Christian HELP Foundation Inc.
450 Seminola Blvd.
Casselberry FL 32707
Contact Information
Address 450 Seminola Blvd.
Casselberry, FL 32707
Phone (407) 834-4022
Fax (407) 260-2949
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card https://secure.qgiv.com/for/chrhel
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Mission
Mission Christian HELP is devoted to preventing homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually. We believe that employment is still the best means for the prevention of homelessness so we work hard to get people back to work, or an additional job, or better job depending on what their needs are. We also believe that additional support services are key to helping clients overcome barriers to employment so we provide food for their family while they are job searching and we provide emotional support through a listening ear, a caring attitude, and the offer of prayer, along with encouragement while they are going through their struggle. Additionally, we provide referrals to other agencies that can help meet other needs if they exist, such as; housing, clothing, financial assistance.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vickie Martin
Board Chair Mr. Stefan Herzog Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Highpoint Consulting, LLC
History
IRS Ruling Year 1992
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,625,927.00
Projected Expenses $1,625,927.00
Statements
Mission Christian HELP is devoted to preventing homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually. We believe that employment is still the best means for the prevention of homelessness so we work hard to get people back to work, or an additional job, or better job depending on what their needs are. We also believe that additional support services are key to helping clients overcome barriers to employment so we provide food for their family while they are job searching and we provide emotional support through a listening ear, a caring attitude, and the offer of prayer, along with encouragement while they are going through their struggle. Additionally, we provide referrals to other agencies that can help meet other needs if they exist, such as; housing, clothing, financial assistance.
Impact

In one year we were able to reduce our budget by 300K, but still be able to help over 7,000 people find a job, distribute over 1 million pounds of food and over 2,000 toys to children at Christmas. I’m also pleased with the addition of a Director of Client Services and a Lead Care Manager. Now the Director and the Lead are working closely together to understand the needs of clients and ensure we are meeting them. We also ended our last fiscal year in the black and garnered the support of a new donor with a 150K gift for a matching program. This size of a gift (outside of a grant) has not been received before, nor have we been able to offer such a sizeable “match program” in the past.

Our top goal would be to add another Care Manager. We need another full-time Care Manager to coach clients one-on-one. Client appointments are scheduled two weeks out now because of backlog on current Care Managers.

A second goal is to create a micro-training class for job seekers that is recognized as credible with employers so when they are presented with a certificate from the training course, the employer knows that the employee candidate has been trained in employee excellence and how to excel in the workplace. We have already begun the work on this and have the support from some employers who have been asking for such a program.

A third goal is to purchase a new van to pick up the food that we give to job seekers and their families. A new refrigerated van would allow us to not miss a pickup of food and continue to serve the community in need without interruption.

A fourth goal is to launch a job seeking program for returning citizens from local jails. We have completed our research and know that there is a need for one-on-one coaching with this population. We believe we are poised to help them differently than other agencies and still meet a need in the community without overlapping the services offered by others.

 

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs

Because we are an agency that serves people through the gift of knowledge and coaching, our most pressing need is staff. It is the people we bring on to serve job seekers that accomplish the mission. People speaking life into other people is what happens every day at Christian HELP. Therefore, we need $45,000 to bring on another Care Manager so that clients don’t have to wait 2 weeks to get an appointment. We could serve more clients and serve them faster if we had the capacity to do so.

We also need a new van to pick up the food we distribute to clients, cost $30,000. Our current van has over 145,000 miles on it and is getting costly to maintain through frequent repairs.  Imagine if you were hungry and looking for work and you came to where you know you could be helped and you were told, we don’t have any food for you, our truck is broken.

We always need more community professionals to serve in the week day hours, even if a couple hours a week. We can use their expertise in coaching job seekers, in marketing endeavors, and in research efforts for new programs. As we have volunteers helping us, we in turn help more people, and we can create new programs, and market their availability, as well as acquire funding for them.

 

 

Background

In 1991 Dick and Madge Wilson had a desire to help people. Their desire quickly became a business with the model of helping people for free and operating as a non-profit. A name was decided upon to speak to the methodology of helping people and Christian HELP (hope-encouragement-love-prayer) was born in February 1992.

In those early days someone suggested that a way to really help people was to help them get a job and this quickly became Christian HELP’s mission and focus while still supplying material goods and encouragement for anyone that needed the supplemental offerings. So in March of 1992 the first office of Christian HELP was leased in Casselberry.

