The Storehouse was founded in May 2000 with the purpose of providing food and hygiene products to people with limited financial resources and, often, limited life skill sets. Over the years we have added Blessings in Boxes, providing Christmas clothing and toys to children in need and The Coat Closet, providing coats, hats, gloves and blankets to those in need (often the homeless in our community). We are currently working to develop additional life skills education programs.
We are a faith-based organization and we serve clients based on their needs – not their religious beliefs. Clients are referred to The Storehouse through various social agencies, pastors, churches, doctors or schools. Clients under the age of 60 are given assistance for a limited period of time. These clients are given the opportunity to participate in an interagency basic budgeting class to help them learn to manage their finances. Since clients over the age of 60 are unlikely to see their financial situation improve, they are eligible to receive services, as needed, for the duration of their lives.
The Storehouse is staffed by two part-time paid employees and over fifty trained volunteers. We are open to serve clients Wednesday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. In 2013 we distributed over 265,000 lbs. of food and hygiene products.. In 2013 the Blessings in Boxes program provided Christmas presents and clothes for 957 children. In 2014 we expect that number to exceed 1400 children.
We have a full calendar of event fundraisers each year including such events as the Pancake Breakfast, Dine and Donate, 5K Walk/Run and an annual Golf Tournament.