Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

CROSSFIRE MINISTRIES INC

Colorado Spgs, CO

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

1995

Executive Director

Renee Beebe

Main Address

P. O. Box 9650

Colorado Spgs, CO 80932 USA

Keywords

Food pantry

EIN

84-1295381

 Number

3305611212

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food

Clothes

Personal Hygiene

Christmas give-away

Household Items

Thanksgiving Give-Away

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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.

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.

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.

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.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

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.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

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Financials

CROSSFIRE MINISTRIES INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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