Your Generosity Matters!
Salvador’s Story: Inter Parish Ministry’s first new client in 2018 traveled 1,800 miles to get to the Newtown Food and Clothing Pantry. Leaving hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico with $57 in his pocket, Salvador and his family struggled during their first months in Ohio. Having to live in hotels—and even spending nights in the Mt. Washington Cemetery—the family was close to giving up hope. Fortunately, Salvador and his wife both found jobs and are now living in their own apartment. However, with raising one son and expecting a new baby in July, the family is constantly juggling expenses for food, heat, rent and health care.
Hearing about IPM’s Choice Food and Clothing Pantry from a local church, Salvador and his son stopped by on a bitter cold morning. After receiving food and warm winter coats, scarves and hats for his family, Salvador took a few minutes to talk with IPM. “I could not believe how nice people are here,” said Salvador. “IPM has given me hope. The volunteers are so happy to help, and I can tell they really care about me.”
Thank you to our friends, volunteers and donors, who help families like Salvador’s find comfort and hope at IPM.
Greg and Melissa: His soft spoken voice trembled when he said it. “By the grace of God we are still getting by.” Greg continued to explain that he is thankful that IPM is there for Melissa and their three children. IPM’s Food Pantry is “one of their biggest blessings” ever since Greg was in a critical car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. He is a trained pharmacist who can no longer perform his job.
We have shared Melissa and Greg’s story with you before. They are people just like you. People just like us. The only difference is that their family is in crisis.
We spoke with them just the other day. Greg is making slow and steady progress. They continue to make ends meet as much as they can for their three almost grown children. Melissa and Greg are grateful that IPM is there for them as they continue with this real life struggle.
Families like Susan’s. She is a great grandmother who just took in David and Norris. Both boys were abandoned by their heroin addicted parents. Susan is on a fixed income, just making ends meet. But, she couldn’t let her great grandsons go to foster care and be without family, so she took them in.
She sought help from IPM, not only for food but for Christmas too. Unfortunately, we see many grandparents like these, now caring for grandchildren because of the increasing heroin epidemic that plagues our community.
Jane was referred to IPM by one of our Clermont County Safety Net Alliance collaborators where she was employed. She usually referred clients to IPM so it was very difficult for her to ask for financial assistance for herself. Her husband worked at a good job, but on Thanksgiving Day he suffered a heart attack and hadn’t been able to work since. Only in his 30’s, he smoked and was overweight . . .this was his wake up call. Jane and her husband have four daughters, ages 2-13. IPM contributed $640 toward their mortgage to help this family through this medical emergency.
Volunteer Gives Back to IPM
Once a month, on a Monday night Tracey Abrams arrives, along with her 5 year old daughter Ava, to take her volunteer shift at Inter Parish Ministry’s (IPM) Choice Food Pantry in Newtown.
This single working mother of 3 finds time to volunteer to give back to an organization that once gave so much to her children.
Tracey found herself suddenly single with bills to pay and children to feed about four years ago. Through referral she found the help she needed at IPM. Tracey receveid food, clothing, financial assistance to pay an electric bill and other help. This included back to school items for her children.
“I don’t have money to give back to IPM for all the help they have given me –so I have found a niche of time to volunteer.” said Tracey.
Tracey knows first hand how the more than 5,000 families who will visit Inter Parish Ministry feel when they walk through the door for help. “I’ve been in their situation, I can relate to them and can give them the sense of hope that was given to me.” she said.
More and more people are coming to IPM for help and are grateful.