| HELPING HANDS HEALING HEARTS 2021 ANNUAL REPORT
Dear <<First Name>>,
Amidst all the negativity around us, we rejoice over the very positive year Helping Hands Healing Hearts had in 2021. All of you made it happen, and we want to share our highlights .
We always enjoy sharing God’s “prevenient provision”. We had two beautiful, brand-new, very warm, coats donated, one for a woman and one for a male. Just as the donor walked out the door, a homeless gal in a thin coat came in asking for a warm coat. The one donated just fit her, and she was so thrilled!
Each year at Christmas, Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church has blessed one or
two of our families with wonderful gifts. This year they continued to outdo themselves. They brought in six garbage bags full of gifts for a family. To add to the joy, Dover Community Church took two of our single moms shopping for Christmas. The ladies were thrilled! AND even on top of that a business donated money to be distributed to five families for Christmas. One recipient was a homeless gal that we had helped with motel, but her stay was running out and she had nowhere to go. With the business’s permission, we used part of their gift for three more motel nights for this gal. After the third night, she got a job that included lodging! Their gift got her through. It is such a great joy and privilege to get to distribute these gifts at the greatest gift giving time of the year to those in need!!
We are happy to share that we added another volunteer this last quarter – Kathleen Alderman, a sister to another volunteer, Therese Stevens. This is the second sister duo on our volunteer team. We are so thankful for our volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them. They are a great bunch. We all enjoy serving together. Our wonderful volunteers are -
Pictures left to right: #1 Tuesday crew- Judy Trenholm, Kath Howard, Bob Rust, Noni Ellison, two Sweet Magnolia gals Heather Philips and Kaylee Solis, Janice Miller (not pictured). #2 Wednesday crew – Sue Hoteling, Therese Stevens, Kathleen Alderman, Marcia Wanous (not pictured) #3 Thursday crew - Tina Sunquist, Freda Wolf, Carol VanNostrand, Alma McChesnie.
We are sorry to lose one of our board members, Janice Miller. Due to more traveling to see and help family, she needed to resign. She is still going to continue data entry when she is in town. Janice has been on our board since its beginning, and we have appreciated her support much.
We so appreciate all our board members. They are all amazing. We are privileged to have such a wonderful board, especially with all that had to be decided this year with our land purchase. Our great board members are -
Chairman – Toby Walrath
Vice Chairman – Kyle Bostock
Secretary – Sue Byers
Treasurers – Anita Byers, Judy Cravens
Member – Barry Johnson
The most exciting event for us this year was completing the purchase of our land for The Good Samaritan Inn, a transitional living center for the homeless. Since this fourth quarter newsletter goes out with all donor statements which is more than our email list, some of you may not know that on November 17, after six months of hard work done mostly by our wonderful chairman, Toby Walrath, we completed the purchase of two acres of land on Triangle Dr. We now own it free and clear thanks to donations of wonderful people like you. We are deeply grateful to all our donors and Whitney Pappas, our realtor who recommended the property back in the fall of 2020. Last year at this time, we had the vision, but at that point, no clue that it would become a reality this year. It has, and we are overjoyed!
Our next step is architectural plans. Next month in February, we will again sponsor a Samaritan’s Pouch
fundraiser campaign. We do this in February since February is the month of love and Jesus taught the parable of the Good Samaritan to teach us to love our neighbor. At the time of this writing, we have three more churches on board this year and even a store, a café, and a business. We are still hoping for more to come on board. This project will be a blessing to the community. The more we help the homeless, the more we help our community, so we want as much of the community involved as we can get. Our goal for this year’s Samaritan Pouch is $50,000. That is how much we need to add to our present funds to have enough for architect fees. Then it is on to fund raising and grant writing for the $2M we need for the 44 studio apartment complex with daycenter and Helping Hands Healing Hearts center. If you want to donate to our Samaritan Pouch fundraiser, you may send checks payable to The Good Samaritan Inn, 221 S. Division, Sandpoint, ID, 83864, or you may donate online at www.donorbox.org/gsi
. We just know without a shadow of a doubt that God wants this and our community can do this. See our homeless stats with 2021 stats below. That’s just our organization. The need is great and getting greater. God bless you as together we fulfill this need in 2022. We so love and appreciate you and all our partners so much! Thank 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
hours: T 1:30 - 6:00; W & TH 1:30 - 4:30 pm
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2021 Stats - Helping Hands Healing Hearts
899 Total Client Accounts Since Opening May 9, 2017
283 Clients served this year that covers
88 families with 213 dependants, 32 couples, and 158 singles
for a total of 568 adults and children
121 New Clients
162 Repeat Clients
704 Client Visits
Open 140 Days (T,W, and TH) 3-4.5 Hours Per Day
Average 5 Clients Per Day
26 Volunteers served 1,376 Hours
Resources Provided: Clothes 422, Food 212, Furniture 32, Kitchen/Housewares 167, Linens 179, Toiletries 117, Shoes 125, Shower Voucher 3, Other 9
Financial Help Provided: Gas Vouchers 49, Lodging 47, Phone Cards 19, Utility Bill 12, Rent 12, Other 24, Budget Mentoring 2
Spiritual Help Provided: Gospel Brochure 36, Gospel Presented 11, Accepted Christ 2, Not Yet/Not Now 5, Reaffirmed Faith 6, Not Interested 2, Spiritual Conversation 13, Pastoral Counseling in Center 5, Bibles Given 29, Church List Given 46, Our Daily Bread Given 272, Guides (Based on Prov 3:5-6) 81, Prayer Received 122
Referrals Provided: Celebrate Recovery 1, Housing 12, Mourning Hope 2, Priest River Ministries 6, Parenting LCPC 1, Specific Church 27, Job 3
Information Provided: Our Classes Info 29, Medical Care Clinic 38, Community Meals 78, Community Resources brochure 79, GED 15, IP/DOL 16
Homeless: 4 Couples, 7 Families with 19 Dependents, 55 Singles = 83
Since opening, 19% of our clients came to us homeless. In 2021, it was 24%.