Journey's End sees increase in assistance

Editor:

Journey's End Ministries board meeting was held Monday, Oct. 5 where it was reported that we have fed 35,357 people to date which is an 82 percent increase against all of 2008 with three more months to go. We have delivered 547,679 pounds of food compared to 402,000 pounds of food for all of 2008, at a cost of $29,599 against $34,145 for all of 2008.

In our clothing area, we have given away 87,560 pieces of clothing compared to 81,555 pieces for all of 2008. The last three months we have averaged 1,500 volunteer hours with 76 volunteers each month. To date, the monthly meals have fed 400 people.

The community Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. and we will need lots of volunteers. Please contact your local church to sign-up to help. Also a reminder that the sign-up list to ring bells for Salvation Army will begin in November with ringing beginning after Thanksgiving, again contact your local church to sign-up. This year we were able to provide funds for over 240 families to help with gas for medical appointments, utility shut-offs and prescriptions. Every thing raised in our community stays in our community.

It was also reported that we received two grants this month totaling $4,800; the first to replace lighting fixtures in the building and the second covers about half the cost of painting the exterior. We are still in need of some major funds to complete the painting ($1,200) and some emergency funds to help repair a sinkhole that has developed in our parking lot ($2,400).

We have been very grateful to the communities we serve: Newcomerstown, West Lafayette, Port Washington, Kimbolten, Bakersville and Fresno for there loyal support and financial donations that has kept this ministry in a great position to serve our community and now we request your prayers and donations as we struggle to finish out the year. God Bless!

Janet Gore

Director

Journey's End Ministries

Newcomerstown