McMinnville Warren County Senior Center
809 Morrison Street
McMinnville TN 37110-1100
Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote and maintain independence, wellness and advocacy for adults 50+, their families and caregivers. The Senior Center was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1981 to serve as a community focal point where older persons can come together for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage involvement in and with our local community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheryl Watson-Mingle
Board Chair Mr Vic Castellano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Designer Engineer / Disabled
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
Southside Senior Citizen Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $205,924.00
Projected Annual Revenue $207,876.00 (2012)
Mission Our mission is to promote and maintain independence, wellness and advocacy for adults 50+, their families and caregivers. The Senior Center was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1981 to serve as a community focal point where older persons can come together for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage involvement in and with our local community.
Background The senior citizens of Warren County met at various locations around the county (Viola, Campaign, Rebel Hill & East End Drive), until the renovation of the former Southside School building in 1979.In 1978 under the leadership of the Mayor and Alderman, along with the Senior Advisory Council, members began the search for funds through Levi Stauss Foundation, Older Americans & Economic Development Acts and the City of McMinnville. Meals on Wheels & the Senior Center worked together sharing 2 vans to provide efficient services (i.e., congregate meals, I & R, transportation, chore services, outreach, arts & crafts, recreation trips, covered dishes, educational programs) to the needy elderly or the county. A Portion of the old school was renovated & equipped as an activity center for senior citizens after the federal & state approved funding. UCAAA filed for $20,000 to renovate the cafeteria & kitchen of the school. Other areas were eventually remodeled as offices. The center was incorporated June 11, 1981 and became a 501 (c) (3) facility, which enable donations to the Center to be tax deductible. After an 18 year existence, the community became aware of the inadequacies of the facility. Board members approached the local government entities to request a new building. Upon the request from the delegation to provide a new facility, each government entity agreed to fund a new center and contribute a 1 cent property tax. November 2000, the Center paid in full a note over $160,000. Activities & services today include homemaker aide program, telephone reassurance, friendly visitation, information & assistance, outreach, recreational & leisure activities, health screenings, physical fitness, wellness & educational programming, quilting, a food bank & an emergency Red Cross Shelter. The Center now has an adult day care, CARES, Faith In Action CARES & RAPP programs. We provide a meeting place for support groups. We receive funds from federal, state, local government & United Way. We are required to match a percentage to federal & state governments The Center began a Thrift Shop in 1982 as the main source of fundraising income. Donations from individuals of clothing, household & miscellaneous items are dropped off at the Shop, sorted & put on the sales floor. The shop is located at 801 Morrison St. Due to offering numerous services for the county's more mature citizens, the Center was chosen the Best of the Best in 1998.
Impact It is the continuing goal of the McMinnville Warren County Senior Center to provide a safe, comfortable and creative environment for senior adults and adults with disabilities in our community. The center will provide activities that stimulate their minds, promote self-worth, enable independence and address all aspects of their lives. This goal will be met through the following objectives: 1. The McMinnville Warren County Senior Center (MWCSC) will continue providing senior adults and adults with disabilities a facility to meet with others to share interest and experiences. 2. The MWCSC will provide in-home services to individuals who otherwise might be institutionalized, improving their quality of life while affording them the opportunity to live independently. 3. The MWCSC will provide senior adults and adults with disabilities services that will meet their health needs. 4. The MWCSC will provide access to sources of information and help for personal and family problems, and the opportunity to learn from individuals coping with similar experiences. 5. The MWCSC will continue to provide senior adults and adults with disabilities activities that correspond to their interest, stimulate their creativity and improve self-worth and self-esteem. 6. The MWCSC will provide a supportive environment to senior adults and adults with disabilities including activities that will help enhance the social and emotional needs of senior adults. 7. The MWCSC will continue obtaining financial support from the community through donations of money, time, and other resources.
Needs (1) Funding (2) Additional space, (3) Personnel - more hours to make staff full time, Contract labor such as Fitness Wellness Coordinator, addition funding for (4) Office supplies & equipment, (5) Volunteers dedicated to senior programming to facilitate & coordinate programs.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Senior Centers/Services
Secondary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Warren
and surrounding counties
CEO Statement My career began working with senior citizens at age 17 as a homemaker aide, later to become the secretary of the senior center. As I was working my way up to my current position of Executive Director I had a dream of making a better place for seniors in the community and for all of Warren County. In a few short years my dream became a reality. Local funds had been raised, community support had been generated and a grand opening was held in 1997 at a new center. Programming at the center had increased tremendously. I have made maximum use of an ever decreasing pot of funds. I was able to work with the community to make things happen at the center. I did not gear my programming to “older people” but geared the programming to “people”. Changes begin to happen. Individual grants were written and several new programs were started. These programs assist all ages of life and we continue to strive to be the best of the best. Our TEAM continues to seek out community support and collaborations through out the State of Tennessee to achieve our goals, maximize our resources, improve and expand our services to our older adults and their families.
Description SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE… *Information & Assistance * Friendly Visiting * Homemaker Aide Services (Provided to homebound senior adults & adults with disabilities) * Outreach * Physical Fitness * Telephone Reassurance * Nutrition Screening * Emergency Red Cross Shelter * Health Screening * Recreational & Leisure Activitives * Educational Programs * Computer Classes * Genealogy Classes * Art Classes * Health & Wellness Classes * Public Guardianship, Legal Assistance & LTC Ombudsman * Emergency Food Bank * Volunteer Opportunities * Golden Age Blast * Veterans Program * Town Hall Meeting * Quilting * Rook Tournaments * Billiards * Safety Classes * Special Events * Senior Day at the Warren County A & L Fair * Senior Center Thrift Shop providing new and nearly new items at low prices while fundraising as proceeds benefit our senior center * Congregate Meals - Provided by UCHRA
Budget 69766
Category Human Services Senior Services
Population Served Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens, ,
Description This program offers grocery shopping, medicine pick-up, commodities pick-up and delivery service. In addition to these services, the program director works collaboratively with other agencies finding resources available to match care-recipients needs. To offer outreach for seniors with long-term illnesses or disabilities, frailty, social isolation, and for seniors who have no effective support system in place. To target minority communities. This program is to help rural elderly live independently and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible.
Budget 15000
Category Human Services Senior Services
Population Served Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group, Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens, Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Description The mission of the Sunny Day Adult Day Service services provide an organized program of services to activate and motivate adults 60 years of age or older. The program is designed for person who need daytime supervision of seek a program offering an option of living more fully without isolation and loneliness. Within a home-like setting, weekly programming will strive to help participants regain and maintain their individual dignity, quality of life for participants and their families will be enhanced by the existence of the program.We also offer a monthly caregivers support group meeting.
Budget 24736
Population Served , ,
Description The mission and vision of the Warren County RAPP (Relatives as Parents Program) is to be recognized in the community as the leading resource providing support and advocacy for grandparents and relatives raising children. Our purpose is to provide empowerment to caregivers facing a variety of problems such as legal, social, financial and emotional or physical health, in their efforts to raise a grandchild, niece or nephew, etc…
Category Human Services Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens, Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.),
Description MISSION STATEMENT: To improve the quality of life for elderly and disabled adults with long-term health needs by guarding against feelings of isolation, helping them live independently with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. PURPOSE: Our program is to help vulnerable, low income, minority, rural, disabled, frail, or isolated elderly or disabled adults. GOALS: To serve these persons living in Warren County, TN by using a faith-based county-wide volunteer system. To help those needing in-home services. OBJECTIVES: 1) Expanding the interfaith coalition and strategizing to ensure the long-term success of our program. 2) Recruiting volunteers from different faith based congregations and/or community organizations. 3) Servicing home-based care recipients with long-term health conditions. *** "Because we believe in the humanity and dignity of each human being as created by God, we deem that care must be compassionate in order to be truly healing." BHT
