Food Distribution - 2017

Households Served                            12,402

Clients Served                                     45,439

Pounds Food Distributed                 498,739

Value of Food Distributed              $862,818

First Time Visitors                                7,913


As requested, clients are also given spiritual direction and prayer as a part of Jericho Road services along with the support of their physical needs


Financial and Other Assistance in 2017

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.

Financial Support - 2017


The total financial support for 2017 was $40,285 which provided support for 1059 people during the year.

Other Assistance - 2017

Other assistance included providing 460 pairs of shoes, 490 volunteers, 1742 referrals to other agencies, and urban softball teams with 150 participants.

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.

 

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.


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.



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.