Mission: Founded in 1917, Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community.

Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1924, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://hshministries.org/

 303 East Oakland Avenue
Bloomington IL 61701 

  309-828-7356


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Good

This charity's score is 87.02, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc.'s response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

73.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

16.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

10.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.1%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.08


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.18 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-7.62%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MARY ANN PULLIN, CEO

$102,841


LYN MOUNCE, BOARD MEMBER

$0


SALLY SALEGNA, BOARD MEMBER

$0


KEVIN HUETTE, BOARD MEMBER

$0


WES WRIGHT, PRESIDENT

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Cafeteria, restaurant, snack bar, food services, etc. (BMF activity code: 916)

Community Chest, United Way, etc. (BMF activity code: 600)

Emergency or disaster aid fund (BMF activity code: 902)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The nationwide “shut down” that accompanied the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of our Mission Mart thrift store. This retail program had been struggling to operate with sufficient revenue for some time before the pandemic, and the shuttering of its doors as a result of the pandemic pushed it past the point of being viable to continue its operation. As a result, the Mission Mart program and the associated entirety of HSHM’s Retail Operations was permanently closed. This resulted in a change to the organization’s revenue and expense details, but most significantly meant that a total of 12 paid staff positions were eliminated.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Multiple changes were implemented to our organization’s delivery of services. Among them included: •Reduction in total number of beds in the shelter to allow a minimum of 6’ between beds and to limit total shelter capacity. •Closure of our dining center to non-shelter residents •Distribution of sack lunches & hot meals to go for community members who would ordinarily be served in the dining room. •Temporary closure of our food co-op. •Distribution of emergency food boxes from March-July, 2020. •Daily temperature screenings for staff & residents. •Universal mask wearing •Intake screenings for the shelter were changed to occur over the phone or via video meeting. •Routine surveillance testing for COVID-19 among staff. •Suspended all volunteer activities until local guidance indicated it was safe to resume. •Increased sanitization protocols throughout the organization. •Established WiFi access points throughout our shelter to provide residents access to the internet


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We established new routines to enhance safety including daily sanitization, temperature checks, mask wearing, and regular Covid-19 testing amongst residents and staff. Volunteer activities were temporarily suspended. Policies were put into place to allow for as much physical distancing as possible, such as spacing beds apart and limiting use of common areas. Counseling services and case management meetings were conducted virtually, as were all staff meetings and individual supervision sessions. Meal services were restricted to shelter residents only. We also temporarily closed our Bread For Life Food Co-op and distributed emergency food boxes. These changes were made on an ongoing and frequent basis, in response to the ever changing guidance issued by the CDC for providing congregate care in a homeless service setting.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Providing services and conducting meetings through video “virtual” platforms is an innovation that will continue to be utilized in some circumstances. Incorporation of similar online functions into the organization’s fundraising events will also continue. WiFi access will be maintained for shelter occupants to use. Finally, the prioritization of finding independent housing that became a central point of emphasis will continue through expansion of our rapid rehousing programs.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20202019 87.02
5/1/20192018 83.56
6/1/20182017 83.90
6/1/20172016 88.87
8/1/20162015 89.50
6/1/20162014 90.52
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 85.49
11/1/20142013 92.07

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

75

out of 100

Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. is , earning a passing score.


Impact

$30 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.


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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Billy Shepler Shelter

Activities

The nonprofit provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.

Program Type

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data


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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


We look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Statement

$30 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the Fair Market Rent and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$745,267

Spent in most recent FY

34%

Percent of program expenses


RETAIL OPERATIONS: HOME SWEET HOME MINISTRIES RECEIVES DONATED GOODS FROM THE COMMUNITY, PROCESSES THE ITEMS IN ITS WAREHOUSE, SELLS THE GOODS IN ITS MISSION MART STORE IN BLOOMINGTON, AND RECYCLES IT ... (More)


$681,461

Spent in most recent FY

31%

Percent of program expenses


SHELTER CARE: HOME SWEET HOME MINISTRIES OPERATES A 24 HOUR, YEAR ROUND RESIDENTIAL CARE PROGRAM WITHIN THE BILLY SHELPER CENTER (75 BED CAPACITY) WITH SEVEN BEDS RESERVED FOR VETERANS. THIS YEAR, HOM ... (More)


$388,390

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


COMMUNITY SERVICES: BRIDGE OF HOPE IS A 12-24 MONTH PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ASSIST FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN ACHIEVING FAMILY STABILITY. BRIDGE OF HOPE STRIVES TO END AND PREVENT HOMELESSNESS FOR FAMILIES ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Founded in 1917, Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Our vision is to be a ministry of refuge and renewal powered by Jesus Christ.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Expansion of Rapid Rehousing Programs

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: Development of new community-based outreach services

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: Expand enrollment in the Bread For Life Food Co-op

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

HSHM has maintained training for all staff in the areas of Trauma Informed Care, Effective Verbal Intervention, and for leadership staff on key supervisory skills. HSHM has used a combination of in-house and external experts to deliver these trainings on a regularly recurring basis. Additionally, investigation into online training platforms such as LinkedIn Learning is being pursued.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Organization leadership is actively involved in various community-based initiatives. Staff representation at the local Continuum of Care of Homeless Service Providers is maintained and staff participate on various committees. Leadership staff also participate in community trainings on Trauma Informed Care. Executive staff are regularly invited to serve as guest lecturers at local universities. Program staff attend collaboration meetings and develop active partnerships in order to serve clients effectively. HSHM conducts an annual homelessness simulation that brings participants in from across the community, including from other social service providers and nonprofit entities. Additionally, and relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership staff established regular communication with local and state public health officials to advocate for the welfare of our clients, insisting on increased availability of testing, vaccine, and other resources for the local homeless population.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The past year+ has been a period of constant adaptation, and continues to be the case even at this late stage of the pandemic. As guidance has changed from the CDC and public health experts, our organization has modified service delivery methods, staffing strategies, and health-related protocols. Early in the pandemic this sometimes meant changing policies multiple times throughout the week as new information was released. HSHM staff approached each change with a spirit of serving people as best they could in a pandemic setting. Even when suspension or closure of programs meant a change in services, alternatives (sack lunches/hot meals to go instead of in-house meals, emergency food boxes instead of shopping trips in the food co-op) were pursued to ensure people in need were able to receive the essential help the organization provides.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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