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Did You Know? 9-25-15

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know ...?


Here is some information and some statistics you may not know about.


Our outreach benefits the local food pantry, the pregnancy center, homeless organizations, agencies on aging and those in the general population who are in need.


Not enough people know the extent of the problems that exist, and not enough people know what to do when they find themselves in these situations.


In the Pennsylvania counties we serve, the food insecurity rates are: Pike County (2013) 13% and 19% child food insecurity; Monroe County 14% and child food insecurity 18% ; Lackawana County 13% and child food insecurity 22% ; Wayne 12% and child food insecurity 19%.


In the New York state counties we serve - Orange County 10.2% and child food insecurity 19.7%; Duchess 10.2% and child food insecurity 17.4%; Sullivan 13.7% and child food insecurity 24.2%.


In New Jersey state counties we serve – Sussex 8.8% and child food insecurity 15.9%, Passaic 12.3% and child food insecurity 21.4%.


The unsheltered homeless rate in Pennsylvania increased between 2012 to 2013 by 26.3%.


The number of homeless families in New York state increased by 17.15%. Individual chronic homelessness in New Jersey increased 13.73%. Chronic homelessness among families increased by 2% in Pennsylvania, 4% in New Jersey and 4.9% in New York.


In 2014, Pike County Hands Of Hope provided 46 nights of motel lodging for 18 homeless people and helped 7 families with rental placements.

Expansion Project Update 7-3-15

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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Just thought you would all like to "see" our vision. And to let you know we have sent out our first grant request, with several more in the pipeline. Your prayers and well wishes are appreciated. Please share with as many people as you know. Thank you all.

NOTICE Board Meeting 6-9-15

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Calling All Angels Mission

Agenda

June 9, 2015

 

Call meeting to order. Absentee member Jerry Reganess. Lauren Anderson approves Charles Reynolds to run the meeting. Penny Werner present.

 

Minutes of previous meeting. Any additions, corrections or amendments. Motion to approve. No amendments, corrections or additions. Motion to accept by Charles, seconded by Penny. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business

 

 

  • Expansion Project update given by Charles. - After reaching our goal for Phase One, our GoFundMe account online and offline donations reached $1000. We have purchased the database needed and begun searching for grantmakers. I have begun putting together our grant package basics, which we will then adapt to the funders requirements as we identify them. We continue to add to the funds from Bag Sales, Pen / Vase sales, direct donations, our GoFundMe site. We are in the planning phases of a music fundraiser. To that end I am identifying venues, performers, and business sponsors. We have sent out a press release about the project.

 

 

Treasurer's Report

 

 

  • The Mission has begun making bill payments for the thrift shop and donations to the food pantry on an ongoing basis. Our current operating account (as of 6/9/15) has $4174.07. Our savings account has $422.38. We have outstanding monies to deposit into the operating account in the amount of $150, into our savings of $88 and we still need to transfer $125 into the savings from the operating account for the sale of art from the auction.

 

 

New Business

 

 

  • Board Member Resignation – Mission received a request via Facebook from Jerry Reganess to remove his name from the board. Motion to accept resignation made by Lauren, seconded by Penny. Approved unanimously.
  • Lauren has put forth a desire to place a monthly ad in the papers which updates the expansion project, our ongoing mission, a request for donations and for volunteers. Unanimous approval by board. Charles will work on making the copy for the ad.
  • GoFundMe campaign has raised its goal. Motion before the board is to continue the existing campaign, editing as needed to show next phases. Or to end the campaign and begin a new one. Lauren said it should be continued to show the money we have raised as well as all new money to be eligible for possible challenge grants. Motion to continue approved unanimously. Charles will work on making the changes.

 

 

Motion to adjourn. Motion seconded by Penny. Approved unanimously.

REPLACEMENT Board Meeting Notice 3_14_15

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Board meeting minutes absent from the blog updates due to technical errors. The following is a copy replacement of the original posting.


Calling All Angels Mission

Agenda

March 14, 2015

 

Call meeting to order. Absentee member Jerry Reganess. Lauren Anderson approves Charles Reynolds to run the meeting.


 

Minutes of previous meeting. Any additions, corrections or amendments. Motion to approve. No amendments, corrections or additions. Motion to accept by Charles, seconded by Lauren. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business

 

  • Bank account - treasurer states it has not been set up yet, but needs board approval to do it. (See new business.)

