Servants Outreach and Redevelopment Ministries Inc
1020 10th Avenue West
Palmetto FL 34221
S.O.A.R. Ministries is a Christ-centered, non-profit organization committed to community restoration, reconciliation, and revitalization, as well as other hands-on, healing-focused endeavors, centering our efforts in Manatee County and surrounding communities.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr Randall Marks
Board Chair Affiliation Coldwell Banker
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
As a brand new 501(c)3, we have accomplished the following:  
  • Twenty volunteers completed coach/mentor training to prepare for one-on-one mentor program and support group program.
  • Two board members completed training through Chalmers Center. One trained in Faith and Finance and is equipped to train others in budgeting and family finance.  The other member trained in "Work Life," which is a program on job preparedness specifically for people from backgrounds of generational poverty.  The curriculum empowers participants to come alongside members of the community to teach practical job skills, and to build relationships.
  • From website, newsletters, and word of mouth, we generated excitement in SOAR, gathered volunteers, and donations.
S.O.A.R.'s goals involve coming alongside the members of local blighted communities in an ongoing commitment to help improve their mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.
  •  One goal is to buy properties in blighted areas of Manatee County, fix them up, and resell them to eligible members of the community.
  • Another goal is to offer free mental/emotional/spiritual health services.  Participants in this program will enter through the support group gatherings, which meet weekly.  The meetings are open to the public and begin with a large group gathering led by a local Christian musician, speaker or testimony, followed by separate meetings of individual support groups, divided by gender and challenge. At this point, we have leaders (and expressed-need) for the following groups: depression/anxiety recovery, marriage renewal, anger management, addiction recovery, codependency, overcoming grief, and teen challenges. When an individual is identified as needing one-on-one coaching/mentorship (or when he/she requests this type of assistance), this person is assessed by one of three professional therapists who are now volunteering their time for this purpose, and placed with the appropriate coach.
  • In an effort to come alongside community members without "enabling," our next goal is to begin by supplying fresh food (from our garden) supplemented by donated canned goods and eventually train the community members to garden and grow their own fresh vegetables. We hope to offer the supplies and community garden spaces to those who successfully complete the training program.
Needs Statement
  1. Our primary need is for funds to purchase properties. We expect to be able to place some families in homes using government programs (such as the Florida Bond and the SHIP programs), for others we will use donated funds, and we will tack on 7%, to the homes, we are helping to filter money back into the program. So, $60,000 for homes will be a great beginning.*
  2. Our secondary need is $50,000 for building materials and supplies to rehab blighted domiciles and build new residences on purchased properties.*
  3. Third, we need $10,000 to build and plant 300 earth boxes and to expand our food pantry.
  4. Fourth, we need $10,000 for vouchers for counseling and other health services as needed. If our assessment reveals either that the S.O.A.R. volunteer staff is not qualified to address the participants emotional needs, or that they have a physical health challenge that needs treatment, we will offer a $50 voucher, to pay for those  emotional or physical health services.
  5. Finally, as a start-up, we are in need of operational expenses in the amount of $50,000 for rent, utilities, web design and maintenance, telephone, copy services, stamps and mailing, salaries and more.
*These amounts reflect payments for houses and/or property. Homeowners will rent-to-own their domiciles, paying 7% above our costs in an effort to enable us to provide affordable residences while generating funds to continue this program in the future.
Background Statement
Servants' Outreach And Redevelopment Ministries was born from the uniting of two distinct spirit-led visions.  Halfway through 2015, our Vice-president began to dream about acquiring run-down properties in blighted neighborhoods of Manatee County, renovating them, and making home-ownership within the reach of the lower-income population.  While researching this goal, and sharing it with others, he began to grow vegetables with the purpose of donating them to those in need.
While this dream was fomenting, our president and his spouse (me) were directing a support group ministry for recovery from addiction, depression, anger, anxiety, divorce, grief, and many more.  Witnessing the dire need for emotional care and counsel, we felt drawn to do more.  Our vision was to develop a one-on-one mentor/life-coach program, using trained volunteers to minister to the hurting.
In October 2015, we began discussing what merging our visions would look like.  At this point, feeding the needy had become an integral part of the goal. We envisioned a neighborhood care center as a hub extending out from which blighted neighborhoods would gradually be restored and, where able, redeveloped and matched with families in need of homes.
