Vessels of Mercy International, Inc.
12081 Gayton Road
Henrico VA 23238
Mission Statement

Vessels of Mercy International is a worldwide charitable relief and development organization that alleviates poverty and human suffering by providing practical assistance and offering hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Web and Social Media
Hope Changes Everything!
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Miss Beverly A. Gibson
Board Chair Mrs. Pam P. Woltz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 12081 Gayton Road
Henrico, VA 23238
Telephone 804 740-4575
Fax 804 740-4575
E-mail info@vesselsofmercy.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
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Projected Revenue $195,000.00
Projected Expenses $201,000.00
Statements
Mission

Vessels of Mercy International is a worldwide charitable relief and development organization that alleviates poverty and human suffering by providing practical assistance and offering hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Impact

In 2016 our organization increased the number of people we served to over 63,000 in our local area and 11 other countries. We sent volunteer teams both to locations in Virginia and to Honduras, Nicaragua, Romania, and Haiti. Our teams provide needed medical and dental care, education on community health and basic life skills, spiritual education, youth advocacy, vocational training, and self-sustaining agricultural projects. Our goals for 2017 include the creation of a new strategic plan to meet the growing needs of our organization, increase public awareness of our organization, and expand our staff.

Needs
  1. Expansion and growth of our BOD.
  2. Management Staff and Development staff.
  3. Finances for capacity building & general operations.
  4. Volunteers in the area of multi-media, fundraisers, public relations, computer technicians, graphic designers, web designers, marketing and writers.
  5. Financial growth for our extended areas of outreach project.
Background

Our organization was started in 1995 by founder/CEO Bev Gibson, who has 30 years of experience in the areas of relief & development. She leads the charge of serving, and championing the rights of those suffering and living in extreme poverty.  For over 17 years Vessels of Mercy International has been responding to the needs of the poor, the under-served and under resourced by sending out teams and also establishing long-term projects. Every year, we turn the noun “mercy” into an action verb by taking steps to break the cycle of poverty and alleviate the suffering of those in desperate need.  The results are lives changed and transformed. Vessels of Mercy International has also responded to some of the worst disasters that our world has experienced such as 911, Hurricane Katrina, the Earthquake in Haiti and various other disasters. In addition to Disaster Relief, we believe we can help alleviate human suffering by providing the basics of life to those in need.  Vessels of Mercy International currently has ongoing projects here in the Richmond-Metropolitan area as well as thirteen other countries.

 

CEO Statement

This is an exciting organization to be a part of.  We have a passion to help alleviate poverty and suffering both here at home and around the world. We use various strategic tools to accomplish this mission.   We believe in not only extending a hand of mercy and hope but sharing who that mercy & hope really comes from…Jesus Christ. We believe in helping people reach their God-given potential. We are unique in the fact that we are a hands-on organization, insuring that the aid and assistance reaches the people it was intended for. We believe in the power of partnership and relationship, so that is a key factor in all of our outreaches. We are also unique in the fact that we are a faith-based organization that has no paid employees; all are volunteers and/or part-time or full-time missionaries who raise their own support and are considered independent contractors with the organization. The salary shown is the amount of support personally raised. This allows more funds to go directly to the field.  We are also unique in the fact that we provide a place for people to live out their Christian faith in an authentic way regardless of their denominational background. We are stronger when we serve together than we are apart. We come together as the body of Christ to complete one another not compete with one another.

