Masters Manna
46 N Plains Industrial Rd.
c/o Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address 46 N Plains Industrial Rd.
c/o Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 678-3042 x
Fax 203-294-0067
E-mail cheryl@mastersmanna.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Master's Manna, Inc.'s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs.

Master's Manna’s primary goals include:

  • Reducing food insecurity (a condition of uncertain availability of or inability to acquire safe, nutritious food in a socially acceptable manner)

  • Providing intervention, mental and physical health support services

  • Making available vocational and educational opportunities

  • Supporting supervised court ordered community service

  • Affording opportunity to the local youth to complete community service hours for scouts, school and/or faith community

 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2007
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Board Chair Mr Ian Brooks
Board Chair Company Affiliation International Sales & Marketing
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $251,000.00
Projected Expenses $251,000.00
Statements
Mission

Master's Manna, Inc.'s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs.

Master's Manna’s primary goals include:

  • Reducing food insecurity (a condition of uncertain availability of or inability to acquire safe, nutritious food in a socially acceptable manner)

  • Providing intervention, mental and physical health support services

  • Making available vocational and educational opportunities

  • Supporting supervised court ordered community service

  • Affording opportunity to the local youth to complete community service hours for scouts, school and/or faith community

 

Background

 

Background

Founded in 2006, Master's Manna, Inc. has worked with thousands of individuals and families in need. The operation as a food pantry and clothes closet began in the basement of the Wallingford Church of the Nazarene in 600 sq. ft. on December 6, 2006.  

By December of 2007, we needed to locate to a larger facility to meet the demand of our community. 316 North Colony Road, Wallingford became our second home.  Located on Route 5, many individuals were able to walk or take the bus. The food pantry and clothes closet expanded to include a soup kitchen, small community garden, vocational training and a recognized community service site.

Former Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell began her "Care and Share" campaign at Master's Manna in 2008.

In April of 2009, we relocated to our current location at 46 North Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford, CT. This 6100 sq. ft. space enables Master's Manna to fulfill our mission and vision, as previously mentioned.

Liberty Bank Foundation was our first major funder in 2007 and has been joined by Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Meriden/Wallingford United Way, James H. Napier Foundation, Town of Wallingford, CUNO Foundation, WalMart Foundation, Meriden Foundation, Tariq Farid Foundation among many corporate entities and private individuals.

The expansion of the physical plant in January, 2015 is in direct response to the increasing number of local individuals seeking basic human needs i.e. food, clothing, access to free medical care. During late 2013 through 2014 many varied options for re-locating Master’s Manna were reviewed.  A 5-year lease was executed for current location of 6,100 with a 5,500 sq. ft. expansion into the entire building with a complete foot print of, now, 11,600 sq. ft. This strategic decision prevented relocation costs, loss of services to a fragile population and the need to acclimate to new space.

 

The Town of Wallingford recognizes Master’s Manna, Inc. as a “Lead Agency.” Our success can be measured in number of volunteers who currently or have previously required our provided services. Our collaboration partnerships continue to grow as unmet needs of our clients are identified. Master’s Manna, Inc. has matured into a “one-stop-shop” as well as a “safe haven.”


 

Impact

·         Received Board Training through James H. Napier Foundation and CFGNH which created a more capable, knowledgeable, diversified Board. The outcome of this training is that five new members to the board have brought desired expertise including general business, legal, financial, nonprofit, and technology backgrounds. Two of the new board members are fluent in Spanish as well as English. The Board maintains members who are in every stage of life from a high school student through retirement.

·         Through improved data collection and analysis, we determined that 44% of Master’s Manna clients are of Hispanic origin and that many have limited English. We recruited four bi-lingual volunteers from among the clients of Master’s Manna to assist with food programs and SNAP outreach. Our website is now available in both English and Spanish.

·         Served as a Connecticut Food Bank SNAP assistance site with SNAP representative available 3 days a week.