We now focus our efforts in Palmetto and surrounding communities.  S.O.A.R.s vision involves coming alongside the members of local communities in an ongoing commitment to help improve the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of the adults and children living in and around those areas.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
We are beginning in Palmetto, 34221 area and branching out into Manatee County. It is important for us to become intimately familiar with the members of the neighborhoods/communities in which we are assisting in an effort to understand the specific needs of the community members. By beginning where we are already most familiar, we have a head-start toward understanding the needs of the members. 
In the future, once we have established successfully functioning neighborhood teams in Manatee County, we will expand into Sarasota County. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I am passionate about this ministry because of the side-by-side neighborhood/community involvement it entails. I had a small taste of this connection while directing a support group program for four years prior to this. I saw lives and hearts change and grow. People awaken from despair to hope.  
Our successes involve:
  • The many volunteers that have signed on and who have already begun to help.
  • Fifteen coach/mentor trainees successfully trained and ready to facilitate Eagles' Wings Support Group meetings as well as one-on-one coach/mentoring.
  • Two members trained by Chalmers Center,, one for Faith and Finance, another for Family Planting.
  • We have a location and donations to rent the space for the first 5 months.
Our challenges include:
  • Coming up with a marketing plan to introduce ourselves to the community/neighborhood we wish to serve.
  • Raising the funds needed to purchase homes to serve that neighborhood.
  • Continuing to provide relevant training for our volunteers and workers.
Overall, we are progressing well. There is much interest in the area. We simply need to keep the momentum going and build on it.
Description Eagles' Wings Support Groups Program meets every Tuesday night beginning in August 2, 2016.  The program opens with a thirty-minute presentation from a Christian or inspirational artist (band, singer, speaker, or testimony). This is enjoyed by the whole group, following which individual support groups meet in separate rooms.  At this time we have leaders and interest for the following groups: Addiction recovery, anxiety and panic, depression, marriage enrichment, teen challenges, with growth capability. More volunteers are registering daily to facilitate groups. The costs for this program are minimal, since it is mostly volunteer-run. A budget, however, is needed to pay occasional special guest artists as well as audio/visual equipment (which would be a one-time expense).
Budget $2,000
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success We tell participants that it takes seven times to make a habit, and we encourage them to continue to come back six more times in order to give their support group a sufficient chance as well as the opportunity to make Eagles' Wings a habit. We expect participants to see a significant change in themselves (emotionally, spiritually, mentally) after that seventh week. By the end of 7 weeks 90% of participants will demonstrate a significant improvement mentally, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. At least 85% will begin an advanced program to help them with the underlying problem.
Long Term Success The long-term benefits of this program for the community will be paramount. In drawing in, ministering to, and finding ongoing help for the needy and hurting in the area, Eagles' Wings embraces broken, pain-drenched individuals and walks with them as they transform themselves into healthy, whole community members who can play an important role in society. As a therapist, clients ask me daily for information on locating support groups for one hurt after another. These groups are near to non-existent anymore, yet the need is great. When hurting individuals can connect with others experiencing a similar trial, they draw off of each others triumphs and build each other up in a way that a doctor or psychologist is unable. Our long-term success will be exhibited through a 95% recovery rate (annually) with an overall 1% recidivism rate.
Program Success Monitoring We will use four tools to ensure that this program is working.  The facilitators will submit a quarterly progress review of the members in their groups. This will be mostly narrative.  The participants will be provided a quarterly survey.  The answers to the questions will be provided a Likert scale (one through five; 1 being very helpful, 4 helpful, 3  not helpful, 2  harmful, 1 very harmful).  This will enable us to graph the findings.  The next report will be word of mouth.  The directors will speak with participants and ask open ended questions about how the program has benefited them or how it could be improved.  Finally, we will keep track of the number of participants each week.  While quantity is not the ONLY factor, it is one factor to consider in determining the success of the program.