Board Chair Statement

Vessels of Mercy International has an impact in our local area as well as in 13 other countries. We have relief and development projects that include educational and vocational training, helping others to become self-sustaining. We take teams of volunteers each year to different locations to teach, train, equip and serve the needs of those living in extreme poverty through agricultural projects and medical, dental, vision care teams.  By extending the two hands of the gospel, we offer physical and spiritual wholeness to thousands of people as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We give them a living example of the love of Jesus Christ in action. We believe that Hope changes everything and that hope can only be found in Jesus Christ.  We are His hands and feet to our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world. 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
International
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Goochland County
Henrico County
National
Tri-cities Region
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Pam P. Woltz
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Email ppwoltz@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Susan Chewning Community Volunteer
Mrs. Betty Coggsdale Travel Inc.
Mrs. Debra G. Davenport Geara Group
Mr. Ron Davis Community Volunteer
Stacy Eubanks Assitant Director
Mrs. Barbara Fatt Neurological Associates
Miss Beverly A. Gibson Vessels of Mercy International
Mr. Richard Harris Richard Harris Attorney of Law
Mr. Dale Jones Missions to Unreached People Groups
Mrs. Cathleen Jones Missions to Unreached People Groups
Rush Middleton none
Tracy Provost Volunteer
Mrs. Brenda Raney VP
Tim Williams Volunteer
Mrs. Judi Withers Volunteer
Jaime Woltz Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments

Our organizations most pressing needs:

  1. Expansion and growth of our BOD.
  2. Management Staff and Development staff.
  3. Finances for capacity building & general operations.
  4. Volunteers in the area of multi-media, fundraisers, public relations, computer technicians, graphic designers, web designers, marketing and writers.
  5. Financial growth for our extended areas of outreach projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Miss Beverly A. Gibson
Experience

Bev Gibson has 30 years of missions experience, serving in over 150 different countries. She has been trained in both the medical and dental fields. She holds a International Healthcare Practitioner license, as well as an EMT-Paramedic, CDA and COMSA license. She completed her Biblical Studies at Liberty University. She is an ordained minister through American Theological Institute and International Ministers Fellowship. She serves as a chaplain on the Rapid Response Team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. She holds a Doctorate of Humanities degree from Liberty University. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management, Disaster Emergency Response Training and Basic Disaster LifeSupport. She is a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation. She also serves on the Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She serves on numerous non-profit charitable board of directors such as ProNino USA & Honduras, MLI-Deborah House Center in Romania, Nancy Cole Women's Home in Peru and Impact World.  She also serves as a consultant with other non-profit charitable organizations both locally and internationally.

Staff
Volunteers 30
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Partnerships with the following organization;   ProNino USA, Foundation ProNino-Honduras , Samaritan's Purse, Operation Blessing, Nancy Cole Women's Home in Peru, House of Hope-Nicaragua, One by One-Nicaragua, Nakuru Relief & Development Organization in Kenya, Cross Culture Jesus in Guatemala, MLI-Deborah House in Romania, Faith Covenant Christian Fellowship-Youth Advocacy in Virginia, Impact World, Master Provisions and Papillion Outreach in Haiti.
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity2005
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Special recognition for solidarity and cooperation in Honduras since 1998Honduras - Mayor El Progreso2010
Golden Partnership Award for service to children at RiskMissio Link International2011
Programs
Description

Vessels of Mercy's Inter City Outreach program strives to reach at-risk youth in Gilpin Court, Creighton Court, Mosby Court, Whitcomb and Fairfield Court. Many of these children and youth have nowhere to go and no alternatives to the streets and gang activity. We provide activities such as mentoring , sports, crafts, and educational programs. During the holidays we provide food, clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, heaters and toys to individuals and families.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $5,600.00
Short Term Success

By the end of the first year, we have experienced an increased attendance in after school activities and an increase in parent involvement in the programs. We averaged 30 to 40 children each week participating in our programs.  This program is only successful because it is relationship based.

Long Term Success

Goal is to keep children and youth out of gang activities, prostitution and drugs by providing mentoring opportunities and using sports as an alternative to the streets.  This also teaches them teamwork, good sportsmanship, provides structure and discipline to their basically unstructured home life. Our hope is that the children will graduate from high school and go on to college/technical school and ultimately become productive adults and citizens in our society.  We are currently tracking the attendance of the children who attend and evaluate the needs on a regular basis.

Description

Part of our Relief Outreach includes providing medical, dental and vision clinics to over 13 countries. In many nations people have limited to no access to medical care and must walk for hours to get to the nearest hospital or clinic and can't afford it once they arrive. That's why we're helping provide health care to poverty-stricken nations like Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Honduras. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $5,200.00
Short Term Success

The short-term success is that you are able to alleviate suffering and pain from those who come to our clinics many of them have walked for hours and then waited in long lines to be seen, treated and medications given.  We also provide Community Health Education which will help to make short-term and long-term improvements if they implement what they have learned.

