Jim Russo Prison Ministries Inc
2106 26th Avenue East
To provide transitional housing for men with programs that enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.
CEO/Executive Director Nicole Mattox
Board Chair DeVera Laura Russo
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Jim Russo Development Center
Jim Russo Prison Ministry and Development Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1979
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Russo Federal Tax ExemptionView
Other Documents
New House ArticleView
Impact Statement
   1.  Broadened criteria to accept men from prisons, jails, and the local area.
   2.  Partnered with Family Integrity Training to provide life skills classes for our men.
   3.  Renovated and opened a graduate house for the men in our program.
   4.  Provided 2000 Christmas bags for inmates at 2 local county jails. 
   5.  Increased the number of participants in our program by 37% 
Goals for 2016:
   1.  To increase support, funding and donations for our development center
   2.  To raise awareness of our program in the community. 
   3.  To acquire 2 large SUV's.
Needs Statement
1. Transportation needs: 2 large SUV's
2.  Volunteer grant writer and IT support
3.  General operating funds to cover expenses for the men's homes including food, bedding, etc. 
4.  New office and office equipment. $200,000
Background Statement
Jim Russo Prison Ministries in Bradenton is all about second chances.

The faith-based ministry at 2106 26th Ave. E. helps former prisoners get their life back on track. Jim Russo Prison Ministries was started in 1979 by Jim Russo. Prison was no stranger to Russo, who at one time was on the "10 Most Wanted List" for his activities as a con man and incarcerated in the federal prison in Atlanta.

He was eventually freed from prison and joined St. John’s United Methodist Church in Sarasota. He became a United Methodist minister and started the prison ministry by giving Bibles to offenders in Florida prisons and visiting in-mates.

