Dickson County Help Center
103 West College Street
Dickson TN 37055-1935
Our new facility that opened in Feb 2012
Mission Statement

The Dickson County Help Center is an organization that provides temporary assistance for Dickson County Residents in crisis with faith, hope, love and dignity. 

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Renee F Boehm
Board Chair Ms. Mitzi Matlock
Board Chair Company Affiliation Realtor
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $531,144.00
Projected Annual Revenue $531,700.00 (2018)

The Dickson County Help Center is an organization that provides temporary assistance for Dickson County Residents in crisis with faith, hope, love and dignity. 


The Dickson County Help Center (Center) was started as a collaborative action step by Dickson County's Department of Human Services, Ministerial Fellowship and individuals in the late 1960’s to provide to those in need of food. After some struggles, a group reorganized the Help Center in 1978. Mrs. Helen Rial was voted in as the new director and began operating out of her home.  With the new direction of the Center, we began offering clothing and hygiene products along with much needed food boxes. As the Center and the need grew, the Board of Directors saw a need of generating additional revenue to support the growing needs and operation. In 1998 the Board voted to open a Thrift Store. In 1999, because of growth the Center it was relocated to Myatt Street. In the Fall of 2011, the Board of Director's voted once again to relocate the facility to the heart of Downtown Dickson.  With this move, our Center is more visible to the community.  Along with the visibility, we have doubled our square footage, changed our Food Bank to a "Client Choice Food Bank", have a training/conference room for financial, educational and information training and all services are now offered in one building.  The Center has undergone many wonderful changes over the years and continues to prosper for the glory of God.

Our organization could not exist without our loyal volunteers, staff and support of our community. We are blessed to have a great group of volunteers to work sorting the donations of clothing and other items that we sell in the Thrift Store, plus work with our clients in our Food Bank.
In addition to the money generated from the Thrift Store, we rely on churches, civic groups, businesses, grants and individuals for financial donations to help a greater number of people. Because of our Thrift Store, we are able to use 100% of all designated monetary donations to assist those in need. 

We do not seek funding from any source that would restrict the Center from providing Christian counseling or prayer with our clients if they request it.  This is not a requirement to receive assistance from us and will only be offered if requested.  We assist those in need without discriminating against anyone, as our primary focus is to feed the hungry and aid the hurting in our community.


1. Provided assistance to over 6,000 elderly, disabled, and struggling families who find themselves in a temporary state of need with food, medical, utilities, rent, clothing, shelter, house hold items including furniture and home repairs in excess of $125,000. 
2.  This year we provided 721 families with a Thanksgiving Turkey and the fixings so that they could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at home. 
3.  Through a community wide partnership, we led the way to building a new debt free home for an elderly & disabled mother and her disabled daughter. 
4.  We changed our lighting system to LED bulbs. This has saved us, on the average, $400 per month.   
1. One of our continuing goals is to raise community awareness of our organization, the programs we offer and how the community can help us help those in need.
2. Implementing new procedures on processing donated merchandise in our Thrift Store.
34.  Our Assistance Program will be working with outside organizations to offer classes and support groups for our clients who are seeking to better themselves in parenting, money management and life choices. 
1. Improve Thrift Store sales by encouraging the community to donate quality items so that we can generate additional revenue for financial assistance program.
2. Provide additional assistance to those elderly and disabled neighbors who are in need of prescription medications and home repairs ($30,000).
3. Reach out to more area churches to explain our mission and solicit additional funding that can be used for assistance.
4.  We need the program material and volunteers to implement a Financial Counseling class.
5.  We need a program that can teach parents to break the cycle of poverty by raising healthy, confident and successful children.   
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can make financial donations by mailing checks to The Dickson County Help Center, 103 West College Street, Dickson TN 37055. 
We accept in-kind donations of food, clothing, household items, furniture, hygiene products and powdered laundry detergent at the above address.  We also offer furniture pickup service with a 24-48 hour notice in the Dickson County area.
We are in need of volunteers to help in the Food Pantry and to sort through donations for the Thrift Store.  If you have 2-5 hours that you can spare one day a week or month between 9-3pm, we would love to have you join us.  Contact Harriette for more information at 615.441.0076
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Banks, Food Pantries
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Dickson

Our services are primarily for residents of Dickson County, with the exceptions of transients and those referred by local social workers and medical professionals.


