This was our biggest year in our 37-year history! We saw many changes at the mission, streamlined many of our procedures, and were blessed to see many lives changed! We welcomed new staff members, and said goodbye as others moved on to different endeavors. The Lord used our small part of the world to make big differences, and he used YOU to help!
We are a community ministry. This means that our support comes from people in Johnston County and the surrounding area. Our support comes from individuals, businesses, churches, civic groups, and like-minded partners. When you support the mission, you are supporting a ministry and a non-profit that is working in your community, and in your backyard to make lives better, and in turn making communities better!
You helped in more ways than one! You prayed for us! You gave up your time and volunteered with us! You had canned food drives, and cleaned out your closets, and then donated those items to us! You donated money so that we could continue helping others! All good things come from above, and God has entrusted us with many blessings from our community.
Here’s how your contributions helped this year:
This year we saw 115 men, women, and children stay in our emergency shelters and/or be a part of our New Life Program. This number is fewer than 2013 because more residents stayed long-term in order to complete the New Life Program. This is great news! More program residents means more lives being changed!
There were many nights in the summer and winter, when extreme temperatures are most common, that our emergency shelters were completely full. Local churches opened their doors to offer additional lodging in case anyone needed a place to stay during the cold months.
Residents are served 3 meals a day, whether they’re staying in our emergency shelter, or are part of the New Life Program. Between short-term and long-term residents, we served approximately 30,000 meals in 2014. The majority of our food is donated, which is a big help in offsetting our operations cost. Perishable food, such as leftovers from a church barbecue or business party, are always appreciated. And we always accept donations of non-perishable food such as canned goods, rice, flour, sugar, and more. Your donations of these items helps us keep our food costs down!
Many of the meals are prepared by residents of the mission. This serves as a learning opportunity for them, and gives them responsibilities for them to take ownership of. Other meals are served or prepared by volunteer groups. The average cost per meal, per person, is $2.60. A donation of just $26 serves 10 meals to people in need!
We saw approximately 115 different men, women, and children come to the mission in 2014. Some stayed for just a night, while others stayed with us for longer in order to complete the New Life Program. We calculated that 8,300 nights of lodging were completed at the mission this year. Each night of lodging includes meals, and other necessities as needed. Hygiene products, blankets, clothes, shoes, and more are provided to those in need. The cost to cover these needs is $26 per person.
Twelve Baskets is our largest community outreach. Through this program, families in the community who are in need, but not homeless, are given a box of food on a regular basis. The residents of the mission often put these baskets together, and sometimes help deliver them.
Your donations of food and money help us pay for the food that is used in these baskets. This year we regularly delivered food to 59 families in the community, including a full Thanksgiving meal.
It’s not too late to be a part of the mission! We are open 365 days a year, and your contribution today will help make 2015 an even bigger year! To make a donation, go here. And to learn about ways you can volunteer or donate gifts-in-kind such as food, go here.