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, truckers, and the community 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 the Port community regardless of their race, gender, country of origin, or religious preference.
CEO/Executive Director Mr Timothy Patrick Huppert
Board Chair Mr Ron Sikkema
Board Chair Affiliation West Bay 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
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
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 in the center.
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.
 We did get the system to take donations online and for supporters to go on line to register for events that are up coming.
One of our goals was to do more ministry on board the vessel. This we have increased significantly by asking the Captains of the vessels if they would like the service.
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 25 years old.
Background Statement
Anchor House will be celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2018. 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.
This past year we also opened a center for the truck drivers that come into Port Manatee, and we also continue to reach out to the Port Community. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Anchor House is located in the Port of Manatee on Tampa Bay, FL. We are a local mission to the international seafaring community. Our mission is to meet the needs of this isolated people. We manage a center for them to access basic needs, WI-FI, transportation, fellowship and any needs pertaining  to their welfare. Anchor House cares for this global workforce when they dock at our port and while at sea through electronic communications. Over 40 countries are represented by those we care for. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
It is my pleasure, as 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. 
 Serving as a Board member gives me a complete picture of our ministry.  To be able to share with seafarers from all over the world is truly a broadening experience. Although we sometimes struggle to communicate with the seafares, 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.
Ron Sikkema, 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 among seafarers of the world while establishing a center for them in Manila, Philippines. 
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 25 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. 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. 
In the last year the board has approved opening a center for the truck drivers that come into Port Manatee. This has proved to be important but also a challenge to man, as we use volunteers to man this aspect of the ministry. Thank you for all the support and prayers that come our way from so many faithful people and businesses. 
~ 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 these ditty bags. Throughout the year we collect personal items to put in the bags, the highlight is a watch cap that we put in the bags it is almost always hand made with love by someone.
Budget $2,200
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Maritime
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served International Adults Families
Short Term Success
The success of this program depends on not only the budget but also the participation of the many folks who collect the contents that go into the ditty bag. There are many individuals who knit and crochet the hundreds of watch caps that we put into the ditty bag. Each year we reach out to churches and individuals to donate for this event that touches the lives of so many.
Long Term Success
The program helps the men and women get through the holidays with the thought that someone cares. We have heard stories of these men having this watch cap for many years. It was the gift from the seamen center. This has been a solid program for years, especially given the holidays, when people are thinking of family, home and friends that they become downtrodden and lonely. This is one small thing that brightens their day. Each year we give about 850 ditty bags away with the help of the many volunteers that make hats and bags and the others that come to fill them.
Program Success Monitoring
We monitor it by going on the vessel and seeing the homemade colorful hat and scarves that have been hand made, and the smiles on their faces. Also many times we have received letters either by e-mail or by postal to explain that the crew was so pleased to receive a Christmas gift from the seamen center. It lifts their spirits when someone remembers them. Again this could not be done without the many who give to the program.
Program Success Examples
2017-2018 we have made up 852 ditty bags to give away.
2016-2017 we distributed 825 bags to seafarers  in Port Manatee
2015-2016 we gave 746 Ditty bags away.
A letter from a Captain; 
From Master, M/V Geo Explorer, Capt Dag Hareide
Hall Tim and all the Santa Clause Children  I thrust all is well with you there during the great Christmas time. I would like to pass over a Great Thank You to all the children and grown ups that gave us all a nice surprise for Christmas, I have been thinking about your visit on board here every day since you Thank you again very much for making Christmas time special for us on board, we all got something we needed--all of us. Here is a Christmas regard to all of you from all of us on board the Geo Explorer    Best Regards  Dag Hareide
We have received many comments from the seafarers how they have been touched by the Christmas ditty bag program.
Transporting the seafarer is a very important part of what we offer.  They may need a ride to the doctors office, the pharmacy, shopping (as often when getting ready to go home they wish to buy gifts for their family), or just some time away from the vessel to relax.
Budget $5,500
Category Human Services, General/Other Travelers' Assistance
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served International Adults US& International
Short Term Success
Very good
Long Term Success
This program is working very well and serves a very basic need for these men and women of the sea.
Program Success Monitoring
The smiles on their faces and the number bags they bring back to the ship.
Program Success Examples
Number of bags and their response.
Program Comments by Organization
Some of the challenges we face are communication with the people as we serve seafarers from 40 plus nations and at times we are challenged with communication.
One of the criteria for a volunteer to transport seafarers is to have a TWIC (transport workers identification card) which 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 of wages, health issues, or other concerns. We help the seafarer get 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 0
Pastor Robert Ritsema Apr 2004 - Aug 2009
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 32
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 basis. 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 West Bay Landscape
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
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 West Bay Landscape
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 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
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.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $165,050.00
Projected Expenses $156,502.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
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
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$154,149$153,656$148,728
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.401.041.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$195,490$133,425$126,614
Current Assets$123,992$61,927$55,116
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$2,875$2,875
Total Net Assets$195,490$130,550$123,739
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $161,214Contributions, gifts, grants $119,339Contributions, gifts, grants $109,856
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $35,788Fundraising $25,311Fundraising $24,356
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $18,647Net Income from Sales of Inventory $15,486Net Income from Sales of Inventory $17,503
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--21.5419.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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