Mission: In response to the gospel, esm promotes self-sufficiency and restores dignity by providing food, medicine, housing, job placement, educational programs, and spiritual encouragement.
Programs: Housing & utilities provides rental and utilities assistance. The rental program is designed to prevent eviction and homelessness with the payment of partial rent. Additionally the rental program will also provide payment for temporary housing such as short-term hotel/motel on an as-needed basis. The utilities program works to prevent the disconnection of utilities (lights and heat). Once approved for rent or utilities assistance, clients are required to take 1. 5 hour basic budgeting class. For fiscal year 2013-2014, 1,695 services were provided.
the jobs department works to "remove the barriers to employment" through a variety of services including ged classes, home health care certification classes, cpr training, first aid training, local transportation to job interviews or a new job with gas vouchers or bus tokens, assistance with tools and work boots, identification assistance with birth certificates or state id, computer training classes, resume writing classes, individualized job search counseling and the opportunity to pursue independent job research. For fiscal year 2013-2014, 18,558 services were provided.
the pantry provides emergency food, street/travel food, holiday food baskets (thanksgiving and christmas) and commodities. For fiscal year 2013-2014, 19,482 services were provided.
Professional with expertise in this field
This organization says it provides rental and utility assistance, but they have very restrictive rules and often, no funds. They pay two full-time staff members in the housing department, so why not use some of that money to help those who come in for assistance. I have stopped referring clients to them because of the treatment they receive from this agency.