While in prison, Russo found God, which changed his life.  His granddaughter is the current director of the program, continuing on her grandfather's dream.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
The Russo Ministry accepts applications from prisoners released from all Florida prisons, who meet our requirements and are willing to follow our rules.  We also accept men from county jail.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
 It is not the tax dollars that are saved when a man successfully reintegrates into society that matters most.  It is the individual; his attitudes, his successes, and his joys in being free from the shackles that bound him to a life of crime and ultimate despair.  Just as the weakest link in a chain determines its strength, so goes our society.  Our Development Center re-forges society's weakest links into strong, productive citizens. 
It is your prayers, your dollars, and your donated goods that make this possible.  You are the giver of renewed life and are an important member of the Jim Russo family! 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We offer a safe, peaceful, faith-based drug and alcohol free home where men can get the loving support, mentoring, and spiritual guidance to life a better life.
We provide a place to live, food, clothing, transportation, assistance with meeting conditions of release, help with obtaining identification and/or other legal documents, Bible studies, AA/NA meetings, life skills classes, and more! 
-Provide counseling and guidance to help men re-orient to society
-Provide housing, food, clothing and basic needs.
-Provide assistance in gaining employment
-Provide bus passes and bicycles for transportation
Budget $140,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Males Offenders/Ex-Offenders Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success
At the end of five months in this program most of those participating in this program are well on their way to independent living and being successful citizens.  The time spent in the program varies with each participant. 
Long Term Success
We would like to see 100% of these men find jobs and never re-offend.  We provide them with all the tools to be able to do this.
Program Success Monitoring
We do random drug testing on the men.  We also regulate each individual's finances, to encourage accountability and wise spending habits.  The men are required to attend each of the meetings and are encouraged to speak with a private counselor if needed.
Program Success Examples
Emory Parks graduated from the program in 2003 and returned to work as a night manager for the development center.  He spent ten years behind bars before coming to the Jim Russo Development Center.  He credits the program with changing his life.
Mintlow, who spent 15 years in Everglades Correctional Institution, had hoped someday to return to being a chef, his profession before going to prison.  After coming to the Jim Russo Development Center he said, "It's very peaceful here.  To me, it's home."  "I feel good," he said.  "When you come from prison and you're treated with dignity and respect, it helps."  He was able to successfully find and maintain employment as a chef for several years.  He has now returned to the Jim Russo Development Center as residential manager.
Mama Mia God's Love Train has been put on hold this year. We will reevaluate for the upcoming year.
Budget $16,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
We would like to include more prisons in the upcoming year, so we can impact more families.
Long Term Success
Would like to provide many more prisoner's children with gifts at Christmas.  Would like to increase it by at least 50%.
Program Success Monitoring
We know this is working by heart felt thank you's.  We also receive many letters from the prison chaplains about the success of this program.
Program Success Examples
Testimonial:  Some things one never forgets.  It was Christmas Eve and I knew Santa wouldn't come because Mom was driving us to Atlanta Federal Penitentiary to see my Dad.  We would drive most of the night, then stop at an all night truck stop to clean up and change our clothes.  Then it would take several hours to be "processed" (searched and identified).  I was so excited for Dad to see me in my pretty Christmas dress.  When I finally saw him, he was crying because he didn't have a present for me.  So he started this program.  He never wanted another child to go without a Christmas present or for another parent who is incarcerated to feel the pain that he experienced. 
by Laura Russo
The impact is great for the entire family. 
Description Provide Christmas bags for local inmates in 2 local county jails with socks, comb, calendar,  reading material and Christmas candy.
Budget $3,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success Unable to monitor due to changing populations.
Long Term Success Unable to monitor due to changing populations.
Program Success Monitoring Speak with Chaplains annually to assess popularity of program and items received in Christmas bags, and the possibility of additional items for future bags.
Program Success Examples Much requested program from jail Chaplains.
Program Comments by Organization
One of our challenges, like any non profit organization, is finances.  Another challenge is reaching the hearts of these men with our programs, to encourage them to change from the inside out, instead of just changing the outward.  A complete change of heart that affects their whole being.  Our greatest opportunity is to be able to help these ex-offenders reintegrate back into society.  We are excited about the opportunities available for these men who enter our program and leave successfully.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Nicole Mattox
CEO Term Start Feb 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email jministri24@tampabay.rr.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mrs. Nicole Mattox Director of Jim Russo Development Ctr.
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Challenges are that there are so few facilities to help and house ex-offenders.  There does not seem to be much interest by the general public to address or fund this problem.  In light of the government cut-backs and the economy, we struggle to find the necessary funding needed now and to expand our programs to reach and help more ex-offenders. 
Board Chair
Board Chair DeVera Laura Russo
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Oct 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email jministri24@tampabay.rr.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Rodney Akers Retired
Mr. Larry Boston Retired
Mr. Rod Groom Community Volunteer
Mr. Greg Marti Greenpoint Construction
Mrs. Laura Russo retired
Mrs. Sandra Warren Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 50
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 80
Governance Comments by Organization
Our challenges are raising sufficient funds each year to continue our programs.  The opportunities are helping those in need.  We make productive citizens out of ex-offenders by teaching them the skills necessary to stay out of prison and live happier and productive lives.  The government doesn't have to house and feed these men and can collect taxes from them, therefore, reducing its cost. 
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Nov
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2015
Tax Year End Month Oct
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $108,000.00
Projected Expenses $108,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$75,644$67,187$98,083
Administration Expense$46,169$36,050$14,873
Fundraising Expense$187$1,641$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.123.270.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%64%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$595,209$628,183$339,035
Current Assets$32,551$47,975$83,046
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,374$60,704$9,253
Total Net Assets$582,835$567,479$329,782
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $56,344Government Grants - Unspecified $350,482Contributions, gifts, grants $63,375
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $45,226Contributions, gifts, grants $73,701Program Service Revenue $22,257
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $34,394Program Fees $16,187Fundraising $3,266
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.630.798.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our challenges are to fill this home with men who have previously been incarcerated and desire to change their lives.  We provide food, clothing, classes and computer job search.  The challenge is finding jobs quickly, for the men to pay their program fees, and begin to save for their future to transition back into society.  We depend heavily on donations and since they have decreased over the past year, this has caused a financial burden on our men to supplement with their program fees. We believe this is hindering us from helping many who need and deserve a second chance.  Our effectiveness is also decreased because of our lack of funds. That's why we need help from the Giving Partner!
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Forms 990 and 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Jim Russo Prison Ministries Inc
Address 2106 26th Avenue East
Phone 941 746-3717