Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries, Inc.

aka Ecumenical Social Ministries and/or ESM   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.ecusocmin.org

Mission

In response to the Gospel, ESM serves persons experiencing the effects of poverty.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Lantz

Main address

201 North Weber St

Colorado Springs, CO 80903 USA

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EIN

84-0890978

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

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Food Pantry

Emergency food, travel/street food, holiday food baskets (Thanksgiving & Christmas) and USDA Commodities distribution site

Population(s) Served

Emergency assistance with clothing, prescription assistance, medical and dental copays, showers, haircuts, personal hygiene items, legal referral and referral to other agencies.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Our goal is to meet the basic human needs of individuals and families in central Colorado Springs through direct financial assistance, educational opportunities and spiritual encouragement. This is accomplished with emergency food assistance, clothing, partial rental assistance to prevent eviction and partial utility assistance to keep the lights on. Many of our services are designed to meet the emergency needs of our client and we take a holistic approach in meeting those needs in the hopes of achieving self-sufficiency for the client. For example, if an individual is seeking rental assistance (the emergency) and it is determined they are also seeking better or additional employment, a referral to the Jobs Department is made. In the Jobs Department they will receive guidance on résumé writing, job search advice or other employment-related assistance. Individuals can also take advantage of jobs skills training and other educational opportunities. Other services within ESM may also be provided such as emergency food or prescription assistance.

ESM client demographics, captured through client interviews and recorded in our confidential client database, show client head of household is 48% female and 52% male. Our race/ethnicity categories are: White/Caucasian, 63.7%; Black/African American, 16.1%; Hispanic, 15.5%; Native American/Alaska Native, 1.8%; Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.2%; Other, 1.6%; Unknown, 0.1%.

We serve the low-income/working poor and the homeless (an approximate 80%/20% split) in central Colorado Springs. Our statistics show that 30% of our clients receive food stamps and another 2.7% received Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).

Our services are provided to those aged 19 and up. The age is based on the head of the household. If there are family members older or younger in the household, this will not affect the help the family can receive. Exceptions are made for dependents up to age 23 if disabled or in college.

Geographically, ESM serves the central downtown Colorado Springs area bounded by the following zip codes: 80901, 80903, 80905, 80906, 80907, 80909, 80910, 80914, 80916 and 80926. Geographic restrictions determined by these zip codes are in place for the Pantry, Direct Services, Rental and Utilities Assistance. This is an effort by agencies in Colorado Springs to help prevent the possible duplication of similar services. Those seeking assistance for medical needs or the Jobs Department are not zip code restricted. Other exceptions may also be made based on need and it is not uncommon for ESM to provide emergency food on a one-time basis to any client regardless of geographic location or residency status.

Direct Services provides basic necessities such as clothing, medications, local transportation with gas vouchers or bus tokens, personal hygiene items, medical co-pays and referrals, showers, legal referral and referrals to other agencies. 24,798 services provided, valued at $223,860.

The Pantry provides emergency food, street/travel food, holiday food baskets (Thanksgiving and Christmas) and commodities. 19,410 services provided, valued at $504,062.

Mental Health Counseling provides six to ten free sessions of on-site behavioral health counseling, based on client need. 553 services provided, valued at $41,458.

Housing & Utilities provides rental and utilities assistance. The rental program is designed to prevent eviction and homelessness with the payment of partial rent. Additionally the rental program will also provide payment for temporary housing such as short-term hotel/motel on an as-needed basis. The utilities program works to prevent the disconnection of utilities (lights and heat). Once approved for rent or utilities assistance, clients are required to take 1.5 hour basic budgeting class. 2,086 services provided, valued at $385,962.

The Jobs Department works to “remove the barriers to employment" through a variety of services including job skills training classes (home health care certification), GED classes, local transportation to job interviews or a new job with gas vouchers or bus tokens, identification assistance with birth certificates or state ID, computer training classes, résumé writing classes, individualized job search counseling and the opportunity to pursue independent job research.

A key challenge for us will be to continue to provide the emergency services needed, even as the economy shows signs of improvement with the secondary challenge of addressing the funding requirements to meet those needs. A third challenge is the lack of both emergency housing and transitional housing in Colorado Springs. As part of future strategic planning, we want to incorporate services which address this need.

A key opportunity for us to explore are additional aspects to our Jobs Department by expanding the home health care certification classes to include other job training, potentially also in the medical care field. Another opportunity in future strategic planning is to explore collaboration with other organizations in Colorado Springs to develop a plan for a homeless day center which would provide a variety of services and opportunities for the homeless in our community.

Finally, staff and board are beginning to engage in conversation to develop the next 3-year strategic plan.

Financials

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Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Jeremiah Williamson

Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Term: 2018 - 2019

Jennifer Holz

First Presbyterian Church

Heather Haginduff

First Congregational Church

Kent Ingram

First United Methodist Church

David Price

St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral

Dan Schumacher

First Baptist Church

Jonathan Hall

First Christian Church

Bob Sheets

First United Methodist Church

Frederick Stattman

St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral

Nancy May

First Christian Church

Susan Buenger

First Presbyterian Church

Marti Lindberg

Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Blake Pelton

First Congregational Church

Bob Johnson

First Lutheran Church

Ann Lantz

Ecumenical Social Ministries

Jeremiah Williamson

Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Karen Wilson

First Baptist Church

Travis Norton

First Lutheran Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No