Grace Place Ministry, Inc.
PO Box 1771
Hendersonville TN 37077
Mission Statement
To empower impoverished single mothers and their children to develop healthy, safe, and independent lives in the local community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Desneige VanCleve
Board Chair Mrs. Pam Tidwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $309,046.00
Projected Annual Revenue 309046 (2018)
Mission To empower impoverished single mothers and their children to develop healthy, safe, and independent lives in the local community.

Founder and Executive Director, Desneige VanCleve, began to recruit community support for the mission of Grace Place in 2013. She was driven by the need for a long-term shelter program for single mothers and children that was revealed to her through a staff position as the Benevolence Ministry Coordinator at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. Within two short years, VanCleve and co-founder Eddie Phillips of Phillips Development were able to recruit a Board of Directors, acquire 501c3 status through the IRS, and secure property for the ministry to begin operating full-time in late July of 2015. Over the same two-year period from the original vision to opening day, VanCleve also networked with numerous organizations doing similar work throughout Middle TN and completed extensive research and training for best practices for serving impoverished families experiencing homelessness in order to develop and implement programs that would best serve struggling single mothers and children in Sumner County. The program at Grace Place is geared toward empowering each family to transition into independent living with the best possible opportunity of never experiencing homelessness again.


Since opening in July of 2015, Grace Place has served a total of thirty-five families with emergency and/or long-term care. While we continue to serve five families in the Grace Place Shelter Program, we expanded our Grace Place Graduate Program to serve three families making our capacity a total of eight families. We opened 2016 with the goal of adding an additional staff person, a Program Coordinator, and adding transportation to our list of services. By the end of 2016, we had accomplished both of these goals and are now covering an enormous gap in services available for families experiencing homelessness in Sumner County. This is a huge milestone as there is no public transportation in Sumner County. Single mothers and children who didn't have access to resources from this transportation barrier now have full access to all of the resources at Grace Place because we can transport them to all necessary destinations to put the pieces of their lives back together for future independence. 

In 2016, Grace Place also developed a key collaboration with the area school for the children in our care that includes an exclusive after-school tutoring program implemented by trauma-informed teachers who are knowledgeable on how to best help students in transition reach their greatest potential in the classroom. 
In 2017, we began the year with a specific goal to expand our transportation program beyond one passenger van and driver to meet the demands for this service more effectively. Grace Place filed a grant request through MTA/RTA, and we are excited to have been awarded this grant. By the end of 2017, we expanded our transportation service to include days, nights & weekends with two passenger vans, one full-time driver and one part-time driver.
In 2017, Grace Place applied to become a partnering agency with United Way Sumner County. This partnership has been sealed with awarded grant support for the Grace Place Shelter Program.
Additionally, in 2017, Grace Place has been awarded our third grant from The Memorial Foundation in support of the Grace Place Shelter Program.
Finally, in 2016, the Grace Place Women's Alliance, a network of community minded women who want to support single mothers and children experiencing homelessness in their struggle for stability and survival, officially launched and began recruiting members. Their collective pool of membership donations will fund three needs for Grace Place that will be presented to them for membership votes each fall. In the first year, the Alliance has grown to include 35 committed members who love the mission of Grace Place. We are excited about this source of funding toward our 2018 program goals! 
Out of the thirty-five families served (excluding the families who are currently progressing through the Grace Place Shelter and Graduate Program), 62% graduated our program and reached 100% of the program goals. The remaining 38% are either currently progressing through the program or transitioned out of Grace Place to explore supportive services such as Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation or more intensive recovery programs with that focus.  
Of the 62% of Grace Place graduates, Grace Place is excited to report that 100% of our graduates are still living independent lives in affordable housing, have maintained full-time employment, and are sustaining independence in the local community.  
Financial Support
Household Supplies
Personal Care/Hygiene Supplies
Community Volunteers 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be made online through our website and a complete list of household and family needs can be found by visiting the following link:

Donations may also be sent to our mailing address.  