CEO Statement

We believe that if we do the right things with the gifts that we receive, the Lord will bless us with the things that we need in order to serve those in need in our community.  We are often asked who we will and will not serve...here is where we stand.  We will not discriminate against anyone, regardless of their lifestyles, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, etc.  We are not here to judge, nor condemn...we are here to help.  With that being said, if a person (regardless of who they are) comes in who is chronically jobless, who choses not to work or take necessary steps to better their situation or is unwilling to work with us, they will be denied.  We are not here to help those who are unwilling to do what is needed.  We are here to help those who are in a temporary state of need, whose income is less than what is needed to live a modest lifestyle, have been involved in a natural disaster, or who live in poverty due to circumstances beyond their control.

In order to be the best stewards of our resources, we implemented and administer the Charity Tracker Network for Dickson County. This is an online database that is available to approved agencies in Dickson County. Through this network, local agencies and churches can work together to meet the needs of those in need, while identifying those who seek to abuse the system. As our network grows, it has become a valuable tool in making sure that help goes to those who truly need it.

To give our supporters a better understanding of what we do, we are always available for walk through tours. We are blessed by our facility and feel that when a potential donor comes in for a tour, they will leave with a better understanding of not only what we do, but why we do what we do. Our goal is to show them how we can work together to make a difference in our community.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our profile today. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Renee Boehm, Executive Director

Client Choice Food Pantry's allow the clients to walk through our food pantry with a volunteer to pick out food they need and like.  This cuts down on food waste and empowers the clients on what they receive.
Although most of our food is donated through food drives, individuals and churches, we still purchase many items to help feed those in need.
Budget 5800
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
To provide immediate food to families in need
Long term Success
To put an end to hunger
Program Success Monitored By
The success of this program comes from one time users or families who know that they can come to us on a monthly basis if their finances are limited. The success comes from knowing that the community doesn't have to go hungry because they know that we can help.
Examples of Program Success
We are successfully feeding the hungry.

We help with paying utility bills.

