Religion, Spiritual Development

Seniors on a Mission, Inc.

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • www.SeniorsonaMission.org

Mission Statement

Seniors on a Mission, Inc. exists to love and encourage independent-living senior citizens enabling them to live longer, healthier, more grace and purpose-filled lives.

Main Programs

  1. Seniors on a Mission
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Jacksonville, Florida
Duval, St. Johns, & Clay counties

Orlando, Florida

Houston, Texas

Nashville, TN

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Joanne Hickox

Program Manager

Self-reported

Ms. Leesha Archie

Keywords

Self-reported

senior citizens, aging, volunteerism, voluntarism, mission trips, encouragement, health, faith, independence, civic engagement, service opportunities, purpose

Notes from the Nonprofit

Most seniors who participate with Seniors on a Mission love it so much they never want to leave. Each year, we lose about 10% of our population to one of three things: heavenly promotion, insurmountable health challenges, or relocation to another state. Because our retention rate is so high, your support for this ministry is especially appreciated.

Here is a story from one of our Senior Saints:

Hi! My name is Lottie and I’m 85 years old. I worked for over 50 years and loved every minute of it.

When I retired, I had nowhere to turn. My husband’s health was declining and he was admitted to a nursing home. Knowing my situation, a friend invited me on a Mission Trip. That was 4 years ago. Since then, I have been on 97 day-long Mission Trips, giving back over $11,208 in service to the Jacksonville community I so dearly love.

If not for Seniors on a Mission, I don’t know where I would be today. Everyone is so loving, caring, and accepting. Seniors on a Mission gave me renewed purpose. I get to work on different projects and do things I’ve never done before. I have fun with people my own age that I may never have met.

Seniors on a Mission has basically saved my life. There are hundreds more like me with similar stories. I hope you will support our work with Seniors on a Mission by supporting this very unique nonprofit.

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EIN

59-3602867

Physical Address

2050 Art Museum Drive Bldg. 4800, Suite 102

Jacksonville, 32207

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We currently have 275 seniors involved. We have day long community service opportunities one per team a month in addition to all hands on deck days (1-2 a month) at local nonprofit organizations (which we call Mission Trips). Independent-living seniors 65 - 96 years old currently participate. In 2014, the seniors donated over 9,450 hours of service to our community. (Based on the Independent Sector's volunteer hour value of $22.55 that means a donation of over $211,000 in service to Jacksonville's nonprofit sector)

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Seniors on a Mission

We take independent-living seniors on day-long mission trips. Seniors generally 70 - 95 years old cannot go on two week mission trips to Africa, but they can go to a local nonprofit for a day.

We annually create approximately 120 day-long service opportunities for 18 - 48 people of like age. They serve together to accomplish a large task for a local nonprofit.

Category

Christianity

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Male Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$275,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Reduce and ward off the onset of depression in seniors by providing a loving and encouraging atmosphere for daylong, team-oriented service opportunities (Mission Trips).

    2. Consistently supply one monthly, uplifting and purpose-filled, team-oriented service opportunity per team for senior citizens where transportation, a meal (with nutritious options), and servant-focused leadership are provided. AND provide 1 – 2 ‘All Hands on Deck’ service opportunities for anyone within the program to participate each month.

    3. Raise the funds needed annually to ensure that SoaM can continue to support all of our actively involved seniors.

    4. To operate our ministry so effectively that the senior adults involved are empowered to donate more in donated service (currently based on the Independent Sector’s 2013 value of a service hour $22.55/ hour) than the cost of our program, currently in the range of $200,000 - $300,000.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We take independent living senior citizens on day-long mission trips. They range from 5 - 6 hours per day and are designed specifically for the needs of older adults. We build in a 30 minute bus ride to allow the seniors to see other parts of the city, outside of their typical 4 mile radius of existence.

    We treat all seniors equally and show them the love of God generously. They do everything with excellence which gives them pride of ownership.

    The mission trips are scheduled at times that do not coincide with peak traffic times and are on weekdays only. (Family might visit on the weekends!)

    If someone is incapable of dealing with the work that has been assigned, promotions are given to a different job. They are NEVER insulted or told they are not capable, but that their skill set is needed at another table.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Seniors on a Mission (SoaM) currently serves approximately 250 - 300 senior adults annually, usually between the ages of 70 and 95, who live independently and in relatively good health, in Duval, Clay, and St. Johns counties. The seniors involved represent a population typical of the ethnicities of our local community. Of our eight teams of seniors, two of the teams consist of HUD housing residents and 50% of all participating seniors are in the low to extremely-low income range.

