First Voting Meeting

March 7, 2018

1st Voting Meeting –  March 7, 2018

Resurrection House was the winning charity

We raised $11,400.

In addition to the members’ donations, we were awarded a $5,000 matching donation grant by The Richard Schulze Foundation – making a total donation of $16,400 to The Resurrection House.

On March 7, 2018  we had 84 of our 110 members in attendance at our inaugural voting meeting.  The three presenters did a fabulous job with their presentations.  Congratulations to all of them for being the first women to pitch a charity to our group.    

Resurrection House  Presented by Linda Hoy

www.resurrectionhousesarasota.org

Mission Statement:  Resurrection House is a forward thinking non-denominational faith-based resource center committed to transitioning at-risk and homeless individuals to a path of self-sufficiency.  Resurrection House meets the needs of the homeless by providing showers, restrooms, breakfast & lunch, and volunteers to wash, dry and fold laundry.  Since opening in 1989, they have served over 31,000 homeless individuals.  The services also include barber services, medical help, legal advice, employment help by providing bus passes or bicycles, storage facilities, mailbox services and spiritual help.  Their operating budget is $500,000, with most of it coming from individuals, businesses, foundations and religious groups.  They receive no money from city, county, state or federal government.  They have 5 employees and 150 volunteers.  90% of their budget goes to Program Services.  They serve 1200 clients each year.  In addition to monetary donations, they welcome clothing, toiletries, canned goods and peanut butter.  They also need men’s sneakers, jeans, underwear and small hotel sized bottles of shampoo.  Our donation will be used to purchase larger washers and dryers, as well as new lockers for their clients’ storage.   

The two additional charities that were pitched were:

Hope Family Services, Inc.  Presented by Karen Alofs   

www.hopefamilyservice.org

This organization promotes safety and strength for victims of domestic violence and strives to help those individuals become self-reliant.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast  Presented by Linda Mansperger www.samaritangulfcoast.com

Samaritan provides counseling for individuals, couples, families and children, as well as career, personality and psychological assessments.