Budget 107000
Category Human Services, General/Other Temporary Financial Aid
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Elderly and/or Disabled, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
This program exists to make sure that people have the utilities to live in a healthy and safe enviroment.  To have cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.
Long term Success
Our long term succes would be that people would be come self sufficient and not need our services. 
Program Success Monitored By
It is monitored by people knowing there is an option for help.
Examples of Program Success
A success is when someone comes in one time for help, gets the help they need and then becomes self suffficient
Description Clothing for Needy
Budget 21600
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Provide clothing for school and work
Long term Success
To provide clothing to those in need
Program Success Monitored By
Confidence is lifted when clients can dress professionally for work.
Description Furniture & Houshold Items for those in need or for families who's homes have burned or been destroyed due to natural disaster
Budget 5000
Category None of the above
Population Served , ,
Deliver food to our elderly & disabled neighbors who cannot drive
Population Served , ,
Provide medication to those who cannot afford to pay.  We do not cover pain medication, controlled substances or narcotics.
Budget $10,000
Population Served , ,
We offer a home repair program (as funds are available) to our elderly neighbors whose homes are in much need of repair.  In addition to the funds we have, we also seeking grant money to help in this area.  We also build wheelchair ramps and help to make homes handicap accessible.
Budget 25000
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled,
Short Term Success
We build wheel chair ramps, make homes handicapped accessible, repair roofs and help with other repairs.
Long term Success
To repair homes that cause health risk to our older population by making them safe to live in.
Examples of Program Success
Its a shame when someone feels trapped in their home because they are wheelchair bound.  So we step in to help make their homes easily accessible for them to get out on their own.
This program exists to help families who have survived a disaster such as fire, flood, storm, tornado, etc and do not have the insurance to help with the costs.  We work in collaboration with the Red Cross, FEMA, DEMA, UMCOR, United Way, Dickson County Long Term Recovery and other organizations to help families get back to a "New Normal" after a disaster strikes.
Budget 40000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Relief/Recovery
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short Term Success
Meet the immediate needs of the family
Long term Success
To help rebuild lives after a disaster
Program Success Monitored By
Success is monitored by families getting back to a "New Normal" life after the disaster
Examples of Program Success
To rebuild homes and lives
CEO Comments
It is easy to see that we do far more than just provide food.  Our challenge comes from finding the funds needed to carry out these much needed programs.  We try our very best to be good stewards of the funds we are given to help improve the lives of those in our county.  Our goal is to find the need, evaluate the need, meet the need and move to the next one.  With the help of funding, we can do this one family at a time.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mitzi Matlock
Company Affiliation Realtor
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2018
Email MitziMatlock@gmail.com
Board Members
Mr. Michael Adams Business OwnerVoting
Dr. C. Edward Blackburn Retired MinisterVoting
Ms. Frances Blackburn RetiredVoting
Pastor Terry Blunt Emmanuel ChurchVoting
Mrs. Jana Curcio Ooh La La Sweet and Sassy Clothing BoutiqueVoting
Mrs Belinda Daniels Roxy TheatreVoting
Mrs. Mary Eubanks Bank of DicksonVoting
Ms. Doris Grigsby Dept. of Children ServicesVoting
Mrs. Tamara Hammer Dickson County Library DirectorVoting
Mrs. Carol Heflin Business OwnerVoting
Mrs. Nancy Kullman Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Mitzi Matlock Restaurant SalesVoting
Mrs. Jessie Pierce Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Mick Tierney RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Michael Adams
Company Affiliation Business Owner
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2018
Standing Committees
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
CEO Comments
New Board Member training on their roles and responsibilities to our organization.  We will be having one day trainings with the help of the Center for Non-Profit Management.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Renee F Boehm
Term Start June 2005
Email TheDCHelpCenter@bellsouth.net
Renee was the Assistance Manager for the Help Center's Food Bank & Assistance Office for 6 years before taking the position of Executive Director in June 2011.   Before that she worked as a CSR Manager, Career Placement Coordinator and Client Services for cancer patients. 
Former CEOs
Mrs. Janie Grove Jan 1992 - Mar 2005
Mr. Dale A. Spicer Apr 2005 - June 2011
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 65
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
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? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Dickson County Chamber of Commerce2005
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2011
United Way Member Agency1999
Feeding America - Affiliate1980
Community Spirit AwardDickson County Chamber of Commerce2011
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Title Thrift Store Manager
Title Assistance Office Coordinator
CEO Comments
Our Board of Directors and Executive Director are working together over the next year to evaluate and update our current Administrative Policy & Procedures Manuel, as well as developing a Conflict of Interest & Document Retention/Destruction policy.  We will also be working on our Management Succession, Fundraising and Strategic Plan with the help of classes offered at Center for Nonprfit Management and appointed committees. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Apr 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Mar 31 2018
Projected Revenue $531,700.00
Projected Expenses $531,144.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,000$4,500$5,000
Individual Contributions$221,198$154,501$198,650
Investment Income, Net of Losses$244$252$189
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$83,128$93,934$86,963
Revenue In-Kind$172,987$182,617$167,712
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$673,391$595,385$549,860
Administration Expense$84,805$83,044$77,525
Fundraising Expense$0$11,750$15,783
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.031.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%86%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$523,327$531,098$529,284
Current Assets$103,372$104,206$103,527
Long-Term Liabilities$54,042$68,012$91,374
Current Liabilities$7,206$5,526$3,645
Total Net Assets$462,079$457,560$434,265
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.3518.8628.40
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%13%17%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $255,415Earned Revenue $250,457Program Services $220,008
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $221,198Noncash Contributions $182,617Contributions, Gifts & Grants $198,650
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $172,987Contributions, Gifts & Grants $154,501Noncash Contributions $167,712
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
Campaign Purpose

Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Sept 2018
Solicitations Permit
CS Permit 2018
Organization Comments Our revenue has been higher than projected because of a fundraiser to build a home for an elderly lady and her disabled daughter. 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Form 990 prepared by Blankenship CPS Group, PLLC.  Audited financials prepared by Joe Osterfeld, CPA.
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 11/28/2017.
Nonprofit Dickson County Help Center
Address 103 West College Street
Dickson, TN 37055 1935
Primary Phone (615) 441-0076
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Renee F Boehm
Board Chair Ms. Mitzi Matlock
Board Chair Company Affiliation Realtor
Year of Incorporation 1979

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