Christian HELP worked with job seekers from then on and quickly established a food pantry to provide groceries for the unemployed while they are looking for work. The pantry is now the largest in Seminole County supplying job seekers with a million pounds of food each year.

However, the process of helping people find a job could be done more effectively if there were partnerships with employers. So in 1994, Christian HELP created CFEC (Central Florida Employment Council). This consisted of a small group of Human Resources executives meeting regularly to provide job openings to the job seekers identified through Christian HELP. CFEC has expanded since then offering monthly employer meetings, job search meetings for candidates and 6 major job fairs a year involving hundreds of employers and thousands of job seekers.

Christian HELP expanded its name in 2014 to Christian HELP Employment & Resource Center to better describe the scope of our work. Additionally, the work has evolved over the years to reflect current community needs and the way in which they are served. We have offered different programs with our most recent addition being a 3-year program offering a small group curriculum covering 40-hours of instruction on job search skills, readiness and employee excellence. In addition to our food pantry, we offer financial assistance to some job seekers that need the support for their rent or utilities until their paychecks start to come in. We also offer an extensive 3-day Christmas shopping gift program for job seekers that need a free shopping experience in December in order to provide toys for their children at this special time of year. And Christian HELP continues to offer our one-on-one coaching to the unemployed and underemployed for as long as it takes to help people find sustainable employment.

 

 
CEO Statement

Christian HELP is an amazing place for job seekers to come to for help because the staff and volunteers care so much. They immediately care for people in the way that they greet them, listen to them and help them. Treating people with respect is very important to us because how they feel is just as important as the facts of our encounter with them. We are not county exclusive so we will help any job seeker that comes to us from Central Florida and always see a few from other counties outside of Seminole and Orange.

Part of our approach in working with job seekers is to give them the tools to find their own job. We coach them and prepare them, but do not get the job for them. This is powerful because it teaches them skills they may use again, but also engages them in the process so that there is dignity in the process for the client.
We want clients coming back saying, "You helped me get a job. Thank you!" We don't want clients thanking us for doing the work for them and getting them a job. Empowering, not enabling drives our philosophical approach to serving people in need.
 
Christian HELP is also the only long-term successful non-profit connecting job seekers with employment that prays with each client that is willing.
Our services are for all people and the Christian faith is not forced or required of a client, but sharing the gift of prayer and the love of Jesus is always offered. It's great to see people have hope restored and their countenance changed when they know that someone offered to pray for them and demonstrated genuine care for their circumstance.
 
We also have a food pantry with an abundance of meat, produce, canned goods and baked goods to provide for our job seekers and their families each week until they can provide for themselves again.
 
Christian HELP empowers clients to be their best advocate and holds them responsible for their efforts. However, we come along side them to encourage, coach and teach them in the process of job searching.
 
We have multiple ways to help clients find a job in addition to their own efforts. This includes our job board, job fairs and hundreds of employer relationships. We even give job seekers a placement coordinator to help them locate work if they are completing the instructions we give them to improve their job search, as well be an employee that offers employment excellence upon their hire.
 
Because of Christian HELP's longevity in the community we many relationships with other agencies and employers. We are able to refer clients to a vast number of services beyond our own to help them achieve their goals and get any assistance they need.
 
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement

I am serving as the Board Chairman to Christian Help for a second term because I continue to believe in its ministry and see the lives it impacts and the way in which those lives are impacted. The people at Christian HELP who are actually doing the hard work of helping people every day really care about what they do and the manner in which they do it and work hard to serve everyone.

Another Christmas came and went in 2015 and once again, my son and I served during the Christian HELP toy distribution event. It's really hard to describe what it is like to see hundreds of families arrive with so few expectations only to be lavished upon with kindness, holiday treats and an abundance of toys to choose from as they shop for their children. They also are prayed for before they begin to shop if they are comfortable with that and who else does that? The whole event is really and act of love from Christian HELP to their clients.
I watched as one man shopped for his son, all the while calling his wife asking her what she thought of his choices, just as though he was at the mall.
This is the type of thing Christian HELP does for people. It cares for them, but also about their experience.
My wife and I have personally been through hard times in our past and I know how important it is to not only receive the practical help you need, but be treated well in the process.
Christian HELP is effective in training people how to get their own job, but they are also very good at caring for people too and this is just one of the many reasons I want to continue to associate with such a ministry.
 
