Family Reconciliation Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 90827
Nashville TN 37209
Family Reunification at TPW
Mission Statement

Family Reconciliation Center (formerly Reconciliation, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing free lodging for family members visiting their loved ones in prison. Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community. Family Reconciliation Center recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime. Our goal is to connect individuals who are incarcerated to their families and support network.

CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Board Chair Ms. Sheri Lea Sellmeyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Writer and consultant on healthcare market
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Reconciliation Ministries, Inc.
Reconciliation, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $118,247.00
Projected Annual Revenue $118,310.00 (2017)

Family Reconciliation Center (formerly Reconciliation, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing free lodging for family members visiting their loved ones in prison. Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community. Family Reconciliation Center recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime. Our goal is to connect individuals who are incarcerated to their families and support network.


The Family Reconciliation Center was established in 1984 as a 501(c)3 agency by the Rev. Mary Catherine "Kaki" Friskics-Warren. While visiting an inmate at a Tennessee prison, she realized the most effective and long-lasting way to assure that prisoners remained loved and cared for throughout incarceration was by serving their families. Her insight was the springboard for identifying families of the incarcerated as forgotten victims of crime who, though innocent of wrongdoing, are often blamed and ostracized by friends and the community.

Kaki helped establish free lodging for families visiting from out of town to visit their loved ones in Nashville area prisons. Over the years the agency has also provided counseling and other services, but its current mission is focused solely on the Guest House.

The agency has received numerous awards and recognition. Funding for services is derived from foundation gifts and awards, congregational and individual giving, and through annual fund-raising projects and when available government funding. Reentry is everyone's business and everyone's contribution is crucial.



After facing financial challenges in 2016 and 2017, the board voted to return the mission of the Family Reconciliation Center to its original focus on care and housing for the families of those visiting the locally incarcerated. Charles Hall, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, agreed to care for the house and yard in exchange for staying at the house rent-free. After being closed briefly in the spring of 2017, the guest house reopened in June. Every weekend (Th - Mon) the house has been full to capacity with a waiting list and is booked through 2017. The number of guests and the corresponding inmates touched by this ministry was, by mid-summer, already approaching the number of individuals served by the House in the entire previous year. The other programs previously provided by FRC have been transferred to other organizations.

In the second half of 2017, the Family Reconciliation Center is focused on finding a long-term home for the Guest House. St. Luke’s Community House, which owns the current property, plans to sell it to a nonprofit for use as a guest house since the property has already been zoned appropriately.


1) Took important initial steps outlined in a strategic plan in the area of board development and advisory board development. 2) Won a $15,000 grant from McNeeley, Piggott and Fox for assistance in marketing and public relations. 3) Developed a social enterprise called DreamWeave to bring additional opportunities, job training, and sustainability to women in prison and their families. 4) Won a competitive grant from St. Georges Social Enterprise Ministry (Nashville) and seed funding from Joe C. Davis Foundation. 5) Hired a full-time Family & Youth Outreach Specialist to focus on the unique needs of families and at-risk teens impacted by incarceration.

1) Successfully conducted a Women's Intervention Program, therapeutic group based on nonviolent communication and family reunification curriculum to women in supervision at the Davidson County Sheriff's Department. 2) Expanded teen program by hiring a teen outreach specialist to provide services to teens with an incarcerated parent. 3) Successfully changed our name and embarked on process of re-branding the agency after 30 years of outreach to the community. 4) Conducted nearly 1,000 hours of free professional counseling to individuals and families impacted by incarceration and over 700 nights of lodging for those visiting loved ones in local prisons and jails.

Our goal this year is to find a sustainable home for the Guest House. We currently rent from St. Luke’s Community House, which would like to sell the property. We continue pursuing the goal of building a more diverse board. We are in need of more business representation to balance out the strengths of the board, particularly in the areas of marketing, branding, fundraising, and advocacy.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Family Reconciliation Center operates a Guest House where family members may lodge while visiting their loved one or attending a parole hearing. In-Kind donations include: meals/groceries, toiletries, supplies, letter writing materials, and stamps. We serve as a resource library and referral source to get our families in touch with other agencies. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Crime prevention
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Temporary Housing
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson

The Family Reconciliation Center’s Guest House is located in Davidson County. Guests are from other Tennessee counties, other states, and even other countries.

Board Chair Statement

What is often overlooked by the criminal justice system is the relationship between inmates and their families. The majority of women and men in prison are parents of children under the age of 18. There can be many issues that arise when a parent is incarcerated. It is often stated that when a parent is incarcerated, the children also “do the time.” Children who have parents in prison are more likely to have difficulty in school, and engage in substance abuse, delinquency, and gang related activities. 63% of youth suicides, 85% of behavior disorders, 71% of high school dropouts, and 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (US Health and Human Services Census). With a father incarcerated, a child faces double the risk of physical, emotional, or educational neglect. Daughters with an incarcerated father are 71% more likely to have children as teenagers. Children of incarcerated parents are 80% more likely to be incarcerated themselves. A child of an incarcerated parent is 25 times more likely to be incarcerated than the poorest in Appalachia. Children who have a parent in prison are often traumatized from separation and have no support or role models to guide them.

