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Valley Outreach Annual Report FY2014-2015



Top Three of 2014-2015

  


1.  In May 2015, Valley Outreach purchased the building in which we have operated since 2007. This allows us to ensure we have adequate space to serve our clients and to expand programming into the future. We will continue to strengthen our services offered to those in need, thanks in part to the stability of owning our own building.

2. We saw an increased need for food in our community, and we were there to serve those who needed it. With the distribution of 805,009 pounds of food, the equivalent of 620,000 meals, we provided 8% more food over the last year. Our food program pursued outreach to specific communities as well, including seniors and elementary school children.

3. fill (y)our closet: a pop-up sale with a purpose was born! This twice a year pop-up clothing sale allows us to sell items that are vintage, over stock, or out of season (while saving all items donated that are needed by our clients). With the funds raised, we purchase new socks and underwear for clients using the clothing closet.

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Our Mission:  Valley Outreach is a bridge between the crisis of the moment and the solution of the future.  We help our St. Croix Valley neighbors in need of food, clothing, emergency financial assistance and other support while respecting their individual dignity and offering them encouragement and hope.

Our Goals:  We serve our St. Croix Valley neighbors by providing food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, providing education and support services, while respecting individual dignity and offering encouragement and hope.

Geographic Area & Community Served

The St. Croix Valley doesn’t exactly top the list when we discuss poverty. Many of us think of more vivid examples reflected over the years - rural, Appalachian communities or urban, crowded, metropolitan areas. However, in our community, we have a story of suburban poverty. The dynamics of “place” and the issues that affect families and individual are different here than in our sister communities in greater Minnesota or directly within the boundaries of the Twin Cities. 

The New York Times stated (May 2014) that in the “...five decades since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the nation’s poor are more likely to be found in suburbs…and poverty is suburbs is rising faster than in any other setting in the country. By 2011, there were 3 million more people living in poverty in suburbs than in inner cities.”

Food Shelf

Valley Outreach has been feeding our neighbors in need since 1983. The Valley Outreach Food Shelf offers a choice model where clients shop for their specific needs, honoring individual, family and cultural preferences while offering fresh produce and a variety of healthier food options. The Food Shelf provides non-perishable items (canned and boxed foods) in addition to fresh produce, deli items, milk, eggs, margarine, frozen meats and other perishable products as available.

Bonus Fridays is an opportunity for clients to receive additional perishable food items (such as fresh produce, deli items, and bread) to help stretch food resources and provide ongoing access to fresh foods.  It is open to clients of Valley Outreach and others who find themselves in need of emergency food assistance.

Each week, approximately 78 households received an average of 19 pounds of food per person by the Bonus Friday fresh food distribution.

Snack Pack is a program available to families with elementary school age children who can sign up to receive weekend packs of kid-friendly meal and snack items. This program helps to alleviate hunger over the weekend, when free and reduced school lunches are not available.

Approximately 181 elementary age students in 7 different schools received critical weekend snacks and meals as part of the Snack Pack program. We distributed 5,683 snack packs!  

Mobile Choice is a home-delivery program offered to clients with limited mobility due to age, health and/or disability.  Clients place an order indicating their food preferences which is then packed and delivered to their home by trained volunteers. 

The Mobile Choice program serves an average of 20 individuals a month. Last year we had 144 deliveries!

Through our various food shelf programs, we distribute approximately 620,000 meals each year.

During the last fiscal year, there were 9,128 visits to the Valley Outreach Food Shelf programs, through which 805,009 pounds of food were distributed to 1,414 unique households, reaching 3,469 unique individuals. That’s an 8% increase in pounds and visits from last year!

Of those served:

  • 38% were children 
  • 35% of households used the program for the first time ever 
  • 14.2% of households came 12 times or more last year (monthly)
  • 75% increase in seniors served from the last year
  • 100 homeless households comprised of 244 individuals served

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet provides men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, including socks and underwear. The selection of clothing available for all ages gives clients an opportunity to ensure growing children have clothes that fit, adults can dress confidently for the workplace, all individuals are warm and comfortable in the winter months, and that all have access to the basic clothing needs of socks and underwear.

We provide clothing to an average of 106 families each month.

During the last fiscal year, there were 1,267 visits to the Valley Outreach Clothing Closet and 45,941 items of clothing were distributed to clients in need. That’s a 21% increase in clothes distributed!

Emergency Fund

The Valley Outreach Emergency Fund offers financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis. We support those facing financial adversity by providing funds for rental and mortgage expenses, heat and utility services, car repair that maintains transportation to work and critical healthcare needs such as prescription medications.

In the past year, we have distributed approximately $50,247 in financial assistance to 207 households (591 individuals) through the Emergency Fund. 44.6% of fund distributed went to keeping families in their homes.

Resource Advising

Assisting our clients as they navigate through difficult, and often unexpected, life situations is a goal of Valley Outreach. When a client’s needs go beyond the core programs offered at Valley Outreach, we work with them to bridge the gap by making connections to additional resources and organizations. This can include where and how to obtain medical aid, find affordable housing and link to job and skill-building programs. We do this to move people towards a higher level of self-sufficiency.

In the last year, we served 772 unique households through Resource Advising, representing 2,358 unique individuals who have been positively impacted by this program. That’s a 16% increase in resource visits (connecting clients to other area resources) and 81% increase in application assistance and client advocacy.


Volunteer Program 

Volunteers are a vital part of Valley Outreach and play a significant role in helping individuals and families through a difficult time in their life. Every week, our dedicated team of volunteers donates hours of their time as they assist in the operation of our programs. Valley Outreach has many volunteer opportunities in our Food Shelf, Clothing Closet, and administrative offices for both groups and individuals. 

Last year, 1,313 unique volunteers contributed 24,386 hours to Valley Outreach, valued at $570,660! 






 

Audited Financials FY14-15
FY14-15 990 

Donors 

We make every effort to correctly recognize our generous donors. If you find an error relating to your name, please accept our apologies and contact info@valleyoutreachmn.org with the correction.

Individuals
Foundation, Business, Religious, and Civic Groups
Tribute Gifts

Board of Directors (Active during FY2014-2015)

Jan Hallstrom – Chair
Kathy Saltzman - Vice Chair
Peggy Ahola - Treasurer
Kyle Johnson – Secretary
Mike Ptacek - Former Chair
Buff Grace
Bruce Holcomb
Marc Kimball
Wendy Mortimer
Andy Rollwagen
Deanne Bergevin
Traci Thompson

Current Staff

Tracy Maki - Executive Director
Cynthia Frederick - Emergency Fund Coordinator
Megan Buchanan - Food Shelf/Clothing Closet Manager
Caleb Mingus - AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Suzanne Lindquist - Volunteer Manager
Kris Huntley - Resource Liaison
Bobbie Orcutt - Office Support Coordinator
Liz (Stone) Riley - Director of Programs
Kateri Routh - Director of Operations

 



MISSION

Valley Outreach is a bridge between the crisis of the moment and the solution of the future. We help our St. Croix Valley neighbors in need of food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, and other support while respecting their individual dignity and offering them encouragement and hope.

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