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SHELTER MINISTRIES INC
November 5, 2010

Shelter Ministries is a multi-faceted organization encompassing 5 different ministries under the umbrella of the organization. The first and foremost of our ministries is the Gerig House Long-term Recovery Program. This program deals with addictive behaviors, mental illness and the associated homelessness that goes with this demographic. Our program lasts from 12-18 months of intense in-house counseling and life skills. Our ministry is not a short-term crisis facility for the homeless. Our second ministry is a Community Assistance Program where our ministry assists local county residents with meeting their immediate financial needs. Through a number of grants and donations, we are able to assist with our clients financial needs up to a maximum amount of $250.00. These include rent, utilities, prescriptiion medications, emergency housing and other determined needs. Out third ministry is our food pantry for our county residents. Residents can come to the pantry every other week to have their food needs supplemented. last year we served over 8500 residents of Dekalb County. Our fourth ministry is the shelter Ministries Christmas Bureau where we adopt families in our county who are suffering financial difficulties and would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children or supply a Christmas Day meal. in 2009 we adopted 157 families in our community due to the gerous donatiions of local business and families. Our fifth ministry is our furniture ministry, which priovides donated furnitutre at no cost to the client if they can show need. For many, who are going through devorce or relocating, this ministry is able to supply them with basic furniture to begin setting up housekeeping. We are also the collecting and distributiion arm of the Salvatiion Army in our county. through the volunteer efforts of the Christmas bell ringing campaign, 90% of all money collected remains in our county for assistance to our county residents.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

..seeing the lives of those we assist have hope that their futures will be brighter and to dispell the hopelessness that comes from unemployment or underemployment in meeting the needs of their individual families.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the servies that are currently being offered.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Building a new facility to encompass our food pantry, clothing bank, Christmas Bureau, and furnitutre ministries, which are currently scattered thoughout the city.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Maintaining funding sources for the long-term viability of what it is the ministry contributes to the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Executive Director of the organization.

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