Building a fruitful ministry is only possible by first building a firm foundation. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 7:24-25 when He says, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock."
We want our ministry to be built on the rock. We must always remember our foundation in every aspect of what we do, whether it be our Uplift Program, Food Pantry, Secondhand Treasures, or many other programs.
Jesus models for us relentless love without labels or borders. We desire to give that same kind of love to everyone we encounter.
Our ministry works to reach as many in-need families as possible, so we understand the importance of meeting someone where they are. Through 25 years of ministry, we have seen countless reasons people struggle with food insecurity.
That is why we have expanded our ministry by introducing new programs. Our Uplift program offers temporary help with overwhelming expenses because we know that sometimes life can leave us with unexpected and unwanted challenges. Our backpack program helps ensure that food-insecure students at SEP schools have a good meal on the weekend when they're not receiving school lunches. And this program provided over 3,200 bags in 2022.
We know the value of not just receiving care but receiving the proper care. This is the first foundation that drives our ministry, and we are always looking to improve our ability to reach food-insecure families with the care they need.
Our line of work requires relentless love without labels or borders. We know that asking for help is not easy, but we want to make it easier. Many people do not seek help for fear of judgment. At Caring Hands, nothing could be further from the truth. Our volunteers and employees serve with the foundation that everyone matters. Our mission is to ensure every person who walks through our door is treated with dignity.
We pray you will reach out to us if you are financially weighed down or facing hunger and have avoided help because of this common myth.
Everyone has a part to play.
God gives everyone gifts to serve others; working together makes us better. We desire to mobilize as many community members as possible to serve their neighbors. Our ministry would not be possible without your help. God has equipped everyone with unique gifts to help serve others. We have relied on countless employees, volunteers, and community partners' generous efforts to reach in-need families.
Through every generous donation, every hour of volunteering, and every faithful prayer, we are overwhelmed by the network of people who have joined us in reaching food-insecure families with the proper care. If you are considering supporting our ministry, you can help us by remembering our most essential and commonly needed items. This allows our Backpack program and food pantry to offer higher quality items for our neighbors in need.
It's all about Jesus.
Jesus is the reason Caring Hands exists. He is the hope for the hurting, the bread of life for the hungry, and our motive in serving. We desire to point people to Jesus in all that we do.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says that as believers, we are Ambassadors for Christ. In other words, God has divinely pointed Christians to represent His love to the world. What does this mean for us at Caring Hands? It means how we operate in love should show people who Jesus is. That is why we place such a high emphasis on ensuring every person receives compassionate care. 1 John 4:8 says, "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." Love is a core foundation of Caring Hands because it reflects Jesus. If we want to point people toward Jesus, we must love our neighbors as He loves us.
Our ministry has grown and changed over the years. We have added new programs, brought in new volunteers and partners, expanded our outreach, and opened new locations. Through every change at Caring Hands, our foundation remains the same. We desire to reach our neighbors with compassionate and Christlike care, and we are thankful for the countless partners, donors, and volunteers who make it possible.