2017 Mission Outreach Recap

The staff of Prince of Peace Mission Outreach and The Salvation Army put together a year-end review of the people reached, lives impacted and work done this year. This review gives a wonderful bird’s eye view of the many ways Prince of Peace and The Salvation Army have served and continue to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. 

Thank You Prince of Peace!

As we enter 2017, Prince of Peace Mission Outreach and The Salvation Army would like to take a moment to recognize the generosity of this congregation and our surrounding community for the support we experienced by you giving of your time and gifts during 2016. Each week we hear stories from the families who visit our Mission Outpost and receive help in any number of ways. From the family that received a bed so they no longer need to sleep on the floor, to the child in the Dominican Republic that has the opportunity to attend a high quality school your generosity is changing lives for a better future. Thank you!  Thank you!  for your kind and generous hearts open to helping others by being the hands, heart and feet of Jesus.

Thanksgiving and Praise to our congregation!

2016 Numbers and Statistics:

Thanksgiving Community Meal Through the generosity of this congregation over 177 families provided food for our Community Thanksgiving meal including 35 turkeys and 115 pounds of potatoes to serve up a feast to 250 visitors and another 100 meals we packed for families to take home on Thanksgiving Day 2016. Numerous volunteers from pie cutters to dishwashers joined in on the fun as we opened our doors to the community.  THANK YOU, for sharing from your heart to be a blessing to others.

Mission Outpost Food Shelf and Clothing Closet More than 10,500 family visits were made to Mission Outpost to receive food, clothing, household items, linens and toiletries in 2016.  The relationships we build with families in this area of Mission Outpost help us better understand the needs of the families we serve. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Mariel at 952-898-9362 or mvinge@popmn.org

Gift Tree Ministry – That same generosity was seen in our response to the Gift Tree ministry during the season of Advent. Once again, this congregation touched families in our community through their generosity by providing over 750 gifts to those in need. The opportunity to give without the expectation of receiving something back is one the blessings we receive when we live out our faith through generosity.

Mission Outpost – MOVE – in our second phase of Mission Outpost, we use the relationships that we have built with local families to help families MOVE toward self-sustainability.  Over 350 families were assisted with job search/resume building, applying for County services, MNSURE, Energy Assistance or Head Start programs. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering with our MOVE team please contact Linda Olson at 952-898-9307 or lolson@popmn.org

Mission Outpost Dental Clinic – Over 550 individuals with no dental insurance and experiencing mouth pain received quality dental care by our fantastic volunteer dental professionals! If you are a Dentist, Oral Surgeon, Hygienist or Assistant, willing to volunteer your time or are interested in more information please contact Trudy Koepsell at 952-898-9318 or tkoepsell@popmn.org

Mission Outpost Furniture Ministry Furniture Ministry has delivered furniture to 155 families this year! We accept gently used sofas (not reclining or sleeper), dressers, kitchen tables + chairs, living room chairs, end tables, coffee tables and night stands. We pick up donated furniture and beds and deliver to families in need. There are 22 families on the waiting list for beds. We are in need of gently used mattresses/box springs/frames for twin, full and queen size beds. Our Ministry is successful due to a small number of devoted volunteers. However, we are in need of more volunteers to help pick up and deliver furniture on Wednesday mornings. For more information, to donate or volunteer, please contact Kim Harris at 952-898-9310 or kharris@popmn.org

The Salvation Army – In addition to partnering with our Mission Outpost food shelf program, The Salvation Army helped 147 families with the following:

  • 12 homeless families in Carver County received hotel vouchers through a Partner’s Fund
    40 households received utility help to avoid shut offs
    56 households received rental assistance to avoid eviction and homelessness
    20 households were assisted with other emergency services such as gas cards and car repair
    19 households were assisted with a Bridging Appointment to assist with household furniture and supplies.

For more information please contact Sandi Hofmeister at 952-898-9340 or by email.

The Salvation Army Coats for Kids – In October, 1,394 children in our community received coats to keep them warm this winter.  Many also received hats, gloves or snow pants.  

The Salvation Army Toy Shop – Approximately 700 parents were blessed through an opportunity to shop for their children’s Christmas Gifts. “Thank you to everyone who volunteered or donated toys.”

South Metro Meal Pack – Back in February, we were part of a 15,000 volunteer event that packed more than 4,000,000 meals for children across the world.  We also raised $125,000 to support the cost of the food.  Thank you to all that participated.

 

Thank you again to everyone for serving with us and making a difference in God’s children’s lives this  past year!

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  • Jan Larson

    A big THANK YOU to all who volunteer at Mission Outpost in so many ways, Echo Park Elementary, Caring and Sharing, and this year, housing the homeless, etc. Such a “giving” community of people. There is such a need. Plus, we have been so blessed with a wonderful staff.