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Southwest Community Center

 1601 W 2ND ST
 SANTA ANA , CA 92703
[P] (714) 547-4073
[F] (714) 543-8933
[email protected]
Connie J. Jones
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Organization DBA Southwest Community Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-3312805 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Southwest Community Center's mission is to provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance, health and referral services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families . To  assist and encourage self-sufficiency among those whom we serve.      

Mission Statement

Southwest Community Center's mission is to provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance, health and referral services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families . To  assist and encourage self-sufficiency among those whom we serve.      

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $277,300.00
Projected Revenue $277,300.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Basic Needs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Southwest Community Center's mission is to provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance, health and referral services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families . To  assist and encourage self-sufficiency among those whom we serve.      

Background Statement

 Southwest Community Center, SMEDA, is an organization that started as a dream and vision of the late Annie Mae Tripp to feed those who were in need 45 years ago. She formed a coalition of women of different faiths and began serving a meal a month to those in need in the Central Santa Ana. Those initial volunteers, as the others that have followed them, showed true compassion beyond measures to offer a helping hand up and out to improve the lives of those less fortunate. SMEDA has expanded its services over the years to now include two hot meals daily--three on weekends, food bags distribution, rental and utility assistance, laundry and showers. and mailing address.There is also a Career Center to allow those who need access to computers for job searches, prepare resume and the like.
On December 14, 2009, the renovated pet shop, where all our work was done, was destroyed by a fire. Yet, with the help of our volunteers, we were able to continue services without interruption. By March 2011, thanks to the wonderful world of people helping people we were  assisted with a beautiful new multipurpose building, more than three times the size of our former building. The new larger building allowed us to expand services with the showers and laundry, an indoor dining room and the computer center. With the new building, we have steadily experienced an increase in the number of families and individuals seeking our services.
We are currently engaging in conversations with other Community partners to have a Family Resource at this facility soon.This would broaden our scope of work and much needed services to the community. 

Impact Statement

  • Proven ability to successfully assist families avoid eviction with rental assistance and prevent homelessness and energy savings tips. 
  • Acquired a donated producer of our newsletter
  • Secured sufficient food supplies for distribution to families, individuals and neighboring programs.
  •  3  New skilled  Board members  with Social Media, and financial  expertise to our  governing body.
  • Increased youth participation in our programs to assist others.Student interns gain knowledge on the needs of others and a commitment to serve, which  helps us in the area of advocacy.
  • Nutrition is important so we have the capability to provide a gallon of milk and fresh vegetables as well as protein items to our clients on a weekly basis through our food distribution program. This also allows families to save on their food costs.
  • 75 persons were assisted with Free income tax filing for 2018, 

Needs Statement

  • Funding to  support a  part time case manager position -$25,000.00 yearly.
  • Volunteer Office Manager 
  • Funding to support a Fund Development position - $35,000.00 yearly.
  • Volunteer Agency spokesperson. 
  • Volunteer Coordinator to manage/coordinate volunteer corps. 

CEO Statement

For many of my adult years I have been giving of myself to make a difference in someone's life, one moment, one person and one unique occasion at a time. SMEDA was started by my grandmother so it has been my life's mission to keep her legacy alive and vibrant in the community. We are a volunteer driven organization that helps each of us realize that we are our brother's keeper. We strive to provide dignity and quality without reservation and service to those in need as well as those who are providing the service. It is a win-win situation for all those involved in showing love, respect and compassion.

Board Chair Statement

I have been assisting in the leadership and governance of SMEDA for over 20 years. I stand firm on the words of Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we earn. We make a life by what we give." I think that we all have something to give because we have expertise in many ways. I reach out to the community and share on a weekly basis about what SMEDA does and how it changes lives. Our success in getting into a new building and allowing others to share in its capacity of serving others have been so rewarding. As a Board, each month, we pay close attention to how our programs financial outlook are progressing. As a result, we are taking new steps in our arena to acquire more funding and to make new friends and supporters.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

SMEDA is willing to accept your gifts of your time, talents and treasures by: mailing a check, coming to visit and help serve in various capacities or going to our to website and giving a gift.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
South Orange County

We offer our services to anyone in Orange County. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Neighborhood Centers
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Programs
  3. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers



Basic Needs

 Southwest Community Center's, SMEDA's, basic needs program offers the County's low income residents hot meals, every day; food bags, twice weekly; clothing, three times a week; rental assistance and utility assistance, twice weekly and other supported services. Youth activities are held during the Holiday times of the year, with educational as well as service learning for our youth.
Budget  $146,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  On a short term basis with meals and food bags an individual will no longer experience food insecurity. We offer 5 different food programs that would assist in this area. Along with the food distribution we offer nutrition and energy savings workshops and other Life Skills Training to help bring a change in their lifestyles. By receiving 4 weeks of the nutrition classes 30% should have been able to change the way they purchase, cook and serve their meals. A healthier lifestyle would be a great accomplishment.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term results would be that a client is at least 60% self sufficient and no longer need our services, be able to provide for their family and have good health and financial stability thru a liveable wage job. For some of our Famflies we have seen it takes at least 3-5 years to attain this result.
Program Success Monitored By  SMEDA has student interns who come in and collect data from our clients after their sessions to see if the service and classes have made a difference in their lifestyle.  Our staff maintain a system of how frequent the clients are in need of our services and which services they return for.
Examples of Program Success 

Ms. Pat had been on social services assistance and after a few years and higher education she was able to become self-sustaining and did not need our services. After her daughter received her first paycheck she brought it in for us to see before she put it in the Bank.  We saw a Mom make a change and the children well .