Long Term Success

Our teams arrive in Kenya annually and work in tribal areas that have little to no access to medical care and are faced with extreme poverty and drougth situations.  Therefore the things we see and treat in  clinics range from acute to chronic conditions.  It is hard to measure long term success because some of the people are nomadic. We see approx. 500 patients during one teams visit.  Our partner on the ground revisits the areas to update us of progress or changes.

Description

Natural and man-made disasters turn millions of lives upside down every year. Vessels of Mercy International is able to quickly bring emergency relief to survivors who are suffering the effects of disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, floods, disease, war and famine. Vessels of Mercy International is equipped to provide practical assistance as well as trauma counselors and chaplains.

Population Served Victims
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success

We respond when needed. You can't plan ahead for disasters, but we have equipment and supplies ready to go at a moment's notice when needed stateside and internationally. 

Long Term Success

When a disaster strikes, Vessels of Mercy International responds. We assist countries around the world and the USA by partnering with other relief agencies to provide food, water, clothing, medical assistance, practical disaster aid,and relief service. We also provide trauma counseling and chaplains are on site to assist those traumatized by the disaster.  We also assist people with returning to their homes and  jobs, such as providing fishing boats, tools needed, rebuilding of homes so that they can be self-sustaining and not dependent on long-term aid.

Description

Over 25% of humanity is subjected daily to drinking polluted or unsanitary water. Vessels of Mercy strives to bring clean, safe water to people in need. We work with international partners to provide life-giving water through new wells. We help dig and drill wells; provide pumps; repair broken hand pumps; construct latrines and water filtration systems; irrigate crops---whatever communities need most, allowing them to experience a new way of life.

Population Served Adults
Budget $7,000.00
Short Term Success

We were recently in Kenya in the drought areas and found that numerous hand pumps were broken on existing wells.  We were able to get the parts and repair these pumps on site. Now water is flowing back into these villages giving fresh water to the people, crops and livestock immediately. Which decreases sickness, disease and ultimately death.

Long Term Success

We work with international partners to provide life-giving water through new wells. We dig and drill wells; provide pumps; construct latrines and water filtration systems; irrigate crops---whatever communities need most, allowing them to experience a new way of life. Success has been where there once was no water or water contaminated now the people experience fresh clean water for their families, their crops and livestock.  Through our clean water projects water is now flowing and the overall health of the people has improved.

Description

Vessels of Mercy works here in the United States and around the world to reach out and help children and youth in crisis by providing food, clothing, shoes, educational programs and housing sponsorship programs. We work with orphans in over 13 countries, and provide life's essentials to impoverished children in the Richmond Metro Area. In addition, we are working to stop human trafficking. We intervene and provide care packages for children and women rescued and help them transition into an aftercare program sponsored by Vessels of Mercy or one of our partner agencies.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $22,000.00
Short Term Success

Vessels of Mercy partners with the ProNino Organization ( a residential rehabilitation program) to work with boys who have been taken off the streets and help them come off of huffing glue and providing them with a safe home and life's essentials. We now have boys that have been in the program, that have been successful in school and are now learning a skill and trade through our Vocational Training programs that will be self-sustaining adults in the future.  This is just one example.

Long Term Success Education is one of the keys to helping break the cycle of poverty in the areas we serve.  We have after care programs that assist children/youth in healing from the trauma of being a victim of slavery or trafficking.  We have several Educational & Vocational training programs that provide them with the skills and trades they need to survive and to also be successful.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $195,000.00
Projected Expenses $201,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$209,625$192,902$175,231
Administration Expense$17,275$16,658$16,945
Fundraising Expense$2,698$1,887$2,321
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.051.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$209,205$216,976$216,353
Current Assets$208,740$216,976$216,353
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$11,398$7,212$16,168
Total Net Assets$197,807$209,764$200,185
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.3130.0913.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Michael W. Hultzapple, CPA.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes support from corporations, foundations and churches.