BBB Charity Review for
Stewpot Community Services, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 10/1/2009


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Business Address: 1100 W Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39203

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Original Business Start Date: 8/31/1981
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Phone Number:
(601) 353-2759
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


People of Faith Meeting Needs in our Community.  Providing meals, shelter, and other services to homeless and abused individuals.


Stewpot Ministries:
Community Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry, Sims House Transitional Shelter, Matt's House Emergency Shelter, Billy Brumfield Shelter, Virginia's Playhouse, Personal Care Home Ministry, Clothing Closet, Legal Clinic, Neighborhood Children's Programs, Library and Learning Center, Family Counseling, Bratton Street Project, Chapel, Opportunity Center & Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children.

Community Kitchen
The noon meal is how Stewpot got started in Jackson and is still the center of their day and philosophy.  Over a nourishing meal, rich and poor alike come together as one community.  More than 200 people are fed each weekday and 175 each day on weekends, 365 days a year, both physically and spiritually.  Our executive chef prepares the meals during the week, while volunteer groups provide the weekend meals.

Meals on Wheels
Each week day, volunteers make plate lunches for over 50 elderly, ill and disabled people who cannot get to Stewpot.  A team of neighborhood volunteers delivers the lunches.  Often, this is the only human contact these recipients enjoy, and for some this is the only hot meal they will eat each day.

The Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is a mini-grocery store that provides a four-day supply of food for carefully screened applicants.  It is open from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday-Friday.  Volunteers from local congregations staff the pantry.  They sort, stack and bag groceries for each family who comes to Stewpot for assistance.  We keep our pantry stocked through generous donations from individuals and business supporters and from our partnership with the Mississippi Food Network.  Some food items, however, such as sugar, canned fruit, cereal, and peanut butter, are in constant demand and occasionally we have to purchase these items.  During Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, our Food Pantry prepares special baskets with turkeys, hams and other holiday food items for screened recipients.

Sims House
Sims House offers a three-month intensive program for women who desire a transition from either an abusive or homeless condition to a stable living situation.  The program can accommodate up to six women and 15 children at one time.

Matt's House Emergency Shelter for Women
Matt's House, named for former Stewpot Executive Director Matt Devenney, provides emergency shelter for homeless women.  For up to 30 women a night, Matt's House offers safe, nurturing environment while staff members assist residents in finding housing, employment and transportation.  During their stay at Matt's House, clients are also offered regular classes in parenting, self-esteem, job searching, and household finances.

Billy Brumfiled Homeless Shelter
The Billy Brumfield Shelter is an emergency shelter for homeless men.  In addition, the shelter offers two special programs: (1) for those participants who actively abuse alcohol and drugs and who wish to work to achieve sobriety and begin to put their lives back in order; (2) for men who are medically disabled.  The shelter can accommodate between 50 and 60 men on any one night.

Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children
After years of dreaming, the Flowers Shelter for women and children became reality in 2007.  Stewpot purchased the property located at the intersection of West and Livingston Street on February 15th, 2007, and it is now known as the Rev. Donnell Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children.  This facility needed only minor repairs and remodeling work to become a fully functional emergency shelter for homeless women with their children for stays up to 30 days.  This facility is necessary because of a desire to seperate homeless children (and their mothers) from Matt's House clients that are chronically homeless women whom more frequently are victims of mental disease and/or are chemically dependant on different susbstances.



Board Size:18
Paid Staff:58

Fundraising Methods

Stewpot receives contributions from three major fundraising events held throughout the year - Taste of Mississippi, the Business Professional Leaders' Luncheon, and Trustmark's Red Beans & Rice Celebration.

The Taste of Mississippi event is held each spring at Highland Village, and features cuisine from a variety of local restaurants.  The Business and Professional Leaders' event, which takes place in August, is a luncheon sponsored by a host of local leaders in the business community.  Trustmark's Red Beans & Rice Celebration, held each October, is a red bean and rice cook-off contest between members of Jackson's business community, churches and volunteer groups.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 12/31/2010:

Total Income $2,192,590.00
Total Expenses $1,792,568.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $400,022.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $1,387,078.00 77.38%
Fund Raising $201,017.00 11.21%
Administrative $204,473.00 11.41%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $2,144,612.00 97.81%
Program Service Revenue $43,128.00 1.97%
Sale of Non Inventory ($1,211.00) -0.06%
Dividends $6,061.00 0.28%

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Additional Information

Stewpot Community Services was organized by several Jackson congregations in 1981 to provide assistance to people in central Jackson who need food, shelter, clothing, love and encouragement to make the most of the lives God has given them.

Headquartered in the Central Urban Ministry Center at 1100 W Capitol Street, Stewpot is supported by over 80 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu congregations, as well as hundreds of individuals, institutions, and businesses.  Our volunteers and staff are people of faith committed to helping our needy brothers and sisters.

Through our shelters, counseling food, and clothing services, community development projects, and children's programs, Stewpot staff and volunteers work to help people find decent housing jobs, and childcare while providing them with basic necessities.

This year as Stewpot celebrates its 29th year, they will remember those whose vision started this ministry, those whose efforts have sustained it, and we will ask for God's continued blessings as we attempt to live into God's continued blessings as they attempt to live into God's vision for the future of Stewpot.

Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

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Additional Information

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Stewpot has received grants to help fund Matt's House, Sims House, Billy Brumfield House, Soup Kitchens and shelters, and the after-school program. The organization receives a significant amount of donated services from unpaid volunteers and donations of food, clothing and other items. Stewpot received In-Kind donations from businesses during the event Taste of Mississippi, one of Stewpots largest fundraisers. The Stewpot booth at the annual Trustmark Red Beans & Rice festival, teens display and sell handmade jewelry, many of the community members sell their art, and staff are on hand to sign up volunteers and tell anyone who wants to know more about Stewpot. 100% of the proceeds from the Red Beans & Rice Festival benefit Stewpot Community Services.

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Report as of: 7/4/2015
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