Walter Hoving Home Inc

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The Walter Hoving Home is a residential spiritually-based home. We are a non-profit organization serving women ages 18 and over who have been involved in drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other life-controlling problems. The 6 or 12 month program is geared to rebuilding broken lives in an atmosphere of warmth, trust, support and love. The Home is funded through private donations from individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Walter Hoving Home Inc
PO Box 194
40 Walter Hoving Road
Garrison, NY 10524


Phone: 845-424-3674


Organization details

EIN: 132753267

CEO/President: Beth Greco


Board size: 0

Founder: John and Elsie Benton

Ruling year: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since:


Many of us, over our lifetime, experience trauma, or tragedies, or challenges that can leave "cracks" in our lives. Over time, these cracks create pressure and pain, and we look for ways to deal with it . . . many times this can lead to unhealthy options that result in shattered lives. Hoving Home is committed to helping women heal and rebuild their shattered lives!

Mission statement

To provide a loving community devoted to rebuilding shattered lives that empowers women to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating407 of 99968 of 157
Fund acquisition rating628 of 1001104 of 157
Resource allocation rating603 of 100188 of 157
Asset utilization rating133 of 99922 of 157

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$204,760$304,797$242,665$75,430$215,644
Short-term investments$0$9,305$34,419$84,712$128,607
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$270,039$321,995$418,216$611,899$879,925
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,458,557$4,566,919$4,707,049$3,795,568$3,999,524
Other long-term assets$26,244$24,843$26,594$421$4,480
Total long-term assets$4,484,801$4,591,762$4,733,643$3,795,989$4,004,004
Total assets$4,754,840$4,913,757$5,151,859$4,407,888$4,883,929
Payables and accrued expenses$363,241$516,794$331,930$189,978$247,171
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$188,014$492,115
Total current liabilities$363,241$516,794$331,930$377,992$739,286
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$10,499$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$941,150$994,895$1,022,917$222,618$143,719
Total liabilities$1,304,391$1,511,689$1,354,847$600,610$883,005
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$3,180,115$2,999,984$3,419,416$2,944,249$3,417,901
With donor restrictions$270,334$402,084$377,596$863,029$583,023
Net assets$3,450,449$3,402,068$3,797,012$3,807,278$4,000,924
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Total contributions$3,182,028$1,906,823$2,931,978$2,615,678$2,563,490
Program service revenue$318,628$185,975$122,774$129,141$139,689
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,864($953)$812($40,834)$1,261
Other revenue($24,600)($24,386)($11,505)($35,978)($24,715)
Total other revenue$302,892$160,636$112,081$52,329$116,235
Total revenue$3,484,920$2,067,459$3,044,059$2,668,007$2,679,725
Program services$2,698,982$1,967,839$2,496,011$2,427,876$2,240,999
Management and general$322,942$208,169$386,105$312,808$317,814
Total expenses$3,436,539$2,462,374$3,054,325$2,861,653$2,682,842
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Surplus (deficit)$48,381($394,915)($10,266)($193,646)($3,117)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$48,381($394,915)($10,266)($193,646)($3,117)


Elizabeth GrecoPresident$108,651
Joyce RacineVice President$88,749
Sylvia MarchaelVice President$50,485
Kathi JonesInterim CFO (part-Year)$29,000

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/11/2021. To update the information below, please email:


John and Elsie Benton, lovingly known as Mom and Dad, founded the first Hoving Home in Garrison, New York in 1967. Two years before founding the Home, John and Elsie were asked by David Wilkerson to join his staff at the Teen Challenge in Brooklyn, New York. Agreeing to do so, the couple and their three children moved to Farmingdale, and John began traveling with David as the organization's Associate Director.

In September 1965, David asked John to take over the Director position at the Women's Home in New York. During this time, John and Elsie spent many nights walking the streets of New York City in search of young women who were prostituting and in need of help. As Director, John writes a book called Debs, Dolls & Dope and began looking for a place outside the city to build a new facility for their women.

In March 1967, John and Elsie attended a dinner party at the home of Sonya and Paul Dilena. Also in attendance was David and Gwen Wilkerson and Pauline and Walter Hoving. At the party, Mr. Hoving asks John about his plans for the future. In response, John expresses his desire to move the women of his program to a place outside the city. Mr. Hoving is moved by John's wish to provide a better environment for the women and tells him that he'd like to help by introducing him to someone at the Jones Foundation.

Shortly after, David and John tour a property in Garrison, New York. As they stood on the bank of a small stream running through the property, they both felt that God had meant for the 22-and-a-half-acre estate to be the site of the new Home.

In June 1967, the Benton family buys the land with the help of the Jones Foundation committing to pay $15,000 a year until the property is paid for. The Home ends up costing $175,000 in total. The Bentons move into the Home with their four staff members and the twelve women enrolled in their program. Later that year, John and Elsie rename the facility the Walter Hoving Home to honor Mr. Hoving for helping them attain the property.

Since then, the Home has helped thousands of women reclaim their lives from drug and alcohol abuse. Under the leadership of the Bentons, the Hoving Home has opened two additional facilities in Pasadena, California, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Bentons have spent more than half their lives devoted to helping women through their darkest times. From their first venture of reaching out to women on the streets of New York, the Bentons have demonstrated a genuine love and concern for women trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction and low self-worth.

In 2016, Beth Greco assumed the role of CEO/President and ushered the Home into it's 50th year! Since then, we have opened a home in Oxford, NJ and a Women and Children program at our Garrison, NY location. We are looking forward to the future and all God has in store for the Hoving Home as we continue to reach out to women and their children.

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