Open Gate Ministry for Homeless Young Adults would like to thank you for your generous support of at-risk young adults who participate in our weekly Hawthorne Dinners and receive the services we provide. We couldn’t do what we do without you.
The past four months of living with COVID-19 have not been easy for anyone, Open Gate included. We have converted our family-style, Sunday Hawthorne Dinners to a to-go format: participants come and go as quickly as possible taking with them a meal (maybe two), a pair of socks and underwear, a hygiene pack, a $10 Kroger card, and a $5 Metro card, plus diapers, if requested. We do this with only five volunteers.
While our actual June expenses were 51% less than budget, our actual income was, unfortunately, only 30% of budget. Since Bering and other organizations are closed, we have no income from altar-rail collections, third-party fundraisers, or Second Blessings, Bering’s resale ministry. Yet, in June, we provided 124 meals and 124 sets each of clothing, hygiene items, and Kroger cards, plus eight packs of diapers, to 62 individuals.
We are again conducting our annual 100 Campaign: $100 from 100 People in 100 Days,our largest regular source of income; it raised $21,000 in 2019 and $24,400 in 2018.
Of course, we’d love to have many more than 100 supporters and donations of more than $100! However, if $100 or more isn’t in your budget, please contribute whatever you can, over whatever period of time works for you. We certainly understand the effects of COVID-19 on income and giving.
As encouragement—the first $3,000 raised will be matched dollar for dollar!
The Campaign funds food, supplies, clothing, hygiene and infant items, security, salaries, building-use, and special participant assistance. In 2019, we provided rental assistance to two participants and bus tickets and traveling money to six participants returning to out of state families. In 2020–2021, thanks to a grant from the John Steven Kellett Foundation, we will begin assisting participants obtain high school GEDs (General Education/Equivalency Diploma). One participant has already started college classes at Houston Community College.
The 100 Campaign ends October 31. You can contribute by mail or online at beringopengate.org, where you can also find information about us. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions (David K. Johnson, Board Chair, [email protected], 281-685-8200). Contribute early to improve your chances of having your donation matched!
We deeply appreciate your past generosity and hope that we have earned your continuing support.