Food Distribution - 2020

Households Served                         21,453

Clients Served                                  67,695

Pounds of Food Distributed       1,029,190

Value of Food Distributed         $1,842,250

First Time Visitors                            10,864

Financial and Other Assistance in 2020

The total in actual dollars spent on direct client services plus value of food, goods and services translates into approximately $6.00 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.


Total Crisis Financial Aid provided for 2020 was $54,114.

Client and Food Distribution Statistics

The two charts below display Jericho Road Ministries clients served

and the amount of food distributed over the last 10 years.

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.


Examples of Crisis Aid Given

ESCAPING ABUSE


Anita (not her real name) came to JRM with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. She was fleeing from a terrible physical abuse situation. In order to successfully accomplish her "get-away" without being caught and further abused, she had to abandon everything she owned. Her request was for help to get shelter/refuge with relatives. JRM provided long distance phone access for her to call her family for the purpose of getting permission to stay with them. Their answer was "yes".


The only bus service was able to quickly track down, reserve, and purchase for her, would get her to North Dakota about 1:30 AM. Because of that "middle of the night" arrival time, she also used another phone call to arrange for a friend to pick her up.  Anita's arrival time made it impractical and perhaps dangerous to just hang around there until morning. JRM staff then provided "finger food" and meal type snacks to be sure she would not be hungry along the way. A time of prayer was also a value to her, as well as a comfort and encouragement.


Anita was able to go FROM a hopeless situation of physical abuse and danger TO safety and a fresh start, because folks like you, care and share through JRM. Anita THANKS YOU and so do we.

Seeking A Paying Job

Fritz (not his real name) came to JRM seeking food and financial aid. A single parent, raising his 10 years old daughter, he normally did very well financially. Fritz had an outstanding job and owned (making mortgage payments on) a duplex that he has had for 18 years. Having had reliable tenants, he had not missed or made late mortgage payments during the entire 18 years UNTIL. . .   months ago when his renters moved out AND due to Covid 19 he had been laid off from his job in late February. 


With the duplex located near Lake Street, where much of the riots, looting and burning was done, he has not been able to find new tenants. Graciously, his mortgage holder is not threatening to foreclose, instead, adding recently missed payments to the end of the mortgage contract. The problem is his water (and trash pickup) bill. He has received written notice of immanent water shut off because his account was in arrears. Since it is a duplex, his is not eligible for county emergency assistance AND as a duplex owner he is responsible for the trash and water bill for the unoccupied dwelling as well as his own. Of the $600.00 owed, JRM (Jeff) was able to negotiate "shut off averted" by assisting with $160.00 payment (current billing). In the meantime, Fritz has intensified his search for a tenant and is seeking ANY paying job he can get in order to stem the loss until he is called back to his regular job which pays well. Fritz also appreciated a time of prayer together.


Because of support gifts like yours, JRM was able to assist this desperate father and his daughter so they have food to eat and uninterrupted water service in their home.

Car Repairs Needed

Janet (not her real name), came to JRM asking for money for car repair costs. She had barely survived a bitter divorce when her husband left her for another woman AND dragged Janet through a resulting bankruptcy. She is 59 years old, homeless, has no children and is living out of her car. She had worked for a large, reputable company for 7 years while married, but lost her job, stressed out over the divorce. Her pension and an annuity are both tied up because of the divorce and bankruptcy, so she is penniless except for what she can earn by driving for a car ride company. She tries to earn enough from driving fees so she can rent a motel room every few days, just to get some decent rest and a shower.


Just when she thought things were beginning to work out, the car overheated. A reputable car repair shop quoted $500 to replace the water pump and related expenses. She had no savings, and her credit card was maxed out. Because of limited resources, JRM offered $200 toward the repairs as seed money.. ..and that worked! With the $200 "on the table", a friend loaned Janet the balance of $300 so her car is repaired, and she is back to earning her own way, rather than trying to get on welfare. JRM also provided $20 of gas in the tank to get her restarted in her car ride job, thus assuring her of renewed self- employment.


A time of prayer encouraged her and assured her of the Lord's caring and presence in the midst of her dire circumstances.

4 Additional 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.

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.


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