Greetings <<First Name>>,
Happy Spring, although like us, you have probably thought, “This is spring?” Oh, well, we can be confident spring is coming however late it may be. Sorry our first quarter newsletter is a little later than usual, but we've been waiting for news to share as you will see.
This past quarter a very nice 2004 Ford Explorer was donated to Helping Hands Healing Hearts. We were able to pass that on to a Sweet Magnolia gal who needed a vehicle. What a great blessing it was for that young lady. We love being a resource for other community service organizations in Bonner County. We are all in this together.
One of our clients has really touched our hearts. We helped his family, his mother, and his mother-in-law in the past. Now that he is financially stable, he wanted to give back to us for the help he received. He has helped us with food, gas vouchers, and laundry vouchers. It has been wonderful to see his appreciation by helping us help others.
Our favorite provision story is that of a bed. A client called needing a full-size bed for a small apartment. We normally get queen beds in, so we posted on Sandpoint Yard Sale Facebook page and got a response that evening. The donor said she had been looking for someone to give the bed to but hadn’t found anyone. God was holding the bed just for our client! It was such a nice bed, and the client was thrilled especially since she had been homeless for eight months and just got an apartment.
Helping Hands Healing Hearts is joining other churches and community service agencies in participating in a Northern Idaho and Spokane County database called Charity Tracker. This will enable us all to track the services that have been provided for clients, coordinate services, and put out needs to other agencies so we all can help one another in serving clients. This will be a great unifier and partnership of services. As we said before, we are all in this together, and this database will greatly enhance our togetherness. Thank you, Linnis Jellinek of Community Resource Envision Center for spearheading this. If you are computer literate and have Thursday afternoons free, we are looking for a data entry person for this program. Let us know!
We have had a bit of bad news regarding The Good Samaritan Inn. As you know, prices are going up and up. Well, our preliminary cost analysis has gone from $2M to $4M. At first, we were shocked, but then we realized God is not shocked. This vision is from Him. He wants it, and He will provide.
Now on to our good news about GSI. We are happy to announce that the board has hired a project manager, Rob Hart, who is the executive director for Bonner County Housing Agency, a nonprofit. He is highly qualified, and we are so blessed to have him on board. As a nonprofit and frugal manager, he has and will save us much money. He was referred to us by the sellers of our property. God is continuing to weave His Hand in all of this.
Our second bit of good news is that we are pleased to announce that we have secured our architectural team – Selkirk Design Company. Rob Hart was instrumental in bringing them on board. Cathy has met with the owner, Matt Cudmore, and was very impressed. They are excited about our project, and we are excited to have them on board.
Thirdly, with the Samaritan Pouch fund raiser and a generous donation, we brought in $36,484! We did not reach our goal, but we did reach our need since Rob Hart, our project manager, already saved us money. With other money we have, we have enough to meet this year's project manager, architect, and grant writer expenses. That's good news for which we are deeply grateful! Our next step is a big one, matter of fact, a giant one - $4M to build. But anybody remember the kids song, "My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do!" That's our song of faith these days.
Our last bit of good news is that thanks to Chris Bassett and Ben Colard of Sandpoint Marketing, as of April 15, we are happy to announce we have a new website for Helping Hands Healing Hearts and a one for The Good Samaritan Inn. We are very excited about this new development. Our web address will no longer be qhsandpoint.org but for Helping Hands Healing Hearts it is www.helping7B.org and for The Good Samaritan Inn, the web address is www.gsi7B.org .Check these out, and we hope you enjoy our new look. Access by cell phone will be much better as well. Our new email addresses are connect@helping7B.org and connect@gsi7B.org.
We hope you have been blessed to see all God is doing in Helping Hands Healing Hearts and The Good Samaritan Inn. We sure are blessed by all of your prayers and support. We thank you so very much! God’s blessings to you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Jon and Cathy Pomeroy, Co-Directors Helping Hands Healing Hearts
221 S Division Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864
phone: 208-263-6378 text only: 208-813-1266 fax: 206-350-2499
email: email@example.com website: www.helping7b.org
hours: T 1:30 - 6:00; W & TH 1:30 - 4:30 pm
First Quarter 2022 Stats - Helping Hands Healing Hearts
137 Client Accounts that includes
43 families, 20 couples, and 74 singles
for a total of 294 adults and children served
43 New Clients, 94 Repeat Clients, 221 Client Visits
Average 5 Clients Per Day
Open 39 Days (T,W, and TH) 3-4.5 Hours Per Day
18 Volunteers served 365 Hours
Resources Provided: Clothes 116, Food 52, Furniture 11, Kitchen/Housewares 59, Linens 47, Toiletries 32, Shoes 40,
Shower Voucher 2, Other 10
Financial Help Provided: Gas Vouchers 15, Lodging 19, Phone Cards 10, Utility Bill 7, Rent 3, Other 1
Spiritual Help Provided: Gospel Brochure 16, Gospel Presented 5, Accepted Christ 1, Not Yet/Not Now 2, Reaffirmed Faith 4, Not Interested 1, Spiritual Conversation 5, Mentoring Classes 6, Pastoral Counseling in Center 8, Bibles Given 7, Church List Given 14, Our Daily Bread Given 60, Guides (Based on Prov 3:5-6) 29, Prayer Received 39
Referrals Provided: Housing 6, Specific Church 7, Wood 2, Other 4
Information Provided: Our Classes Info 10, Medical Care Clinic 11, Community Meals 25, Community Resources brochure 26, GED 7, IP/DOL 13
Homeless: 4 Couple, 3 Families with 11 Dependents, 10 Singles = 23 adults and 11 children