Morgantown Mission releases 2016 report
The Morgantown Mission has released its annual report of services for 2016, including successes for the year. The detailed summary covers all aspects of the organization and is divided into various categories. The purpose of the mission is to "promote the growth of the spiritual life of the persons in Butler County and eliminate as possible those problems the poor suffer and to improve their situation so that they are focused on our Lord and are self-supporting."
Below is the report for 2016:
-30-60 children of the community each Tuesday night when school is in session.
-7 classes averaged during the school year.
-Experiencing a need for teachers both male and female.
-Classes are held from Kindergarten to 8th grade.
-Different churches provided and served a nutritious hot meal each night. Churches feeding in 2016 were Cool Springs General Baptist, Monticello Baptist, Butler County United Methodist Women, -Morgantown First Baptist, Rockfield Methodist, Richland Baptist, New Harmony, Woodbury Baptist, New Liberty Baptist, Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Rock Spring Baptist Church, Morgantown Community Church, Aberdeen Baptist Church, and Pleasant Grove Baptist.
-The Mission bus runs within the city limits of Morgantown... the Mission van runs to other areas of Butler County. The bus runs to all Government Housing areas in Morgantown each week.
Food Pantry regular hours are Tuesdays 9:00AM to 1:00 PM. People who can’t come to regular hours are also serviced. Donations of food came from The U.S Post Office, the Butler Co. School system, Churches, individuals, Community Organizations, Girl Scouts, Cram the Cruiser, and surrounding counties. We belong to the Feeding America food bank where we buy food at a much reduced price. Food emergencies were handled on an individual basis.
The thrift store provides second hand clothes, furniture, and household items at a very reasonable price. Sales from the thrift store along with donations provide operating expenses for all the ministries the Mission provides. The thrift store is open six days per week and is manned by faithful volunteers and community service workers.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
Persons of Hope: People who have no place to go and no one to help them- those who need help on a longer term than we normally help with.
The Mission funds an account called the Helping Hands account. This account assists people in an emergency situation ranging from rent, utilities, and medical assistance.
Church & individual referrals when assistance goes beyond what we are able to assist with
In 2016 the Mission sponsored blood drives for the Red Cross. The people of Butler County donated 84 pints of blood.
Community service opportunity was provided for young people who were court ordered. Many others volunteered to serve.
People did community service at the Mission from Social Services, Drug Court, Morgantown Housing Authority, and the Bowling Green Housing Authority.
SUCCESSES OF 2016
There were 671 visits to the food pantry: 1334 adults and 773 children for a total 2220 people.
Food pantry monetary expense was $9155. We also had food donations.
We gave clothing to 210 adults and children during the year.
We gave furniture and household items to 18 families.
The Mission provided a place for 2 people to work in the Reach Higher program.
We helped about 36 people from the Housing Authority, Drug Court and the school system with community service opportunities.
We helped 18 people with community service for the continuance of food stamps.
We supported the Family Resource and Youth Service Center by providing help for a toy distribution. This year toys were given out to 523 children through the school system.
We supported the Family Resource Butler County and Youth Service Center by providing clothing to children in need.
An average of 130 school children were assisted with the Butler County BackPack Program during the school year in cooperation of Morgantown Community Church and individual support.
The Mission donated $5241 to other charitable interests in Butler Co.
The Mission gave at least $15,387 over the year, to help the poor and those in emergency situations in 2015.
The Mission along with the Family Resource Center provided school supplies for 433 children prior to school starting in 2016. The mission donated $500 toward the supplies.
The Morgantown Mission gave away 500 winter coats this year.
The Morgantown Mission also supports other missions by sending our overstock to them; at least 3 large trucks went to Mountain Mission in Eastern Kentucky.
This year we worked with at least 85 homeless families/175 individuals. Of the $15,387 spent on helping hands, $6700 of that amount was spent on lodging the homeless.
The Mission worked with Andrea’s Mission for Women & Men providing clothing and personal items to them and they helped us with different projects.
The children from the Mission program were allowed to shop in the thrift store for store credit they were given for attendance.
The Mission helps support the Grace Temple Ministries soup kitchen.
The Mission is participating in Commodity Supplemental Food Program for the elderly. We have over 100 households signed up.
The Mission would like to thank WLBQ-101.5 FM & Beech Tree News for their very successful fundraising in 2016. The WLBQ radio-thon generated $10,000 in 4 hours and the money went toward Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. This fundraiser, along with other monetary donations from individuals and organizations, led to a very successful year.
We provided Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets to over 300 families.
The Mission is still involved in a recycling program for items that can’t be used in the store or for Mountain Mission.
Some of last year numbers: Food pantry visits 671
Helping hands $15,387
Pantry monetary expense $9155
Homeless 85 families
Total number of households assisted 510
Mission Vision Statement
The purpose of the mission by its operation and the development of programs is to promote the growth of the spiritual life of the persons in Butler County and eliminate as possible those problems the poor suffer and to improve their situation so that they are focused on our Lord and are self-supporting.
We at the Mission would like to thank those who support the ministry here. We are blessed to be supported by the postal employees, various school classes and organizations, many Churches, giving individuals, and various community organizations. Many in Butler County would be very negatively affected without this help to keep us supplied with needed resources. Please keep in mind; we are NOT affiliated with government funding. We are 100% funded by Churches and the community.
We would also like to offer you the opportunity to serve. Whether it is working in the thrift store, food pantry, or children’s ministry, we always need quality individuals who understand,“it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
For more information about the Mission:
Location: 105 S. Main Street in Morgantown
Mailing address: P.O. Box 580, Morgantown, KY 42261
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