However, it is not without its challenges. Even after 25 years the ministry is still not well known in some circles and people remain surprised when they hear all about what CH is doing for their local community. This is turn affects opportunities for support from potential donors and we have felt the lack of increased donor support and awareness recently.
The Board is working hard with the leadership and staff of CH to develop relationships in the community and invite more people, businesses and churches to support the incredible work of the ministry that everyone benefits from, not just the client served. 


 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Christian HELP has been committed to giving job seekers all the tools they need to find jobs for 25 years and I am so glad that they will serve anyone in Central Florida willing and able to work.  Our one-on-one counseling identifies where the job seeker is currently and helps to create a plan with the end in mind. Job skills classes teach job seekers how to maximize their job search, create resumes, do 30 second introductions, network, interview, and navigate online job applications. Our Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) division provides us access to over 800 employers through monthly networking meetings, an online job board, and 6 major job fairs including 2 Mayor's, the Governor's and the President's. By providing nutritious food through a unique partnership with Second Harvest and local food drives, we prevent hunger for unemployed families. Prayer is offered as appropriate, but families do not have to be Christian to obtain services. Christian HELP gives PERSONALIZED services to each individual. Our Christmas program, allows the community to meet and become involved with families who are in need. Through careful screening, Christian HELP chooses over hundreds of families to receive the extra blessing of knowing their families are provided for at Christmas. This program is neighbors helping neighbors. The toys are just a small part of the overall experience. For a short time, job seekers and the underemployed are able to experience the love of the community through the receiving of gifts.

And these are just a few of the reasons I love this ministry and trust the results. I see them happen day in and day out.
 
Vickie Martin, Executive Director 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Employment
Primary Organization SubType Employment Preparation & Procurement
Secondary Organization Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Organiztion SubType Food Banks, Food Pantries
Tertiary Organization Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Organization SubType Christianity
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Seminole
FL - Orange
FL - Lake
FL - Osceola
FL - Volusia
FL - Brevard
FL - Winter Park
All of Central Florida.  We are not geographically restricted. This means that anyone can come to us for assistance and often does. While we primarily serve people from Seminole and Orange County or the cities of Casselberry, Maitland, Orlando, Winter Park, Longwood, Altamonte Springs and Sanford, what we teach is universal for anyone. Therefore, we'll have job seekers from other cities or counties come to us wanting to be taught how to find a job.
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

At its core, Christian HELP wants to help people and has chosen the vehicle of employment to do that. But is it not enough to teach people how to find, get and keep work, we also want them to be encouraged by the experience and given hope. We believe the best way to do this is to give people your time, attention, sincerity, and expertise. It’s not enough to point people in the direction of employment, we want to work with them with a relational approach so that they are not only educated, but cared for. In a country and community of abundance, no one should be without opportunity or shelter so we feel very strongly about the importance of our mission to prevent homelessness, and this mission applies to anyone. We meet people from all socio-economic models who are close to homeless if not for a job soon. Nothing else can prevent homelessness like a good paycheck accompanied with good decisions. We know there will always be unemployed people, but they don’t have to be the same ones. In this vain people not only learn about how to find work with us, but they learn so much more about themselves, their problem solving skills, their attitudes, body language and behaviors. Knowledge such as this is valuable for the long haul so that people can become their own best friend as opposed to their own worst enemy. If people should find themselves in need of employment and encouragement again, Christian HELP will make ourselves available to them, but what we hope is that they are a new person with confidence, know-how, tenacity, and hope.

If someone was to look at the work of Christian HELP now and then in 3 years, it is our expectation that they will find us still significant in the social services sector for employment. They will find our partnerships with hundreds of employers will have only grown, that we will have expanded our offering of job fairs with micro-training available at them, and have added custom programming for certain populations of job seekers, i.e. ex-offenders, senior adults, and youth. They will also observe that unemployed persons became employed persons which created tax-payers and contributors to society as well. They will see that homelessness was adverted, as well as the possibility of countless problems that unemployment can bring such as; crime, stress, divorce, mental and physical health issues, suicide, etc. In 3 years someone would also see that Christian HELP stayed true to its mission, it served with integrity and operates under the directive to empower clients, not enable them. They will also find that we remain a refuge to over 10,000 people a year and that the most popular thing heard in the hallways of Christian HELP still remains, “Thank you, you saved my life. I don’t know what I would’ve done.”

 
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Part of what enables Christian HELP to accomplish our goals is our longevity. We have operated in the social services sector of employment, as well as in the Central Florida community, since our inception in 1992. This length of time has brought about numerous relationships to help us achieve our mission. It has also brought about clarity, focus, vision and expertise. We know what our mission is and understand the work it takes to accomplish it, as well as the necessity of the ever present review of it. We value relationships are always expanding ours. We value people and are always wanting to find more ways to help them that relate to mission, but we do employ certain methods that we believe fuel our success.

