Manatee Religious Service Inc
4030 Manatee Ave West
Bradenton FL 34205-1717

Manatee Religious Services serves Manatee County by screening and verifying the needs of those hurting and in crisis across our community on behalf of local churches.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joel Andrew Mimbs
Board Chair Mr. Frank Brunner
Board Chair Affiliation Faith Bible Church
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1986
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Manatee Religious Services Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
We received over 1,000 calls seeking assistance in 2015.  These calls represented 1,235 people, including 545 children.  $18,204.72 financial assistance was found through churches in Manatee County, Florida.
For 2016 our goals include:
  • Continuing to expand our ministry
  • Increase the number of churches willing to help families in need
  • Add new members to our board
  • Network with a variety of churches who provide non-financial resources, i.e. after-school programs, sports programs, life skills programs, etc.
Needs Statement
  1. We need volunteers to take applications over the telephone.
  2. We need volunteers to help with office/clerical tasks.
Background Statement
Manatee Religious Services was created in 1984 through the Manatee County Ministerial Association to serve all the churches in their quest to better serve families and individuals in Manatee County.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments While we serve Manatee County specifically, we receive many calls from Sarasota County.  For this reason our board has voted to expand our services into Sarasota County and work with those programs and churches who want to set up a program like ours.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
As the President of the Board, I passionately believe in the mission of Manatee Religious Services.  We have seen many lives touched and changed because MRS was available to help those in need.  People facing homelessness are still in their homes; hungry people have been fed.  People with no hope have found hope in the midst of their crisis.  The helpless, senior adults, children, and others, have been helped because we were able to connect them with the needed resources. 

I volunteer with MRS because I want to give back to my community and help those who find themselves in crisis situations with nowhere else to turn.  It is a joy to help those in need.  

Pastor Joey Mimbs

We do face the challenges of a lack of volunteers and funding.  Due to difficult financial times in the economy, many churches have had to cut back on their financial support.  This has left us in a difficult place as an organization.  Without regular funding our doors will close; and this will leave a huge hole in our community as far as helping the hurting.  As is true with many volunteer-based organizations, we are in need of more volunteers.  We are trying to be creative in how we communicate our needs to the local community.  We are also seeking additional board members who can help us pass the word of this much needed ministry.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Manatee Religious Services (MRS) was designed to assist Churches in screening families and individuals seeking legitimate assistance. Everything we do is by telephone. Our applicants do not need to have an appointment, but we do focus on applicants referred to us by local churches. MRS's goal is help local churches know how to best use their benevolence funds. MRS uses church volunteers to take the applications and do the verification of information. These volunteers are warm, compassionate, and gracious in their approach to those that are hurting or in crisis. We help churches provide for a wide variety of needs; rent, utilities, clothing, tires, or a ride to the doctor. MRS will always try to match a resource to the need. We partner not only with local churches, but with other community organizations to help our applicants get the best help possible for their needs.

Description We screen and verify needs of families and individuals seeking assistance through local churches in Manatee County.  While we identify legitimate needs, we also protect churches from duplication and false requests.
Budget $104,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Through crisis intervention, we are able to find assistance and resources to help individuals and families so that they can remain in their homes, keep their electricity on, etc., so that they can focus on picking up the pieces of their lives.
Long Term Success Our goal is to provide the assistance and resources needed so that individuals and families can once again be self-sufficient living normal lives.
Program Success Monitoring We monitor the responses and interactions between the churches and those being helped.  Along with requiring personal interaction with our clients, we also follow up with the churches to ensure personal mentoring is being accomplished.  We track each client, by a follow up letter to the churches, along with maintaining files on each case.  Reports are offered on a monthly basis to our board who holds us accountable.
Program Success Examples
A single mother called us recently for assistance with her electric bill.  She had two teenagers at home, and her electricity was about to be turned off.  She did not have the resources to meet this need and found herself in a desperate situation with no solution.  We were able to find her financial help through two local churches willing to partner together.  Her electricity was not turned off and her crisis was averted.  She is now being cared for by a local church.
A family with three children called us with a crisis concerning their late rent payments.  One of the parents had recently lost their job.  The family was in danger of becoming homeless due to lack of personal finances.   We were able to find financial help through a local church so that this family did not become homeless.  We also offered direction to them as they looked for more employment.
Program Comments by Organization
Our greatest challenges include a need for additional volunteers, additional funding to maintain our operation, and finding the appropriate resources to help those who find themselves in a crisis.
In the spring of 2016 our office was relocated, in an effort to reduce operational costs and build a more efficient organization.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joel Andrew Mimbs
CEO Term Start July 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Rev. Ed Donley Oct 1984 - June 2004
Mrs Lexie Taylor - Dec 2013
Senior Staff
Ms Jane Darling Administrative Assistant
Mr. Joel A. Mimbs Office Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We work closely with local agencies and programs such as Salvation Army, Homeless Coalition, Red Cross, Manatee Action Agency, Goodwill Industries, United Way 211, Meals on Wheels, and Manatee County Services, as well as over 270 churches, to find help for those seeking assistance.
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 Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Manatee Religious Services is challenged with being a Church-Based program but people don't immediately understand that we work with over 270 churches in Manatee County and over 50 denominations. Yes, 50! The federal Government looks at us as a corporation of churches and we fall under the same exemptions as a Church but we are working for the entire community and each and every church to help those who cannot help themselves.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Frank Brunner
Company Affiliation Faith Bible Church
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Rev RJ Johnson Christ Episcopal Church
Mr Joel Mimbs Manatee Religious Services
Deacon Gretchen Platt Christ Episcopal Church
Mr Ed Poutre CDF
Mr. Basil Worl Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 33
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization This is a very rewarding and yet frustrating and emotionally heavy program as we search for the appropriate resources for those in need. So much good is being done to help others and the need for more volunteers is great. Funding to keep us operational is always a need as our overhead is great with 5 phone lines that allows us to take the many calls that come into our program.  M.R.S. has been reduced from 5 paid employees to 3 which puts a larger work load on each employee.  Volunteers are hard to find because of the emotional impact each caller has on the volunteer. Our board is awesome as each represents their own church in overseeing this program and yet they have such a heart for the families that call.  Their struggle is finding new funding and new board members.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 02
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $104,280.00
Projected Expenses $94,709.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$75,056$230,734$72,400
Administration Expense$15,644$17,939$20,180
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.790.331.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%93%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$137,818$156,693$323,884
Current Assets$125,632$144,507$40,249
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,424$1,389$1,331
Total Net Assets$136,934$155,304$322,523
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $68,603Contributions, gifts, grants $76,000Contributions, gifts, grants $113,941
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $2,945Fundraising $5,351Fundraising $1,711
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $244Investment Income $490 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities88.22104.0430.24
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We face the challenges of a lack of volunteers and funding.  Due to difficult financial times in the economy, many churches have had to cut back on their financial support.  This has left us in a difficult place as an organization.  Without regular funding our doors will close; and this will leave a huge hole in our community as far as helping the hurting.  As is true with many volunteer-based organizations, we are in need of more volunteers.  We are trying to be creative in how we communicate our needs to the local community.  We are also seeking additional board members who can help us pass the word of this much needed
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the financial statements (compilations). This organization is a religious institution and does not file IRS Form 990.
Nonprofit Manatee Religious Service Inc
Address 4030 Manatee Ave West
Bradenton, FL 1717
Phone 941 752-4850