The Sheepfold

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Through the work of the Sheepfold, thousands of women and their children have found shelter, safe refuge and a new beginning.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Sheepfold
PO Box 4487
Orange, CA 92863


Phone: 1-877-743-3736

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 953426900

CEO/President: John Wildman

Chairman: Bill McCullough

Board size: 4

Founder: Fran Lundquist

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 04/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


The Sheepfold has been serving mothers with children for over four decades. Have a glimpse into the work that God has been doing through this ministry since its founding in 1979.

Mission statement

To equip mothers with children suffering from homelessness or abuse for successful independent living with hope for the future. A key outcome is that they can live on their own independently and not be tempted to return to their abuser and destructive lifestyle.

Statement of faith

According to the Bible, in Matthew 25:31-46 we are commanded, as followers of Christ, to feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty and to shelter strangers, clothe the naked and to visit those who are sick or in prison.

It is the purpose of The Sheepfold to fulfill those commandments for homeless women and their children who find themselves with no place to go, no food and no money.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that the Holy Spirit controlled the men who wrote it. We believe the Holy Spirit will activate the Word of God in the heart of a believer, and will cause it to bring restoration and regeneration to the life of the believer.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that His is the only Name by which man can be saved. We believe He came to earth to forgive sin and give eternal life to those who receive Him as their Savior.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating297 of 110434 of 140
Fund acquisition rating167 of 110510 of 140
Resource allocation rating339 of 110538 of 140
Asset utilization rating726 of 110499 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$80,824$71,718$61,397$71,449$68,700
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,365,007$3,382,025$2,398,395$2,339,666$1,273,051
Long-term investments$75,226$275,094$240,540$2,394$255,967
Fixed assets$3,580,585$3,796,010$3,900,014$4,086,961$4,154,197
Other long-term assets$9,700$8,500$8,500$8,500$8,500
Total long-term assets$3,665,511$4,079,604$4,149,054$4,097,855$4,418,664
Total assets$8,030,518$7,461,629$6,547,449$6,437,521$5,691,715
Payables and accrued expenses$68,460$67,290$68,657$71,330$82,895
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$68,460$67,290$68,657$71,330$82,895
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$250,000$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$250,000$0$0
Total liabilities$68,460$67,290$318,657$71,330$82,895
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$7,869,367$7,305,323$6,131,658$6,262,965$5,478,411
With donor restrictions$92,691$89,016$97,134$103,226$130,409
Net assets$7,962,058$7,394,339$6,228,792$6,366,191$5,608,820
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,892,068$3,510,056$2,443,634$3,414,499$2,416,028
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,703($1,223)$8,665$5,901$8,616
Other revenue$118,759$136,397$72,123$64,870$78,613
Total other revenue$121,462$135,174$80,788$70,771$87,229
Total revenue$3,013,530$3,645,230$2,524,422$3,485,270$2,503,257
Program services$2,051,099$2,107,164$2,278,781$2,339,421$2,221,670
Management and general$278,979$271,923$256,853$259,648$243,908
Total expenses$2,444,587$2,490,591$2,661,821$2,727,899$2,593,275
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$568,943$1,154,639($137,399)$757,371($90,018)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$568,943$1,154,639($137,399)$757,371($90,018)


John WildmanPresident$145,519

Compensation data as of: 4/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/23/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


It Started with a Vision

These are the words of Fran Lundquist, the Founder of The Sheepfold.

As I look back over the years, I remember it seemed as though my life was over after the painful loss of my family and my home. But out of those ashes, God has given me twenty of the most heart-warming, fulfilling years anyone could hope to have.

God has a plan for each of our lives and even when we think our life is over, it's often just the beginning of a new one.

Twenty-five years of marriage had ended in divorce for unpleasant and painful reasons. My husband and five children were gone. My beloved 18 year old son had killed himself.

People avoided me because of the nature of the problems. Loneliness and an overwhelming sense of failure haunted my every waking moment. I dreaded walking the hallways of the family home, now with all the doors closed like silent sentinels of my seeming failures as a wife and mother.

Everything I had lived for were gone, except for one thing - my unshakable faith in Jesus Christ. I was too emotional to be able to read the Bible. I could only lie on the floor with my face pressed against the pages, now soggy with tears.

But when I began to think and feel again, God began to comfort me. As I became stronger, I began to want to comfort other women who were alone. I began to pray for women and children who had no one to help them and nowhere to go.

One year went by, then another as I continued to carry the desire to help wounded women and children in my heart. I soon realized God had turned that desire into a calling on my life.

It was when I attended a seminar that the calling was activated. The speaker exhorted those who felt God was calling them to do something, but were not sure what to do. We were to take time when we returned home to get alone, kneel beside our bed with pen and paper in hand, ask God what He wanted us to do, write it down and then do it!

As I knelt before Him, God revealed the vision of The Sheepfold. Beginning with the sale of what had been the family home; putting that money as a down payment on the first shelter; and instruction that I was to trust God to supply all the needs. He would make the mortgage payments and I was not to try to raise the funds. He gave me the assurance there would be continued growth of the ministry.

After finding the home that would be the first shelter, only a miracle could close the escrow when the purchaser (me) had just enough money for the down payment, no money for payments, and couldn't qualify for a loan. But God is a miracle working God.

I lived in the original shelter in Tustin with many, many women and children for over three years and learned how to manage a shelter and a ministry. I learned a lot of things, including how to set rules, mix authority with love, teach women how to clean house, form a non-profit corporation, maintain a mailing list, write a newsletter, keep books, live with strangers, teach the Bible, teach each woman and child to accept Jesus and to live by faith in God.

In the dark of night as I lay in bed, exhausted from the seemingly endless needs of frightened, hurting, displaced women and children, the presence of Jesus seemed to be there, filling me with faith and joy and the knowledge that I would get up early the next morning and do the very same thing again. He made it possible to continue day after day, year after year. He still meets with me in the precious night hours.

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