CEO/Executive Director Mrs Connie Jene Jones
CEO Term Start Apr 1979
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
For over 37 years I have been a paid staff member of this great life changing organization. The legacy of Annie Mae Tripp, our founder, and her mission for this organization must live on.. Currently, we are in what we call as time of transition. We are looking to bring a new director in and or collaborate with another organization to expand services for the community. As the granddaughter of the founder Annie Mae Tripp, I have been a committed part of the SMEDA organization most of my life--I have made it a large part of my life.  In recent years,  I have come to realize that I need to create a way for the legacy my grandmother created to continue and maybe be created in other places. So, I have been sharing and letting others know how to survive in a non-profit grass roots organization.Collaboration and merging are some of the areas that we are seeing to be beneficial for us and the community.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Annie Mae Tripp Jan 1971 Apr 1979

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Miss Jessie Ruth Allen Office Manager Miss Allen has been with Southwest Center for over 14 years, After working for SSA for 32 years and being in management she decided to take her expertise and help the community in which she received her formal education. Years of experience in workinh for the government and writing documents for services for those with needs and disibility is important to her.Our communityand our youth have gained a fantastic mentor and friend.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Our community service for provision of services City of Santa Ana 2016


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


We collaborate with agencies that provide basic needs services similar to the ones that we provide and with organizations that can supplement our services to low income and homeless individuals need that are not necessarily available through our programs.Those needs that are clients have that are of  high priority,we make direct contacts and referrals.We strongly encourage our clients to apply for health care services and others that are vital to their daily lives.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 110
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 3
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

As Executive Director, I am now seeking assistance in the day to day operation of the organization so  I may get more involved in opportunities of sharing our story out in the community at other venues.We have our Board of Directors who volunteer and see first  hand on what a Day in The Life of Southwest Community Center is all about. Their experience has  caused them to share more and search for more volunteers that they will  see the difference we make in a persons life. Volunteering is life changing for the volunteer as well as the person receiving the service.One weekly volunteer has quoted "this is respite care for me".She is a retired nurse and shows genuine care for the types of nutritional products we provide for our clients.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. John Collins
Board Chair Company Affiliation BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Donna Ford
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation JOHNSON CHAPEL CHURCH
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms JESSIE ALLEN RETIRED Federal Employee Voting
Mrs. Diana Corbo Educator NonVoting
Mr RICHARD DIXON Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs ARLENE FORREST Community Volunteer Voting
Miss ANITA HARVEY Retired Boeing Accounant Voting
Mr Daryl Tripp Educator Voting
Mr. LARRY TRIPP Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Steve Woesner Business Consultant Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Sally Jo Clark Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mrs. Linda Daniels Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Jacque Johnson Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr Ed McClements Jr. Insurance Broker NonVoting
Mr Mercer Ross US Postal Service Employee NonVoting
Mrs Connee Valle Retired NonVoting
Mrs. Marilyn Whiton Retired NonVoting
Mr. Robert Whiton Retired NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

The Board meets annually to discuss the organization's activities/accomplishments over the past year and to plan the coming year's objectives and goals. Specifically, during that session the Board reviews the mission statement, strategic plan, committees' structure and sets a preliminary budget for the coming year. The Board considers and acts on any changes presented by its members or Committees, as they arise, during its regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Personnel
  • Program / Program Planning


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $277,300.00
Projected Expenses $277,300.00
Form 990s

2017 smeda 990

2016 smeda 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financial Statement

2016 Financial audited statement

2015 Smeda audited financial statement

2014 Audited Financial Statement

2013 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $492,593 $618,823 $806,628
Total Expenses $567,716 $641,269 $824,701

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$315,947 $485,269 $669,585
Government Contributions $135,750 $91,250 $115,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $135,750 $91,250 $115,000
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $172 $95 $74
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $40,724 $42,209 $21,969
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $474,418 $540,756 $719,041
Administration Expense $80,500 $84,809 $98,506
Fundraising Expense $12,798 $15,704 $7,154
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 0.96 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 84% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 3% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $765,130 $834,355 $860,108
Current Assets $257,527 $311,741 $323,214
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $14,520 $8,622 $11,929
Total Net Assets $750,610 $825,733 $848,179

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 17.74 36.16 27.09

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

Our  independent grant writer has been a great source for funding for us at certain times.We now realize the need for a long term fund development person that can help us secure long term funding as well helping us build new relationships for our organization. Our financial committee has recently spent time researching many different options of secured funding for the organization
The costs of operating a larger building since 2011, the increase in our client population and a reduction in financial support by donors have taken a toll on income/expense ratio over the years, more so in 2015. The financial deficit has forced us to pursue other funding techniques and avenues of funding venture. The experience led our Board to more objectively look at other fundraising strategies--not only events but social media and other web-derived programs.  We currently have 3 major fundraising events.. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements  (2012) and Form 990s (2013 & 2014) and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.