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Causes: Arts & Culture, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance, Humanities

Mission: FOTE Outreach & Community Services Program's objective is to bring lower~income famlies, and individuals to a point of self~sufficiency. We will assist our licients and progam particpants by servicing their physical, mental health, employment, educational, vocational, social and spiritual needs. We will teach them how to empow themselves by giving them the tools necessary to become self~sufficient and to be prepared to accept the responsibility of independent living. We will help our clients find the assistance that they need to build a stable living environment for a brighter tomorrow.

Results: FY2016 Statement of Program Service Accomplishments:    Six (6) families completed our budgeting program; four (4) clients serviced through our new mother's program (client receives newborn necessities); our food pantry program serviced 26 families on a monthly basis & provided emergency food services to 31 families.  Our special event/Easter program provided 26 baskets for children in need; our back to school program assisted 42 children with backpacks & school supplies; our fall fest program provided 12 children with costumes & an outing to the Virginia Zoo; 138 families received Thanksgiving Food Baskets; 96 children received toys & gifts through our secret santa holiday program (various co-sponsors); our elderly assistance program assisted 8 clients with prescription assistance & case management. Through our outreach program we service approximately 12 families with case management on a monthly basis.

Target demographics: familes & individuals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 117 families, 158 individuals (including children 18 & under

Geographic areas served: Hampton Roads, VA

Programs: Food Pantry & Clothing Closet~ Designed to help with emergency food, household staples, and clothing. Referral Resources~ distributes needed information to those clients in need of additional resources. KIDS 1st Program~ designed to help children in need. Back to school back pack distribution, Secret Santa Holiday Campaign, Movie Nights, and other variety of kid friendly programs are incorporated including tutorial programs.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to share my gratitude for the assistance I received through FOTE Outreach Programs. I had just moved into my apartment after experiencing homelessness and was living in a hotel. I was in need of supplies for my home~ simple things like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The offered me those supplies I needed. Upon delivering the supplies to me the saw that I did not have much furniture and asked me if I had a way of securing those things I needed. To my embarrassment my son announced that he was sleeping on an air mattress. Within a week a bed for my son was sent to me; along with a sofa and a dining room table w/ chairs. I am grateful that that they gave me the assistance that I needed. This is truly a wonderful organization. Thank you.



Rating: 1

I would advise your people not to solicit near ATMs,especially during nighttime. There are fewer things more intimidating than one's having a solicitor, FOTE or otherwise, approach him at an ATM during nighttime. This could prove to be more hazardous to the solicitor. Keep up the charitable work but please limit your soliciting to daytime.

1 Tawanda J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful people! They give me a Thanksgiving basket yearly! I love their personality and spirits! Just a great organization! Down to earth and sweet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5



Client Served

Rating: 5

Times have been a little tough for our family this past month; reduced hours at work due to budget cuts. Not only was my family able to receive food from their pantry but they also helped with needed school supplies for my son. The help I received was excellent and not sure what other avenues I would have taken if it was not for them.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently experience a situation that led to me becoming homeless. Even though they didn't have accomodations for me; they contacted local resources for me and helped me obtain entry into a local shelter program. Additionally they are continuing to work with me to locate affordable housing and assistance with applications to additional resources and services. They are dedicated to help those in need.


Rating: 5

I helped with the Thanksgiving deliveries to the Outreach clientele for Friends of the Elderly. The joy that I saw on their faces was priceless. I feel that the food that was provided to each family was needed and appreciated and brought much joy. The hard work that was given by the foundation and the many supporters of their holiday food program was truely inspirational and is a needed component to the program as there are many families who are in need. The staff went above and beyond any expectations that the families may have had. I personally helped deliver food baskets to over 25 families right here in the Hampton Road community.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Things were really hard for me this Thanksgiving. My husband had lost his job and really were in a financial bid. It is simply amazing how something like a little Thanksgiving cheer can do wonders to lift our spirits. We were grateful for the food basket that we received from them. Our family sincerely appreciates the kindness and generousity that was shown to our family.

3 James89

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms Cleo Rush is a great organization, here's my story, almost twenty years ago, being a single parent, i became disabled on my job, my 2 children were taken by defacs and were placed in foster care i was very depressed at that time, someone told me go see Ms Rush, through Mrs. Rush's organization and her family and staff, i was given affordable housing and counseling and through the power of our Creator, my children were returned to me in 30 days!!!!!!! A Miracle! yes a Miracle! through the next ten years my children and i prospered immensly!! FOTE, is a Great nonprofit organization, they have Great staff and a Great leader in Ms RUSH! anyone that wants to see Miracles happen to transform your family, go see Ms Rush and FOTE Please donate to this great organization, and see Miracles! transformed, thank God for giving Ms Rush the gifts that she shares! all i can say is thank you!! your adopted son James Harvey

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