Human Services

THORN Ministries, Inc.

  • Riverview, FL
  • http://www.kristintaylor.com

Mission Statement

THORN Ministries reaches out the local poor through a mobile feeding outreach. We use this venue to teach volunteers how to begin collaborate with other faith based ministries, create a mobile feeding outreach and then expand outreach internationally. Currently, The Heart of Tampa Project runs a mobile feeding outreach which serves the homeless and needy.

Operation THORN Samoa, is our international branch. We focus on the needs of the poor of Western (Independant) Samoa. Locally, we seek aide for the most desperately medically and spiritually needy and send supplies, host fundraisers for critically ill children, coordinate efforts on behalf of critically ill children for transport to other countries for treatment. We host said childen, provide a loving and caring environment for the parents and now offer continued care in Samoa with our House of Mercy.

What began as a simple act of kindness one Thanksgiving has grown into the Heart of Tampa Project, which is currently serving over 56,000 people a year.

As of 2016 we have multiple branches that serve in various areas of Hillsborough county and in Largo/ Clearwater. Many Churches have come forth to learn and now host soup kitchens on other dates at locations in the surrounding area.

THORN teaches the works of mercy. We are a very physically active ministry who believe that we are not to cast judgement, but are being challenged to love unconditionally those GOD places before us.
Most branches offer food, clothes, offer haircuts,hygiene supplies, first aid, prayer, friendship and love.

Volunteers: groups, retirees, and singles and families are taught how to start their own outreach programs. THORN will mentor such endeavors.

Samoa: We collect and distribute medical and school supplies for needy S. Pacific countries. We encourage and host teams of medical surgeons to venture to the South Pacific to offer much needed medical care for the poor.

We have distributed 16 containers of Medical and surgical supplies and have gifted over 1000 w/chairs to Samoa.

We sponsor a deaf and disabled children's school in Apia. We gather critically needy children who desperately need surgical intervention to survive and attempt to get them treated.

In Samoa, we have the House Of Mercy home... to care for special medically needy infants whose families cannot care for them in the villages. This will vary from year to year...depending on the needs of the child and the life expectancy for each child in our care.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. The Heart of Tampa Project
  3. House of Mercy Western Samoa
Service Areas

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International

Our main focus in the mobile feeding outreach in Tampa, Florida with branches in St. Petersburg, Fl. However our internation outreach in Samoa began in 1995 and is currently very high our our priority list. We also extend aide to an orphange in Kitale, Kenya.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

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Ms Kristin Taylor

Keywords

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Homeless, hungry, needy, disabled, Samoa, mercy, Jesus, Catholic,

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Also Known As

THORN

EIN

59-2421661

 Number

3196430512

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Heart of Tampa Project Currently feeds over 150,000 meals per year. Operating expenses include: supplies, food, and drink, van, trailer and utensils. For each satellite these are a must. Samoan Outreach Expenses include: freight costs of $13,000 US per 40 ' container. inluding tax and port fees. Airfare for infants needing surgical intervention.. approx 1800. per ticket. Operating expenses: approx 15,000 per year for misc. phone, travel, supplies, port fees etc. Homeless, hungry, needy, disabled, Samoa, mercy, Jesus, Catholic,

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Program 2

The Heart of Tampa Project

A mobile feeding outreach, which began in 1997. We operate a mobile homeless outreach each Sunday. This serves approximately 400 meals per week in Hillsborough County. We mentor group leaders... which then branch off into other areas of the State. These leaders then form their own non profit... or church supported groups.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

45,000

Program 3

House of Mercy Western Samoa

This program began with the birth of Baby Miracle Nanai. She was brought to the United States for reconstructive surgery after he home nation and New Zealand had refused her medical care. Following these multiple surgeries we saw the need for the child to be cared for by our ministry co-founder. Thus the House of Mercy was born.
In addition to Miracle... we have multiple youth with serious medical anomalies which we look after and help support financially when needed.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

12,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Our main focus in the mobile feeding outreach in Tampa, Florida with branches in St. Petersburg, Fl. However our internation outreach in Samoa began in 1995 and is currently very high our our priority list. We also extend aide to an orphange in Kitale, Kenya.

Funding Needs

We will be needing a truck to pull the food and clothing trailer once our current Navigator is no longer operational. We also are seeking funding for a care center for the physically disabled/abandoned children in Samoa. We are always in need of donations for food and supplies. Funds help keep up in operation. Tires, car-truck repairs, warehouse supplies etc.. are the costly parts of this m inistry.

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THORN MINISTRIES INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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THORN Ministries, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms Kristin Taylor

BIO

Kristin is the founder of THORN Ministries. Her simplistic love and service to the poor is the inspiration of all the ministries outreach programs. She is a mother of 12 children, a professional singer/songwriter and evangelist as well as a professional photographer who uses all her gifts to enhance the ministry. Her education has been all hands on... She is the founder and President of Landsong Recording Company and Kristin Taylor Ministries, which evangelizes throughout the States.

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