We look for clients that are able and willing to work. We will meet with anyone and feed anyone’s family at an initial visit, but because we know that you have to have a willing participate to bring about change, we look for job seekers that want to become employed persons. To do this, there is an assessment process and a discovery all throughout the process of a client’s willingness to participate. We believe in not doing the work for the job seeker, but being their advocate behind the scenes, encouraging them to go on. Belief in one’s self is a powerful tool. That combined with an advocate, hope and accountability produces results. We have seen it time and time again so we know how important the one-on-one coaching is that we do. It is one of the hallmarks of our organization and will always offer a personal approach to job seeking.

Christian HELP's strategy for helping adults obtain and retain employment involves many methods and strategies in addition to the one-on-one coaching, such as; classes and group instruction, computer access, resume review and creation, mock interviews, and accessibility to a substantial food pantry, and other supplemental services and resources as needed. More specifically:

We, 1 - continually evaluate the quality of student learning outcomes and alignment of instruction with appropriate standards of student performance in all job skills training programs.

2 - continually seek feedback from local employers to identify soft skills gaps and other skill gaps and tailor programs and coaching to fill those gaps.

3 - continually assess learning outcomes to ensure that job seekers are not only obtaining jobs, but keeping the jobs, and that they are making family sustaining wages.

4 - encourage educational opportunities for job seekers to help them to improve their skills and marketability to employers.

5 - work with Second Harvest Food Bank and other partners to insure the availability of nutritious food options for our clients.

6 - strive to continuously exhibit excellence in service to insure all clients feel welcomed, helped with their job search and other needs, and feel respected.

 
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Christian HELP's Capabilities include:

•A well-qualified staff that care about seeing a client find employment and know how to help them do this.

•Over 25 years in the employment and food pantry arena in Central Florida.

  • Substantial volunteer support with over 300 people putting in over 20,000 hours annually.

•Strong collaborative partners including Second Harvest Food Bank, churches, employers, educators, and other community partners like Christian Sharing Center, Winter Park Housing Authority, 4C, Pinnacle Pointe Apartments, and UCF.

•Debt free. Donor support goes directly toward client services and programs.

•Increasing revenue stream through growth in job fairs and employment seminars and employer meetings.

•History of success in efforts and programs, meeting projected goals and outcomes.

•Ongoing relationships with HR professionals to stay current on trends with an ability to advise clients appropriately and with relevant information.

•Personalized and customized approach offered to clients along with practical tools and solutions.

•Longevity has given us many relationships and resources to refer clients to in order to ensure they get the help and resources they need beyond Christian HELP’s services.

•Ability to customize client programs to demographic being served.

•Able to administer programs remotely in areas where needed and convenient for clients.

•Services available in Central Florida, we are not Seminole County exclusive while our main office is located there.

•Experience in serving varying demographics in multiple ways in multiple locations.

Future Resources and Tools that would strengthen our work:

  • More professional business people volunteering 2 – 4 hours a week in order that we may serve more clients and offer them more coaching and more opportunities to interact with professionals and receive counsel on their resume and interviewing skills.

  • An additional refrigerated truck or van unit would enable us to save on maintenance costs, but more importantly have no interruption of services to clients because our vehicle is broken down that picks up the groceries distributed via our food pantry.

  • More opportunities to speak to different segments of the community to let them know the significant work we do and how it makes a different in their businesses, churches and neighborhoods.

  • Funding for additional personnel to serve clients through our intake process, and our one-on-one coaching program, and through training programs that we are ready to implement once we have the capacity in staffing.

  • A bigger building that would enable us to expand our program offering to clients, as well as increase the number of clients we would be able to serve. The more offices we have, the more clients we can see and the more specific programs we can offer.

 
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

Christian HELP knows we are making an impact by each client that believes in their future and their capability to improve it, and then has even told us how their life has been changed. This is evidenced by comments like, " I don't know what I would've done without CH." "You helped me get my life back." Your class made all the difference. I learned so much." “Thank you for your help. Your counselors are incredible." "This place is a new friend to me." "Just when I was about to give up, you gave me hope and help."

