The Ministry Village At Olive, Inc. is the culmination of several years of praying and planning by members of Olive Baptist Church. In 2004, the church formed a 20/20 Vision Task Force to develop a long-range plan for Olive Baptist's future ministry. However, the 20/20 team's initial strategy and thinking were shortly refocused.
The devastation to the Pensacola area community by Hurricane Ivan in September changed more than just the geographic landscape. Our lives were changed. Our familiar routines were no longer recognizable. Residents scrambled to find temporary shelter, replace belongings and to rebuild their lives. Government officials estimated that more than 75,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.
Florida voted as a red state in the 2002 presidential election, but in the days to follow Ivan, our roof tops were decked out in blue. Blue being the color of the tarps provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover and protect damaged roofs. Nearly 50,000 roof tops were draped in blue for months. And then the unthinkable eleven months later, Hurricane Dennis storms ashore in August 2005. More destruction.
In time, the 20/20 Vision team changed directions. Pensacola began to rebuild. There were many residents in need. Poverty-level families slid further down the economic scale and families barely surviving slid into poverty. Among the 20/20 Vision team's recommendations to the church was to build a ministry village on campus that provides a medical clinic, shelters for men and women in drug and alcohol recovery, a recreation complex and other ministries as needed. The recommendation for the Ministry Village included the creation of a 20/20 Vision Implementation team.
The 20/20 Implementation team recognized the Ministry Village project as a major undertaking. A project would require a separate organization to be fully successful. The Ministry Village is being built to serve the Pensacola area community. Its mission is to increase quality care for the underserved needs of people.
Olive Baptist voted to establish the project as a separate non-profit organization. In doing so, Ministry Village will be able to seek federal, state and private funding that would not be allowable to a church organization. Olive Baptist has the organizational capacity to launch the project. The church is committed to financially supporting the newly established non-profit, however, for long-term sustainability, the 20/20 Implementation team recognizes the need to engage the greater community and outside resources in its effort to develop, grow and sustain the Ministry Village.
Moreover to show Olive's commitment to the project and to the community, the Olive family committed $2 million to prepare the west side of the campus on which the village will be raised. To date, some $1.5 million has been received towards this effort from its members. As reflected in the Ministry Village mission statement, the Olive family desires to express the love of Christ through acts of service to those in need regardless of race or creed.
The Ministry Village At Olive, Inc. was formally incorporated as a Florida not-for-profit organization on May 20, 2008. In October, the Internal Revenue Service designated the organization's 501(c)3 status which allows donations to receive federal tax exemption. After obtaining this designation, the Ministry Village At Olive, Inc. registered with the State of Florida as a federally recognized non-profit organization to comply with Florida law.
The Ministry Village At Olive, Inc., as a separate legal entity, will function as a traditional non-profit in its operation though it is philosophically aligned with its parent organization, Olive Baptist. Monies received as contributions to the Ministry Village At Olive, Inc. will used for their intended purposes within the Ministry Village organization. The Ministry Village is establishing its own business accounts for operational purposes and to ensure the highest integrity, accountability and transparency in its dealings.
The Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.