·         Hosted 4 Sheltered Workshop/Training Programs for differently-abled students 4 days per week.

·         Engaged (pro-bono) services of a part-time fundraiser and grant-writer. Master's Manna operates with one full time and three part-time staff. Volunteer hours were recorded as 24,450 which equated to 18 full-time employees.
 
2015 Goals:

·         Sustain current programs for an increasing population requiring basic human needs.

·         Acquire adequate revenue sources to ensure general operating/program expenses.

·         Gain permission from the Wallingford Board of Education to permanently house the Lyman Hall High School transition program on site in newly constructed classroom

·         Build and distribute 100 “tower gardens” to food program recipients. These “gardens” can provide sustainable fresh produce in home, year round.

·         Provide current ongoing services to an anticipated 18% increase in population.

 
 
 
Needs

1.  Capital Campaign that will provide $75,000 for installation of HVAC system to ensure food viability, health and welfare for service providers and those utilizing services.

2. Income of $251,000 to meet current budget

3. A professional fundraiser paid from proceeds of event

4. Find and encourage entities to “sponsor” a program and fund for 1-3 years ($5000 - $50,000)

5. Continue Board development with strategic replacement of board members transitioning off of the Board.

CEO Statement
There is no other entity like Master's Manna. We do not solicit state or federal funding. Every individual that comes through our doors are treat as just that... an "individual". The presenting need is met on-site whether the need be for food, clothing, mental or physical health assistance, substance abuse or domestic violence intervention or counseling, warmth in winter or coolness in summer, to fill out a job application, be tested and counseled for HIV/AIDS, learn English as a second language or to perform community service. The individual will NOT be a file on a desk, a phone call waiting to be returned or someone left sitting in a chair for hours on end.
 
When a potential volunteer walks through the door and asks what is needed the very first questions asked are "What is your passion?" "If you could do anything you wanted to do~ what would that be?" Guaranteed we have a spot for you or the opportunity for you to create your own.
 
Board Chair Statement

    

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Areas Served
Cheshire
East Haven
North Haven
Wallingford
Other
Guilford
Hamden
Branford
North Branford
West Haven
During 2013 over 3100 individuals living in the greater Wallingford/Meriden community received ongoing services through Master's Manna.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Master's Manna provides onsite opportunities for individuals/families to obtain services or provide service to others. Master’s Manna has a strong non-discrimination policy for volunteers and those seeking assistance. Everyone is welcome, served, allowed to volunteer as long as they RESPECT themselves and ALL others while on the premises. There is no short supply of hugs and HOPE!

 
Programs
Description
Master's Manna is experiencing unprecedented growth in the need for services. Our primary focus is on food insecurity. To address this issue Master's Manna:
    *secures food daily from local vendors
    *will convert raised garden beds to greenhouse which will expand food growing season. 
    * offer cooking and food preserving classes in licesned kitchen
    * provide budgeting classes incorporating couponing, utilization of food stamps and other food pantries
    * provide and serve nutritious meals three days per week though the Family Dining Center
    * provide access to food stamp certification on-site


Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short term success would include all local food pantries contracted with CT Food Bank in Wallingford, Meriden, Cheshire, etc to work together to ensure adequate food supplies are available for those seeking assistance with food insecurity
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Tangible results would be:
  • Reduction in food insecurity by providing access to food on a weekly basis
  • More families building and utilizing "garden towers" to ensure some fresh produce year round
  • Color coding the food pantry to educate individuals on nutritional value of food choices
  • More individuals obtaining meals in the Family Dining Center
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

 Because Master's Manna is contracted with CT Food Bank every household using the food pantry and Family Dining Center must be newly or re-registered each year. Our records indicate that the number of households seeking assistance is increasing, specifically families with children and seniors.



