Grace Home Ministries
P.O. Box 1023
Chesterfield VA 23832-9101
Mission Statement Grace Home Ministries (GHM) exists to provide support services for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to have a successful and more abundant life.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Julie Carden
Board Chair Christopher Clay Carden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Landen Strapping
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1023
Chesterfield, VA 238329101
Telephone 804 751-0309
Fax 0 xxx-xxxx
E-mail gracehomeministries@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
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Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Statements
Mission Grace Home Ministries (GHM) exists to provide support services for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to have a successful and more abundant life.
Impact
Past Accomplishments: 
  • Two teen mothers graduated high school Spring 2016. 
  • Six healthy babies were born between end of 2015 to Summer 2016.
  • The Grace Home expanded from a Maternity Home to a Mother/Baby Home. 

Goals for 4th Quarter of 2016:
 
  • Expand high school partnerships to 5 out of the 11 high schools in Chesterfield County.
  • Continue relationship with Department of Social Services (DSS) for the purpose of maintaining good standing as a licensed CRF.
  • Enroll and provide housing for 2-3 eligible residents (eligibility based on Criteria for Admission).
  • Provide support services (which include but are not limited to counseling, independent/life skills education, and tutoring) for residents accepted into The Grace Home. 
  • Recruit and train 9 new volunteer mentors to ensure a 1:1 mentor/mentee relationship with program participants. 
  • Evaluate program & build budget and strategic plan for 2017. 
Needs
Monetary Donations: Grace Home Ministries depends solely on the support of individuals, churches and businesses in the community to operate both its residential and non-residential services. It costs approximately $250,000 to operate both programs (10 mentored young women through The Grace Project, four teen mothers and their children residing in The Grace Home).   
 
Volunteers: The Grace Project is currently in need of mentors willing to walk alongside life with teen moms. Anyone interested in mentoring should first attend a Mentor Interest Meeting before filling out an application. For more information on becoming a mentor, contact brooke@gracehomeministries.org.
Background

In 2012, Co-Founders Chris & Julie Carden, felt drawn to reach out to young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Their vision & passion to reach out led them to form what today is GHM, a non-profit organization legally established in 2013. At that time, the founders gave everything to begin the process of opening up a maternity home for young women. This included transforming their home into what is known as The Grace Home. 

 In August of 2013, The Grace Home opened its doors to their first resident and focused on reaching young women between the ages of 13-20. In 2013, The Grace Home was able to house & prepare three young women for motherhood. 
 
In 2014, GHM hit the pause button on accepting residents for admission at The Grace Home after turning away several potential candidates who fell beneath the 18-23 year old age range. During this time, Grace Home Ministries continued to meet the needs of teen mothers while also seeking measures to obtain licensure as a Children's Residential Facility (CRF) that would enable the organization to reach young women between the ages of 13-20. 
 
Today, The Grace Home has opened its doors once again and is now reaching a broader range of young women. In addition, The Grace Project was successfully launched in February of 2015 and is now set to start a new year with the aim of helping young women finish high school as teen moms.  
CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

My calling to Grace Home Ministries (GHM) as Co-Founder & Board President was quite different than my wife Julie's.  I’ve always been "pro-life," never wanting to see any child harmed, whether in or out of the womb.  I’ve argued and pleaded with others not so like-minded.  It wasn’t until the fall of 2013 that all changed.

My wife, Julie was “that” girl, a young innocent 14 year old who found herself pregnant & not knowing what to do.  Being deceived, confused & without any parental guidance in her life she chose abortion.

Julie went on to find not only forgiveness but more importantly, healing. Healing, from years of guilt & agony of making that one bad decision in her life.  She went on to be a great mother & wife, raising our three girls to be great young ladies.  After she found healing, Julie went on to counsel young girls at numerous pregnancy resource centers in our community. 

God wasn’t don’t with her yet.  Sometime in the fall of 2012, God kept pushing Julie to do more but she wasn’t quite sure what. Soon it became clear...her "God dream" was now to open a home for young pregnant girls. A place for young women to be loved on, supported and prepared for motherhood.  A home that would show them what family looked like.

As a business owner & recent empty nester, Julie's plan sure wasn’t mine.  God surely wasn’t calling me to do that.  I was ready to start enjoying this new season of life-just me & her, traveling & exploring new heights.  "Shouldn’t these be the greatest years of our life," I thought to myself.

Not so much....

Grace Home Ministries was birthed one night after Julie asked me out on one of our normal date nights.  A great dinner & discussion with her sounded fun.  Nothing we discussed at dinner seemed to hint at this "God dream" of hers. It wasn’t until we were in the car that she ask me to go look at a house in town that she had been looking at.  To keep the peace & a great night going I agreed to ride by & look.

