Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Big Question

Our needs are out of control. We need space. Freezer space, cold storage space, non-perishable space, drop-in center space, The list goes on. We have talked about finding a new facility for about 4 years now. Money and timing are always issues. What do we do?

At present we are considering selling our present building and renting for a year in the A Ma Baie area, with a view to buying in that area. That is where most of our clientele live. We could make a much larger impact on the community if we were "in it".

I have no idea what this will look like, but that has been true for every growth step we have taken. I do know that the need for our services have grown to almost triple from when we started. We have always said we would go through any door that God opens. Is this another door?



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A New Challenge

We find ourselves in a challenging position. As the need for our services rises, our financial base is decreasing.

We are now feeding 110 families a week and our lunch program is up to 50 sandwiches a week. We are still waiting to hear from 3 schools on their needs. We have also started providing breakfast food for one school.

We do however, find ourselves struggling financially. In the past 2 weeks, we have lost over $700 a month due to unemployment. For a small charity, this is a big hurdle. We continue to pray for wisdom and seek new resources.

To those who already support On Rock, thank you. It is because of you that we can make a difference.



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Over $300,000

Last year, we distributed over $300,000 in food supplies in the West Island. $27,000 of that was in our school lunch program. It is amazing, when you sit down to crunch numbers, you see the magnitude of the need in our community.

We are in the process of talking with schools about their needs this year in regard to the school lunch program. So far we have 2 schools signed up for a total of 3o lunches a week. This will grow as the other schools request assistance.

I suspect that, with the current economic situation, the numbers could be higher than last year.

Thank you to all those who help us to meet the needs in our community. Together, we make a difference.