Description
Master's Manna works with four agencies that serve the needs of differently-abled individuals. These individuals are in need of
  • learning job skills
  • honing social skills
  • attending to activities of daily living
  • using time management
  • designing and modifying skills to accomplish tasks
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
"Graduates" leave this program with increased self-esteem, new job skills, ability to work in a diverse environment
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Master's Manna is seeking to develop a program whereby it would be possible and plausible to employe "graduates" of this program as maintenance, "bakers", gardeners, etc.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Four of our "graduates" volunteer on a regular basis using skills obtained though this program.
The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce was able to fund one of our graduates in a paid summer position for one season. This individual has since completed a CNA/Phelbotomy course and is gainfully employed in the medical field.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Master's Manna has been presented with many learning opportunities in the past five years which has led to:
  • recruiting, training and developing an exceptional Board
  • presenting a documented sound financial base
  • identifying, understanding and implementing changes necessary to grow from a small food pantry in the basement of a church to a "Lead Agency" responsible for impacting amd improving the lives of over 4,000 individuals
 
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Term Start Dec 2006
Email cheryl@mastersmanna.org
Experience

Cheryl Trzcinski is Founder/C.E.O of Master’s Manna, Inc., a Wallingford, CT “Lead Agency” providing basic unmet human needs to families and individuals in Greater Wallingford/Meriden which covers a twelve town area.

Cheryl has been a member of the Wallingford Adult Education Advisory Committee for the past three years, the Meriden Human Service Providers group for four years, and Shelter Plus Care for four years. In 2013 the Wallingford Transit made changes to the local bus route in response to the three year effort Cheryl spearheaded to revisit the transportation needs of Wallingford residents.

Cheryl, recognizing difficulty in gaining access to current and vital information for those seeking services, offering services and the funding of services shared her knowledge of this situation with members of Liberty Bank Foundation. Together they were instrumental in forming the Wallingford Forum, an entity comprised of service providers and funders which was established 5 years ago.

Under Cheryl Trzcinski’s leadership, Master’s Manna, Inc. has grown from a food pantry/clothes closet to a “Safety Net” organization moving from a small basement of a church to a 1,500 sq. ft. facility on North Colony Road. Outgrowing that space within a year Master’s Manna now occupies 6,100 sq. ft. on North Plains Industrial Road and is actively seeking a larger complex to accommodate increase in community needs.

During 2006, the first year of operation, 42 families received food and clothing. In 2013 over 3100 unique individuals received on-site access to food, clothing, primary medical care, mental health services, educational and vocational training, shower/laundry facilities, etc. and a myriad of volunteer opportunities.

After 18 years in the medical field in various positions from EMT for the Town of Lebanon to mental health worker at Norwich State Hospital she left that all behind to embrace the calling of God to “Feed My sheep” through the vessel of Master’s Manna, Inc.

 

 
Co-CEO
Experience


 


  

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Manager
Title Warehoouse Manager
Title Project Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Wallingford Family and Youth Services, Community Health Center, Rushford Behavioral Health, DryDock, Chrysalis of Meriden, BirthRight, CAHS, MidState Hospital, Wallingford Public School System, Meriden and New Haven Superior Court, Ben Haven School, High Roads Academy, Wallingford Dept. of Education, SCOW, local faith communities, Wallingford Elks, Wallingford Wal-Mart, Lamb's Way, K-Kids, Wallingford Housing Authority, Wallingford Senior Center, RSVP and Meriden Dept. of Health, Connecticut Food Bank.
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2009
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certificate of RecognitionWallingford Public School System2008
Certificate of RecognitionWallingford Public School System2009
Certificate of AppreciationI.C.E.-T. Program of Lyman Hall2009
Certificate of AppreciationI.C.E.-T. Program of Lyman Hall2009
Certificate of AppreciationHigh Road Student Learning Center2008
Certificate of AppreciationHigh Roads Learning Center2009
Ruby Award Winner Local LevelSoroptomist International Meriden Chapter2009
Ruby Award- Regional WinnerSoroptomist International Meriden Chapter2009
CommendationCT Food Bank2008
CommendationCT Food Bank2009
Official Statement- Proclaimation 4/11/2010- Master's Manna DayState of Connnecticut2010
Dedication of Master's Manna Food PantryRosa DeLauro, House of Representatives2010
Athena Award NomineeQuinnipiac Chamber of Commerce2010
QPR Gatekeeper CertificateMAWSAC2013
Mental Health First Aid USANational Council For Community Behavioral Healthcare2012
Comments
CEO Comments
 
