How quickly the time goes by, as on the 15th May 2019, we have been open a Year!
So, we wanted to take the opportunity to Thank You All for your help and support during this time! whether that has been by volunteering with us, giving donations, encouragements, your time, praying, money, liking our pages, gifts in kind, shares on social media, visiting us, ideas, comments,… we could not have done it without you! 🙂
Our volunteers are an amazing bunch, we have one who makes a round trip of 54 miles each week, others who come in twice a week, and many coming in once a week or fortnightly giving their time, energy and hearts to our visitors… In our First Year we totalled up an incredible 4,503 volunteer hours!
THANK YOU GUYS, WE SALUTE YOU!
With anything new it’s a big learning curve, and we are very much still in our early days, overall its been an encouraging year, with volunteers coming forward from several churches and we are making good connections in the community. Financially we have just about covered our basic running costs from donations and gifts in kind received. However, we are looking into sources of funding, as we will be needing to cover our rent costs as well in the future.
We would like to open more hours, more days, offer more help and support… but we are very thankful for what we can and have done. 🙂
We thought it would be good to share a few numbers/statistics, that we have been collecting over the year. It’s great to be able to look back and reflect on what’s working and what’s not. And also for funding purposes its a very necessary piece of information to show & tell… Altogether we’ve met around 200 people and we have 1 or 2 new visitors coming in, most weeks.
Here are some figures from the Link:
743 people were listened to…
1206 items of free food/drink given away…
828 items of free clothing/shoes given to those in need… along with 36 items of bedding
358 showers were taken, 80 razors issued and 67 loads of laundry washed and dried for visitors…. This does not include all the many loads of wet towels and clothes that our laundry team do each week!
116 pieces of mail collected by people using us as their postal address…
Providing Information & Miscellaneous support came up over 455 times..
8 people were helped by our legal sign-posting service.
And here is some idea of our supporters generosity with gifts in kind received over the year which included:
75 bin bags and 67 carrier bags of clothing, 12 bags of bedding, 7 brand new blankets, 7 sleeping bags, 3 tents, 12 bags of toiletries, 3 bags of towels, as well as Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Biscuits, Jams, Peanut Butter, Marmite, Marmalade…
It really has been so overwhelming with the outpouring of generosity and support, the list above does not do it justice, with the many items received after various Facebook requests and people sharing the need.
We have had support from many Churches in and around Kettering, which include The Methodist, Christ the King, St Giles in Desborough, Orlingbury, Pytchley, Denford, Thrapston, as well as support from the Foodbank at Praise Community Church, the Street Pastors, Four Seasons Day Centre, and the Co-op Funeral Directors. And we have met some really wonderful people who all just want to support their community in whatever way they can.
We are very thankful for all your support!
As always our love, thanks, peace and blessings to you all. 😉
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