Budget 31400
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
 • 105 out of 105 (100%) care recipients will socially connect with the director during program entry and services they need will be determined after an outreach assessment is processed
• 84 out of 105 (80%) care recipients will receive weekly in-home services allowing them to remain independent and have feelings of isolation removed after being visited by their volunteer
• 51 out of 60 (85%) care recipients will receive a daily or bi-weekly telephone call ensuring their home-safety or their emergency contact person will be called if the care recipient doesn't answer after two calls
• 10 out of 10 (100%) of new volunteers will receive training after being cleared through a criminal back-ground check
• 95 out of 105 (90%) care recipients will receive monthly health and wellness education which will increase their knowledge of the importance of balancing healthy living and age-appropriate exercise
• 10 out of 12 (85%) of coalition board members will attend quarterly meetings and continue to develop community and fundraiser support which will strengthen our program
Long term Success
• Serve 100 senior and disabled persons by providing in-home services
• Provide telephone reassurance service to 60 care-recipients
• Recruit a minimum of 10 new volunteers each year from different faith based congregations and various community organizations
• Provide 100 care-recipients and primary care-givers information about our free services and other community resources they could utilize
• Strategize with our 12 interfaith coalition members to ensure the long-term success of our program
Program Success Monitored By
• Care recipients will complete a quarterly needs assessment form
• Program Director will provide quarterly agency summary reports to district office
• Care recipients will complete an annual physical health form and nutrition screening - Scores will be measured to see if they have changed from low, medium or high nutrition risk category from the previous year
• Volunteers will complete a monthly time sheet to record hours, types of services provided and names of care recipients
• Program Director presents a 6 month progress report to coalition board including the following information: (a) age and gender of volunteers and care recipients (b) total volunteers hours (c) percentages of primary health problems, age groups, and ethnic groups of our care recipients (d) how many different types of weekly services each care recipient receives (e) program financial report
Examples of Program Success
We strive to help our care-recipients by matching them with volunteers who understand their specific health needs. Since July 2005, our CARES program has accomplished this work by enhancing and improving the quality of life for our care-recipients, which helps them live in their homes for as long as possible. Our volunteers and staff help care-recipients understand and apply for available benefits; we promote physical activities; and offer wellness education programs geared toward healthy aging. All of our services are free and our program places emphasis on those who have no effective support system in place.
* 105 out of 105 (100%) have had an outreach assessment completed by
program director
* 78 out of 105 (74%) have received weekly in-home services which allow
them to remain independent and also decreases their feelings of isolation
* 47 out of 60 (78%) have received daily or bi-weekly telephone calls to
ensure they are at-home and safe
* 190 out of 200 (95%) have received free boxes of food, frozen meat and
fresh fruit which has decreased their nutritional risk from a high to low
ranking on their nutritional screening
* 96 out of 105 (91%) have received free home-delivered commodity
groceries which has decreased their nutritional risk from high to medium
or low on their nutritional screenings
* 7 out of 10 (70%) all new volunteers have received training after a
criminal back-ground check was completed
* 87 out of 105 (83%) have received health and education during the month
which increases their knowledge of balancing age-appropriate
exercises/stretching with eating and living a healthly lifestyle
* 8 out of 12 (67%) program advisory/coalition board members have attended meetings and provided fundraising and community support
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Vic Castellano
Company Affiliation Retired Designer Engineer / Disabled
Term July 2006 to June 2012
Board Members
Mr. Bobby Adams Retired Truck Driver / Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Pamela Allen State of TNVoting
Mr Rick Barnes City of McMinnville AldermanVoting
Ms Anamaria Baus Retired Administrative AssistantVoting
Mr Willie Cameron Clark United Church RepresentativeVoting
Mr Vic Castellano Retired Designer Engineer / DisabledVoting
Mr Dennis Kronlage Legal, Insurance, & Real EstateVoting
Mr Marvin Lusk Assistant Director Tennesse TechnologyVoting
Ms. Hilda Lytle UT ExtensionVoting