We also know we are making an impact when clients get a job. We see 6000 - 7000 a year do this and those numbers are enough of an average that we gauge our success by them. In our classes we look for an 80% completion and placement rate. We know we will see over 10,000 people come through our doors looking for hope, a job lead, food, etc. and the impact that each greeting, each visit, each bag of groceries has is sometimes hard to measure, but we know that if people need hope, help and food and we give it, it's a good day.

Just recently a woman with one eye visited our food pantry. She is now on disability and needs supplemental income. We are feeding her while helping her put next steps together for her life. In the meantime, both her air-conditioner and her water heater broke. We were able to put a team of professionals together to help get it fixed at no cost to her.

A couple came in recently. Both have been unemployed since January. They are professionals and former business owners, but can’t find work. Each was broken emotionally and had some barriers to employment to overcome. We have put a plan together for them to move forward.

A single woman with a Master’s degree struggling with health issues lost her job and everything else followed suit. She came to Christian HELP desperate and discouraged. We helped her get the medical assistance she needed then put a career plan together with her and now she is employed in a college.

A man came in asking for direction in how to find a job. He couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t accomplish this on his own. We worked with him for months and he is now employed and he comments, “Your Care Manager saved my life. I didn’t know what else to do, but she showed me why I was not getting work and what I needed to changed. If not for her, I was out of options. Thank you, Christian HELP!”

Each client’s success is our measuring stick. Our work does have a lot of variables because we are working with people that have to want the help we offer. We are not a staffing agency, so we don’t give people work, but of the people that want to learn how to find their own job and keep it, that percentage runs about 50% of the people we see report success.

 
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

A lot has been accomplished which is why I think we've lasted so long and with such consistent results. However, we still want to do more, with more, for more. Employment needs are wide in variety and vary by individual. I don't want us to have any limits as to the approaches or resources we can provide to address an employment issue for anyone. We have made a lot of partnerships in the community and are just scratching the surface. We want to have more customizable job search skill programs and we want a clearer path to offering a client educational options as well, in order for them to think about their future employment needs and how their own goals could be met through professional growth. We work best with clients that want to learn and not waste their experience, but take charge of it only to not only not repeat it, but to help others in the future if possible.

While Christian HELP wants to always be open to social entrepreneurial ideas and revenue streams we know what we can't do that we have tried and is already being done; car repair, housing and a thrift store.

We've also learned that all our great ideas have to have sustainable funding. We would rather do a few things well and stay mission true then to get distracted and be off course, or even to be well intentioned, but overwhelmed and ineffective. We will always pursue ways, creative, practical and effective to help the unemployed and underemployed and their families, but we are not going to implement every idea that comes along, but be sure of the need it meets, and our ability to offer solutions and the capacity to sustain them.

Sometimes education of the general public is hard to do because they don't often understand how helping people get a job has so many benefits to so many in our society, not just the job seeker, but this is our mission. We see the difference made in the lives of people first hand so we need to constantly come up with effective ways to share the wonderful changes we see in the lives of so many.

We have not always been wise in the use of our time and talents to cultivate relationships and donors and have felt that through a lack of financial support, but we are still working hard, even on a smaller budget with a smaller team to still help the same number of job seekers.

For all the great work being done in Central Florida in several arenas similar to that of Christian HELP we remain unique in our offering of services through a personal and professional and optional faith-based approach when it comes to helping all people know how to find employment in this community. We are known to be relational while skilled at what we do and there is nowhere else in the tri-county area anyone can go to get the level of service in an employment search that they will get at Christian HELP.

Programs
Description Christian HELP provides one on one employment counseling, resume assistance, job skills classes and employment seminars for job seekers.  In 2013 we launched a Jobs Initiative which is a now a 7 module workforce skills class. This class consistently runs an 80% placement rate and has a great reputation in the community amongst the many businesses and HR Professionals that help us steward the program. The Jobs Initiative is focused on the underemployed, newly graduated, and chronically unemployed focused on changing the attitudes, behaviors, and habits that keep them from becoming successful. Additionally, a resource guide is maintained for referrals to other organizations for other needs a graduate of the program may have that without assistance could be a barrier to employment.
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Adults
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Job seekers are better prepared to find jobs through coaching and resume assistance. Over 5,900 job seekers were connected with jobs in 2012-2013.
 
The Jobs Initiative has a 56% YTD placement rate with 93% in the last quarter. 100% of SafeHouse of Seminole Students were placed.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Over 97,000 people have been connected with jobs in Christian HELP's 21 years of service through one on one counseling and participation in 6 major job fairs annually.
 
