

United Methodist Church Union

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$122,908 $102,348 -$283,875 $126,775 $133,235
As % of expenses -17.1% 14.4% -28.3% 14.7% 17.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$136,858 $91,875 -$289,643 $120,339 $126,001
As % of expenses -18.7% 12.8% -28.8% 13.8% 16.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $726,657 $712,011 $759,345 $832,184 $1,104,296
Total revenue, % change over prior year 2.1% -2.0% 6.6% 9.6% 32.7%
Program services revenue 37.9% 25.3% 22.8% 27.4% 17.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 15.2% 15.5% 15.4% 14.4% 10.6%
Government grants 6.9% 6.2% 16.7% 17.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 36.2% 53.0% 41.7% 40.2% 29.0%
Other revenue 3.8% 0.0% 3.4% 0.1% 43.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $719,863 $709,941 $1,001,398 $863,680 $777,111
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.4% -1.4% 41.1% -13.8% -10.0%
Personnel 39.6% 45.1% 32.2% 46.7% 47.4%
Professional fees 7.3% 13.4% 10.9% 11.6% 8.9%
Occupancy 9.1% 9.7% 3.7% 16.1% 16.6%
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 44.0% 31.7% 53.2% 25.5% 27.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $733,813 $720,414 $1,007,166 $870,116 $784,345
One month of savings $59,989 $59,162 $83,450 $71,973 $64,759
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $58,368 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $793,802 $779,576 $1,090,616 $1,000,457 $849,104

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.5 2.8 2.7 1.8 9.9
Months of cash and investments 33.3 36.5 30.5 36.7 39.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 25.2 27.2 18.2 22.1 27.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $269,891 $164,668 $223,324 $127,798 $639,123
Investments $1,725,946 $1,994,314 $2,323,368 $2,515,967 $1,942,921
Receivables $985,648 $1,046,855 $819,840 $795,961 $726,814
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $639,225 $639,225 $417,225 $475,592 $391,004
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 46.1% 47.7% 67.6% 60.7% 68.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 2.7% 6.0% 5.4% 6.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,853,818 $1,945,693 $1,656,050 $1,776,389 $1,902,390
Temporarily restricted net assets $229,725 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,101,622 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,331,347 $1,499,106 $1,672,287 $1,654,516 $1,312,738
Total net assets $3,185,165 $3,444,799 $3,328,337 $3,430,905 $3,215,128

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.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Rev. Larry P. Homitsky

Rev. Larry Homitsky is President of United Methodist Church Union, a 121-year old non-profit agency operating in Western PA with offices in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Rev. Larry also serves as lead pastor of the Pittsburgh Parish which includes Calvary, Emanuel, and Church of Our Saviour churches. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Larry has ministered for over 40 years. Previously, he served as Conference Council Steward for the Western PA Annual Conference of the United Methodist church from 1997 – 2008. In this role, he administered and oversaw the ministries and activities of 900 United Methodist Churches in the Western PA region as well as denominational conference relations. He is a Board member of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has traveled nationally assisting United Methodists to become better faith leaders and ambassadors. As a pastor, trainer, executive, and storyteller, Rev. Larry is often known for creative presentations incorporating historical

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/07/2023
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Board chair

Rev. Ronald Hoellein

Megan Bova

Larry Homitsky

Renny Clark

Jeanna-Mar Simmons

David Ewing

Chris Sweeney

Jorinda Bullitt

Kornelius Neal

Ronald Hoellein

Dan Rost

Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

Deborah Ackley-Killan

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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