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Mission for Area People is a “Life Support” for many people in our community, whether it be for healthy food, medical assistance, clothing, socks & underwear, car repair, rent, utility assistance, or Christmas gifts.

There are many stories of how MAP has helped make a difference in someone’s life. Without the support of the donors and volunteers, MAP is not able to continue to provide the much needed services in our community. The small staff at MAP is to facilitate the everyday operations. We, like any other agency, have bills to pay.

I can honestly tell you, in the fifteen years I have been at Mission for Area People, I have never seen our operation budget in such crisis. I do not say this lightly when I tell you, you are the “Life Support” for Mission for Area People.

Please, if you believe in the work Mission for Area People is doing in our community, may I ask you to make a special donation in whatever amount you can. MAP is the “Life Support” for our community neighbors in need and you are the Life Support” for Mission for Area People during our time of need.

Thank you in advance for your support.
Diana

People picking up their feet and seat covers at the give-away.

The first year for the Feet & Seat Give-Away was a success! Mission for Area People provided 162 children new socks and underwear to begin the new school year. (I think the parents were more excited than the kids!) Unfortunately, 35 families who signed up did not show or call the day of the give-away.

The kids also got to visit our coat room and pick out a coat for when the weather gets a little cooler. Madonna Borgerding, who organizes the Clothing Pantry, estimated she gave out 105 coats to children.

The “Garden to Table” classes have been a huge success. They have not only educated participants on how to cook and eat healthy; they have brought people together who have faced many challenges, support, and encouragement needed in their lives.

It warms my heart to tell you about two such lovely ladies who took the “Garden to Table” class and found more than healthy ways to prepare food, they found a much needed friendship in each other.

Both ladies were referred to our classes by their Community Health worker, Kristen. Debbie and Becky are widows, have grown children and both have health issues.
For Debbie, life seemed to spiral downhill after losing her mom, who she describes as her “best friend”. Then her job of 15 years was down-sized. Shortly after losing her job she was diagnosed with diabetes; which led to depression and weight gain.

For Becky, she lost her husband a few years ago, who was her best friend. Becky also felt a sense of loss, her husband was gone, her children lived out of state, and her diabetes and weight issues made it hard for her to get around.

Today, both Debbie and Becky have found a reason to get up in the morning. They not only attended the “Garden to Table” classes at MAP, but they also signed up for our classes in October. They now attend yoga and exercise classes together at Tanglewood. Debbie and Becky have found a friendship in each other that might not have existed had it not been for their Community Health worker Kristen, encouraging them to take the “Garden to Table” classes at MAP to help address their health issues.

“Mission for Area People saved my life. I didn’t know MAP had so many programs to help the community.” -Debbie

MAP helped Debbie with diabetic shoes, food, and clothes.

Mission for Area People provides a number of services throughout the year for people like Debbie and Becky. Without the financial support of YOU, and the work of our dedicated volunteers, Mission for Area People, literally would not exist.

Thank you for your support! It is very much needed and appreciated—just ask
Debbie and Becky!