Anchor House Inc
13285 Eastern Ave
Palmetto FL 34221
The mission of Anchor House, Inc. is to reach out to any and all international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee, Florida.  Motivated by the command of Jesus Christ to love your neighbor as yourself, Anchor House seeks to meet all physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seafarers regardless of their race, gender, country of origin, or religion.
CEO/Executive Director Mr Timothy Patrick Huppert
Board Chair Mr Ron Sikkema
Board Chair Affiliation Westbay Landscape
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1993
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2019
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $149,750.00
Projected Expenses $148,800.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
1. We improved our internet/Wi-Fi which has helped so much and the seafarers are very pleased, Their communication with family has been greatly improved.
2. We improved our lighting in the center to electronic ballast and it has saved on our FPL costs.
3. We were able to replace our roof, which has leaked for the last couple years, and the Lord has provided the means to finish the task. We are so grateful.
We also received a grant to update our shelving in the store. Updated our chairs. 
Our secondary goal is to update the website to make web links available to supporters and seafarers and enable online donations and support.
We would like to develop a free interactive on-line Bible study for the international seafarers so we can disciple and stay in touch with them while at sea.
Needs Statement
  1. We need day-time volunteers. 
  2. We need drivers who can make a commitment to drive one day a week.  
  3. We are also in need of monthly donors for operation of the center/mission. 
  4. We want to remodel the reception area and provide a better information center for those that come in.  This continues to be a goal for us. We would also like to update our kitchen it is 24 years old.
Background Statement
Anchor House will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2013. In 1989, a former sea captain from Bradenton had a vision to establish  a mission to seafarers here at Port Manatee. The first chaplain was hired in 1992 to begin the work of forming an organized mission. By 1993 we received our incorporation papers and became a 501-C3 non-profit organization. Solid groundwork provided the opportunity in 1993 when Anchor House received a grant from the ITF for $168,898. These funds provided for the renovation of a section of an old warehouse into a seafarers' center, the purchase of office equipment, recreational equipment, tables and chairs, and a phone system to make and track the calls around the world. This was a blessing for us in our infant stage. Anchor House has served thousands of seafarers since then, meeting their  needs whatever they may be ranging from used clothes to legal advocacy support.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We operate at the Port Of Manatee in Manatee County where we serve International Seafarers from as many as 40 countries world wide as they come into the port with their various needs.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
It is my pleasure, as both a former and current Anchor House Board President, to share with you the Board perspective of Anchor House, Inc.  Our ministry functions with the permission of the Manatee County Port Authority and is housed in a facility at Port Manatee, a deep water port on Tampa Bay.  The Port Director encourages and supports our presence, as he recognizes the importance of our mission to serve not only seafarers, but dockworkers, truckers, and port employees as well. 
 Anchor House has felt the effects of the world economy downturn, and though our mission and services have not changed, we have been challenged by the economic times and have a real need for more support.
Serving as a volunteer one night a week, and as a Board member gives me a complete picture of our ministry.  Interfacing with seafarers from all over the world is truly a broadening experience. Although we sometimes struggle to communicate, I find people of every country and culture still respond the same way to a friendly handshake or smile and a sincere caring attitude.  Our goal is to truly express the love of Christ to every seafarer that enters our door. 
Please accept this personal invitation to visit Anchor House and see this unique "mission to the world" in action.
Helen J. Evanson, Board President 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I have the privilege of serving as the Director/Chaplain of Anchor House mission to a people group which God called me to personally in 1986 when I began my experience in Manila, Philippines among seafarers of the world. 
Anchor House is a very unique ministry. We reach out and support an "unreached people group" according to the Center for World Missions. These are multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-religious people in their work and lives at sea.  Anchor House has been active at Port Manatee for 20 years. We have served thousands of men and women - seafarers from more than 40 countries. Regarding Christian outreach, seamen missions is "the fast track to the ends of the earth." Few Americans realize the importance of the seafarer in our everyday life. Ninety-five percent of  the world's goods, from bananas to crushed granite for construction arrive by ship.
Seafaring is a lonely life, chosen out of need to care for families. If a seafarer goes to sea for 35 years he is only at home for five of those 30. His family, spouse, children, parents and friends all sacrifice for the job he chooses. Anchor House meets the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of seafarers (and at times their families).  The Gospel of Matthew records that when we visit, clothe, give drink or food "to the least of these" we have done it unto Christ.  
~ Chaplain and Director Timothy Huppert
The ditty bag program is a Christmas program where we give a gift to every seaman that comes to Port Manatee from Thanksgiving to the first week of the new year. We distribute about 800 of theses ditty bags. Throughout the year we collect personal item to put in the bags, the highlight is the watch cap that we put in the bag it is almost always hand made with  love by someone.
Cost per bag:
Budget $100
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Maritime
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served International Adults Families
Short Term Success
Great, the gathering and the giving have been very successfull.
