CityHeart – Heart of the City, Hope of the Community December 2021
As we end the year 2021, we are grateful, thankful and blessed.
Grateful for the ability to be able to serve the community during the ongoing pandemic. With proper protocols in place, we were determined to remain open and accessible to people in need. Many new clients impacted by COVID-19 sought help for the first time in their lives. We helped to stabilize these families by assisting a total of 1495 households, serving the needs of 3523 people, 1530 of those were children. This is representative of pre-pandemic numbers.
We have fulfilled our mission as a ministry of presence in the heart of downtown Dayton to the needy, transient, and homeless population of the city and surrounding communities. We strive to improve their lives by listening with compassion and care, responding appropriately to immediate and emergency needs and connection people with other community resources for long term solutions.
Thankful for the strengthened relationships and new partnerships forged during the year to provide even more resources to a population struggling to remain healthy, make ends meet and overcome the economic instability of lost and reduced employment.
After being closed to walk-in visitors for 18 months during the pandemic, we were thankful to reopen to these clients in September of 2021. In doing so, we will re-establish ourselves as a place of welcome and hospitality in downtown for all who seek refuge, respite, care and compassion. Many of our walk-n visitors are homeless, and we will once again offer them comfort and hope in their troubles and help to make the connections that will bring stability to their lives.
Blessed to have loyal donors, dedicated volunteers, extremely competent staff and a highly engaged board of directors.
We were also blessed to receive new grant funding which allowed us to increase our financial assistance by 60% in 2021.
A full 2021 Annual Report with more details will be distributed in March by mail and email.
With Much Gratitude,