Paxton Ministries

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At Paxton Ministries, we are here to provide affordable housing and support services for adults who may be challenged with poverty, mental illness, or intellectual disability.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Paxton Ministries
2001 Paxton Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111


Phone: 717-236-5508

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 232179648

CEO/President: David Zilka

Chairman: Wanda Heise

Board size: 8

Founder: local Christians

Ruling year: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Paxton Ministries provides affordable housing and support services to adults in need with Christ-like love. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, we care for adults challenged with poverty, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities.

Our housing options offer a safe, comfortable, and supportive home where adults in need are treated with dignity and respect and where each person's unique gifts are celebrated. By working together as a family of residents, staff, volunteers, supporters, and community partners, we strive to provide housing, help, and healing in the name of Christ.

Mission statement

To provide affordable housing and support services to adults in need with Christ-like love.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating736 of 107790 of 142
Fund acquisition rating696 of 107880 of 142
Resource allocation rating320 of 107855 of 142
Asset utilization rating953 of 1077122 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,348,469$303,477$284,078$81,845$223,871
Short-term investments$63,500$3,666,110$2,744,849$2,454,645$1,912,127
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,032,532$4,385,834$3,448,862$2,762,278$2,376,638
Long-term investments$0$63,500$63,500$63,500$63,500
Fixed assets$3,372,414$1,302,376$1,386,263$1,465,613$1,493,087
Other long-term assets$250,000$250,000$250,000$251,428$3,252
Total long-term assets$3,622,414$1,615,876$1,699,763$1,780,541$1,559,839
Total assets$5,654,946$6,001,710$5,148,625$4,542,819$3,936,477
Payables and accrued expenses$148,146$126,597$106,941$87,794$115,519
Other current liabilities$6,685$11,797$19,843$2,164$1,745
Total current liabilities$154,831$138,394$126,784$89,958$117,264
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$65,246$92,028$76,576$17,711$25,113
Total long-term liabilities$65,246$92,028$76,576$17,711$25,113
Total liabilities$220,077$230,422$203,360$107,669$142,377
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$4,543,159$4,894,738$4,366,619$3,846,533$3,168,812
With donor restrictions$891,710$876,550$578,646$588,617$625,288
Net assets$5,434,869$5,771,288$4,945,265$4,435,150$3,794,100
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$820,540$860,584$1,034,167$858,142$536,505
Program service revenue$1,979,183$1,843,539$1,763,242$1,643,200$1,757,410
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$109,946$607,675$128,448$329,318$76,683
Other revenue$128,890$129,946$138,208$45,379$37,119
Total other revenue$2,218,019$2,581,160$2,029,898$2,017,897$1,871,212
Total revenue$3,038,559$3,441,744$3,064,065$2,876,039$2,407,717
Program services$2,365,783$2,213,127$2,159,345$1,907,607$1,996,084
Management and general$351,270$317,984$302,913$262,862$270,756
Total expenses$2,813,623$2,638,279$2,516,226$2,291,323$2,376,272
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$224,936$803,465$547,839$584,716$31,445
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$224,936$803,465$547,839$584,716$31,445


Joanne SmileyExecutive Di$92,360

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/29/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Paxton Ministries was founded in 1981 by a group of local Christians who were burdened for the homeless and needy in Harrisburg. In a bold move of faith, they purchased what is now Paxton Street Home (formerly Messiah Home), and at the dedication of the building the following statement was read:

"This facility will provide a home for the disadvantaged, love for the lonely, and meaningful activity for empty lives. [...] Here hope will be restored."

Throughout our history, Paxton Ministries has been committed to this vision. We have witnessed our ministry grow in services, staff, residents, and housing options, so that we now offer a home to a total of just over 100 people as well as employment opportunities through our janitorial business, Paxton Cleaning Solutions.

Program accomplishments


Your support of Paxton Ministries provides a safe, comfortable, and friendly home for adults in need. Your donations help to save and change lives.