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Free Community Meals for homeless

$320 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 15 months
Vanessa Martynse Houk  ASHLAND, OR
Wellness for Everyone (WE) is a non-denominational grassroots group that began in November 2015 as a response to the needs in our community. Hundreds of people in Jackson County are homeless and many of them live in Ashland, hiding along the Greenway and deep in the forested areas of our community. Although many area churches and other groups work diligently on this issue, we could see examples of people who were falling through the cracks and not receiving the services they needed. We wanted to do something about that.

What WE’ve done so far:

In November and December WE hosted two free community meals in Pioneer Hall. The November meal was held a few days before Thanksgiving and dozens of volunteers served a hot, healthy meal to about 60 hungry people. We collected warm clothing and toiletry items and handed them out to Ashland’s most vulnerable residents. In December we fed around 100 people and were able to double our efforts at providing warm gear. Volunteers were able to match folks with the most urgent needs with jackets, socks, shoes and women’s boots.

What WE’re going to do:

We have a core group of a dozen dedicated volunteers and a larger volunteer pool of approximately 80, so we’re set up to be a volunteer driven group with an emphasis on providing free monthly community meals and advocacy for Ashland's homeless. We will continue to do street outreach and try to meet some of the most pressing needs, whether that be providing direct services (Ie clothing or camping gear) or simply ensuring that people know how to get what they need through referrals to community partners.

Our wishlist:

We are trying to raise some seed money so that we could have the option to rent Pioneer Hall again if that’s the best way to offer a February meal. In January, the city changed the rules and began requiring groups to have an insurance policy on top of the rental fees. We are looking for a less expensive place and are exploring other options including partnerships with other community groups. So far, we’ve relied entirely on donated food and see that it would be good to have a little money to fill in any gaps. Traditionally it’s much easier to solicit donations around the holidays and those gifts often get harder to come by at the beginning of the year.

We are seeking funding to cover a years worth of operating expenses.

We are run entirely by volunteers with no paid staff. There is interest in turning WE into a nonprofit 501c3 and future funding could come from grants, in kind donations and other forms of fundraising.

With your gift of $5, $10, $20 or more, WE can continue to do this crucial street outreach and make a difference in the lives of many of our homeless neighbors.

You can help us by sharing this post. Getting the word out about this effort is key to keeping it going. Thank you!
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Update 8
Posted by Vanessa Martynse Houk
14 months ago
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Thanks Sarah F. We appreciate your donation and it will go far in helping.

Everyone, thank you for sharing this and keeping it out there.
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Update 7
Posted by Vanessa Martynse Houk
14 months ago
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Thanks Sarah! We appreciate your gift. It will go far in keeping these meals and outreach going.

Everyone, please keep sharing. We're doing really well. In just 2 days we've raised 10% of our target goal of an estimated years worth of funding. Couldn't do it without you!
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Update 6
Posted by Vanessa Martynse Houk
15 months ago
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Thanks Sierra! We really appreciate your gift.

Everyone, please keep sharing this. In just a little more than one day, we've already raised about 10% of the cost to keep this going for a whole year! That is so fantastic! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Update 5
Posted by Vanessa Martynse Houk
15 months ago
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Thanks Mark! We really appreciate your support.

Our new goal represents an estimated years worth of operating expenses (building rental and insurance for cold months when we use Pioneer Hall, being able to fill in any needed gaps for meals along the way and fees related to filing for nonprofit status, etc.).

Thank you everyone. Please keep sharing. With your help, WE will be in great shape to serve others.
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$320 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 15 months
Created February 2, 2016
Vanessa Martynse Houk  
SF
$20
Sarah Fowler
14 months ago
SH
$20
Sarah Hudson
14 months ago
SH
$20
Sierra Houk
15 months ago
MH
$30
Mark Houk
15 months ago
MM
$50
Marion Moore
15 months ago
$20
Johanna Harman
15 months ago

Thank you Vanessa and friends!

$20
Ferf Achu
15 months ago
NG
$40
Napili Gaston
15 months ago
RM
$100
Rogue Method
15 months ago
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