Mission: Our mission is to serve all who come to us in need, and to provide purposeful discipleship by rescuing the downtrodden, restoring hope to the hopeless and releasing God's greatness to those we serve.
Programs: Food service - cherry street's food service department served 176,241 meals in 2014, a 16% decrease from 2013. Cherry street provided 8,781 food boxes, equivalent of 58,446 meals to our community, a 93% increase from 2013. Cherry street received 431,804 pounds of perishable and non- perishable food items donations, a 26% decrease from 2013.
men's ministries - men's ministry had a total of 43,858 beds assigned for 2014. Of the 1,082 individual men that we served in 2014, there were 490 men that were new to cherry street; 279 men stayed 7 days or less and 203 men spent only one night in the shelter. The average length of stays was 40 nights. In 2014 we served a combined 328 male guests in programing. There were 217 men who participated in the exchange program, while 111 men participated in the ready for life program. In 2014 there were 3,831 counseling sessions between male guests and staff.
lifebridge - in 2014, there were 6,719 clothing shopping visits, serving 4,434 unique individuals. In total lifebridge distributed 103,849 pounds of clothing 2014, a 30% decrease from 2013. Lifebridge was the recipient of 233,939 pounds of donated clothing from our community in 2014. This was a 12% decrease from 2013. In 2014, lifebridge helped 123 families with furniture needs-a 22% decrease from 2013 when 209 families received furniture.
sparrow's nest - sparrow's nest had a total of 20,951 beds assigned for 2014. Of the 479 individual women that were served in 2014, there were 332 women that were new to cherry street; 101 women stayed 7 days or less and 75 women spent only one night in the shelter. The average length of stays was 44 nights. In 2014 we served a combined 448 female guests in programing. There were 236 women who participated in the exchange program, while 212 women participated in the ready for life program. In 2014 there were 7,020 counseling sessions between female guests and staff. Spiritual emphasis - in 2014, 47 men and women gave their lives to christ, 58 guests recommitted their lives to christ and 211 guests heard the gospel on a one-on-one setting. Thirty-nine (39) men and women joined local churches, 29 guests served in church ministries, 68 engaged in ministry to fellow guests and 24 guests engaged in prayer groups. Every evening our guests participate in group bible studies. Vocation - 677 men and women accessed cherry street's education center for educational needs and vocational training. 116 guests participated in keytrain curriculum, 7 guests worked on their ged, and 5 guests pursued higher education.
Cherry St. Mission Ministries has had a 4-star rating with charity Navigator since the inception of this site. In 2010, with administration and development changes and oversights in fiscal allocation, the 2010 990 had fundraising costs inaccurately assessed, therefore our rating dropped to 2-stars. Since then, working with our auditors and accountants, we have fixed this error in reporting. 2011 and future 990 reports will accurately reflect the correct allocation which will change Charity Navigator's rating to correctly reflect the high standards and program support Cherry Street has always met. Please feel free to email or call me with questions: 419-450-5895 firstname.lastname@example.org
I volunteer in the Education Center at Cherry Street Mission. Here we help guests prepare to take their GED tests. It is amazing to me to see how many people come in on their own to study, be tutored and take practice tests so they will be ready to take the GED test. These are people who really want to better their lives, be able to stand on their own and take care of themself and their family. It is also a blessing to see how the staff helps in every way possible - with resouces, knowledge and time - to help the guests be as prepared as they can be to take the test. This is a great ministry and I am glad to be a small part of it.
Have now been volunteering at Cherry St. Mission Ministries for a few years. It amazes me the capacity the staff has to meet the needs of shelter and food for the most vulnerable in our community. It has been my great pleasure to get acquainted with the staff and be of encouragement to them as they work tirelessly to make a difference with the individuals they serve. The ultimate goal is not to ONLY provide shelter and a meal but to provide solutions to whatever need an individual may have. The staff is being successful in their quest to not only provide emergency rescue but also restore and realease their guest in victory.
IF CHERRY STREET MISSION DID NOT HELP ME AFTER I LOST MY JOB,I WOULD BE OUT ON THE STREETS OF TOLEDO.BUT THANK GOD FOR CHERRY STREET MISSION,I WHAS ABLE TO GET MY OLD JOB BACK IN HAWAII ON A SHIP,WITH ROOM AND BORAD.C.S.M.M. EVEN GOT SOME CASH UP FOR ME,FOR MY TRIP TO HAWAII. THAY ARE THE BEST BAR NONE.