Blessed Trinity parishioners donated $116,000 to our ministry. Thank you!
Our retail stores – clothing and furniture – generated $253,000. This paid for our three full time salaries and benefits, the overhead and mortgage for our office, store, and soup kitchen, with some left over. So we can say that every dollar donated to Brothers Keeper went directly to help the poor and homeless.
Yearly statistics do not really tell the whole story as our ministry is about helping people and families and each case is unique. But the numbers do give you a good idea of how your donations are used. In our last fiscal year:
- 190 families/seniors received a full thanksgiving food bag and a gift card for turkey.
- 207 families with children received a full Christmas dinner bag and toys for the kids.
- 113 parishioners received assistance, totaling $34,806.
- We assisted 137 families avoid eviction and homelessness.
- 6,198 cases came to our door representing 16,291 adults and children.
- 2,904 bags of emergency food were given out. This comes from the Publix bags and your First Sunday of the month donations.
- 1,337 clothing vouchers and 312 furniture vouchers were given out to the needy, totaling over $ 44,000 in direct assistance.
- 73,498 meals were served at the Soup Kitchen.
- We helped 994 families keep their lights on for 30 days when in emergency situations, totaling over $89,820 in assistance.
- More than $30,000 was spent in providing auto repairs, food coupons, gasoline vouchers, prescriptions, motels, emergency transportation, and other forms of assistance.
- We figure a total of $500,000 in goods and services were given back to the poor of our community. And this does not include the cost of the 78,000 Soup Kitchen meals which is impossible to calculate since all but 20 cents of each meal is donated food.
- The dollar amount of our countless volunteers: Priceless.