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Jan-Feb 2013 Newsletter
Our Vision is...
Westside CARES is a faith-based organization called together in a shared mission to serve by:
- Providing emergency assistance to neighbors with critical needs
- Listening to one another, seeking to develop relationships that allow us all to understand the ways in which we can help each other
- Developing deeper relationships to clarify needs and honor the hope and potential of each person
- Providing more effective assistance as we strive to overcome barriers to fullness of life
- Growing with our neighbors' needs
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||Our Goal is… to draw different faith communities together,
in mutual support, for our shared work of helping our neighbors in need.
We work to honor the commandment "Love your neighbor as yourself."
||Our Resources are… the shared commitment of our member churches
through volunteers, funds, goods, governance, and prayer. The good will, material
support, and respect of many philanthropic entities. Connections and good
relationships with many other organizations in our community. Growing
relationships with businesses and individuals in our community who appreciate
and support our efforts. Valuable insights from and alliances with our neighbors
in need. This support allows us to provide resources of food, financial and
medical assistance, seasonal needs, referrals and support to our homeless and
working poor neighbors here on the west side of Colorado Springs.
||Our Efforts helped… homeless and working poor families last
year by providing: rent assistance for 156 households; 1,414 bus passes;
clothing vouchers for 3,595 men, women and children; utility assistance for 930
households through Project COPE; 203,760 meals through our 6 church-based food
pantries; 7,995 neighbors received USDA Commodities distribution through
the Trinity UMC Pantry; 5,131 neighbors enjoyed home cooked meals through the Lord's Dinner;
446 prescriptions filled; 144 neighbors received eye exams and glasses; 500 backpacks filled with school
supplies; 80 Thanksgiving Baskets; and finally 53 families had a brighter
Christmas through our Christmas Adopt-A-Family program.
||Our Concern is… that the fabric of our society is damaged when
an increasing number of our neighbors cannot meet their basic needs for food, shelter,
clothes. People of faith understand that this is both an individual's and a community's
||Your Help… is critical to our success - as an organization and
as a community. Please contact us to learn more about how you,
your congregation, your company or your organization can help.