Deysi Crespo, Katy Christian Ministries executive director
For four years, Deysi Crespo has served as executive director of Katy Christian Ministries.
The nonprofit based at 5504 First St. began providing social services in 1984. Its social services office helps families with emergency financial assistance, vouchers for clothing and referrals. Through the Crisis Center, victims of family violence and sexual abuse can receive emergency crisis intervention, shelter placement and assistance through the legal system. Clients can shop in the KCM food pantry. Clients and the public can shop in the resale store, which is a source of revenue for KCM.
Hurricane Harvey provided one of the biggest challenges for KCM which worked to repair its flooded offices while it continued to help clients.
Upon the recommendation of Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner, Katy Christian Ministries recently received a donation from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation. The proceeds came from the Nov. 28, 2017 “Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit” organized by Ed Bass and held in Fort Worth that featured Clint Black, Lyle Lovette and Don Henley. Black, a Katy native, donated his portion of the concert proceeds, $323,322, to Katy Christian Ministries.
How will Katy Christian Ministries use the donation received from Clint Black?
These funds are designated for the families to help them recover from Harvey. We will continue to conduct assessments and case management to families. There is a vetting process to ensure good stewardship of the funds. Financial assistance with rent/mortgage for displaced families:
Cost of furniture and applicants replacement such as mattresses, stoves, refrigerators
Vehicle replacement and/or repair
Relocation fees and cost
Cost of home repairs and materials through Home Depot, Lowes and/or Ace Hardware
Fence repair and sod replacement cost
Our case managers have done a phenomenal job. They are working continually. That’s what we’re here for. Their goal is to help as many families as possible.
How has Katy Christian Ministries changed/grown since you became executive director?
I can honestly tell you we have changed to being a transparent and financially healthy organization, with great policies and procedures in place. Our Financial Statements have proven to reflect full transparency and are in compliance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). The financial position of Katy Christian Ministries as of Dec. 31, 2017 and 2016 and the changes in its next assets and ts cash flows for the years then ended are in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. No recommendations from auditors for two consecutive years. This is fantastic! It also reflects the improvement in our efficiencies to attain 89 cents of every dollar is to help our families in need.
Many thanks to the hard work in conjunction with the Board of Directors, KCM has achieved many milestones: Accredited by BBB of Greater Houston for three years, GuideStar-Gold Status for three years and Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability for two years.
Every even year, KCM goes through a rigorous assessment utilizing a rigorous tool designed to capture the organization’s infrastructure, growth and sustainability. Here is our historical growth for which I am very proud of!
In 2014, KCM scored 79 percent
In 2016, KCM scored 93.4 percent
In 2018, KCM scored 97.6 percent
We continued to be in good standing with the Houston Food Bank. In 2018, KCM was selected to become a referring pantry for the Food for Change Program administered by the Houston Food Bank in an effort to permanently improve people’s lives by addressing the root causes and downstream effects of food insecurity. With the implementation of the most recent Client Choice Model this year and Food for Change program, along with with other programs implemented and measured, KCM is looking forward to serving our families utilizing the strengths-approach with an empowerment framework.
What are your goals for the next four years?
Our goal for the next four years is to own our own property. I do not know when or how this will happen, but the Board of Directors and I do not want to be paying rent forever. Strategically, we are moving in the direction of assessing our current growth and assessing our community’s needs. In years to come, in collaboration with the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, we will have a model that will prove best practices for family independence.
We are goal-oriented. We focus on specific programs that meet our goal - how can we help our families. I believe in just being there for one another. We saw it through Harvey. We needed help but we were there to help families.
How long have you lived in the Katy area and how has it changed?
I’ve lived in the Katy area since 2003=15 years. I see it growing right in front of my eyes year after year. New developments and more people moving to this side of town. Likewise, the need has grown exponentially.
What is your background and how did it help you when you came to Katy Christian Ministries?
I first started as a volunteer. Then I held various positions as a leader in different capacities. With that skill set, I worked with various teams and various groups of people. My background is in social work. I have a huge heart to help people in need. Being at KCM is like a home for me.