The Jobs Initiative is expanding to additional counties and has a "Road Show" component where we bring the program onsite to partner agency locations including SafeHouse, Impower, HBI. Harbor House, Healing and Transition and more.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Client follow up is done by the counselors and jobs are reported and recorded.  Employers who participate in the job fairs report in their successes after each job fair.
 
For the Jobs Initiative we monitor job placement, adherence to budget, and job retention.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Lisa came to Christian HELP after losing her position as a school teacher. Broken and homeless she had no hope for her and her 6 year old son.  Christian HELP was able to stabilize her living arrangements in coordination with FIT, enrolled her in the Jobs Initiative, provided food, counseling and resume assistance.  She was able to get 2 jobs, is now stably housed and was featured in an Orlando Sentinel article on 1/1/2014.

Description Christian HELP maintains a 2,000 square foot food pantry to provide additional assistance to job seekers in order to stretch their dollars while looking for a job.  The pantry is private and exclusive, offered to our clients who are looking for work or more work and want to improve their circumstances. It relieves the stress of the job seeker trying to focus on employment while being challenged to provide for their family in the meantime. Over 1.3 million pounds of food were distributed in 2015 and we are blessed to have an abundance of choice meats and poultry, fruit and vegetables, as well as breads, sweets, and canned goods. The food pantry also offers clients to shop for themselves so that they pick out the food their family needs and likes as opposed to taking whatever is handed to them. Being able to still shop for their family even though the food is free keeps the clients dignity in tact, and they also know that they are participating in a program to improve their situation where one day soon they won't need the CH pantry.
Population Served Adults
Families
Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. In our 23 years of service we have given away over 13 million pounds of food to families in need.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Families in need are provided food to sustain themselves during unemployment.  Reviews are done every 30 days to make sure the clients are moving forward in their job search.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Families are encouraged to apply for food stamps if there is an ongoing need.  15% of clients were unaware of how to apply.  Resources were brought in to help.
Description Central Florida Employment Council is a division of Christian HELP established in 1994 to connect Christian HELP with the employment community.  CFEC hosts 6 major job fairs each year including the Mayors (2) job fair, the Governor's job fair, and the President's job fair.  CFEC hosts monthly meetings for recruiters to network and learn.  This enables Christian HELP to have a strategic relationship with recruiters at many small, medium and large businesses to help make employment connections.  The CFEC website hosts an online job board which helps job seekers find and connect with available job opportunities.  In 2011, a new website and job board was established. Even after all these years of hosting job fairs and with changes in the economy, our job fairs continue to attract more and more employers and thousands of job seekers.
Population Served Adults
Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
increased employer participation is back as we are seeing a rise in the number of employers participating in our job fairs.  CFEC also added Employment Seminars to better educate job seekers and these are done twice a year, are well attended and are very helpful.
 