We recruit volunteers quarterly or on an as needed basis and volunteer applications can be submitted through  
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Single Parent Agencies/Services
Tertiary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Sumner
Sumner County residents have priority placement at Grace Place Ministry, Inc. 
CEO Statement Grace Place Ministry, Inc. is a faith-based, Christian non-profit organization. Our organization is structured and functions through a biblical worldview as we serve women and children through the most difficult and seemingly hopeless time of their lives. Our organization is also client-centered and follows trauma-informed approaches. We strive to make Grace Place a sanctuary of opportunity and hope. 
Description The shelter program provides families with food, toiletries, household supplies, and a safe living environment upon entrance. Participants then move into our on-site employment preparation and acquire full-time employment as soon as possible. Throughout the program, participants engage in intensive financial literacy education and budget training, ongoing case management, peer and/or professional counseling, parenting classes, advanced computer training, PEACH for children, Grace Place's after-school tutoring program, and must remain drug and alcohol free. Additional extra-curricular activities are offered throughout the program duration. 
Budget 163000
Population Served , ,
Description Families who complete the Grace Place Shelter Program may need to continue engaging in the services Grace Place offers while they transition into independent living. The graduate program is an off-site extension of our shelter program through collaboration with a local apartment complex. Families live in an independent apartment where they begin to pay for the majority of their living expenses as they abide by their budget and continue to engage in case management with Grace Place Ministry, Inc. All participants must continue practicing the life principles learned throughout the Grace Place Shelter Program and remain drug and alcohol free. Families may stay in the graduate program for up to one year. 
Budget 10000
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments Both programs at Grace Place Ministry, Inc. continue to be developed and refined as we approach the close of our third operating year in July of 2017. Staff is actively pursuing and staying up to date on best practices and programs to ensure that our families have the best opportunity and experience throughout their stay, while also remaining focused on the stability and quality of our families' futures. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Pam Tidwell
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Becky Beeler Community VolunteerVoting
Nancy Crawford AttorneyVoting
Susan Garrett Retired Community VolunteerVoting
Beth Little Retired Community VolunteerVoting
Lisa Millman CPAVoting
Charlie Phillips Community VolunteerVoting
Eddie Phillips E. Phillips DevelopmentVoting
Desneige VanCleve Grace Place Ministry, Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
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
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Professional Liability
CEO Comments Governance at Grace Place has grown to reach the desired number of members and we are excited about the many resources, talents, and investments that each current board member brings to the ministry.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Desneige VanCleve
Term Start June 2015
Experience Prior to opening Grace Place Ministry, Inc., Desneige VanCleve spent six years in small business marketing before attending Trevecca Nazarene University and graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts in Christian Ministry. She also served on staff at Long Hollow Baptist Church for two years as the Benevolence Coordinator and managed cases and volunteer committees across five campuses. 
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 7
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 66%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
CEO Comments Grace Place has the appropriate amount of staffing for our current program needs since we've hit all of our staffing and program service goals in 2017. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $309,046.00
Projected Expenses $309,046.00
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$216,902$77,834$88,991
Investment Income, Net of Losses$71$45$28
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$59,325$42,422$0
Revenue In-Kind$45,207$37,433$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$232,103$173,684$58,200
Administration Expense$23,396$20,938$14,436
Fundraising Expense$1,646$841$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.491.202.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%89%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$272,163$146,979$102,735
Current Assets$224,525$117,806$102,735
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$272,163$146,979$102,735
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $216,902Contributions, Gifts and Grants $77,834Contributions, Gifts and Grants $88,991
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $59,325Foundations and Corporations $52,000Foundations and Corporations $85,385
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $45,207Fundraising Events $42,422Investment Income $28
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 We anticipate a Capital Campaign to pay for a new building expansion that leadership and governance is currently strategically discussing. This will take our shelter capacity from five to nine families served at a time. We do not currently have a project start date. We are in the preliminary planning process. 
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2019
Organization Comments Our prior years before 2017 did not include in-kind donations and in-kind expenses. They are reflected in our budget now that our ministry has an average that can be relied upon each year. Additionally, with the expansion of our transportation program, our expenses have increased as well. Financial Comments Financial figures taken from Form 990. Foundations or corporate grants may be included in Individual Contributions sum, as these amounts were not separated on  Form 990. 
Form 990 was prepared by McMurry, Fox, & Associates, PLLC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 02/13/2018. 
Nonprofit Grace Place Ministry, Inc.
Address PO Box 1771
Hendersonville, TN 37077
Primary Phone (615) 881-3976
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Desneige VanCleve
Board Chair Mrs. Pam Tidwell
Year of Incorporation 2014

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