Board Chair
Mr Ian Brooks
Company Affiliation International Sales & Marketing
Term July 2013 to June 2016
Email ianbrooks@sbcglobal.net
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. William Barnes Spectra Gas
Ms. Jeannette Bronsord Yale New Haven Hospital
Mrs. Ann Brown Retired/Community Volunteer
Mr. Bill Pappas Fosdick Fulfillment
Mr. Geurys Perez United Techologies Aerospace Systems
Mrs. Gail Powell Cella~FLanagan, P.C. Law FIrm
Mrs. Nydia Saez Community Volunteer
Mr. Jason Schnabel Knights of Columbus
Miss Jennifer Souza Student
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2015
Standing Committees
Finance
Board Governance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments

Master's Manna provides onsite opportunities for individuals/families to obtain services or provide service to others. Master’s Manna has a strong non-discrimination policy for volunteers and those seeking assistance. Everyone is welcome, served, allowed to volunteer as long as they RESPECT themselves and ALL others while on the premises. There is no short supply of hugs and HOPE!

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $251,000.00
Projected Expenses $251,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
Form 990s
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Audit Documents
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
IRS Letter of Exemption
501 c 3
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,464,583$1,268,993$1,253,792
Government Contributions$24,883$28,317$47,342
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$24,883$28,317$47,342
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$300--$1
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,386,730$1,287,520$1,286,523
Administration Expense$20,429$17,768$17,001
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.991.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$123,445$36,704$46,747
Current Assets$74,552$20,625$25,808
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$4,645$511$2,580
Total Net Assets$118,800$36,193$44,167
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTown of Wallingford $20,000CT Food Bank $274,972CT Food Bank $578,342
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMeriden Foundation $15,000United Way of Meriden/Wallingford $41,716United Way $36,183
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFosdick Fulfillment $10,000 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.0540.3610.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

The scope of our services begins with meeting the most basic human needs (food, shelter, water, warmth and health). Additional services promote stability, security, and freedom from fear. By our efforts, we strive to have every individual belong, be good, be productive and, ultimately, be successful.

We believe that to invest in a person is to coach an individual so that they may achieve personal growth and satisfaction.

Master’s Manna, Inc. is a “verb”, constantly in motion. Monday through Saturday, there is always a throng of people on sight coming and going, taking classes, “shopping”, seeing the doctor, etc.

Master’s Manna, Inc. is also a “hospital”. Every  single person coming through the door “needs” something, whether the “need” is food and clothing or the “need” is to give. It is our prayer that as each individual leaves they are stronger and will be able to meet the need of another… such as a parent obtaining food who can then go home and prepare a meal for a family, a volunteer who leaves knowing that a child can read 5 new words because of time spent, a “driver” that took an extra moment to walk a dialysis patient to their front door after a treatment, or the high school student that just spent 3 hours helping to prepare 20 gallons of soup for Turkey Tossing Tuesday!

The current location of Master’s Manna is now an 11,600 sq. ft. facility. With an ever increasing number of individuals from our community seeking assistance with unmet basic needs we have once again found it necessary to obtain a larger ”home”.

We practice “relationship” at Master’s Manna. Why? Only when a personal investment is made into someone’s life can you effect change.

Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation.  Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 46 N Plains Industrial Rd.
c/o Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Wallingford, CT 06492
Primary Phone 203 678-3042
Contact Email cheryl@mastersmanna.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Board Chair Mr Ian Brooks
Board Chair Company Affiliation International Sales & Marketing

 

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