 

New Business

 

  • New board member - Penny Werner (jumped to before old business). Motioned by Charles, seconded by Lauren. Approved unanimously.
  • Approval to add 3 employees on payroll for thrift shop - Lauren Anderson, Charles Reynolds and Penny Werner. Motion by Charles, seconded by Lauren. Approved unanimously.
  • Approval of treasurer to handle payroll and setting up bank account. Motion by Lauren, seconded by Penny. Unanimously approved.

 

Motion to adjourn

Project Update 6-9-15

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Text from a Press Release sent out today:


Milford, PA – May 13, 2015 – Calling All Angels Mission announces a milestone with their Expansion Project.

 

Calling All Angels Mission, a non-profit which runs the Calling All Angels Thrift Shoppe in Milford, PA, began a plan to expand both its outreach and services early in the year. As part of the first phase in the project, the Mission was raising money in order to gain access to a grantmaker database.

 

The month long successful effort to raise the $999 needed for the Foundation Center database was accomplished with several fund raising programs. President of the board Lauren Anderson made “flower pens” and “Lower pens in vases” which were sold at the thrift store. Direct donations by patrons was also a big aspect of reaching the goal in a short time. There was also an art auction- with art donated by a couple of local residents – and a Bag Sale in the thrift shop. The latter saw the regular (and popular) Bag Sale price jump one dollar, with the extra dollar going to the expansion project.

 

“We did that,” says manager Charles Reynolds. “In order to not dip into sales income these sales generate that goes toward our outreaches. The store still receives the usual $15 for each sale, but the extra dollar goes toward the project to expand both the shop and the outreach – especially the the expansion of our educational aspect mentioned in our mission statement.”

 

The goal also received a final push when a patron came in to make a clothing to the shop and learned of the project. When Beth Moseley heard that Phase One needed $170 more to hit its goal, she immediately gave the money to the store manager.

 

“I felt like an angel walked into the room,” said Anderson of the donation by Moseley. “I started crying.”

 

The five phase project is to culminate in the establishment of the Calling All Angels Complex. On the site is planned a two-story multifunctional building – which will house a much larger thrift store space, proposed offices for Pike County Hands of Hope, classroom space, and more – a congregate dining hall and a multi-unit temporary housing to benefit clients of Pike County Hands of Hope.

 

Along with the art auction, there are other ongoing efforts to raise money for phase one: a GoFundMe site to continue to raise money (which can be found at gofund.me/t75has ), items in the thrift shop where the sales go directly for the project, direct cash donations (which will all be reflected on the GoFundMe site) and a benefit concert is in the planning stage.

 

“Now comes the hard work for me,” said Reynolds, who is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the board. “I now need to identify grantmakers who match what we do and write the grant proposals. But it is worth it. Our community needs this.”

 

Information about the project can be found online at the Mission's website. (http://callingallangelsmission.webs.com/apps/blog/show/43304802-a-5-phase-project-to-expand)

Expansion Project Update

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Since last month, we have big, BIG news about our continuing efforts to expand both the shop and the outreach!

We have reached our goal for Phase One!

 

We have had so many people come up to us and congratulate us on this accomplishment. But we can take no credit for this. All we have accomplished this month is due to the generosity of our community residents! Those who donated directly, on our GoFundMe site, bought the pens and vases Lauren made, participated in our Bag Sale (where one dollar from each sale went to the fund), who donated art to the auction, bought art at the auction and, in no small part, to the incredibly generous woman who came in the other day and gave us the final $170 we needed. I cannot thank Beth Moseley enough.

 

With the completion of Phase One of the project, we are discussing the best way to handle the GoFundMe aspect of our fundraising. As it stands right now, we will leave the funding page active. We may just edit the page and keep it (so we can keep the same link for your and our convenience), or we may start a new campaign.

 

The reason for this is that in our search for grants, there are out there grants called Challenge Grants. These funding sources require requestors to raise a portion of the needed money. Often it is half of the money, where the grantmaker will then fund the other half. Sometimes it is a little more generous, like 25 and then they provide the 75%.

 

To this end, we will have a GoFundMe requesting $187,500, which is 25% of the money needed for the property (Phase Two). I know this seems like a lot of money. But so is the $750,000 price tag for the land we need.

 

But do not let this daunt you. It isn't daunting me! I know this project will see completion! I know we will expand! We must!

 

So we move on. I am looking at grantmakers, working on the basics of the grant which I will then tailor to each potential funding source.

