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 mastersmannainc@att.net
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 Mrs. Paula Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rushford Behavioral Health
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $231,000.00
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

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 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 among many others.  

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

2013 Accomplishments:

  • Staff and core volunteers are trained in CPR/AED, Mental Health First Aid, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeping, have the ability to recognize a possible opiate overdose and administration Narcan, triage individuals seeking assistance and use intervention skills as needed.

  • Updated By-Laws

  • The kitchen is fully licensed and inspected by the Board of Health gaining scores of 98 out of 100 on a consistent basis.

  • Master's Manna operates with one full time and two part-time staff plus over 150 volunteers. 17,972.25 hours of volunteer time was donated during 2013.

  • Donation of 2012 Nissan Quest

2014 Goals:

  • Obtain suitable facility in Wallingford of at least 15,000 square feet as close to a bus route as possible

  • Ensure ongoing funding with assistance from Strategic Planning and Development Committee, utilizing social media, through launching new interactive webpage, planning, implementing and completing 2 Appeal Campaigns

  • Build Board by adding at least two individuals with strong financial and/or legal background.

  • Provide current ongoing services to 15% increase in individuals seeking basic human needs assistance.

 
Needs

  1. A building at least 15,000 square feet with loading dock, warehouse space, room for industrial kitchen and dining room, offices, classroom, shower and laundry facilities located as close to a bus route as possible while remaining in Wallingford. (Approx. $800,000 for building)

  2. Income of $250,000 to ensure programming with a 15% increase in number of individuals seeking assistance.

  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. At least two Board members with legal and/or financial knowledge & expertise.

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

    Master's Manna operates with one full time and two part-time staff plus over 150 non-paid volunteers. During 2014 we anticipate a 15% increase of individuals/families seeking access to services. With our current volunteer base, collaborative partners and relationship with local food vendors we believe that we can confidently meet the increasing demand. The majority of the human resources required by Master’s Manna are provided through donations from a volunteer workforce. In 2013 387 volunteers donated 17,972.25 hours equivalent to over 8 full time equivalents or FTEs. 

   The governance structure of Master’s Manna is also highly dependent upon volunteers. Organizational oversight consists of a Board, CEO and a team of staff members. The commitment of the non-profit voluntary board is a valuable asset for Master’s Manna. The Board is comprised of highly engaged community volunteers closely aligned with the core values and mission of Master’s Manna.  While Master’s Manna maximizes the contributions of the volunteer board individual board members may have limited experience, knowledge or interest in these areas. Therefore the CEO remains an integral role in the governance structure. 

   Developing and executing strategy to meet long term goals is challenging for many organizations. However the challenge for a non-profit such as Master’s Manna is compounded by limited resources and dependence upon external stakeholders to meet an ever growing community need. Currently Master’s Manna’s largest challenge is obtaining funding to support the operating costs so that we can continue to support the needs of our community in a pro-active and coordinated manner. In order to continue to remain effective, it is imperative that we develop strategy and operational plans for securing ongoing sources of funding and developing programs that are consistent with our mission and meet the needs of our community. In addition, as the organization grows it will become necessary for formalize certain procedures to ensure consistency and provide continuity for incoming volunteers.


 Aug. 1, 2013 was a "normal" day at Master’s Manna. Community Health Center had a full schedule of patients to see the doctor, the nurse and a Psychology Doctoral Student. Louis, a Rushford Homelessness Outreach worker was very busy assisting with Medicade benefits to housing. 21 volunteers worked diligently

   Now I would like you to meet Ann.  Ann was found sleeping on the steps of Wallingford's Emergency Shelter. Wallingford police were called. And the officer came to Master’s Manna, explained his situation stating he had no place to bring and brought Ann through the doors. She was disheveled, toothless, a little odiferous and obviously in NEED. Ann was taken to the kitchen where a meal was prepared for her. She asked if she could "sleep" for a few hours. Ann was given some blankets, a pillow and a cool spot in our "Conference/ Nurse's Station/ Classroom". She slept for three hours. In the meantime a Rushford worker helped evaluate the situation and was able to supply a bus token for 90 minutes of travel.  Ann stated she was trying to get to Boston and would not elaborate. She had stated she did not want to go into a shelter and especially did not want to see any "head shrinkers". At 5 p.m. I woke Ann. She tended to a few NEEDS. We selected food with pull tab covers, bottles of water, "snacks", wet wipes, tissues, plastic spoons and a few other items to take on her travels. She asked if she could have the homemade afghan that has covered her while she slept. My heart broke (again). Off we went to the Middletown bus station and she was on her way for the next chapter of her story.

 
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.
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
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
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 2
Number of Volunteers 234
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Administrative Assistant
Title 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. oh Health. 
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
Mrs. Paula Smith
Company Affiliation Rushford Behavioral Health
Term July 2013 to June 2016
Email Paula_Smith1@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. William Barnes Spectra Gas
Mr. Ian Brooks International Sales and Marketing
Mrs. Gail Powell Cella~FLanagan, P.C. Law FIrm
Miss Jennifer Souza Student
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
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
Mr. Ian Brooks
Company Affiliation Marsten
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2015
Email ianbrooks@sbcglobal.net
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 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $231,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
Form 990s
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Audit Documents
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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,268,993$1,253,792$556,350
Government Contributions$28,317$47,342$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$28,317$47,342--
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$1--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other----$691
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$1,287,520$1,286,523$560,598
Administration Expense$17,768$17,001--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.000.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%99%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$36,704$46,747$22,471
Current Assets$20,625$25,808--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$511$2,580$1,601
Total Net Assets$36,193$44,167$20,870
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Food Bank $274,972CT Food Bank $578,342CT Food Bank $176,525
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Meriden/Wallingford $41,716United Way $36,183Thurston Foods $170,170
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --United Way of Meriden/Wallingford $18,781
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities40.3610.000.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
During 2013 funding became an issue in the months of July through October. It was during this time period that all programs were evaluated, specifically looking at cost of program over value to the community. The hard reality was that the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program was a drain on limited resources. This program was ended, the two transport vehicles sold which did several positive things. Vehicle insurance was reduces dramatically as was fuel, maintenance and upkeep of fleet. A 2012 Nissan Quest van was donated to take the place of the 2000 Ford Winstar. The new van is more economical to operate with no major repairs anticipated in the near future. This decision to end the Transport Program saved nearly $4000 during the July through October time frame and a total of $7200 from July through Dec. 2013.
 
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 mastersmannainc@att.net
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheryl A. Trzcinski
Board Chair Mrs. Paula Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rushford Behavioral Health

 

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