Christ Church, Ansonia
56 South Cliff Street
Ansonia CT 06401-1910
Contact Information
Address 56 South Cliff Street
Ansonia, CT 06401-1910
Telephone (203) 734 x2715
Fax 203-736-9817
Web and Social Media
The mission of Christ Episcopal Church is to share the love of Christ through out worship, ministry, and fellowship. In addition to our outreach ministry through our Missions & Social Concerns Committee, Christ Episcopal Church is the fiscal sponsor for the Kathleen C. B. Samela Memorial Food Bank which provides meals for the most vulnerable population of Ansonia and surrounding communities.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1943
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Board Chair The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Christ Episcopal Church, Ansonia
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
The mission of Christ Episcopal Church is to share the love of Christ through out worship, ministry, and fellowship. In addition to our outreach ministry through our Missions & Social Concerns Committee, Christ Episcopal Church is the fiscal sponsor for the Kathleen C. B. Samela Memorial Food Bank which provides meals for the most vulnerable population of Ansonia and surrounding communities.
Christ Church's history in the Lower Naugatuck Valley dates back to the 1700's with the present church having been built in 1896. The current Food Bank goes back to 2009 when the parishioners decided to restart a Food Bank in memory of Kathleen C. B. Samela. Kathleen was also one of the founders of the Spooner House which was initially located in Derby.
The Samela Memorial Food Bank initially served persons in Ansonia as a satellite operation of the Spooner House which had served as the food sourcing agent for the Samela Memorial Food Bank from 2009 through mid 2013. 
In May of 2013, the Vestry of Christ Church voted to become an independent Food Bank effective July 1, 2013 and to become an affiliate with the CT Food Bank. This affiliation has enabled  the Food Bank to keep up with the current demand for meals, and has provided the Food Bank with some internal grants available to the CT Food Bank for allocation to affiliated Food Banks or other community food services.
Even with this extra assistance, our financial capabilities are stretched to the limit.
In 2012, we provided more than 45,000 meals to over 2,100 clients and in 2013 we provided more than 64,400 meals to over 3,100 clients. For 2014, we budgeted to provide 80,500 meals to approximately 3,800 clients,
In July 3013, we became an independent Food Bank affiliated with the CT Food Bank. In the first half of 2013, we provided around 24,000 meals and we saw that volume grow to over 64,400 meals with our affiliation with the CT Food Bank operating our Food bank under their Guidelines.
During the first four months of 2014, we have provided more than 38,000 meals and if that volume continues for the rest of the year, we have the potential of providing more than 114,000 meals to over 5,000 clients.
We believe the increased volume is due to the continuing stagnant economy, loss of jobs, and the 20% reduction in the Federal SNAP (Food Stamps) program.  
As related to our Food Bank operations, our greatest needs are for financial support for our Part Time Administrator who works 20 hours per week, and for ongoing food purchases primarily through the CT Food Bank and, when necessary, local supermarkets. We are stretched to handle the size of the increases in meals provided that we are experiencing and we are doing our best to maintain our goal of providing 21 meals per client per month as well as meeting the emergency needs individual clients may have. Under CT Food Bank guidelines, no person coming to the Food Bank seeking assistance is turned away  
We also encourage local churches and other organizations to donate food items and/or financial support to the Food Bank and we have had some success in these endeavors.
CEO Statement

We have fully adopted the CT Food Bank "Best Practices" Guidelines; we do not restrict client visits; we do not turn away any walk-ins. As a faith-based organization, we participate in God's Missional activity in our community which we believe is to feed the hungry for as Christ says in the Gospel of Matthew, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance . . . For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, . . . [and] the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and fed you, . . .. The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" And this, as a faith community, we do by living out our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, and respecting the dignity of every human being.  

