Better Business Bureau Report for
Shelter Care Ministries

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2016

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Shelter Care Ministries
Address: 412 N Church St.
  Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-964-5520
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The purpose of which this corporation is organized are for charitable and religious purposes to provide shelter, food, and related needs and services to natural persons lacking a fixed place of abode or shelter and the means to obtain same.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Shelter Care Ministries does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Shelter Care Ministries does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Shelter Care Ministries does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
Shelter Care Ministries meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Shelter Care is a charitable organization that assists families who are homeless and veterans to find shelter, provides homeless families with child care, gives people who have mental disabilities a place to spend their day and find companionship, and empowers those who have struggled with unemployment.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Shelter Care Ministries's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Louisett Ness, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Shelter Care Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Reverand

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 18

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $974,800, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Shelter Care Ministries's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Community Funds 308,579
Illinois Department of Human Services 139,742
Department of Housing and Urban Development 123,525
Janet Wattles Center 111,829
In-Kind Support 66,085
United Way Services 63,171
Episcopal Charities 60,000
Fundraising 45,269
Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity 41,010
Midtown Rent Revenue 20,734
Veterans Affairs 14,673
Other 1,896
Non Governmental Grants 917
Interest Income 2
Gain/Loss on Disposal -26,364
Total Income $971,068


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 14%  Other Expenses: 11%

Total income $971,068
Program expenses $782,376
Fund raising expenses 11,241
Administrative expenses 154,368
Other Expenses 119,322
Total expenses $1,067,307
Expenses in Excess of Income (96,239)
Beginning net assets 913,920
Ending net assets 817,681
Total liabilities 197,857
Total assets $1,015,538

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