    Studies continue to suggest that volunteering with nonprofit organizations offers tremendous opportunity for seniors to develop strong relationships and find reaffirmation of worth. Studies report that seniors who volunteer have a greatly reduced risk of depression, suicide, and disease, and that they can even reverse these conditions. The challenge is that many seniors find it difficult, if not impossible to serve in their local community, due to lack of transportation, physical or financial resources, and/or the lack of stimulating, age-appropriate opportunities.

    Seniors on a Mission engages senior adults’ sense of purpose by offering team-oriented community service opportunities, 4-5 hours in length, tailor-fit to their needs. SoaM provides transportation to and from the community service projects and lunch on days that the seniors serve.

    Lunch, snacks, and refreshments given by a local nonprofit organization called Waste Not Want Not, by generous donors, by nonprofits with which we collaborate, and by our ministry itself ensure that, as the seniors devote themselves to serving, we go beyond measure in meeting their hunger needs. We love providing a reliable, high quality meal to seniors. On many occasions, seniors have reported that it is the best meal of their week. For the majority of seniors we serve in the low to extremely-low income range and for the seniors living in HUD housing, it’s a critical need.

    The ministry not only provides an environment where seniors can enjoy the company and camaraderie of like-aged people, but also strengthens the older adults' sense of belonging in the larger community. SoaM is devoted to each senior on a personal level. Because of this the staff is able to recognize and encourage senior adults in their gifts, talents, and abilities. This close relationship also enables SoaM to more effectively develop appropriate service opportunities for the seniors who participate. In so doing, SoaM invites senior adults to be a part of the story of other people’s lives in their community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We test our goal in the following ways:


    1. Every two years, Seniors on a Mission administers a senior survey to help us evaluate how participation in our program impacts seniors’ lives.

    2. Each month we publish a full-color, paper newsletter and an online calendar, which track the number of community service opportunities available to our seniors.

    3. Our annual 990 will show that we do not operate in a deficit. In addition, our annual audit and annual report will show that we adhere to our established operation budget.

    4. The seniors’ achievements during each community service opportunity are entered into our computer software within 24 hours of each trip. SoaM records: 1) which seniors were involved and their team affiliation, 2) how many hours of service each senior donated, 3) which nonprofit the work was accomplished for, 4) how many community lives the seniors touched through their work, and 5) the monetary value of the service work accomplished based on the Independent Sector’s current value of a volunteer’s hourly time.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In eight years of recording our participation data, Seniors on a Mission has given back to the community over $1.7 million dollars in service to our local nonprofit sector. Over 800 senior citizens have participated and 80 nonprofit organizations have collaborated with us.

    We have never operated in a deficit. Our annual audit and annual report will show that we adhere to our established operation budget

    In 2013, Health-Tech Consultants, Inc. conducted a survey which had an unprecedented 57% completion rate. Outstanding especially since the survey was EIGHT pages long. The result is a 57 page evaluation report listing their findings.

    The survey attached in the ‘Additional Documents’ area will confirm that seniors who participate in this ministry are healthier, happier, more confident and feel a renewed sense of purpose.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Jacksonville, Florida
Duval, St. Johns, & Clay counties

Orlando, Florida

Houston, Texas

Nashville, TN

Additional Documents

Social Media

Funding Needs

Bus Safety Check Repairs, Mission Coordinator, Filemaker Software Programer, Filemaker Server Software Upgrade, Apple Server Hardware, 10 Large Pictures Framed, Grant Writer, Mission Trip Lunches for 15-35 People, Weekly Fuel Supply, Newsletter Paper and Envelopes, Color Wireless Copier/Printer, Pickup Truck with Roller Cover, 32 Passenger Bus, 350 Senior Sponsors Annually (588/year each).

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Financials

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SENIORS ON A MISSION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Seniors on a Mission, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Joanne Hickox

Program Manager

Ms. Leesha Archie

BIO

Joanne Hickox, a Canadian farm-girl, is the oldest of 42 grandchildren. Growing up, she had only adults to relate to which led to an early respect and admiration for the elders in her life. More than 25 years ago, Joanne moved to the United States, where she met and married Bryan Hickox. She worked as a film accountant for over 15 years. Joanne has spent the last 10+ years loving and encouraging senior citizens and believes it to be her personal purpose and mission. She was ordained at Beaches Chapel Church in 2011.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Seniors on a Mission uses community service as a way to reach out to senior citizens. We create an opportunity for seniors to attain the three important benchmarks for successful aging: physical activity, mental stimulation, and social interaction. At Seniors on a Mission, we care deeply for the independent-living seniors of our community. We strive to help seniors be active in the community, feel needed and self confident while being part of a group of like-aged people. Joy abounds everywhere when we're together. We are a model of healthy, purpose-filled aging for city's everywhere!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patrick Coleman

Gray-Robinson

Term: July 2012 - Dec 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity