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MEND’s Foodbank has long been a point of entry for a majority of clients. Clients utilizing the food bank include families struggling to make ends meet, and people who are homeless who—because of few options—sometimes rely on foraging from dumpsters to survive.
POUND OF FOOD
Every year, over 20 organizations host clothing drives for the Clothing Center allowing us to provide clothes for every occasion, including business attire for MEND’s job trainees, and children’s clothing for school. All of your kind donations are given to clients at no charge to them.
In the Fall of 2018, MEND started its first case management program – the Family Support Program (FSP). Our hypothesis was that with intensive 1:1 social work support, guidance and resource connections, families in poverty could reduce their dependence on MEND’s and other safety net services and gain greater stability and independence.
Our Homeless Care Services supported 1,931 unduplicated homeless men and women in 2019, serving them a hot meal and providing them with food-to-go, fresh change of clothing, hygiene items and referrals to our partners in housing and mental health.