The total in actual dollars spent on direct client services plus value of food, goods and services provided is $1,229,716. All of this was done on an expense budget of $207,436. Charts below show a picture of the variety of goods and services provided and examples of Crisis Aid which was given.
This translates into $5.93 worth of goods and services provided to the neighborhood for every $1.00 donated.
The total financial support for 2017 was $40,285 which provided support for 1059 people during the year.
Other assistance included providing 460 pairs of shoes, 490 volunteers, 1742 referrals to other agencies, and urban softball teams with 150 participants.
STARTING WORK IMMEDIATELY
Recently, “Jerry” (not his real name) came to JRM asking for one last time of food assistance. He had been coming once per month for food help since May when he was laid off from his full-time job. His unemployment compensation check simply did not cover the cost of both rent and food. Jerry told us that the last time he came to JRM for food he had asked for prayer regarding finding a new job. The very next day he had gotten an interview and was HIRED ON THE SPOT TO START WORK IMMEDIATELY. Now he was returning to get enough food to last until his first pay check AND to thank JRM staff and volunteers for praying with him for the new job AND to Praise the Lord for answered prayer regarding the job. The impact of the faith and prayer environment of JRM has motivated Jerry to begin attending church again. “From crisis to Christ-centered hope and restoration,” that is our desire and intent for JRM. And, Jerry is an example. This happens because you care and share, and again, we THANK YOU.
PANTS AND SHIRT REQUIRED
Larry, not his real name, came to JRM asking for not only food for his family, but also for a pair of black work pants and a shirt. After months of searching for a job, he had finally found one. But, his employer required that for the sake of uniformity all of the wait staff at that restaurant must wear black pants and a white shirt. I can hardly imagine how frustrating it must be, after months without a job, to finally have an offer of employment, only to be barred from it for want of the proper shirt and pants. JRM was able to arrange a “voucher” for the needed clothing at a nearby Target store.
Lola, (not her real name) a widowed mother of 4, requested a kind of "earnest money" payment of $85.00 to be paid to the landlord to avoid being evicted that evening. That "Show of good faith" bought her the 24 hours she needed in order to receive a check from her father, which was expected to arrive in the mail the next day. Since the death of her husband, she had been getting along on Social Security Survivor benefits, and some months it just didn't cover all of the costs of living for her and her children. Being between jobs aggravated an already precarious situation.