Food Distribution - 2018

Households Served                         14,020

Clients Served                                  49,953

Pounds of Food Distributed          554,329

Value of Food Distributed            $992,449

First Time Visitors                              6,073

Financial and Other Assistance in 2018

The total in actual dollars spent on direct client services plus value of food, goods and services provided is $1,379,136.  All of this was done on an expense budget of $225,859.  Charts below show a picture of the variety of goods and services provided and examples of Crisis Aid which was given.


This translates into $6.11 worth of goods and services provided to the neighborhood for every $1.00 donated.  We believe that these statistics speak for themselves as to how people and lives were impacted by the help that was provided to and through this ministry.  Many in this neighborhood would have been hungry, homeless and jobless without this help.

Financial Support - 2018


The total financial support for 2018 was $47,597 which provided support for 1,193 people during the year.

Other Assistance - 2018

Other assistance included providing 469 pairs of shoes, 510+ volunteers, 90+ Dental/Flu shots, Job coaching 144, 2,090 referrals to other agencies, and urban softball teams with 55 participants.  Total expenditures $340,441.

Examples of Crisis Aid Given

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.

Favorable Interview

Tom Miller (not his real name) came to JRM pleading for bus fare to get to a job site.  He had been out of work since he was laid off from his job at the U of M because of budget cuts in his department.  Tom had worked there for five years and you could tell from the firmness of his handshake grip, he had toiled diligently in his janitorial work.  After many months “between jobs,” he had gotten a very favorable interview at the airport and was scheduled to go for finger printing and to be issued an employee badge in final preparation for his first day of work.  Out of food and out of funds for bus fare, he would have lost the job if JRM had been unable to help.  With a wife and three children to support, including a 4-year-old with leukemia, it was absolutely crucial for him to follow through with the final requirement to start the new job.


After verifying the job status and providing food, JRM helped him obtain a bus card.  There was a visible transformation as you could see the “weight of the world” lifted off Tom’s shoulders when he received the food and the bus card.  His expression of thanks to the Lord was clear.


A Need for Food

A divorced middle aged mother with two children needed food.  She had misplaced her bank debit card so she was unable to buy groceries for at least three or four days, because it would take the bank that long to get a new card to her by mail....the only way they would do it.

 

My first thought (maybe yours too?) was, "Why doesn't she just get organized?"  Then I received more information.  She is blind!

My heart softened, then melted as I learned she has diabetes, her kidneys no longer function, she must go for dialysis three times per week, and she is limited to a wheel chair!  Now are you ready to share three to four days worth of food?

 

She has been provided four days of food, a social worker is involved and a personal care assistant is walking along side as needed.


Show of Good Faith

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.

Bullets fired

Marion (not her real name) lived in an area of south Minneapolis that sees much more than the average amount of crime and gunfire.  She had grown up and lived in that neighborhood for over 25 years, so she remained there in spite of the violent environment.  Her very low paying job also dictated staying there in order to continue in Section 8 subsidized housing.  One day she heard a ruckus outside and since she had often been able to mediate conflicts into a peaceful resolution in the past, she hurried out to see what she could do.  Before she was able to get to the two who were at odds, a bystander who was not even directly involved, pulled out a gun and began firing random shots.  One of the bullets hit her!  Most of the crowd fled.  Marion was bleeding so profusely that she barely got to the hospital in time.  Initially she was not expected to survive.  

                         

     The bullet destroyed one kidney, her appendix, several inches of small intestine and nicked  her colon.  Because she is diabetic, the loss of the one kidney was especially crucial. Extensive surgery, weeks in the hospital, and months of recovery without being able to work, left her with an electricity shut off.  When she came to JRM, she had just gone back to work, but it would be nearly a week before her first paycheck.


      JRM was able to inform Marion that because someone in her family requires a breathing aid machine, with a letter from her doctor, the power company would restore power immediately.  She was also given a referral to a resource that would mediate establishment of a payment plan that would enable her to get caught up on her nearly $1,000 electric bill, while the power remained on. Marion is in great back pain from bullet fragments that could not be removed but she is bravely moving forward to provide for herself and her children.

Steel Toed Work Boots

Ed (not his real name) had worked for a printing company for many years.  As the volume of the printing business dwindled, little by little because of the economy, workers were laid off.   Finally it was Ed’s turn.  He got the dreaded pink slip!

 

An extensive search turned up NOTHING in the way of another job in his field.  Out of desperation, he turned to a technical school for training on a new career path.  He was accepted into classes only to discover that in order to continue training in his particular area of construction work, he was required to get steel toe work boots.   Without those boots he would be forced to drop out of class.  After conferring and verifying the need, Jericho Road Ministries assisted this man in his journey on the road back to training for a job that would make him a self- sufficient worker once again by purchase of the proper boots.  Out of money, out of options, lack of proper protective boots – this man was on his way to homelessness and failure.  Because of gifts like yours, he is back on track, poised to thrive and likely to be a blessing to others.

Highly Skilled Carpenter

A highly skilled, life long, self- employed carpenter came to JRM asking for food for himself and his family.  Calvin (not his real name) had always prided himself on supporting himself and his family very well by taking on job after job.  His reputation as a man who did outstanding work at a reasonable price put him in high demand as a carpenter. 

 

Then Calvin got bladder cancer, of a nature and degree of seriousness that the disease and various aspects of the treatment and complications had put him out of work for over 6 months.  With his bank account emptied and no food left in the house, he swallowed his pride and came to JRM for food help.  In addition to  the humiliation of needing to ask for food, Calvin was dealing with the grief of the death of his stepfather, with whom he had felt very close. 

 

What a privilege it was for JRM staff and volunteers when Calvin asked for prayer regarding his circumstances.   Caring, sharing and prayer, what a powerful combination