We’re giving hope.
Dear Friends, Supporters, and Donors of FOCUS WEST CENTRAL PA:
June was an extraordinary busy month supplying a record number of emergency food items to families as well as a record number of clothing items. Our breakfast fed 62, the largest number since January. Although we are not providing backpack food to students in the summer months (will begin again in October) we became aware that there is no meal for the hungry in Beaver Falls on Thursdays. I had been thinking about the question of “how to” for many weeks. In the same two week period here is what happened. I had a call from the Director of Care Ministry in Beaver Falls offering $500 of gift certificates to Save-a-Lot in Beaver Falls. The next week I had a call from the President of the Board of “Faith Restoration” that provides rehab housing for veterans and their families. It also operates the largest food pantry in the area feeding 500 families per week who travel to its site for pick up. They were offering to provide us with excess food if we could use it. From them we are getting free water, produce, bread rolls and some canned goods. Tannis Fox of Table Grace Feeding Ministry provides weekly rolls for our sandwiches as we have need. We also had 15 volunteers offering to rotate each week (3 a week) to prepare what we are calling “Summer Supper Sandwiches and Devotions” each Thursday from 4-5:00 at our Center. It took time for this to come together but it will begin Thursday, July 13 and continue through September 21. The very good news in all this is it will cost nothing from our donations to provide this weekly meal.
The month of May had the largest list of donors since we opened last year. It was also our record month of income. People have responded to our Go Fund Me Campaign and the challenge for 100 people to donate $20 per month over 12 months. Some have chosen to donate $240 at one time while others are monthly donors. We have over 25 donors with 75 to go. Keep in mind that each donation will help us expand the number of students we can feed in the coming school year.
Looking at our statistics I came to a simple conclusion: people are not less hungry in the summer. They are also spiritually hungry which is why we are having devotions with our summer meal and keep a prayer journal of needs of those who come through our doors. They are included in our 6th Hour prayers when we are open. Please remember us in your daily prayers that we may offer daily bread to those in need. Especially pray for funding for a director and assistant as we continue to do our planning.
Deacon Ron Seraphim Moslener, Director