In 201,  some employer meetings became ligible for SHRM continuing education credits.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. With the addition of the job fairs 20 years ago, placements went up dramatically for job seekers.  With unemployment currently at record highs it is more challenging to place job seekers, but with CFEC's relationships in the employment community it has poised us to be one of the best resources for the community to use in their job search.  Over 6,300 placements were made in 2015.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success is monitored by the number of employers attending a job fair, but even more so, how many placements made.  Employers are polled after job fairs and clients are called to see if they have found employment. 
Description Christian HELP partners with area churches, businesses, and individuals to provide families of our clients in need a wonderful Christmas experience.  Families are pre-qualified based on need and are given a certificate and an appointment to walk through the toy room and select gifts for their children.  The experience involves a personal shopper to help them, Christmas cookies for a festive treat, a time for prayer and personal encouragement if they so desire, and even a table of stocking stuffers to choose from in addition to toys by age for their child.
Population Served Families
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Parents looking for work or more work experience additional stress when they are not able to provide for their children at any time, but particularly at the most wonderful time of the year. By alleviating this stress and replacing it with joy, Christian HELP is able to give families a more enjoyable holiday experience, and for a moment, help them feel "normal" again when so many things are not normal.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success is monitored by the number of families reached each year and the stories from the families who were able to have Christmas as a result of the program.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Last year over 259 families who were unable to afford Christmas were able to open gifts on Christmas morning due to the generosity of the community.  Thank you letters were sent by the families to the  community partners who helped to provide the gifts and finances to make the program a success.
Comments
CEO Comments
Christian HELP is a well established ministry in Central Florida, but sometimes is seen as a food pantry more than a resource for those seeking employment and how to successfully find their own. We have done amazing work in the areas of job search training and job connections for a couple decades now, but often we are mistaken for a major source of food, minoring in employment. We are working hard to let job seekers and potential employers know how helpful we can be. We are getting a lot done with a small facility and budget and we continue to share our story with both potential client and donor. We are driven to offer whatever is needed with our mission focus to prevent homeless by helping people find jobs and believe there is no better way to do this (prevent homelessness) than train people on how to get a job and keep it. We are so passionate about this that we sometimes struggle with knowing our limitations and want to help everyone we can in need of employment. So we remain connected with other partners that we can refer clients to if we are "not yet" ready to help someone. For example, a job seeker is many things. They are 16 - 24 year olds, over 50, veterans, ex-offenders, moms and dads, educated, and uneducated, etc. We have many programs for most and find it hard to not say "yes, we'll do that", but have to discipline ourselves to stay mission true and if we can't help someone that is in our mission focus, to partner with another agency as to not over extend ourselves.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stefan Herzog Jr.
Company Affiliation Highpoint Consulting, LLC
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Stefan Herzog Jr.
Company Affiliation Highpoint Consulting LLC
Term Start Jan 2017 Dec 2019
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Robert Allen Retired, SprintVoting
Mr. Bill Files Salem Media GroupVotingNo
Mr. Stefan Herzog, Jr. Highpoint Consulting LLCVotingNo
Mr. Matt Joy Bank of AmericaVotingNo
Mr. Jim Lynch East Coast Believer's ChurchVoting
Mr. Stan Miller View PostVotingNo
Mrs. Helen Olivera BKHMCPAVoting
Mr. Chad Ourso Penn MutualVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Nominating
Audit and Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Advisory Board
NameCompany Affiliation
Mr. Mark Goldstein Look Up Orlando Magazine
Mr. Michael Haas Edward Jones
Mr. Bill Hufford Casselberry Commissioner
Mr. Andy Searles Church Together
Mr. Steve Stiger TV 45
Comments
CEO Comments
 I am blessed  to serve under a good Board that is very supportive and desires to help me and the ministry without overstepping their bounds. A few years ago the Board put a lot of time and effort in their goverance. While there has always been a By-Laws document this was the first time proper policies regarding this issue were so formalized. It has helped the Board's long term members and new additions understand what the Board is responsible for and that theirs is a job of being concerned with "ends" and not "means". We are still looking for a few additional Board Members to add a greater diversity to our Board in the areas of race, skills, and expertise. We need also need Board Members that are influential in their spheres and are able to introduce potential supporters to the incredible work Christian HELP is doing for others. And we are looking for those candidates that would be passionate about Christian HELP's mission and want to join in the effort to change lives.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vickie Martin
Term Start Jan 2015
Email Vickie@christianhelp.org
Experience

20 years leadership and management experience in non-profit, faith-based work. This work has encompassed all aspects of personnel, volunteer, financial, marketing, sales and business management, even educational program development and the teaching of many different age groups. I have also planned numerous events and volunteered at many Central Florida agencies and ministries over the last 30 years. One might think that coming from a background in early childhood, church management, education and church planting that I may not have the experience to lead Christian HELP, but I am amazed and grateful every day when I see how what I've learned and done from past work experiences benefits me today. I have been blessed to have a long-standing career in leadership with a lot of autonomy. I've been entrusted with making many decisions in almost every area of business, and I have held multiple positions at once within companies and have run a few at the same time. I do understand about vision, implementation, delegation, fundraising, marketing, and financial management all the while, truly caring for and about people.  I love working at Christian HELP and enjoy my work every day knowing that we make a difference in the lives of people. I am a life-long learner and am blessed to know what I know and be surrounded by many who know more than I that I call great friends, supporters and resources. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Leadership with hundreds of hours in additional training programs and conferences regarding many subject matters related to business, people and leadership.           

 

CEO Salary Range $50,001 - $75,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Sandi Vidal Apr 2007Dec 2014
Mr. Dick Wilson Mar 1992Apr 2007
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 98%
Senior Staff
Title Director of Client Services
Title Director of Development
Title Director of CFEC Division
Plans
Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Other
Collaborations

Christian HELP collaborates with many other sectors in order to provide more holistic services to our clients. It is important to us to be able to fully serve the client through maximizing their visit to our office. We need many community partners in order to provide the level of services that we offer. We could not do what we do without the help of the community professionals from corporations, banks, colleges, churches and private businesses, as well as other non-profits. It is in collaboration that we are able to offer financial services, educational paths, housing, bill pay, clothing, counseling, health management, and even jobs.

