2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Another Year for the Books.
Dear Friends and Supporters:
It is exciting to reflect back on 2018 and realize how much we have achieved. From kicking off our Housing Action Team to celebrating the 10th year of the St. Johns Farmers Market to launching the St. Johns Clothing Closet, we have continued to grow and thrive. I am especially proud to report that we grew our neighborhood volunteer base to 59 active volunteers in 2018.
There are many standout moments from last year, but my favorite moments all took place in our office. In these moments, staff members and volunteers sat around our conference table and problem-solved ways to address the issues facing our neighborhood. To me, these moments exemplify how creative, positive, and responsive our team was this last year in addressing neighborhood challenges. Our community Clothing Closet is a great example of a result that came from staff and volunteers putting their brain power together to address a growing need in our community.
As we dive into 2019, we will be investing in growing our staff capacity and increasing our economic empowerment work (workforce development, business coaching, and asset development) and basic needs services (clothing closet, food access, and case management). Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we will be acquiring the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in St. Johns and taking over operations in February 2019.
We look forward to your continued support and sharing more details about our 2019 adventures!
With lots of gratitude,
Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director