Christian Shelter, Inc.

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We provide safe lodging, nutritious meals, practical guidance and the life-changing love of Jesus Christ to men, women and children in homeless situations. Christian Shelter, Inc. is a tax-exempt, charitable organization, provided for through the generosity of God's people. The shelter receives no governmental financial support. While not affiliated with any particular denomination, it receives a large portion of its support from local churches and Christian groups and individuals. Businesses and civic organizations also provide significant support.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Shelter, Inc.
334 Barclay Street
Salisbury, MD 21804


Phone: (410) 749-5673

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 521176287

CEO/President: J. Anthony Dickerson

Chairman: Bryan E. Murfree

Board size: 10


Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Christian Shelter is a temporary, emergency shelter providing safe housing and meals and for men, women and children who are homeless. While a warm bed and a hot meal are the most immediate needs the Shelter satisfies, they are not the most important. The love of God ministered through a caring staff member, who is willing to listen and prepared to point hurting people to resources for employment, counseling, financial assistance and stable housing, offer the possibility of a more lasting change. Even more important, however, is the opportunity to receive the life changing power of Jesus Christ offered to Shelter guests daily through staff prayer and spiritual direction and the ministry of volunteer clergy and church leaders in evening devotions and Sunday worship.

Mission statement

The mission of the Christian Shelter is to minister to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people in crisis through the provision of safe shelter, nutritious meals, practical and spiritual direction and the life changing good news of Jesus Christ!

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating451 of 102266 of 155
Fund acquisition rating34 of 10253 of 155
Resource allocation rating500 of 102568 of 155
Asset utilization rating913 of 1022145 of 155

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$327,143$89,654$102,632$26,095$67,710
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,545,917$1,542,381$1,542,381$1,523,633$1,512,152
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,545,917$1,542,381$1,542,381$1,523,633$1,512,152
Total assets$1,873,060$1,632,035$1,645,013$1,549,728$1,579,862
Payables and accrued expenses$21,774$12,435$9,376$11,075$29,624
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$21,774$12,435$9,376$11,075$29,624
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$5,000$0
Total liabilities$21,774$12,435$9,376$16,075$29,624
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$1,851,286$1,619,600$1,635,637$1,533,653$1,550,238
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,851,286$1,619,600$1,635,637$1,533,653$1,550,238
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$662,256$405,258$445,824$346,300$324,813
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$79$62$47$44$53
Other revenue$181$0$929$0$0
Total other revenue$260$62$976$44$53
Total revenue$662,516$405,320$446,800$346,344$324,866
Program services$348,768$366,108$344,816$362,929$238,901
Management and general$82,062$55,249$0$0$0
Total expenses$430,830$421,357$344,816$362,929$238,901
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$231,686($16,037)$101,984($16,585)$85,965
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$231,686($16,037)$101,984($16,585)$85,965


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Program accomplishments

Since Christian Shelter first opened its doors in December, 1980, it has sheltered and ministered to more than 28,400 individuals and has served more than 500,000 meals.


The annual cost of operating Christian Shelter is significant and steadily rising. It includes all utilities and on-going maintenance and repair of our 60 plus year old, former shirt factory building. It also includes the cost of equipment and supplies needed to house and minister to the needs of up to 72 homeless people, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round; and provides a modest remuneration for a very dedicated staff of 3 administrative workers and 10 part-time night and support staff.