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An Annual Report Part 2: Local Strategic Partners

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Update on Peach’s Pantry new governance

Peach’s Pantry feeds approximately 300 kids each week in 17 different schools. They would like to expand their program benefits into other districts but need this would require a staff position. In order to afford this overhead and expansion, they hope to receive grants. They must now redefine their board and administrative roles of their governance so qualify for grant aid. Their new structure of the board will consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and other board members at large who possess required skills. They will not play an active role in the administrative work of Peach’s Pantry as is currently in place. The new board structure will drive the vision of Peach’s Pantry as well as be the support and counsel for the Operational staff, including a new Executive Director who would oversee all operation volunteers. These volunteers will have distinct roles applied for as a job, including an Inventory Specialist, Allergy Specialist, School Liaison, Volunteer Manager/Recruiter, Driving Marshall, and others. It is unknown which roles will be filled by current volunteers and which will need to be advertised and filled.

Current needs for Peach’s Pantry are to have 17 consistent drivers on Thursday Mornings to deliver bags in personal vehicles to schools in the community. For more information on how to get involved with Peach’s Pantry, visit their website at https://peachspantry.org/volunteer/

Update on Lori’s Place need to finish upstairs

Cochise Family Advocacy Center, also known as Lori’s Place, will be the recipient of Thunder Mountain’s Christmas Offering of 2018 as well the tithe of all our Relentless Love Building Initiative donations over the next three years. This donation of over $90,000 will go towards helping Lori’s Place expand their facility in order to continue serving our community in a unique way. Brenda Parker, the Executive Director, gave a description of the annual statistics and plans for the future:

“We are about to put a close to Cochise Family Advocacy Center’s successful third year in service.  In 2019 to date CFAC completed 109 forensic interviews and 37 medical assault exams. Our Victim Advocates have seen around 450 child and adult victims.  This time last year CFAC had one victim advocate and an Outreach Education Coordinator and myself (Director), this year we have a total of three victim advocates, an Outreach Education Coordinator and Advocate Volunteer Coordinator, and a Director.

Future plans at Cochise Family Advocacy is to expand to our upstairs. The lower level is geared mainly toward children.  The large children’s playroom, kitchen, forensic interview and observation rooms and the Medical Suite which services both children and adults of sexual assault. The upstairs will be remodeled to reflect more of an adult theme: quiet, serene, and healing for our adult victims. The upstairs needs to be completed and to meet County codes an elevator is required for ADA standards.  We are looking to raise $200K as soon as possible to cover these necessary expenses.  The Board, the staff and I are all grateful for what you have done to support us and crime victims already.  We are in much prayer for this project and know that God will provide in the way He always does. 

Cochise Family Advocacy Center is also a tax credit organization. Individuals can donate up to $400 and couples can donate up to $800 – 100% of what you donate will be given back to you as a refund from the State.”

To find out more about getting involved, visit their website at https://www.lorisplaceaz.org/how-to-help 

Update on Potter’s Hands closing

Bob and Sue Potts, who have overseen the Potter’s Hands homeless community outreach program for the last several years, recently announced their resignation and closing of the Potter’s Hands Ministry after the end of 2018. They shared:

“It has been an amazing opportunity to come to know, serve and love so many homeless and formerly homeless people, as well as to work beside so many of you who have so generously provided Hot Meal food and served in so many ways!!!! God has allowed us to be part of and speak truth into many people's lives in times of great joy and times of great sorrow. We have been truly blessed by relationships God entrusted us to be a part of!

Although Potter's Hands Outreach Ministries will end, caring for those who are homeless or who were homeless and now are in housing as well as many who come in need of a good meal at the once a month Hot Meal will continue. John and Mary D'Auria from Body of Christ Church have worked with many of  the homeless or formerly homeless folks in Sierra Vista over the past few years and will continue to minister as they go out to the desert and as they take over leadership of the monthly Hot Meal

Our Christmas Hot Meal will be December 16, at 2:30 at Sierra Lutheran 101 N. Lenzner! Faith Presbyterian has taken on the project of making mini loaves of quick bread for each of our guests at the Christmas Hot Meal! The choir from Sierra Lutheran Church will be singing prior to the meal!!!! We hope to see you there!!!! Come join us as we celebrate together...JOY to the world, the LORD has come!”

Update of Kid’s Hope Thanksgiving Baskets and Christmas Party

Kid’s Hope mentoring season of 2019 was a great success with 18 mentees in the Huachuca City School and 15 mentors from Thunder Mountain! We had our first (hopefully annual) mentor/prayer partner meet and greet event to kick off the season in September. For the Thanksgiving Season, Thunder Mountain was able to bless 12 families within the Kid’s Hope program with a Thanksgiving meal who otherwise might not have been able to celebrate with a traditional meal. For Christmas, Kid’s Hope will also be hosting a party at the HCS on December 14thwith the mentees, mentors, and prayer partners involved. This will be an amazing opportunity to build relationships and share about the birth of Christ!

Update on Care Net banquet

For 2018, Care Net Pregnancy Center has been able to have 1,205 client visits by provided free services, as well as host their annual Mother’s Day Walk for Life and Fall Fundraising Banquet. They have performed 110 tests and 65 free ultrasounds to expecting mothers. The Gospel of Christ was presented 90 times, and 10 women who previously planned to abort decided to carry their child, 1 individual rededicated their life to Christ, and 1 other received Christ for the first time!

Because of the generosity of donors, Care Net was able to meet and surpass their annual budget goal to receive a total of over $77,000 for the 2019 year! This added about will allow them to improve their current security system in order to create a safe environment for clients. If you missed the event but would like to contribute, please visit their website at https://www.carenetsv.com/donate-to-carenet-pregnancy-center/




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