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July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey

Most of us have never experienced hunger — real hunger. But if you have, or know someone who has been in need of food, you have an understanding that most people do not have. In a country such as ours, no one should ever have to go hungry. I have seen real hunger, recently in the form of a little girl in our office, when given a small pastry, ripping into it and gulping it down. That darling little girl was really hungry, and we made sure that her family had ample food.

Supplying food to families in need is one of the major ministry initiatives at FOCUS. Most people in our county have heard of the Thanksgiving food distribution that we organize every year. But many are not aware that we have an onsite food bank at the FOCUS location in Hamilton.

Every year we give out thousands of bags of food, both purchased and donated by some of our many supporters. We are able to buy food from a large non-profit food supplier in Columbus at a huge discount. Generally that means we can feed 4-5 families for the cost of feeding one family.

So if you know of any families or individuals who are food deprived, send them to FOCUS so that we can take care of their need for physical food. And since everything we do is done in the name of Christ, perhaps we can serve up some spiritual food to go with the physical kind.

Thousands of years ago a wise man wrote, “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor”. Proverbs, 22:9. It is still true today.


How We’re Helping

In June, FOCUS Emergency Services helped a total of 76 clients. This included the distribution of 290 bags of food to 115 individuals in 68 families; 26 of those families included with children.

In home repairs for June, FOCUS assisted an elderly homeowner near West Point with hot water heater, new bathroom fixture, shower faucets and connections.

FOCUS’ Next Board Meeting

FOCUS’ next Board meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Harris County Community Center.