Mr John Pelham Warren County Executive (Mayor)Voting
Mrs. Marilyn R Shumake Retired School TeacherVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr Marvin Lusk
Company Affiliation TN Tech University
Term July 2009 to June 2012
Standing Committees
Communications / Public Relations
Human Resources / Personnel
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cheryl Watson-Mingle
Term Start Sept 1988
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 247
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? No
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance1998
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2005
National Council on Aging1997
Tennessee Association of Adult Day Services2000
United Way Member Agency1988
Second Harvest Food Bank2003
Tennessee Arts Commission1996
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability1975
National Institute of Senior Centers1997
Tennessee Association of Senior Centers1988
Tennessee Federation on Aging1988
Chamber of Commerce1997
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability1975
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities2005
Community Spirit AwardWarren County Historical Commission2003
"Best of the Best" Civic Club in Warren Countychosen by Warren County residents1998
Senior Staff
Title Sunny Day Services Program Director
Experience/Biography Janice Brimer has worked for the last 10 years helping seniors as a sitter, housekeeper, picking up medicine, transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping, telephone reassurance and friendly visiting. She worked as a part-time cook at an assisted living where she decided to take classes to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). She was state licensed as a CNA in October 2005. She has been employed at the McMinnville- Warren County Senior Center, Inc since 2006. She has worked as a day service assistant and homemaker aide. She has been the program director of the adult day service since April 2007. Her responsibilities as program director include supervising day service participants, helping with multi-sensory crafts and activities, fundraising, grant writing, providing caregivers and participate with educational information and materials, conducting monthly support group meetings, providing information and assistance to the community, marketing and outreach, keeping accurate records on participates and caregivers, health screenings, socialization and provide participates with healthy snacks and lunch. She has her certification in CRP, First Aid and AED from the American Heart Association
Title Faith in Action CARES Program Director
Tish Watson Cannon has been a member of the senior center staff since May 2004. She previously worked in the technical control center of a telephone cooperative where she was employed for fifteen years. Before being promoted to technical specialist, she served as the customer service order coordinator. Using her technology skills, Tish began her employment at the Senior Center with the Social Assistance Management System program. After writing and receiving a seed grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in July 2005, Tish founded Faith in Action CARES (Caring About Rural Elderly Society) and has served as the program director for 5 years. Her passion for providing radical loving care to senior and disabled adults shows through the program and her collaboration with the Baptist Healing Trust. One of her greatest accomplishments is creating the only faith-based volunteer program in Warren County which provides free services to home-based care recipients. Tish also founded the Inter-Faith Coalition of Warren County, whose members strategize to ensure the long-term success of the Faith in Action CARES program. She currently serves as vice-chairperson of the Tennessee Nutrition Consumer Education Program in Warren County, is a member of the Family Investment Resource System for Tennessee, Warren County Health Council, Cornerstone Church, 4-H Volunteer Leader, Women's Ministry Committee and she maintains her CPR/First-Aid/AED certification. Tish is a graduate of the Center for Non-Profit Management Summer Institute of 2006 and 2007. She received her Volunteer Management Certification from the Center for Nonprofit Management in October 2008 during the Salute to Excellence awards banquet and was certified in CNM's Fund Development in September 2010. Tish is continuing her education with the CNM certification classes in Nonprofit Management and Non-Profit Supervision and will receive that certification in the Fall of 2011. Her achievements for enhancing the senior center include helping those in need by acquiring over $135,000 in grant monies for programs and services. One of these included partial grant money and a Community Facility loan from the USDA in order to purchase the building housed next to the center. It is currently used for the Senior Center Thrift Shop, intergenerational relatives as parents programs, senior health and wellness programs and for the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry Distribution center in Warren County. In the spring of 2011, Tish began teaching "Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains" at the Wellness Room of the Senior Center. In the summer of 2011, she started "Yoga for Common Conditions" classes.