Program Success Examples Eagles' Wings is brand new, but we are modeling it after a Christ-centered recovery program that I previously directed for many years.  One "case example" -- I'll call her Jane, came into the program struggling with depression. Her first couple of meetings, she sat with her arms folded across her chest, no smile and didn't say one word.  After the second meeting, she told me she would continue to come for the seven meetings, but she doubted it would do any good. Each week, Jane opened up a bit.  Eventually, her arms were relaxed and on her lap; she smiled occasionally; after six weeks she shared her story and discovered she was not alone.  Jane continued with the program; she no longer experiences any depression and is now training to be a coach/mentor in our Servants' Offering Assistance & Relief Program. That particular program has a 98% recovery rate with a 0% recidivism rate, which is what we are reaching toward.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 5
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
As a new non-profit, we are in the process of forging new relationships and collaborations with local businesses and community organizations as well as churches and other non-profits.  We have already connected with the Community Redevelopment Association of Palmetto, NorthRiver Care Center of Palmetto and Bradenton, and Building Stronger Marriages, Inc. We plan to combine our efforts in several areas. We also plan to connect with every church in Palmetto to offer them the opportunity to collaborate with us in our ministry by pledging monthly support.  We are in the process of connecting with Habitat for Humanity. Their purpose and our redevelopment goals are congruent. We are collaborating with one local technology business the results of which have been beneficial in providing S.O.A.R. with gently used laptops and space for meetings in the evenings. We are meeting with the chamber of commerce and other city and government associates to work toward collaborations as well.
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 1
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
At this point we are an all-volunteer organization. We are in the process of selecting a CEO and management team as we see who from our volunteers best fits each role. If it seems that we need to hire from outside of our volunteer pool, we will do so, but currently everything seems to be functioning well. 
We are working with volunteers to keep costs to a minimum.  The biggest challenge in this regard has been that when we delegate a project, that project is not a top priority for the volunteer because it is not his or her "paying" job. Jobs must come first and volunteer duties can be taken care of when time permits. We are addressing this by diligently soliciting monthly sponsors, so that soon we will be able to hire a management team who will put S.O.A.R.'s needs first.
The opportunities we have encountered have included the chance to visit Parker Street Ministries in Lakeland to see how they birthed and grew their neighborhood redevelopment and restoration ministry. We have also had the opportunity to meet with a couple who moved into a blighted community outside of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania. They developed their redevelopment and restoration ministry by restoring old bicycles.  We are meeting and connecting with people every day who are eager to get involved in what S.O.A.R. is initiating.  
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization We have generated much excitement in the community about Servants' Outreach And Redevelopment Ministries (S.O.A.R.). From the eager volunteers to the community members seeking help to revitalize their neighborhoods, we have many hands working toward getting this ministry "soaring." The items that are "under development" are in the capable hands of teams of volunteers, working diligently, each managed by one board member, to create finished products that complement our scope and vision. We have an insurance agency (Bob Lindsay Insurance) working on a quote for our insurance as well.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Randall Marks
Company Affiliation Coldwell Banker
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Terry Michael Hutchison Retired
Mrs. Terri Lynne Hutchison Joshua1nine Counseling Ministries
Mr. Randall Marks Caldwell Banker
Ms. Donna Marks The Biblical Counseling Center
Mr. MacArther Sellers Firm Foundations, Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 97
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
One challenge has been in the communication department. We began with each of us working in our own "areas." We learned early that we needed to communicate daily or every other day as to our progress, otherwise, the several different fingers of our organization can soon become divided into individual appendages. We also plan to increase our Board to seven members, but we are proceeding with caution to ensure the proper "fit".  
We have encountered opportunities to network with new members of the community as we seek new Board members and organizations to partner with us in our endeavors. As we share our endeavors with the community, other organizations invite us to donate our time and efforts to their events and causes, thus blessing us in allowing us to share our time and talents. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month June
Fiscal Year Start Day 15
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $60,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose To take the edge off of our start-up costs and planting fees.
Campaign Goal $2,000.00
Campaign Dates Apr 2016 to July 2016
Amount Raised To Date 1200 as of July 2016
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We began our non-profit in May. So far we have met encouragement and support whenever we approach people, businesses, and other non-profits for support. The challenges we now face are the time constraints. Except for one retired member, we are all holding full-time jobs and trying to raise funds at the same time. We have many volunteers who are interested in helping, but we need to take them "under our wings."  These challenges will be overcome in time, however, and soon, we will be able to hire a couple of part-time staff to speed the process. At this point, our attitude is that we will continue to proceed one day at a time.
Financial Comments by Foundation Organization started May 2016 and does not yet have any financials available. Financial information provided to-date is strictly budget information.
Nonprofit Servants Outreach and Redevelopment Ministries Inc
Address 1020 10th Avenue West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone 941 981-9391