Better Business Bureau Report for
Prodigal Ministries

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Prodigal Ministries
Address: P.O. Box 1484
  Crestwood, KY 40014
Phone: 502-749-9194
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1995, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Mission Statement: Prodigal Ministries is a Christian Aftercare Program offering transitional housing for men and women straight out of prison. Our mission is to help them become self-sufficient and avoid prison return with Christ as their primary support system, enabling them to rejoin their families and loved ones.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Prodigal Ministries meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Physical: Men and women who come to Prodigal Ministries upon release from prison are usually homeless and without clothing and personal items. Often they have no means of support from family or friends. Their families may have turned them away or may be an unhealthy environment. At Prodigal they receive shelter, food and clothing. Most of the residents have lost their credentials so they must reapply for birth certificates, social security cards and identification. The agency provides money and transportation to obtain these necessities. Through resources from generous individuals, churches and fund raisers, Prodigal Ministries is able to meet the physical needs of the clients. Employment is important to our men and women so the agency works with them in finding jobs, writing resumes, and some job training. Prodigal Ministries would like to develop this area. Emotional: Most of our women have been physically and sexually abused, abandoned, and involved in substance abuse. Our men have also suffered from the same issues. Most of them were raised by single mothers, lived in foster care or detention centers. Prison has added another layer of dysfunction. They are emotionally scarred adults. Prodigal provides counseling with drug and alcohol specialists and the women have a counselor specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. In addition Prodigal works with Seven- Counties counseling services as well as the VA for those with military backgrounds and counseling services available through churches. It is true that a person‘s development is thwarted at the onset of abuse or drug use. They are emotionally unhealthy and act more like adolescents than adults. Spiritual: Prodigal Ministries does not mandate the men and women to go to church or be involved in a bible study, but they are expected to. Many of the residents have been wounded by the church and trust is always an issue, trusting Christians and ultimately trusting God. However, almost every resident does participate in the in-house bible studies and attends church on a regular basis. This has been in response to much prayer and loving kingdom- minded volunteers who lead the studies, transport to church, and invite them into their Sunday school classes or small groups. It is also in response to older residents inviting the new to attend. Several residents have attended the Walk to Emmaus. Those who choose to surrender their lives to the loving power of Jesus Christ are the ones whose lives are renewed and restored. It is the goal for each resident. Sometimes seeds are planted and we do not realize the fruit while they are residing in our houses. Socially: Interestingly, most of our residents are socially inexperienced. Their life experiences and good role models have been limited. Depending on the length of time spent in prison, some are very anti-social and institutionalized. It may take a very long time to overcome this behavior. Through volunteers they have attended sporting events; picnics; BBQ’s; Swim parties; Bowling; community activities; seasonal events and programs; sang Christmas carols; played games. Prodigal Ministries encourages residents to volunteer in the community. Volunteers invest their time in taking our clients out for meals, coffee, church functions. Contact with “outside” people who model appropriate social behavior is beneficial. The more they are integrated in the community the more they feel worthy. Prodigal has a program called PAL (Providing Additional Love). It is not a defined mentoring program. It is challenging to find volunteers who feel worthy to be called a mentor to this particular population. This is an area of opportunity for Prodigal's ministry. Prodigal Ministries has been meeting the needs of ex-offenders since 1994, growing from a non-residential mentoring program to four transitional houses. As the ministry has grown and evolved the realization that the only hope for these men and women is transformation through Jesus Christ. Almost all of Prodigal's residents have drug and alcohol addictions. It is a spiritual disease affecting their physical, emotional and social well-being. This disease has left them lost from God, from family, and from society. Reaching them is the priority of our ministry. What is beyond our transitional house is the community. Prodigal's goal is to connect people to the local churches so they can find new family, new friends and new activities. Inviting the church into our ministry results in the church inviting our residents into the community. Prodigal Ministries promotes that God has redeemed us; He renews our mind through the Word and obedience; and His ultimate goal is to restore our relationship with Him, ourselves and others, thus restoring our families, communities and creation. This is the heart and soul of our ministry.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Prodigal Ministries's program expenses were:

Transitional housing services at 4 residential housing centers 338,348
Total Program Expenses: $338,348
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Chief Executive : Jennifer Partin, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mary Ellen B. Stottmann
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired CEO OnLine Printing, Inc.

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 9

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include grant proposals, fund raising events, print advertisements, radio and internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $334,955, 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 Prodigal Ministries's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Ending net assets as reported below include $560,143 in unrestricted net assets and $110,636 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Contributionbs 149,590
Fund raising events, net 140,315
Program service fees 52,448
Grants 45,050
Interest 194
Total Income $387,597


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $387,597
Program expenses $338,348
Fund raising expenses 31,700
Administrative expenses 66,440
Total expenses $436,488
Expenses in Excess of Income (48,891)
Beginning net assets 719,670
Ending net assets 670,779
Total liabilities 469,890
Total assets $1,140,669

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