Riverside Christian Ministries

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Riverside House exists to guide men and women convicted of crime into becoming productive citizens through a nondenominational, faith-based approach.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Riverside Christian Ministries
968 N.W. 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33128

Website: riversidehouse.org

Phone: 305-326-9799

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 592093182

CEO/President: Cleveland Bell III

Chairman: Cleveland Bell III

Board size: 5

Founder: Riverside UMC & Dade County Correction Dept

Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


Our four programs are as follows: Comprehensive Residential Reentry Program, Non-residential Support, Spiritual Development and Community Partnerships

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating403 of 110449 of 122
Fund acquisition rating767 of 110575 of 122
Resource allocation rating110 of 110530 of 122
Asset utilization rating521 of 110456 of 122

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$612,169$949,233$829,065$307,855$718,796
Short-term investments$1,545,775$1,751,851$1,787,634$1,487,049$1,749,155
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,591,054$3,232,165$3,551,241$3,341,593$3,338,706
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$394,721$392,805$384,659$401,327$437,611
Other long-term assets$507,318$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$902,039$392,805$384,659$401,327$437,611
Total assets$3,493,093$3,624,970$3,935,900$3,742,920$3,776,317
Payables and accrued expenses$209,273$162,049$171,524$119,927$118,903
Other current liabilities$0$5,524$2,500$2,500$0
Total current liabilities$209,273$167,573$174,024$122,427$118,903
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$523,819$9,060$11,140$11,220$11,780
Total long-term liabilities$523,819$9,060$11,140$11,220$11,780
Total liabilities$733,092$176,633$185,164$133,647$130,683
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$2,760,001$3,448,337$3,750,736$3,590,110$3,601,247
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$19,163$44,387
Net assets$2,760,001$3,448,337$3,750,736$3,609,273$3,645,634
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$240,102$256,154$245,033$99,953$98,409
Program service revenue$2,265,324$2,564,716$2,983,699$2,816,766$2,633,707
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$55,006$66,381$48,043$110,378$89,393
Other revenue$13,038$2,756$2,446$6,148$2,251
Total other revenue$2,333,368$2,633,853$3,034,188$2,933,292$2,725,351
Total revenue$2,573,470$2,890,007$3,279,221$3,033,245$2,823,760
Program services$2,685,890$2,680,246$2,864,600$2,429,631$2,267,743
Management and general$362,105$381,623$351,738$310,536$281,652
Total expenses$3,125,731$3,177,023$3,348,725$2,863,415$2,669,786
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($552,261)($287,016)($69,504)$169,830$153,974
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($552,261)($287,016)($69,504)$169,830$153,974


Cleveland Bell IIIExecutive Director$166,578
David McSherryChief Operating Officer$115,280

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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In 1972, Captain Andy Mathieu, a Navy and Coast Guard Veteran, and friend, Ed Dodson, managed an alcoholic rehabilitation center. This enterprise operated as an outreach of the Riverside United Methodist Church. Within eighteen months it evolved into a larger outreach becoming the first in the nation to experiment with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

"Rehabilitation with Dignity" was a dream of Roberto Perez, a lay preacher; Reverend O. Dean Martin, Pastor of the Riverside United Methodist Church; and Jack Sandstrom, Director of the Dade Community Correction and Rehabilitation Department. Together, they envisioned a halfway house that offered the means for those with a first-time offense the opportunity to rebuild their lives. In addition, they desired to establish an environment with caring people as a replacement for the hardened atmosphere ex-offenders were accustomed to.

A grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration provided the finances to maintain this program for the first two years of operation.

Cleveland Bell III became Executive Director of Riverside House in July of 1977. As a former ex-offender, Mr. Bell was no stranger to the feelings of frustration, anger, and rebellion often felt by those with similar backgrounds. Through the continuous outpouring of Mr. Bell's personal life experiences with fellow men and women, and, the dedicated, hard work of staff and Board members, the ministry of Riverside House has reached thousands of ex-offenders through jail groups, out-client participation, prison outreach, and inner-city activities.

Today, Riverside House is a private, non-profit organization that has been successfully operating as a coed community residential reentry facility for over 42 years.

Program accomplishments