 

We are still selling the pens and vases I mentioned in last month's post. We are accepting direct donations at the shop. And, as I stated above, we have a GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/t75has) campaign. We are also looking at other potential avenues of fundraising, such as a music event. Many of our local musicians have offered their support for our project. We are looking at venues, dates, etc to do this.

 

Now that we reached our goal and have the database we need, we look forward to getting deeper into Phase Two of the project. This is the purchase of the property for the project. We have spoken with our realtor (who also happens to be President of the board for Hands of Hope) to look into the desired land in Milford Township, PA.

 

And to remind you all, here is the rest of the project's goals:

 

Phase Three is the construction of a multi-funtion building that will house 1) the new thrift shop 2) offices for Pike County Hands of Hope (their Facebook page is (www.facebook.com/pages/Pike-County-Hands-Of-Hope/1494982297439345), 3) a meeting room / gallery / classroom area. (More on these things a little further down.)

 

Phase Four will be (if we get the property we want) the renovation of an existing building for use as a Congregate Dining Hall. (Note - if we don't get the property - that is, if someone buys it before we can - we will have to build this from scratch and it will cost considerably more.)

 

And finally, Phase Five is the construction of a 7-unit temporary housing apartment building.

 

This is a very ambitious project. Please pass this information along to everyone you know. We can use donations, support and prayers in order for this vision to become a reality.

 

Some More Info

 

(I know we said this before, but some readers will not have read those previous posting.)

 

The conditions our volunteers work in the existing thrift shop are less than ideal. Not only will the construction of a new building offer us the ability to carry more items we do not have room for right now and items we are not allowed to unless we have a permit / equipment / space to process them, but our dedicated volunteers will have a safe, clean environment in order to do their work. Plus, many people have offered to volunteer but cannot due to the space we have (close quarters, dusty, poor lighting, cold in winter, hot in summer, musty). Therefore, if we make this better, we will get more volunteers and thus be able to do more for the community.

 

The aforementioned items - like padded furniture, baby bunting, pillows and quilts - will then have a place to be processed. Right now, we cannot by PA law sell these items. But with the larger space, there will be ample room to do this.

 

With a new building, we will also be able to have a separate entrance for donations. Currently, we carry them through a packed store full of customers. This makes the shopping experience less than pleasant.

 

With a single floor layout, we will also be able to return to offering shopping to our elderly and special needs customers who may not be able to navigate the stairs in our current shop. We sued to have seniors from Belle Reve and Milford Senior Care come, and we offered them places to sit, drinks and snacks. With a new store, we will be able to do this once again. And with the larger, more open layout, our sales should increase exponentially, thus helping us help more people.

 

The classrooms on the second floor (accessible by stairs AND an elevator, will be open to all. We will put out invitations to agencies and groups such as CDD and veterans groups. There will be painting classes, jewelry making classes, ceramics classes and more (as suggestions for what the community wants). Plus we can offer seminars on healthy eating, healthy living, as well as survival classes such as how to balance your checkbook and budget for household needs.

 

The second floor space will also be available for non-profit groups to use for meetings, training and such.

 

After speaking with the President of Pike County Hands of Hope, we decided to build the 7-unit apartments so they could temporarily house people in need while they find something more permanent. And they will now have seven more places to put at-risk people up during the emergency cold weather of our region.

 

So, as you can see, we have lots happening. We will continue updating our progress.

 

Thank you and have a blessed day.

 

The Staff at Calling All Angels Mission

A 5-Phase Project to expand

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Lots going on this month as we begin to ramp up on our efforts to expand both the shop and the outreach.


We have a GoFundMe campaign in order to help us pay for Phase One of the project. In this phase, we are raising money to get access to a database that has all the information we need to find grantmakers to fund our capitol project. I have identified the best database and the best price for us. The $399 subscription has too little information and the $1499 one has more than we need. So we need to raise $999 to pay for it.


To this end, we are still selling the pens and vases I mentioned in last month's post. We are accepting direct donations at the shop. And, as I stated above, we have a GoFundMe campaign. On May 30th, we will be holding an Art Auction (event page on Facebook is www.facebook.com/events/841037112633344/) at the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse at 611 Broad Street in Milford, PA.




Once we reach our goal and write / get the grants, we will move onto Phase Two. In this one, we are going to purchase property for the project.




Phase Three is the construction of a multi-funtion building that will house 1) the new thrift shop, 2) offices for Pike County Hands of Hope (their Facebook page is (www.facebook.com/pages/Pike-County-Hands-Of-Hope/1494982297439345), 3) a meeting room / gallery / classroom area. (More on these things a little further down.)





