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                                   First Quarter 2021 Newsletter
Greetings Pastors, Partners, and Volunteers,

Yay! Spring has sprung.  Trees are budding, lawn mowers going, flowers sprouting – all these signs are proof of the new life of another spring.  The new life of this spring in 2021 is especially encouraging compared to 2020.  Plus, spring is a wonderful symbol of the new life we all share in Jesus Christ Our Lord!
 Although spring has sprung around us, we are entering the fall season of our lives.  With mixed emotions, we have announced our retirement from Sandpoint Church of God, effective July 1.  We so love our church family, but these bodies of ours are feeling the effects of aging.  Our intern/associate pastor, Hollis Stewart will become the pastor.  We are grateful God has had him learning and waiting in the wings for the last two and a half years.  We will continue to codirect Helping Hands Healing Hearts and oversee the development of The Good Samaritan Inn.
Even in the spring of life, our clients still have their struggles.  The good news is that some are finding Helping Hands Healing Hearts ministry not only a place of material help but also spiritual help.  That is the goal of our healing hearts part.  More and more we are praying with people and people are beginning to come to us just for prayer.  In fact, one of our data entry persons said you need to add prayer as a resource offered.  So you will now see prayer in our spiritual help provided stats below. This last quarter we had one client call and two client visits just for prayer only.  They all shared a similar perspective that they knew this was a place they could reach out to and receive prayer.  Building the spiritual aspect of this ministry has been a slower process than we hoped, but we are thankful for any progress that comes.
Cathy was very encouraged by a meeting with Bonner Homeless Transitions Board.  Our goal is to complement community services such as theirs.  They have emergency housing needs that we can fulfill for them.  While their clients are parents with children and single women, The Good Samaritan Inn will serve couples and singles, and families when needed.  Our greatest numbers of homeless people are singles.  (See our statistics below for first quarter this year.)  We count it a privilege to serve alongside such agencies as BHT.  We will even be sharing a fair booth with them.  So come see us there.
We and two board members, chairman Toby Walrath and member Barry Johnson, have made progress with the Essentials of Development Class through Idaho Nonprofit Center.  We have made two important contacts, set our funds development calendar, and thanks mostly to Toby, have drafted our case statement which will be used in grant writing and funds development for The Good Samaritan Inn.  We have a great coach who is very adept at adjusting her coaching to our needs.

We are very excited to report to you the preliminary results of our Samaritian’s Pouch fundraiser.  So far, we’ve had nine churches participate and one church donate.  Our deep gratitude and very sincere thanks go to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, New Song Bible Church, Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene, River of Life Church, New Life Church, Dover Community Church, Victory Baptist Church, Sandpoint Church of God, and Cedar Hills Church.  Hopefully, we will still get pouches from two more churches.  Our total at this point is $35,566.17.  Plus, we actually had a truck and trailer with decorative curb equipment donated that we were able to sell for $5,000.  When we add that to extra donations from last fall and this quarter, we are at $69,305.58 and climbing in The Good Samaritan Inn fund!  We are trusting this is our five loaves and two fish that God will multiply.  With the increase in building costs, we need $1.44M plus land.  We appreciate your prayers for this vision.
May you all have a wonderful spring.  Please know from our heart to yours that we deeply appreciate your prayers and support for this ministry.  Together God is enabling us all to make a difference in our community.  We pray God’s blessings to you.

Pastor 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:     website:
hours: T 1:30 - 6:00;  W & TH 1:30 - 4:30 pm
First Quarter 2021 Stats - Helping Hands Healing Hearts
97 Client Accounts that includes
34 families, 17 couples, and 46 singles
for a total of 204 adults and children served
25 New Clients, 72 Repeat Clients, 159 Client Visits
Average 4 Clients Per Day
Open 38 Days (T,W, and TH) 3-4.5 Hours Per Day
16 Volunteers served 342 Hours
Resources Provided: Clothes 87, Food 53, Furniture 10, Kitchen/Housewares 40, Linens 33, Toiletries 30, Shoes 23

Financial Help Provided*: Gas Vouchers 12, Lodging 13, Phone Cards 4, Utility Bill 3, Rent 4, Wood 3, Other 7

Spiritual Help Provided: Gospel Brochure 5, Gospel Presented 1, Accepted Christ 1, Reaffirmed Faith 1, Spiritual Conversations 3, Pastoral Counseling in Center 1, Mentoring Classes 4, Bibles Given 7, Church List Given 9, Our Daily Bread Given 63, Guides (Based on Prov 3:5-6) 13, Prayer 20

Referrals Provided: Housing 2, Parenting LCPC 1, Specific Church 9, Pastor 1

Information Provided: Our Classes Info 6, Medical Care Clinic 8, Community Meals 13, Community Resources brochure 13, GED 3, IP/DOL Jobs List 5

Homeless 107: 3 Couples, 4 Families with 7 Dependents, 12 Singles = 29 adults and children
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