Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: October 2019

by Donna Clark RN, Director

This morning has been busy especially since the Joseph House is closed. There were 20 people waiting when I pulled up in the parking lot and even before I got to the door, clients were asking me for special assistance.

As the doors opened, various clients immediately started to make coffee, helped prep the food, pull intake sheets and brought them back to the office to pull files and in general just helped open for services. Our clients feel like they are a part of our outreach and take ownership of what we do. It’s a blessing when we are able to help with the various requests but times are getting hard for funding of non-profit agencies and we are having to deny help more and more. We have begun to cut back on some services and our first cut back was providing lunch.

Today, we knew the Joseph House was closed so our Hostess had prepared hot dogs and baked beans for our guests, who were very appreciative of the hot meal. H.O.P.E., Inc. applied for four different grants to fund the services of the agency and only received one small one focusing on adult dental care. The grant funders are investing their money on the larger agencies and not the smaller ones. This year we will be unable to meet our annual budget of $80,000. We continue to apply to multiple funders but we are having to decrease services somewhat. Currently, the donations from churches and private citizens are what is allowing us to continue to provide services to those in need. In the coming months, please consider us for your end of the year donations.

2 Corinthians: 1-7