MorningStar Mission Ministries

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MorningStar Mission provides shelter, food, clothing and hope to those in need in Joliet. We are dedicated to relieving the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor. We do this by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, shelter for the homeless and the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all.

Contact information

Mailing address:
MorningStar Mission Ministries
350 East Washington Street
Joliet, IL 60433


Phone: 815-722-5780

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362422510

CEO/President: Kevin Watson

Chairman: Graham Rogers

Board size: 6

Founder: Peter H. McCarthy

Ruling year: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Since its beginning in November 1909, MorningStar Mission has had one main goal - help people in need. Through our many Christ-centered programs and services, we aim to help people in need by getting to the core issues of what has caused their homelessness. Whether the problem stems from alcohol, drugs, mental health or family matters, our services have been developed for those who have reached the decision to make a real change in their lives.

Mission statement

MorningStar Mission Ministries is a non-denominational organization dedicated to relieving the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor. We do this by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, shelter for the homeless and the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is deity, that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and that He will come again in great power and glory.

We believe that men are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This event we hold to be an experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer enabling him to live a godly life of obedience as he reaches for maturity.

We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the Church.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating752 of 111091 of 141
Fund acquisition rating890 of 1111123 of 141
Resource allocation rating639 of 111170 of 141
Asset utilization rating470 of 111055 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$205,969$275,323$240,992$252,663$217,065
Short-term investments$154,071$193,118$180,637$170,617$147,401
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,780,650$2,621,163$2,003,163$757,660$795,224
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,820,213$9,078,649$6,247,950$6,459,697$6,764,306
Other long-term assets$18,503$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$8,838,716$9,078,649$6,247,950$6,459,697$6,764,306
Total assets$11,619,366$11,699,812$8,251,113$7,217,357$7,559,530
Payables and accrued expenses$120,051$103,150$59,036$16,076$51,473
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$120,051$103,150$59,036$16,076$51,473
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$9,125$25,235$33,369$23,504$19,672
Total long-term liabilities$5,656,338$5,939,905$3,395,237$3,464,987$3,604,115
Total liabilities$5,776,389$6,043,055$3,454,273$3,481,063$3,655,588
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$5,817,477$5,631,257$4,771,340$3,710,794$3,878,442
With donor restrictions$25,500$25,500$25,500$25,500$25,500
Net assets$5,842,977$5,656,757$4,796,840$3,736,294$3,903,942
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,093,773$5,690,341$6,691,718$6,152,018$5,847,402
Program service revenue$37,756$19,665$26,642$20,595$22,778
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$6,883$25,481$3,492$10,795$13,988
Other revenue$1,922,777$1,905,867$1,266,510$1,230,784$1,034,270
Total other revenue$1,967,416$1,951,013$1,296,644$1,262,174$1,071,036
Total revenue$7,061,189$7,641,354$7,988,362$7,414,192$6,918,438
Program services$5,376,348$5,593,433$5,892,279$6,536,864$6,219,089
Management and general$355,482$334,182$308,610$286,552$282,408
Total expenses$6,848,081$6,771,854$6,939,923$7,593,790$7,271,974
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$213,108$869,500$1,048,439($179,598)($353,536)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$213,108$869,500$1,048,439($179,598)($353,536)


Sandra PerzeeExecutive Director$175,819

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/17/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


On Nov. 16, 1909, Peter H. McCarthy founded MorningStar Mission after reconnecting with the church following the death of his wife and two of their five children. He knew in his heart that God had a greater plan for him, and he began his ministry of feeding the hungry, helping the homeless and encouraging people in need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Pete used all of his savings to rent a building at 460 N. Collins St. in an area known as "Whiskey Row" because of the many surrounding saloons. Complete with a chapel and 30 beds in the basement, his newly established mission would provide food and shelter for sober transients and homeless men. Pete continued working toward his mission until his death at the age of 91.

In 1981, the mission moved to 69 N. Joliet St. to accommodate a shelter for homeless women and children. Not long after, they acquired additional space providing room for a chapel and the mission's first thrift store.

In December 1992, the Joliet Street building was destroyed by a fire. W. Starr Johnston, a successful Joliet businessman, donated property at 350 E. Washington St. He never forgot the faces of the homeless during the Great Depression and wanted to share his good fortune.

But the generous donation came at a cost: There was no room to shelter women and children.

In 1993, a capital campaign was launched to build a men's recovery center. The building was opened 1997. It provided 22 beds in the emergency shelter and 24 beds in the residential long-term recovery program.

In 2000, Eastside Cafe opened to serve hundreds of hungry individuals. Also in 2000, Executive Director Marilyn Farmer and the board drafted and approved a plan for a new shelter for women and children. In 2007, the mission proudly celebrated the opening of the Mary L. Weitendorf Women & Family Center.

Fast forward to today. Under the direction of Executive Director Sandi Perzee, MorningStar Mission continues its mission of helping people through numerous programs and services, including the B.E.T.H. House, the Emergency Shelter, the 180 Men's Residential Recovery Program, the East Side Cafe and the Treasure Chest Thrift Stores.

Following Pete's tradition of ministering to the whole person - serving physical needs first, followed by spiritual guidance - MorningStar Mission continues to help all who are in need.

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