Board Chair Statement
In the Spring of 2011, ,the full time clergy person left this parish for another position. From the Spring of 2011, Supply Priests filled in on Sundays until the Fall when I initially served as permanent Supply Priest until arrangements were concluded for me to begin serving as the half-time Interim Rector beginning January 2012. During 2011, a number of parishioners either left the parish or stayed on the side-lines waiting to see what was to happen with the longer term viability of the parish.
Gradually over 2012 and 2013, we began to draw back Parishioners, we baptized nearly a dozen children, performed 2 weddings, tore down a dilapidated out-building, repaired water damaged ornamental plaster in arches and side walls, and, in general made significant improvements in the all important "first impressions" one forms upon entering a church, when in the first 10 seconds, a decision whether to return is most usually made.  
We have reorganized our church service times to incorporate what used to be a separate noon time Spanish Service into the regular 10:00 am service, at the Spanish congregation's request, offering both a Spanish opportunity for the Liturgy of the Word for Spanish Speaker in the Chapel at the same time the English Speaking congregation is assembled in the church. At the same time we initiated English as a Second Language Program at the church as our Spanish speaking folks wanted to learn English and more fully participate in the English speaking service.
These changes allowed the children (all English speaking) in our Spanish households the opportunity to attend Sunday School and all children were able to serve as Acolytes, and the adults as Liturgical Assistants.
With the decision in 2013 to affiliate our Food Bank with the CT Food Bank, we began to see a significant increase in the volume of meals we provide to the most vulnerable in our communities. As a faith community, we believe we are participating with God in God's Missional Activities in God's Kingdom and as a participant, we believe God is always at the ready to provide us the resources we need to continue with this significant Missional activity.
We are keenly aware that we need to be actively looking for ways to help make the Kathleen C. B. Samela Memorial Food Bank as self sustaining as possible and we do that by making others aware of an opportunity for them to be participants, with God, in God's Missional activity to help feed the hungry with their financial contributions.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Protestant
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas Served
Lower Naugatuck Valley
At this time, approximately 95% of our clients come from Ansonia, and of those persons, approximately 35% walk to the Food Bank.
To provide the ingredients for 21 nutritionally balanced meals per family member or individual to supplement client's Food Stamp allotments and emergency food needs. 
Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Term Start Jan 2012
I have a varied business career initially working in Public Accounting; then as an Assistant Controller moving up to V P Administration & Controller for a $30 million dollar manufacturing company (long since out-of-business); Comptroller for a major Southwestern CT Not-for-Profit; then as a Chaplain Volunteer at YNHH followed by a 15 year career as the Attending Chaplain for the Medical Service with formal retirement in April 2009. Concurrently, I was Ordained a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church in December 1986, returned to Graduate School MA in Religious Studies from Sacred Heart University and additional course work for course equivalency work for an M. Div Degree, concurrent with Clinical Pastoral Education prior to becoming a Board Certified Chaplain. In January 2001 I was ordained a Priest in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Connecticut and did extensive Supply Coverage while still a Chaplain at YNHH. served a 1/4 time Priest-in-Charge position for 18 months, followed by being an Associate at a different Episcopal Church prior to being appointed the 25 hour half time Interim Rector at Christ Church, Ansonia beginning January 2012.
Ms. Jane Wright
Term Start Jan 2012
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 12
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 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Administrator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Steering Committee of Episcopal, UCC, ELCA churches with Food Ministries; CT Food Bank
Valley United Way2104
Board Chair
The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Company Affiliation Christ Episcopal Church, Ansonia
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Ms. Shirley Ashe Retired
Mr. Kristian Bernier Innovative Engineering Services
Ms. Linda Bibby Retired
Ms. Mary Jezierny Retired
Ms. Fkorence Kolendo Retired
Ms. Jessica Marulli P/T Clerical Para at Seynour B. O. E.
Ms. Heidi Patterson Oxford Board of Education
Mr. John Samela Hamford Research
Ms. Nancy Siwy St. Vincent's Hospital
Ms. Martha Smart Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia
Ms. Nancy Valentine P/T Ansonia Registrar of Voters
Ms. Stacy Wiltshire Basement Systems
Ms. Jane Wright Allergy Associates of Waterbury, PC
Mr. William Zaleha IIIdeal Engine and Mower Service, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 11
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Board Co-Chair
Ms. Jane Wright
Company Affiliation Allergy Associates of Waterbury, PC
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $196,560.00
Projected Expenses $196,560.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,852,433$2,867,293$2,898,805
Current Assets$302,573$322,780$417,479
Long-Term Liabilities$38,160$48,494$58,473
Current Liabilities$1,953$2,185($15)
Total Net Assets$2,812,320$2,816,615$2,840,347
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpanish Language $2,685Spanish Language $3,692Spanish Language $3,575
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFood Bank $41,716 --Food Bank $1,912
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments
The major challenge the Parish faces is building the membership base in order to be able to increase the number of pledging parishioners. Our Food Bank's activity in the community serves to draw notice to the Parish and is often a way by which individuals decide to join a church in order to be connected to an organization that is involved in it's local community in a meaningful way. We also have an active Spanish Language Ministries group which has been slowly growing partly because of their wanting to fully participate with the English Speaking congregation, particularly for 3rd and 4th generation family members while 1st and 2nd generation members have the opportunity to have the initial Liturgy of the Word available in Spanish.
As for the Food Bank, we are looking to find sufficient financial resources through Foundation Grants to make the Food Bank a "self-sustaining missional activity". We currently receive direct funding from grant funds available through the CT Food Bank which are distributed by the CT Food Bank based on several factors (frequency of purchasing, size of orders, compliance with their "Best Practices Guidelines", to name a few).
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 56 South Cliff Street
Ansonia, CT 064011910
Primary Phone 203 734 2715
CEO/Executive Director The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Board Chair The Rev'd Richard E Beattie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Christ Episcopal Church, Ansonia


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