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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Help the underserved population of appalachia and native american tribes of the west and educate american on need for relief in this country

Programs: Weekly distributions of food and supplies to area poor. Traveling to locations through virginia, north carolina and tennesse to distribute aid to the local improvished and their families.

a television broadcast to teach americans about the needs of our own people in america is seen on direct tv as well as other various stations. With this broadcast shelter rock gains support. At the end of each broadcast there is always an offer of a teaching series which is shipped out to the caller.

with our focus being on the children of appalachia and the native american tribes, shelter rock holds large outreach events to serve more effectively. These events normally serve between 500 to 5000 people in one afternoon. We use volunteers and have many donations to offer, including food, clothing, toiletries and gifts for children. This is a very effective way of locating families with children who will continue to receive aid from our mission.

32400 undersearved individuals were given food, clothing and other supplies as well as gifts for children and adults in appalachia. Many donors including patagonia, phillips van heusen, and operation blessing out of virgina beach, virginia make it possible for our staff and volunteers to carry out this mission. Also donated are various gifts from individuals for children.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is a shame and a sin how this man, Steven Reese, uses the poor children of Appalachia to solicit money from the public. He is nothing more than a smooth-talking charlatan who pays himself a big salary and does little to. Itching for the people he says his "ministry" serves. Do not send your money to these evil people.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Press Release: 10/18/11
Shelter Rock Ministries of Boone, North Carolina, Steven Reese
Established in 2001, Shelter Rock has been ministering to the poor of the Appalachian Mountains for over a decade. Steven Reese of Shelter Rock utilizes a specific distribution tactic that allows hundreds of impoverished families to be served and ministered to at one time. This tactic is called the Day of Blessing Event. The Day of Blessing Event keeps a festival atmosphere with edifying activities to help the needy change the way they see themselves. Recipients are taught about the Love of Jesus, they are given an opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior, and then their physical needs are met with a drive-through-style distribution.
After a successful decade of ministry—including over 100,000 families served, over 10,000 decisions for Christ and over 1,000 outreach events—Shelter Rock and Steven Reese continue to expand their efforts to the Native American Reservations of the Northwest. Locations such as Boulder, Colorado and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and other reservations surrounded by extreme poverty.
For example, Boulder, CO is a central location to over 100 Native American reservation. The Uprising of ministry on the reservations are directed toward isolated pockets of poverty. On these reservations, average annual incomes are as low as $5,000 per year.
This continued expansion is exponentially growing the outreach efforts of Shelter Rock and its partners.
Keywords: the uprising
Shelter Rock Ministries
Steven Reese
Boulder Colorado
Boulder, CO
Shelter Rock

6

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Catherine Reese was good to me, a great friend, as long as i donated items, volunteered, spread the word about Shelter Rock and gave them money, but when i became very sick and couldn't do anything to benefit her, she wouldn't speak to me, when i called and begged for help. I started helping in 2002 until 2008. I have tried since 2009 to contact her and she is never there and i have been told two people that were always good to me, no longer worked there. What kind of a ministry turns its back on someone who helped them when they needed it and won't help me now that i desperately need it ?

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I work there for a every long time Iseen a lot of thing my spelling is not that good .steve has a gril friend .and tack the money tohelp her His kids left becuse they seen him with her .there is so much going on there.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Eastern Shoshone on the Wind River Indian Reservation. These Reese people came to our reservation NOT to help the Native American people but to humiliate us. They told us they were here to help out the tribe not to USE us....I am very upset because they took footage of my 1 year old daughter and I did NOT sign any release forms for this. They also recorded audio of my voice telling them how it was living on the reservation. I also did not sign for that. They said they were here to help us not to use us as a way to get money. I speak for the tribe when i say this. THEY ARE NOT WELCOME BACK ON OUR RESERVATION!!!!!!! They are not good people they disrespected my family, my tribe and my church! This is not tolorated and will not be tolorated.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am a pastor's wife at a tiny Baptist Church/Center on the Wind River Indian Reservation. My husband and I have served the people of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Araphoe tribes for over 16 years. Steve Reese showed up unannounced in our driveway one day this past fall asking us to work with him as he brought a truckload of food to our community. We were eager to do so as the food IS needed by many families here on the reservation. However, we have been sadly disappointed by the Reeses and Shelter Rock Ministries. -The Reeses refused to distribute the food equally between the two tribes on our reservation creating a great deal of animosity toward us personally and toward our church among the older members of one of the tribes on our joint reservation. -The Reeses spent no time doing on the actual work of the distribution themselves. When questioned about this Catherine Reese responded, "I was preparing food for the volunteers."...They did travel 15 miles to and from the nearest Pizza Hut to purchase pizza for 2 of the 5 meals needed to feed the volunteers, but I do not believe that she was employed by Pizza Hut at any time during the week! lol -The plan for distribution that the Reeses use involves a tremendous amount of unnecessary labor. Instead of rebagging the food in plastic sacks that tear, the food could easily be given away with 1 or 2 volunteers per item.....this would eliminate about 80% of the work required by the current plan. -Steve Reese originally promised our church a part of the food to be given away for our church pantry from which we provide 2 free meals a week in return for our participation in the project. However, no food was ever given to us and when we mentioned that we had given some food to a sister church/in-house-treatment ministry which sent volunteers twice to assist in the project Steve seemed very upset and demanded to how much and what we had given away. -The canned food was all dented and with no labels. Most of the rest of the food was somewhat to very far past the expiration dates. There were mouse droppings in the pallet of macaroni and almost half of the packages were crushed to where they were open and spilling out. -Steve told me that he had spent over $100,000 dollars on the food on the Saturday before it was given out. On the Sunday afternoon of the distribution Catherine told me that they had spent $5000 on the food. (I noticed a slight discrepancy between the 2 numbers!) Also several of the workers noticed company labels on the pallets specifying that it had been donated from the original company. -At the begining of the week that we were working with the Reeses and Shelter Rock Ministries, my husband was asked to take the Reeses around the community to some homes with children so that they could give the kids toys and the parents gift cards to Wal-Mart. The day for this activity was changed and I ended up going with them. We had come to understand that they wanted to use this as a photo-op for their fund raising. We were very uncomfortable with this but did contact 3 families giving them as clear an understanding of what was to take place as we knew...however, after getting a parent to sign a very indepth, extremely legalized consent form (of which no copy was given to the parent), I discovered that they were walking the children out of view of the parents if possible and filming a sponsorship plea. This was repeated at the givaway site without parental permission or oversight....I am furious!!!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for shelter rock in beckley wv.and they are out for te children to let them know someone else does care my children and grandbabies love it.and momma kate is an angel we all love her and her family for what they are doing.in these time we need all the help we can get.sure they need some of the money for travel and getting everything they need to sing their sweet music that holds alot of meaning. mary milam beckley wva

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

My family was in their program,it was not long before me and my wife figured them out for what they were really up to,and thats using kids to get their money,sure the kids get some but they get the most,they being Steven and Catherine Reese.Look,they dont have to by anything,the food is donated,the clothes,the dental clinic,the volenteers....so they dont have to pay for those things.Now of course now that alot of money is coming in now they can afford to buy the kids some things and still have alot for themselves,slick aint they?They was nice to us until they knew we were on to them and then they tried to avoid us.I hope some day I can prove all this and shut them down,I want kids and families that need help to get it BUT I hate it when people like Steven and Catherine use people to make their money.I would love to be wrong but I'm afraid I'm not.PLEASE,beware of them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelter Rock Ministries INC have helped my faimly I have 9 children when our home burnt down, we had nothing they have helped us get stuff and helped us regain our faith.