Phase Four will be (if we get the property we want) the renovation of an existing building for use as a Congregate Dining Hall. (Note - if we don't get the property - that is, if someone buys it before we can - we will have to build this from scratch and it will cost considerably more.)




And finally, Phase Five is the construction of a 7-unit temporary housing apartment building.




This is a very ambitious project and we are currently at $350 of the $999 needed. Please pass this information along to everyone you know. We can use donations, support and prayers in order for this vision to become a reality.


Some More Info


The conditions our volunteers work in the existing thrift shop are less than ideal. Not only will the construction of a new building offer us the ability to carry more items we do not have room for right now and items we are not allowed to unless we have a permit / equipment / space to process them, but our dedicated volunteers will have a safe, clean environemnt in order to do their work. Plus, many people have offered to volunteer but cannot due to the space we have (close quarters, dusty, poor lighting, cold in winter, hot in summer, musty). Therefore, if we make this better, we will get more volunteers and thus be able to do more for the community.


The aforementioned items - like padded furniture, baby bunting, pillows and quilts - will then have a place to be processed. Right now, we cannot by PA law sell these items. But with the larger space, there will be ample room to do this.


With a new building, we will also be able to have a separate entrance for donations. Currently, we carry them through a packed store full of customers. This makes the shopping experience less than pleasant.


With a single floor layout, we will also be able to return to offering shopping to our elderly and special needs customers who may not be able to navigate the stairs in our current shop. We sued to have seniors from Belle Reve and Milford Senior Care come, and we offered them places to sit, drinks and snacks. With a new store, we will be able to do this once again.


With the larger, more open layout, our sales should increase exponentially, thus helping us help more people.


The classrooms on the second floor (accessible by stairs AND an elevator) will be open to all. We will put out invitations to agencies and groups such as CDD and veterans groups. There will be painting classes, jewelry making classes, ceramics classes and more (as suggestions for what the community wants). Plus we can offer seminars on healthy eating, healthy living, as well as survival classes such as how to balance your checkbook and budget for household needs.


The second floor space will also be available for non-profit groups to use for meetings, training and such.


After speaking with the President of Pike County Hands of Hope, we decided to build the 7-unit apartments so they could temporarily house people in need while they find something more permanent. And they will now have seven more places to put at-risk people up during the emergency cold weather of our region.


So, as you can see, we have lots happening. And we will be updating you all as things progress.


Thank you and have a blessed day.

Update April 17, 2015

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted to say hello and update you on things that are happening. Its not much, really.


I am working on figuring out how to write these grant proposals and identifying possible grant sources.


Big shout out thank you to Representative Rosemary Brown (PA-189) and her staff (especially Kathy Moran), for following up with us after our recent meeting. She supplied some great resources and sent us the latest grant and resource directory put out by the state.


Lauren is busy making flower pens and selling them individually (for $2 each) and in glass vases with rocks ($10 each), as a desk decoration. This is one way we are raising a portion of the capitol needed for our big project coming up. (The one I am working on grants for.) There are challenge grants out there that want to see you raising money other than theirs in order to give you the grant.




In coming weekes I will be letting you in on some of the things we are doing in the community. And some of the upcoming fundraisers we will be working on. I CAN tell you that one of those fundraisers will involve music.


Until next time. Have a blessed day. And remember that not only is it better to give than receive, its also better to teach a man to fish rather than just give him one.


Oh, and Lauren wants to know what your favorite color flower is. You can send us a message on our Contact page.


Charlie

Minutes 10-15-14

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

MINUTES AS APPROVED AT THE March 14, 2015 Board Meetings.


Calling All Angels Mission

Agenda

October 15, 2014

 

Meeting called to order. Present were Lauren Anderson, Jerry Reganess, Lauren Anderson.

 

Approved by assembled board members for Charles to run the meeting. No minutes of previous meeting.

 

Old Business

 

No old business to discuss.

 

New Business

 

Adoption of Conflict of Interest Policy

 * Read policy

* Held discussions about the policy documents for the non-profit.

* Motion to adopt as written. Passed unanimously.

* Sign policy documents to be filed.

 

Motion to adjourn. Passed unanimously.


About this page

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This page will feature informational blogs and updates as well as minutes to meetings once the board approves them.


NOTE - Board meetings are infrequent but will be held once per quarter.


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