Bethesda Community Mission, Inc.
405 West Front St
Erin TN 37061
Mission Statement
To operate a community mission; to provide food and shelter for the needy, to provide transportation services for those in need and to raise funds to carry out these purposes, including incidental services.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Neal Sr.
Board Chair Mr. James Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $70,500.00
Projected Annual Revenue $70,500.00 (2015)
Mission To operate a community mission; to provide food and shelter for the needy, to provide transportation services for those in need and to raise funds to carry out these purposes, including incidental services.
Background Bethesda Community Mission was incorporated in 1983 as a faith-based, non-profit agency to serve the needs of the indigent population in our rural community. The Mission maintains a food pantry, and provides food boxes for individuals and families in need. Emergency financial assistance is provided as funds are available. The Mission Director oversees a volunteer staff of committed women and men, who give tirelessoly of their time, energy and resources to help those in need. Some of our current volunteers have been serving the Mission since its beginning; most have been working at the Misson for several years. Our funding has been through individuals and local churches. Houston County, and the cities of Tennessee Ridge and Erin have also provided donations. Over the years we continue to see increased needs for both food and emergency financial assistance. In 2011 we hired our first full time director. In the beginning of 2012 we started monthly perishable distributions at our local Army National Guard and partnered with the School Backpack program. We are also partnering with our local youth center to feed kids though the summer months. 


During 2013 we assisted financially 265 unduplicated families representing 814 individuals totaling $33,065.17. The actual amount of assistance requested was $64,956.44. The overwhelming majority of assistance was in partial payment of utility bills, allowing the clients to assume some cost-sharing, and allowing us to assist more families.

The Food Pantry provided 403 unduplicated families with 982 food boxes representing 1231 individuals during 2013, averaging 82 food boxes distributed each month. The estimated value of the food given is $111,443.00. Volunteers continue to refer clients for food stamps and commodities, and to other resources as needed.

The Perishable Food Distribution provided 302 unduplicated families with 822 boxes representing 672 individuals, averaging 74 with rescued perishable food (157,319 lb.) donated by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. The estimated value of the food is $41,100.00. We are doing our best to serve 90 families a month every 4th Wednesday at the National Guard Armory. We were not able to do one December because it fell on Christmas Day.

We purchased $5,235.00 (5950 lb.) in food for the food pantry. 22,949 pounds were donated to the food pantry, through drives and individual donations! That represents 186,218 lb. of food distributed in Houston County this year alone.

Approximately 50 volunteers, committed and dedicated women and men, provided over 3041 hours of service, representing an estimated value of labor of $57,777.42. Volunteer and Board meetings are held quarterly.

Our goal for 2014 includes increasing funding to meet the needs of the indigent, expanding our financial counseling program to include more clients, increasing community awareness and to improve the Mission facility.

We are in the process now of connecting another building to our present one to make more room for food storage, all the while raising funds to do so.

And, we are already partnering with two more agencies to assist under privileged children.


Needs 1. Increased funding to meet needs of indigent. 2. Maintain adequately stocked food pantry. 3. Raise funds connect our buildings so that they are under one roof and our elderly volunteers do not have to go up and down steps. 4. Building maintenance. 5. Upgrade equipment.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Houston
Erin, 37061 
Stewart, 37175
TN Ridge, 37178
CEO Statement Houston County, Tennessee is a rural community. The population (2010 census bureau estimate) is 8,426. There is little industry in our local county, and many workers must travel out of county to find jobs. Median household income, 2010 is recorded as $17,794. 19.4% of the population was recorded as living below poverty level in 2010. The need within the community for food and emergency financial assistance is great, and the resources are few.
Description We provide food boxes for people in need throughout the community. Food boxes prepared for each family include canned items such as vegetables and soups, dried food and frozen meats. Personal and household items are included when available. The amount of food items distributed is based on family size. Food and personal/household items are purchased by Bethesda, collected from individual donations and contributed from other agencies and churches.
Budget 5,000
Category Human Services Emergency Assistance
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.), Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Description We are one of only two local agencies which provide financial assistance for residents of Houston County, TN. Assistance is provided to those in need, primarily paying a portion of utility bills (electric, gas, water). We also provide rent assistance, transportation costs, and medical and/or medication bill assistance, based on individual need.
Budget 50,000.
Category Human Services Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, Adults, Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

We distribute a tractor trailer load of perishables the 4th Wednesday of each month to approximately 100 families that comes from Second Harvest. We serve a different 100 families each month; they rotate every 4 months to accommodate 400 families a year. It takes about 40 volunteers each month to pull this off.

Population Served , ,
CEO Comments The challenges are great. In addition to the food and financial assistance programs we provide, the greatest need in this area is for jobs, jobs, jobs. It is our prayer that employment will come to this area. Financial assistance is good but in order for people to feel good about themselves they need to work. Anyone with ideas or financial revenue to begin a jobs program would help more than anything. We are always open to suggestions. 
Foundation Comments The profile for this agency was conducted remotely. A site visit was not completed by The Community Foundation staff.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Wood
Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Term May 1999 to Jan 2015
Board Members
Mrs. Denise Borens
Mr. Ray Bradley
Rev. Truitt Cockrell Erin Baptist ChurchVoting
Mrs. Bennetta James Communtiy volunteerVoting
Rev. Jeff Stark Erin Church of the NazareneVoting
Mrs. Joyce Triplett Community volunteerVoting
Mr. James Wood Community volunteerVoting
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 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 96%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Richard Neal Sr.
Term Start July 2011
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $70,500.00
Projected Expenses $70,500.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$45,901$40,533$32,859
Administration Expense$37,494$28,750$28,031
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.180.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%59%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$29,599$28,210$15,732
Current Assets$29,599$28,210$15,732
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$29,599$28,210$15,732
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $84,784Contributions, Gifts & Grants $81,761Contributions, Gifts & Grants $58,785
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Other $150
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose Connect a building given to us by the city to our existing building so that we can better utilize our facilities. Most of our volunteers are elderly and would like to avoid climbing steps or exiting the facility to put together food boxes.
Capital Campaign Goal $20,000.00
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $500.00 as of Jan 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2015
Organization Comments

We had a much better year this year over all, both in monies for food and financial assistance. The needs were greater, but we were able to meet most of them. This coming year we are adding more room for food storage, so we are working to raise capital money as well. Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990EZ. 990EZ completed internally by the organization.Donations from foundations or corporations are included in Individual Contributions figure, as these gifts are not listed separately in 990EZ.
Comment provided by Beth Groves 3/5/15
Nonprofit Bethesda Community Mission, Inc.
Address 405 West Front St
Erin, TN 37061
Primary Phone (931) 2894044
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Neal Sr.
Board Chair Mr. James Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1983

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