Transforming Hardships Into Purpose
In 2019, Tommie Robinson felt compelled to explore ways to get involved with St. MAM. The offices and food pantry are located just across the street from his apartment. However, with work and other circumstances unfolding, that didn’t occur immediately. Fast forward to March 2020, the whole world was getting laid off due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which included Tommie. He was inspired to get involved and called St. MAM to see if he could volunteer and give back to those they serve. In a short time frame, Tommie identified, “My helping out others has helped me out too. I love the ladies at this ministry. They are so sweet and genuinely love helping people as I do.” When the bills began to stack up due to Tommie’s unemployment, not only was he able to receive the food assistance that he was helping distribute each Thursday, but he also received funding from the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. “The biggest help of all for me is they are always there to listen and lend a helping hand when I’m going through a challenging time”.
Just like Tommie, hundreds of our neighbors have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and these needs aren't going away anytime soon. A heartfelt thank you to all who donated through the Community Foundation's "Give for Good Louisville" campaign in September. And, thanks to you who continue to donate to and serve St. MAM. COVID-19 has no doubt impacted your life in ways we never considered as it has our clients, volunteers, and St. MAM staff.
* Our offices have restricted access to protect all parties, and the hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
* All client intake interviews are performed via phone and through digital access.
* Many of our long-time volunteers are in a high-risk age group and had to stop volunteering.
*St. MAM now offers a drive-thru for all food, infant/toddler/preschool items, school supplies, and personal hygiene items to minimize contact for everyone.
* In the first 9 months, St. MAM provided rental assistance to 216% more clients than we did in all of 2019 because of local/federal grants and heightened giving. We also provided as much food to clients in the first six months as we did in all of 2019. Our volunteers continue to deliver monthly food supplementation to our home-bound neighbors in need.
Just as Tommie relayed, we need YOUR support now more than ever through your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Due to the elevated needs, our assets are being depleted. Like many other non-profits, our annual Golf Classic and "Pulling Together" Auction/Banquet were canceled for this year. These two fundraisers alone account for $75,000 in annual support for our neighbors in need.
Please consider a financial gift to St. MAM to ensure we continue to make an impact in the 40207 and 40220 zip codes. If you attended our Golf Classic or "Pulling Together" Auction, consider donating what you normally gave or spent with the entry fees, sponsorships, auction donations, or Raise the Paddle.
This is St. MAM, our community, YOUR neighbors. Share if you can the abundance God has provided for our use.
~ Many Blessings, Julie Abbott, Executive Director