Mission: To provide relief to the poor, distressed, and underprivileged, and to educate needy individuals about assistance opportunities, a subject useful to individuals and beneficial to the community.
Programs: Our web site program provides information on the many local resources that are already available through other community programs; meals and food pantries, shelters, rape-crisis counseling, financial aid, legal aid, educational aid, medical assistance, pregnancy counseling, alcohol and substance abuse recovery, and help for victims of domestic violence. These pages are designed to be printed, so that you can also help a friend in need. At the end of 2012, our website was recording 183 sessions per day, about 10% of which are our help pages.
aid for families, individuals, and young adults: we help people in need in our local community. First we try to direct clients to the many resources that are already available through other local programs via our website (e. G. Food banks, meal kitchens, medical centers, educational assistance, domestic violence shelters). However, there are many people who are hard to reach, or who do not quality for these types of local assistance. In some cases, many of the needed items are not available from the local programs. In these cases we may be able to provide them with cash or gift cards to purchase the needed items. In 2012, we helped roughly 25 people with food and gift cards to purchase food. In addition, we helped several people with direct cash assistance for educational expenses, living expenses, and cash for gas and groceries.
grants for graduates of domestic violence shelters these grants are for women who are "graduating" from tri-valley haven or shepherds gate homeless and domestic violence shelters in livermore, california. These grants are used to buy items the women need to be successful in their new lives. Although they receive a significant amount of assistance from the shelters, they often need equipment and supplies for their new jobs. For example, they may need hairdressing equipment and supplies, new clothes or uniforms, new shoes, or other items that fall into the "tools and supplies" category. In the past we have been able to provide eye glasses, computers, and school books. We work directly with the women's shelters to identify needy and qualified candidates. In 2012, we made four $250 grants for a total of $1000.
belize missions: we provide ongoing support to "da wata fountin'" in punta gorda, toledo, belize. This project began as a small outreach to the many belizeans who spend their nights on front street involved in prostitution, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Da wata fountin' serves as a christian outreach to belizeans who have questions about the forgiving god, and who want to find out more about the grace of jesus christ. We also provide mission support to the bunk's, a mission team supporting the machaca outreach center in belize. They are currently trying to raise enough support to return to full time ministry in belize. In 2012, we were able to provide $6,655. 77 is cash assistance to the belize missions ministry.
in the border areas of tijuana, tecate, and ensenada there are very impoverished communities. These communities have all the same problems that we face in the us; alcoholism, drug addictions, single-parent families, and domestic violence, but also extreme poverty. We support an impoverished community in the hills above ensenada. In this community, we also support a children's center called casa de pan, a place where children in grades k-6 are able to stay in safety until their parents return from work, and where they receive a good meal, love and attention, and help with their homework. In 2011, we were able to provide $700 in direct cash assistance to the casa de pan children's center for food and expenses.