The following are but a few of the companies and churches we collaborate with to resource the client in the best manner possible.

Harvest Time International, Christian Sharing Center, Church Together, Willow Creek Church, Northland, Inspire Church, Herzing University, DeVry University, Nova Southeastern University, Willow Creek Church, JFS, Pathways to Home, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and many more.

Christian HELP is a Second Harvest Food Bank partner and any food picked up and not distributed to the community by Friday afternoons is donated to other approved churches or agencies including, Life Center, HOPE Foundation, Recovery House, The Bridge, and Mt. Zion church.

 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member2016
Second Harvest Food Bank2016
Seminole County Chamber of Commerce2016
Leadership Seminole2014
Oviedo ~ Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce2016
Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center2017
Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Model Faith Based ProgramWhite House Faith Based Initiatives Program2003
Top 10 Social Entreprenurial OrganizationManhattan Institute2004
The Outstanding Faith Based Ministry in the South EastSouth East Faith Based Initiatives Office2006
Ellison S. Onizuka Humanitarian awardAsian American Chamber2011
Neighborhood BuilderBank of America2011
Business Plan Contest/Grand Prize Winner, Alumni trackUniversity of Miami2013
Nonprofit of the Year NomineeSeminole County Regional Chember2017
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
CEO Comments

I believe Christian HELP is like most non-profits that continually look for ways to get their message of services and relevance out to a new audience on a daily basis, but struggles with the funds to do that. Even after 25 years I still meet people who have never heard of us or know what we do. This is do in part to current supporters and donors not understanding how important it is to tell others about the work we do and the impact on lives it has, but it is also due to the decision to spend little to no dollars on ads, marketing or branding campaigns on our part. I believe that a balance has to be struck here. While it is important to put the majority of funding into clients and services and programs for them, like any business, non-profit or for profit, a portion of dollars have to allocated towards getting the message out to the community and planning for the future. While our current budget still does not allow for this we are continually looking at ways to do this better through volunteers and benevolent means of companies.


State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Feb
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016990
2015990
2014Form 990
2013990
2012990
2011990
2010990
2009990
2008990
2007990
2006990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2016Compilation
2016Audit
2014Audit
2013Audit
2012Audit
2011Audit
2010Audit 2010
2009Audit 2009
2008Audit 2008
2007Audit 2007
20062006 Audit
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter Determination
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$5,000$6,302$7,076
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$5,000$6,302$7,076
Individual Contributions$458,421$823,530$787,253
$108,566$16,006$10,368
$199,801$149,160$150,683
Investment Income, Net of Losses$765$1,969$4,011
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$100,700$90$8,159
Revenue In-Kind$1,089,691$1,449,186$1,714,783
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,666,712$2,327,436$2,608,898
Administration Expense$198,737$65,644$74,127
Fundraising Expense$118,858$93,188$66,194
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.980.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%94%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%11%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$562,812$561,652$622,045
Current Assets$201,415$173,821$207,628
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$35,460$12,937$33,305
Total Net Assets$527,352$548,715$588,740
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn Kind $1,089,691In-Kind $1,449,186Inkind $1,714,783
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals, foundations and corporations $458,421Foundations, Corporations and Individuals $823,530Individuals, Foundations and Corporations $787,253
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned revenue $199,801Earned Revenue $149,160Earned Revenue $150,683
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.6813.446.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Goal 500000
Capital Campaign Dates 2013 - Sept 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date $109,682.98 as of June 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Over the past couple of fiscal years, the ministry has had a hard time getting enough sustainable income to cover the expenses of all the programs the ministry developed to serve the unemployed, underemployed, and those generally in need in Central Florida. Also, during the last 16 months there have been significant changes in leadership, management, and in overall processes and funding. This is being overcome by downsizing the organization and reducing expenses where able without hurting core services of employment programs. Expanding relationships in the community to increase donations and in some areas management has been replaced and processes added where needed to better develop donor relationships, budget forecasting and financial management.
  
Foundation Comments
  Financial figures taken from IRS form 990s.  990s and audits are reconciled.
In-kind revenue includes noncash as reported on the IRS form 990.
Organization's endowment is held at the Central Florida Foundation.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Christian HELP Foundation Inc.
Address 450 Seminola Blvd.
Casselberry, FL 32707
Primary Phone (407) 834-4022
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vickie Martin
Board Chair Mr. Stefan Herzog Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Highpoint Consulting, LLC
Year of Incorporation 1992