Long Term Success
The program helps the men and women get thru the holidays with the thought that someone cares. We have heard stories of theses men having this watch cap for many years. It was the gift from the seamen center.It has been a good solid program for years, I believe it is the time of  year, when people are thinking of family, home and friends that they become downtrodden and lonely. This is one small thing that brightens their day.
Program Success Monitoring
We monitor it by going on the vessel and seeing the clothing being worn, and the smiles on their faces.
Program Success Examples
Giving,smiles, receiving, more smiles.
Taking seafarers to shopping of all sorts.
Budget $0
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served International Adults Males
Short Term Success
Very good
Long Term Success
We don't see any changes in this at the moment it is working fine and serves a very basic need for these men and womenof the sea.
Program Success Monitoring
The smiles on there face and the number of bags given out.
Program Success Examples
no. of bags, response.
Program Comments by Organization
Some of the challenges we face are, language, we meet people from 40 plus nations and at times we struggle with communication.
One of the criteria for a volunteer to transport seafarers is to have a TWIC [transport workers identification card] this allows them to transport them on and off the port.             At times we need to act as an advocate for the seafarer and this can lead to some difficult confrontation. He may have trouble on board, non-payment, health issues, we help get the seafarer to the right people to help with the need he is experiencing.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr Timothy Patrick Huppert
CEO Term Start Oct 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Chaplain Tim Huppert graduated from the Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle. He began mission work by establishing and managing the first evangelical outreach to seafarers in Manila, Philippines in 1986-88.  Within two years Mr. Huppert had developed a functioning ministry and trained a national successor who continues to this day. 
"It was my honor to be called to develop the work at Anchor House in Port Manatee, Fl. from 1992 to 1996," Huppert reflects. Additional leadership opportunities included serving on theTeens for Christ board and as a board member and ultimately board president at Bethel Covenant Church, Ellsworth, Wis.  Chaplain Huppert studied congregational development through the Alban Institute.  In 2009, he was called back to resume the leadership position of Anchor House. "This mission is dear to my heart which I have great passion for," said Huppert. He is thankful to share the work of this great mission with you. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Pastor Ray Briggs Jan 1996 - June
Pastor Robert Ritsema Jan 2003 - Oct
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 28
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Anchor House retains two paid staff . All other workers are volunteers. Working together, in a strength-based approach and common mission allows us to collaborate in the most useful way. We host two events annually to applaud and commend our volunteers for the faithful and effective work they do. Most traininng happens on an individual bases. The director is open to input and ideas and regards each individual as important as himself who strives to humbly serve in all areas.
Anchor House works collaboratively with other seafarer centers around the globe. It is an active member of the North American Maritime Ministry Association. Anchor House is also an active member of Port Ministries International. The Anchor House general manager/chaplain serves on this board. Seafarers' missions are very aware of the value of working together to meet seafarer's needs, because the time they are in port is often very short and the needs are frequently serious. So, maintaining communication and collaboration with other port chaplains/centers is primary.  
North American Maritime Ministry2012
Port Ministry International2012
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Ron Sikkema
Company Affiliation Westbay Landscape
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr Robert Courter Retired
Mrs Helen Evanson Retired
Chaplain Timothy P Huppert Anchor House
Mr David McIntyre retired pastor
Mr William Oostendorp Westbay Landscape
Mr. Arlo (Bud) Ragan Retired
Mr Tony Sasso International Transport Workers Federation
Mr Ron Sikkema West Bay Landscape
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 68
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Governance Comments by Organization
Anchor House is developing a governance policy. This policy will assist in  attracting and selecting new board members. It will provide a list of criteria which will define to a possible new board the function and expectation of an Anchor House Board member including measures of time and financial support expected of a board member.
To further develop our current board, I am committed to team development. Thanks to the Sarasota Community Foundation class offerings, I have gleaned ideas for board governance. I am also enrolled in a leadership course on team development. We have held board retreats and see the value in bringing the board together sharing a strong vision of our stated mission.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $149,750.00
Projected Expenses $148,800.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose At this time we have not started a capital campaign. We plan on starting a campaign in the future for new equipment for the center to improve our wi-fi, or for a new building in the future, at present we are in a lease agreement with the port.
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$153,656$148,728$154,026
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.041.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$133,425$126,614$120,519
Current Assets$61,927$55,116$48,921
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,875$2,875$2,875
Total Net Assets$130,550$123,739$117,644
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $119,339Contributions, gifts, grants $109,856Contributions, gifts, grants $135,044
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $25,311Fundraising $24,356Fundraising $23,675
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $15,486Net Income from Sales of Inventory $17,503Net Income from Sales of Inventory $11,459
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities21.5419.1717.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization At present there are no financial challenges at present.We are very thankful to all our supporters and friends who believe in what we do.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  For years 2010 - 2012, the nonprofit did not allocate expenses between Programs, Administration and Fundraising; accordingly total expense has been reflected as Programs.
Nonprofit Anchor House Inc
Address 13285 Eastern Ave
Palmetto, FL
Phone 941 722-0764