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 $80,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $80,000.00 (2016)
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 2014 we assisted financially 289 unduplicated families representing 885 individuals totaling $39,705.75. The actual amount of assistance requested was $82,861.77. 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 443 unduplicated families with 1231 food boxes representing 1278 individuals during 2014, averaging 103 food boxes distributed each month. The estimated value of the food given is $141,556.00. Volunteers continue to refer clients for food stamps and commodities, and to other resources as needed.

The Perishable Food Distribution provided 387 unduplicated families with 848 boxes representing 952 individuals, averaging 77 with rescued perishable food (85,832 lb.) donated by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. The estimated value of the food is $42,400.00. We are doing our best to serve 100 families a month every 4th Wednesday at the National Guard Armory. 

We purchased $3,902.53 (7,483 lb.) in food for the food pantry. 37,717 pounds were donated to the food pantry, through drives and individual donations! That represents 130,752 lb. of food distributed in Houston County this year alone.

Approximately 50 volunteers, committed and dedicated women and men, provided over 3078 hours of service, representing an estimated value of labor of $58,485.17. Volunteer and Board meetings are held quarterly.

Our goal for 2015 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 finished our capital building campaign, doing aprox. 35,000.00 of work for $8,000.00 because of donations of both labor and materials, doubling the size of our capacity.

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. 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 2017
Board Members
Mrs. Denise Borens
Mr. Ray Bradley
Mrs. Bennetta James Communtiy volunteerVoting
Rev. Daniel Medders Erin Church of The NazareneVoting
Mr. Webb Mitchum Mitchum Rexall DrugVoting
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 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $80,000.00
Projected Expenses $80,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$56,212$45,901$40,533
Administration Expense$28,854$37,494$28,750
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.021.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%55%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$25,900$29,599$28,210
Current Assets$25,900$29,599$28,210
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$25,900$29,599$28,210
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $59,567Contributions, Gifts & Grants $84,784Contributions, Gifts & Grants $81,761
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $21,800 -- --
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 2016
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations Permit
Organization Comments

Even though we lost some grants we picked up a lot of individuals and a few more Churches. So, we really gained instead of lost. We are grateful to each and every donor. Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990EZ. 990EZ completed by Durham Nunnery Poyner & Walters CPA's.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.
Comment provided by Elizabeth Madsen 3/1/16
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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