Title Administrative Assistant
Experience/Biography  Pam Curlee has been employed by McMinnville Warren County Senior, Inc since November 1, 2007. Previous to becoming the Administrative Assistantt, Pam was the 24-7 primary caregiver for her Mother-in-Law for 5 years before she passed away. Pam moved from Michigan to Tennessee in 1998 with her daughter and husband to take care of Mrs. Curlee, who was homebound and a stroke victim for 25 years. In Michigan, Pam did caregiving for 4 years assisting a gentleman who was a paraplegic. She also took care of her mother, who at 85 still lives in Michigan with Pam’s daughter. After her mother in law passed away, Pam started to do personal caretaking for at home seniors. Her duties were various housekeeping duties, personal health care, cooking and being a companion. For personal reasons Pam went to work for Wal-Mart doing cashiering, door greeter and she worked in the photo lab where she met Cheryl Watson-Mingle, Executive Director of the McMinnville Warren County Senior Center. The senior center is the location of the Warren County NCOA (National Council on Aging) office. This agency hires capable people over 55 for local non-profit job training sites. Pam qualified and was hired where she started to work at the senior center as a trainee to learn more about computers. She worked from Sept-Nov 2007 for the NCOA program until the full time position of Administrative Assistant to Cheryl Watson-Mingle became available. Pam’s duties as Cheryl’s administrative assistant vary from day to day. She answers the phone and directs the calls to the appropriate departments. Pam inputs into the computer the personal information of the seniors who participate in the activities at the center. Pam schedules activities such as health education programs and informational programs that are beneficial to the seniors such as taxes and computer classes. She helps create the calendar which also includes socialization activities like bingos, cards, painting classes, and quilting. Pam helps Cheryl by generally overseeing the day to day activities at the senior center during Cheryl’s absence.
Title Warren Co CARES Program Director

Roxann Blair has over twenty–five years of a unique blend of experience and service focused on others.

Roxann has worked as the Program Director of Warren County C.A.R.E.S. program since August 2006. She serves over 100 elderly people through coordination among many agencies which enables the elderly to stay in their homes as long as possible. She also coordinates and delivers commodities to over 100 people every two months. Her job description is to help the frail and elderly seniors with picking up medicine, shopping, telephone reassurance and friendly visiting. Roxann coordinates and has fundraisers to support the Warren County C.A.R.E.S. Program. She also works with the McMinnville Warren County Senior Center, Inc. as a Homemaker which provides services to the elderly seniors. She has worked as a part-time custodian at the First Presbyterian Church-Learning House Pre-School for 6 years and The Seventh-Day Adventist Church for the past year. She has 5 years of service work for the Faith in Action CARES Volunteer Program and currently serves as Supervisor. Roxann received the presidential volunteer service award. She has 6 years of volunteer service for the Bread Ministry that is coordinated by Bob Zollinger of the Woodbury Seventh Day Adventist Church. She also provides volunteer service as a cook and server at the Heritage Academy in Monterey, Tennessee.

Title RAPP Program Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2011
Fiscal Year End June 30 2012
Projected Revenue $207,876.00
Projected Expenses $205,924.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$194,237$189,463$182,613
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.051.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$340,184$358,294$349,661
Current Assets$53,801$76,646$87,832
Long-Term Liabilities$80,643$81,578$82,470
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$259,541$276,716$267,191
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets24%23%24%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Contributions $153,483Individual Contributions & Grants $168,697 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGross sales of inventory $21,536Earned (Sales of Inventory) $28,367 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInterest/Investment Income $2,043Interest/Investment Income $1,924 --
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2015
Solicitations Permit
Soliciation Permit 2012 Financial Comments
Financials taken from 990.
Financial documents completed by Denning & Cantrell CPAs.
Foundations & Corporations are included with Individual Contributions.
Comments provided by Kirsten Joyner 12/2011.
Nonprofit McMinnville Warren County Senior Center
Address 809 Morrison Street
McMinnville, TN 37110 1100
Primary Phone (931) 4736559
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheryl Watson-Mingle
Board Chair Mr Vic Castellano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Designer Engineer / Disabled
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
Southside Senior Citizen Center

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