The Conway Ministry Center (CMC) on Saturday hosted a brunch for its supporters to give them an update on the progress made in 2017.
Executive Director Spring Hunter told attendees that, with the community’s help, The Storehouse distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food and more than 24,000 clothing items to 3,416 families.
The Storehouse is a client choice pantry, meaning people in need can choose their own items.
“They’re choosing foods that their family will eat,” Hunter said, noting that people with health issues such as diabetes or nut allergies can’t just eat anything given to them. “There’s something so profound about respecting people’s choices.”
Director of Development and Public Relations Laura King, who oversaw the launch of The Storefront in June 2016, discussed recent improvements to the store, which allows 45 people to come in at a time.
“Before, we had to ask people to wait outside,” she said.
Case Manager Sarah Wilson gave statistics and shared personal stories about clients without revealing their identities.
CMC rehoused 47 families in 2017 through the Rapid Rehousing program. Additionally, it provided 63 tents and supplies to clients who didn’t qualify for the program.
Last year, 696 clients received case management, Wilson said.
CMC — with the help of city officials, local churches and volunteers — also provided a warming station from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. from Dec. 24, 2017, through February 2018.
For more information about CMC, visit www.conwayministrycenter.org.