Provides free lodging to families visiting a Nashville prison. Inmates receiving no visits are six times more likely to return to prison in their first year of parole than those receiving at least two or three visits per month. Many families can't afford to visit at one of the prisons in Nashville or the Middle Tennessee area. By providing free lodging, hospitality and support to facilitate prison visitation, families are able to preserve family bonds.
Budget 83600
Category Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Families, At-Risk Populations, Victims
Short Term Success
Some of the visitors to the Guest House in 2017 have included families visiting loved ones who are soon to be released, children and their fathers visiting mothers who are incarcerated for drug offenses, parents visiting their adult children who are mentally ill at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility, and families visiting their loved ones on Death Row. The Guest House provided shelter in recent years for a wife whose husband was executed, as well as a center for ministerial support throughout the process. Another woman was able to spend the last month of her husband's life with him when he was placed at an area hospital. Weekly reports of usage indicate that the numbers of new cases opened each quarter is steady as well as the return of families who regularly visit the Guest House.
Long term Success
Visits in prison are known to provide an incentive for conformity, and consequently afford a means of increasing safety for both prisoners and staff. Participants in this program visit at one of six area prisons, and come from all over Tennessee, the US, and some from other countries. The program measures success through continued use of the facility by visitors to all the prisons.    Promoted largely from within the prison system by inmates and staff, this program has been in existence for 30 years.
Program Success Monitored By
The success of this program is measured by its use by families of the incarcerated, which has been steady and consistent. The  house manager keeps a log of visitors.
CEO Comments Volunteer opportunities exist to provide indirect and direct services to families visiting the Guest House, including meals, transportation, and supplies.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sheri Lea Sellmeyer
Company Affiliation Writer and consultant on healthcare market
Term Oct 2017 to Oct 2019
Board Members
Ms. Kayla Brandt Office of the Federal Public DefenderVoting
Mr. Don Dawson AttorneyExofficio
Ms. Dawn Deaner Davidson County Public DefenderVoting
Mr. E. Gray Lee St. Georges Episcopal ChurchVoting
Mr. Harry Perret Farmer's InsuranceVoting
Ms. Sheri Sellmeyer Healthcare writer and consultant; member of Christ Church CathedralVoting
Mr. David Spencer St. Henry's Catholic ChurchVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 63%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Term July 2014 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Professional Liability
Additional Board Members
Mr. Phil LeGrone Christ Church Cathedral
Mr. Ray Sells Community Volunteer
Mrs. Phylis Sells Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Thomas Thomas & Thorngren
Mr. Robert Van Cleeve
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Email N/A

Former CEOs
Dr. Malinda Davenport-Crisp 2013 - June 2017
Ms Karen Fletcher Jan 1994 - Sept 1999
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2007
Community Shares1993
Alignment Nashville2008
Family and Corrections Network1985
Tennessee Reentry Collaborative (TREC)2013
American Association of Christian Counselors2015
American Psychological Association2015
Outstanding Contributions in Prison OutreachSociety for the Achievement of African-American Achievements2001
12th Annual Philanthropist Award for Prison OutreachThe Time is Now2000
Finalist -Family Advisory BoardHCA-Frist 1996
Golden Rule AwardNational Foundation for Improvement of Justice1991
Non-profit Management Award (now Frist Awards of Achievement)The HCA Foundation1987
Mary Catherine Strobel Nominee for Volunteer of the Year -- Joyce JamesHands on Nashville2010
Community AwardMinerva Foundation Inc. and Nashville Allumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.2012
Senior Staff
Title Guest House Manager
CEO Comments
Family Reconciliation Center is fertile ground and it has a strong roots.
We work with difficult issues; unpopular ones. Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States stated, "The subject of prisons and corrections may tempt some of you to tune out. You may think, “Well, I am not a criminal lawyer. The prison system is not my problem. I might tune in again when he gets to a different subject.” In my submission you have the duty to stay tuned in. The subject is the concern and responsibility of every member of our profession and of every citizen. This is your justice system; these are your prisons. The Gospels’ promise of mitigation at judgment if one of your fellow citizens can say, “I was in prison, and ye came unto me,” does not contain an exemption for civil practitioners, or transactional lawyers, or for any other citizen." Difficult discussions may include, "Should the commission of a crime and incarceration be grounds to abandon a marriage?" "How can families with only one income and the added expense of visitation maintain their vows?"  or "How can families with small children even afford to work?"
Our principals of family reunification have prevailed in countless situations. We've seen families strengthened in the face of an arrest, and we've seen families destroyed. We know that children are tasked with the developmental and spiritual requirement of honoring their parents, but not their parents' behavior. We know that kids need access to their incarcerated parents. It can be difficult to translate the needs of this community into a narrative that potential donors will consider, understand and support. It is my goal to develop excellent, evidence based programming which is an outcome of a healthy redeemed community of "misfits" and "ex-offenders." It needs to be initially supported by those who have possibly "been there, done that" or it could be those who recognize "there but by the grace of God go I." Wherever you are when you hear these families' stories, we invite you to join us in our mission.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $118,310.00
Projected Expenses $118,247.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$236,892$130,150$115,354
Administration Expense$47,541$26,090$14,743
Fundraising Expense$17,657$9,973$5,697
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.680.730.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%8%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$116,317$214,763$257,347
Current Assets$115,763$214,017$256,767
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,150$4,506$2,619
Total Net Assets$114,167$210,257$254,728
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities53.8447.5098.04
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $142,130Contributions, Gifts and Grants $106,488Contributions, Gifts & Grants $119,698
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $33,800Government Grants $15,000Investment Income $1,507
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $30,000Investment Income $254 --
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organization Comments In 2013, we sold a property which held our Guest House. The financials reflect an "unrestricted" asset which in actually is to be allocated to the purchase of another property to operate our Guest House or Center. In the meantime, we operate our Guesthouse through a rental agreement with St. Luke's Community House. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Financials provided by Anchor Financial Group, LLC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 08/31/2017. 
Nonprofit Family Reconciliation Center, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 90827
Nashville, TN 37209
Primary Phone (615) 513-8042
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A N/A
Board Chair Ms. Sheri Lea Sellmeyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Writer and consultant on healthcare market
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Reconciliation Ministries, Inc.
Reconciliation, Inc.

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