Approaching this house I knew 100% that her "God dream" wasn’t mine and I kind of hoped it would dissipate somewhat, at least for tonight.  We pulled in the empty lot & just sat there.

We had recently completed a bible study on prayer called, Circle Maker & so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to put into practice what I had learned, & so I announced that we should get out of the car and walk circles around the house asking God what He would want us to do. To be honest with you, I was hoping God was busy somewhere else that night & wouldn’t have time to hear the prayers of a couple, walking around a strange house in a little town most people have never heard of.

Well, I was wrong about God being busy. He’s never busy I learned that night.  As we took our second lap around that empty house on that busy street He reminded me of just how much He had blessed me over the years.  He reminded me of my good health, my great job, my three healthy girls & most of all, the life He had rescued me from earlier in my years. He reminded of over 13 young girls who had called our home their home for some time for one reason or another. God didn’t change me that night He just reminded me of who He was, what He has done & what He wanted to do through us. 

After a lap and a half around this house we found our selves back in the car & on our way home. My mind was now churning on what to do & what to say to Julie without giving off the hint of what God was doing in my heart. I was almost looking for this feeling to drift away, maybe like it didn’t happen.

Later that night God kicked it up another gear & I didn't sleep much. Scheduled to leave in the morning on a business road trip with Julie at my side, I wanted to see if there were any homes like the one she pictured on our road trip from Chester to Little Rock, Arkansas.  I wanted to know more, I wanted to see how they did it & I was very anxious to hear more from God.

Now, several hundred miles away from home we both were still diagnosing every thought & idea that God was giving us concerning opening up this home.  God was giving me some incredible ideas on how we would do it.  I remember the moment when I looked over at Julie and told her what I was feeling & what we were about to get into.  God had poured her "God dream" into me & now it was time to make this a reality.

After several months of learning what was needed to create a non-profit, we were ready to go. We formed a team that made up the board of directors & we were eager to do what God had called us to do. I stood before the Board the first night & proclaimed my passion for Grace Home Ministries, announcing that I would do whatever it took to make it happen.

More than two years later & 30K plus spent, The Grace Home is now licensed by the State of Virginia as a Children’s Residential Facility for pregnant young ladies.  As great as it sounds to be one of two state licensed maternity homes in Virginia it, didn’t come without struggles.  To obtain the license we were required to hire state approved staff, which doesn’t come cheap. 

Financially, it’s been difficult to raise money in the foundational stages of the organization. Funders want to see credibility and maintaining licensure while keeping all the other wheels has been financially draining.

Our biggest obstacle aside from finances has been awareness.  As stated before, it takes money to make money and for Grace Home Ministries it starts with awareness. The more who know what we do & what we offer the more who may be willing to step up & help. 

"Saving two lives at one time for generations to come" is our passion here at Grace Home Ministries. We are committed to the cause to the very end, & willing give it all to see young women have another opportunity in life to become something great.  

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Petersburg, City
Statewide
The Grace Home serves pregnant young women across the state of Virginia. The Grace Home DOES NOT consider for acceptance individuals out of state. 
 
Currently, The Grace Project, accepts pregnant young women for their mentoring program strictly in Chesterfield County. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Christopher Clay Carden
Company Affiliation Landen Strapping
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2018
Email cardench@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Company Affiliation C
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Angie Grant Clover Hill Assembly of God & The Forgotten Initiative
Raleigh Salyer Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Butch Taylor Titan Auto & Tire
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Julie Carden
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Angela Molina Nov 2012 - Sept
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Brooke Miller Grace Project Program Coordinator
Angela Molina Development Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 6
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
The Grace Home is a Mother/Baby home serving teen mothers (and their children) who desire to overcome the many obstacles that can come with an unexpected pregnancy. Being one of two state licensed "Children's Residential Facilities" of its kind in the state of Virginia, The Grace Home provides services to teen mothers ages 13-20. 
 
During their time at The Grace Home, residents are provided with 24 hour supervision and are involved in counseling, case management, life skills training, tutoring, & career planning all the while preparing them for motherhood. Although the goals for residents are specific to their needs, the goals generally center around education, relationships, & behavior management. The Grace Home Case Manager works alongside the resident, and family to define goals. 
 
Residents have opportunity to earn items for their babies and themselves throughout the course of the program.  
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Long Term Success
In 2016, Grace Home Ministries focused on educational support for all of its programs. In 2016, 100% of the young women served through The Grace Home will be enrolled in school.
 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$69,603$35,516$21,648
Administration Expense$3,947$18,998$12,418
Fundraising Expense$8,829$4,343$4,057
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.180.991.51
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%60%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%9%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$34,774$18,463$19,831
Current Assets$32,013$18,463$19,605
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1,387$24$552
Total Net Assets$33,387$18,439$19,279
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.08769.2935.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View