Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

CROSSFIRE MINISTRIES INC

Colorado Spgs, CO   |  https://www.crossfireministries.org

Mission

Crossfire Ministries is a Christian, faith based, non-profit organization seeking to put God's love into action, dedicated to offering hope and encouragement for a changed life by furnishing the daily necessities to those in need 1. Offer a provision of food, clothing and basic living necessities. 2. Offer guidance, instruction and opportunities that promote and encourage financial and social responsibility. 3. Actively seek and develop resource opportunities to better fill the needs of the community. Crossfire Ministries does not deny our services to anyone expressing a need regardless of race, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry or age.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Renee Beebe

Main address

P. O. Box 9650

Colorado Spgs, CO 80932 USA

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EIN

84-1295381

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To help the working poor with food, clothing, household and personal hygiene items, school backpacks with school supplies, Thanksgiving food boxes and Christmas presents. This assistance is help them overcome financial challenges and help prevent them from becoming homeless.

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?

Food

We receive 75% of our food from Care and Share. 25% of our food from the community. Our clients receive food once a week. The budget is based on "in-kind" and financial contributions.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$2,118,200

We give our clients a voucher, based on the size of their family. Each individual is given an allotment of $50. A family of three, the average size, would receive a $150 voucher for a three month quarter and they can "purchase" clothes. We give coats and hats that do not have to be "purchased" on their voucher. This budget is based on "in-kind" donations.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$651,250

We provide, free of charge, on a monthly basis, basic hygiene items, as we have them available, such as: shampoo, toilet paper, razors, feminine hygiene, diapers, dish soap, bar soap, laundry soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, conditioner and lotion. The budget is based on "in-kind" and financial donations.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$34,500

We allow the parents and grandparents of children registered in our data base to select presents for their children, age 0 to 16. We would love to include 17 year old teens again but we don't have enough teenage gifts, especially for teen boys. The gifts are mainly used but if we receive donations, they can also be new. We give handmade afghans and quilts, Christmas decorations, books and games, candy canes, cookies, stocking stuffers. All this is free of charge to our clients.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$0

We give our clients vouchers, based on the size of the family, and they can "purchase" blankets, sheets, pillow cases, towels, curtains, pillows and dishes, as we have the items available and within quantity guidelines. The budget is totally based on "in-kind" donations.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$345,722

We provide turkeys, hams and chickens, along with a food box, based on the size of the family. We served 1,219 families in 2019. The budget is mainly based on "in-kind" donations of meat and produce. We do receive some financial donations to augment the food we have to give away at Thanksgiving. We estimate the value of the Thanksgiving box, with turkey, to be $75.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$91,425

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 people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Food

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Crossfire serves all individuals who walk in our doors seeking help. We serve all zip codes and do not have paperwork requiring an individual/family to verify they are below the federal poverty level

Pounds of food given away.

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Food

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Crossfire allows individuals to select the food they want rather than giving a prepared box of food, within quantity guidelines. This reduces waste and allows clients the dignity to pick their food.

Number of personal hygiene items.

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Personal Hygiene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We give shampoo, laundry soap, feminine hygiene, diapers, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and toilet paper, within quantity guidelines, based on the size of the family, as we have the items.

Pounds of clothing given away.

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Clothes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are now weighing our donations of clothing rather then estimating and have accurate numbers for pounds given away. We give a voucher to the family and they can "shop" within quantity guidelines.

Estimated value of household items given away.

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

Household Items

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We now weigh household items for better accuracy. A family is given a voucher to "shop" for items such as sheets, towels, blankets and dishes within quantity guidelines, based on the family size.

Children receiving Christmas presents.

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Christmas give-away

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our client parents and grandparents can select presents, within quantity guidelines. Items such as toys, books, candy canes, stocking stuffers, handmade hats, quilts, afghans, games, VHS/CD/DVD's.

Number of Thanksgiving food box give-away.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We give a box of food, with increasing amounts of food for larger families, with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The client family can select a turkey, chicken or ham with the food box.

School backpacks given to the children and grandchildren of our clients.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We partnered with other organizations, businesses and churches to provide 3,000 school backpacks to school children in our community.

Baby bags given to new mothers.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program was discontinued in 2018.

Bibles given away to those that want one.

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

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bibles are on shelves. If someone wants one, they take one. If they don't want one, they don't have to take one. The Gideons gave 775 Bibles at Thanksgiving.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To give food, clothing, toiletry items, household items...the necessities of life...to those in need. We want to give hope!

We have updated our strategic plan with a focus on a new building, as well as recognizing the pressing needs for food staples and toiletries. We are currently actively in the process of acquiring a new building to serve our ever-expanding needy population. We are trying to obtain more grants. We will continue to inform our donors, supporters and volunteers of our needs via our bi-monthly newsletter, social media, special events and phone calls.. We will continue to ask businesses and organizations to have product drives. We will continue to establish collaborative relationships with other organizations and businesses in order to maximize our services and resources as we respond to the common problem of assisting the needy in our community.

We are committed to reaching these goals by providing fundraising and partnership opportunities to carry out our mission. We are adapting to the changing environment created by the COVID-19 crisis. We maintained our services using drive-up services for our guests while establishing guidelines for our volunteers to maintain personal safety. We reached out to the community for volunteers for this labor intensive strategy. We collaborated with other organizations to bring food to the home bound elderly population. We provided pallets of food to other organizations because of the abundance of food that we had. With restaurants and schools being closed, the food supply chain turned to Crossfire Ministries to distribute the abundance of food.

We have an extensive data base that allows us to track our number of services and families served. We can identify, up-to-the minute services provided as well as identify the demographics of our client families. We maintain an up-to-date record of our income and expenses, which allows us to continually assess how our donations and grants are progressing as well as look for ways to reduce expenses. Our total unrestricted income in our 2020 budget is $302,950 so we maintain a "lean and mean" organization with regard to our expenses.

We have been serving our community for 28 years. In those 28 years we have provided 1,060,829 services to 98,748 unique individuals, with many of those individuals returning seven to eight times a year. We have an amazing volunteer base that clocked over 43,000 volunteer hours in 2019. Our data indicated that our services numbers declined in 2015 and 2016, rose by almost 10,000 people in 2017. The services then declined slightly in 2018 but rose again in 2019 by 6,068 services. Though we rejoice that many of our clients were able to no longer need our services, we recognize now that many families are struggling with the increases in rent that our economy is experiencing. We believe our services are helping prevent these families from becoming homeless. Our daily intake of new clients continues to increase each day we are open. We believe that by providing personal hygiene items, we are able to help children feel more comfortable going to school with clean clothes and good personal hygiene. We also believe these items help individuals succeed at their job interviews and maintain employment. Studies indicate that when children have good nutrition, their scores improve. We are proud that we can provide fresh produce, dairy and meat products. Studies also indicate that as better nutrition increases for individuals, the health costs to society decrease. We have started the process for a capital campaign for continued sustainability.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CROSSFIRE MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debra O'Toole

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

Joel Malick

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Leslie Miller

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Debbie O'Toole

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Michelle Dickerson

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Paul Moede

Crossfire Ministries, Inc.

Frank Keller

CCrossfire Ministries, Inc.

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? No
  • 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

Keywords

Food pantry