by Al Ripp, Executive Director
It’s the time of year when I like to look back at what we were able to accomplish together in 2015, and think about what more we can do to make the difference people will need in 2016.
When you add it all up, the numbers can be overwhelming. Over 1.3 million pounds of food distributed through MOM’s food programs, designed to make sure no one goes to bed hungry and erase the fear experienced wondering where one will get their next meal. Over 500 families are still in their homes, thanks to case management and stable housing programs designed to bridge financial gaps and provide care and hope.
But what I will remember from 2015 isn’t numbers, it’s stories— and people.
I will remember when a gentleman came over to the office after using the food pantry. He wanted to tell me his story. He’d lost his job and couldn’t find enough work to make up for his loss of income. The fear of not being able to feed his children was gone now that he was using the pantry.
I will remember reading the letter that we feature in our video. Reading the words, “MOM filled the void left by the absence of others who should have been there but weren’t,” brought a renewed commitment to our work together, thankful for the ongoing support you give.
And I will remember you. I’ll remember your food drives, your gifts, your compassion for people, and your interest in finding ways that you can make a difference. Our organization exists to prevent homelessness and end hunger,but it’s really you who is making that work possible.
I am so thankful that I get to see firsthand how the generosity of our community prevented homelessness and ended hunger through your financial donations, program support, and volunteerism. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and care.
MOM is ready for 2016.
- We will explore new ways to better understand the needs of those we serve. From redefining how we evaluate our programs to finding better ways to measure our outcomes, our goal is to care and give help with dignity. We want to understand those we serve even better so we can find the best ways to assist.
- We are looking at even more collaborations. In 2015, we were able to expand our reach by partnering with Joining Forces for Families, the Middleton Public Library, and Total Care Dental, among others. With so many people in our community doing good, together we can share resources and strengthen our missions.
- We are committed to helping you connect your interest in changing your community for the better with tangible, hands-on opportunities.
We can only continue our mission and our work with your help, because you are MOM. If you are able, please consider a year end gift, so that we can continue to prevent homelessness in our community. Your generosity changes the lives for real people every day.
You can learn more about our work this year in this short video. Please share it with a friend.
Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director