September 7, 2016

Serving You officially opened yesterday at our new location (6523 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35206) and we were able to serve 24 clients. We have several new approaches to ministering to our clients here. First, we are excited about transitioning to a client choice food pantry in which clients get to shop for the food they need while our volunteer hosts each client and is able to build a better relationship with them. The main reason for this transition is so we can individually pray for each food only client. Secondly, we have a new hospitality volunteer position to welcome clients and offer them coffee, drinks, and a light snack. We hope this builds an inviting atmosphere and will ease any uncomfortableness or embarrassment that comes with asking for help.  

Finally, we have tweaked our backpack snack program. In the past, we packed bags and delivered them to several local elementary schools for children showing signs of malnutrition.  This year we started a high school led food pantry. We have set up the backpack program at the local high school that serves the children that will one day walk the halls of the high school. The students stock, pack, and deliver the backpacks for the local elementary children. However, the neat part is that there are high school students that need food for the weekend and they are allowed to grab some items (discretely) for themselves. This new approach addresses food needs for high school students AND teaches high school students how to meet needs of their community. Just this past weekend the students hosted a food drive at a local grocery store to help stock the food pantry! 

Also, there are several classes starting this month:

1.  Financial Peace classes start Sunday September 25 from 3:30-5pm.
2.  Discipleship classes will be taught every Thursday at noon.
3.  WorkFaith Birmingham classes start Friday September 16.  This is a nine-day job training workshop for those seeking employment.
4.  Small groups are Monday for youth from 5pm-7pm and Adult small groups are Thursday from 5pm-7pm.

If you have anyone interested in serving please have them email Raquel Patterson at raquel.patterson@servingyou.org for the opportunities.

Reminder: we are having an Open House Sunday September 18 from 1:30-3pm.  Please come by and see what is happening.

August numbers below (we were closed the last two weeks for the move).

financial assistance:  $6,287.38
food families: 35
food individuals: 89


Serving Him by Serving You,
John Gibson