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Urban Mission

Total Qualifying Score: 8
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Urban Mission
Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio 43952

County (ARC Region) Jefferson
State (ARC Region) Ohio


Q1. Mission:

The Urban Mission provides accessible, integrated, and innovative social services that nurture, restore dignity, and produce desirable outcomes for a hurting population and a community in need of economical revitalization. 

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The following are our 3 core capabilities which we believe align with ARC’s goal #2 and goal #5

The Urban Mission meets the immediate needs of the community by utilizing food, shelter and other essential services to build trust and lasting relationships among our neighbors and friends.

The Urban Mission provides fresh starts and transformational growth opportunities through personal, academic and professional development.

The Urban Mission collaborates on community wide initiatives to end poverty, hunger and homelessness through creative, innovative and sustainable solutions.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 17/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 15/5 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $1,135,00/$1,125,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $1,465,717 / $1,026,443

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $1,135,00 / $1,125,000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($60,000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($276,000)
Received From: Ohio Development Services, CDBG   Date Received: August 2020
For What Purpose(s): Homeless shelter support

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Our organization has seen a surge in the number of families seeking food assistance through the Urban Mission.  Since March 2020, we have had more than 1,000 new families, who have never visited a food pantry before, sign up to receive food through our food assistance program.

COVID-19 has also caused a number of our “in person” personal, academic and professional development classes to be delayed or conducted virtually.  We plan to move forward with these classes, but have had to rethink the ways in which we can offer them in the most safe and efficient way possible.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
We are currently raising money for a $1 million renovation of a 20,800 foot space we purchased in October 2019. We are creating a food hub and incubator space for the community and have had to delay some of our plans to address the demands of COVID-19.
Need for consistent volunteers
Staying the course of our vision and mission, despite the “tyranny of the now”

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

The Urban Mission has been serving its community since 1959.  Several of our programs are 50 – 60 years old.

In recent years, we began asking questions among our Board and staff as to what it would look like if the Urban Mission moved from being solely a direct service entity, to an organization that helped people break out of the cycle of poverty.

We have made significant progress throughout the past few years, but do not want to lose the momentum we had, due to COVID-19 and the attention we have had to give to our direct service programming.

Our participation in the program would help our organization stay on task and continue moving forward with the vision, mission and goals we set forth to offer transformational programming in the Ohio Valley for generations to come.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Mission & Operations

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Ashley Steele, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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