End of Year 2015
As we close the 2015 year I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of those that have supported Canandaigua Churches In Action. Without your help we would not be able to meet the needs of families here in Canandaigua and Ontario County. We are truly thankful for your kindness and generosity.
I wanted to update you on a few things here at CCIA. CCIA is working with the Canandaigua City School District Primary and Elementary schools with providing “Back Packs” to our school children who are at risk for hunger during school breaks. Many of the students are on free or reduced meals and they receive a breakfast and lunch during the school week. It has been noted that these same students are at risk to go hungry during the school breaks. This same program is being run in several other school districts where it has been warmly received and has benefited many students. CCIA has committed $3,000.00 this first year toward providing these back packs during the three longest school breaks. Each back pack will contain several different food items to help feed the child during the school break.
The next update involves the food pantry here at 120 N. Main St. After several months of discussion with the Crosswinds Downtown Food Pantry, which closed as of December 19th, we are pleased to announce that they will be joining us here at the CCIA Food Pantry. We see this as a great opportunity to continue to serve our community with the love and compassion of Christ. Our plan is to increase the number of days that the CCIA Food Pantry is open. We will be adding two more open days for food distribution. The Food Pantry will now be open five days a week. We welcome our new volunteers from Crosswinds Downtown.
This next update involves the Anthony Jordan Clinic here at 120 N.Main St. The Jordan @ CCIA Clinic has exceeded our goal to provide affordable health care in our community. The expansion of the clinic hours has allowed Jordan to see over 160 patients each month. After months of planning, work has been completed in expanding the waiting room area. This will allow the clinic to serve even more families each month. We will also continue to work with Jeanette Hudson from Fidellis Care and provide a Facilitated Enroller to help families obtain health insurance. We see this as a vital need for our families with the passing of the Affordable Care Act.
The “Supply A Smile” Free Dental Clinic continues to serve Ontario County residents with “free” dental care. Pastor Joan Wood and her team have brought a wonderful opportunity to families without dental insurance by providing dental care through cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Each month 15–25 individuals benefit from the kindness and generosity of our local dentists. We are blessed to have such a giving and caring group of professionals.
Pastor Joan is working on a special dental outreach for June 4, 2016. She is working with Dentistry from the Heart to provide a one day free dental clinic here in Canandaigua. We can use your assistance in making this outreach known to your church family. I have included some information that you can use to help inform your church family about this wonderful outreach and where we can use some help with volunteers. Those interested in serving may call the church office here at Zion Fellowship.
We continue to trust God for all our needs as we look to meet the needs of those in our community. The CCIA Food Pantry continues to serve over 325 families each month at our two locations. In this total we are seeing on average 40-50 new “first time” families. These are families that have never been to our food pantry. As we close out the calendar year 2015 we were able to serve over 4,000 families with emergency food. More than food we offer hope and a demonstration of the love and compassion of Christ to our families.
CCIA served 1,020 families during its third year as a “Mobile Food Pantry” provider. Cyndi Winterhalt and her team have provided this wonderful opportunity to access additional emergency food. This Mobile Food Pantry is held here at 120 N. Main Street where we set up a “farmers market” type atmosphere in the back parking lot and hand out food on the last Saturday of the month from May through October. We give thanks to our many volunteers for their faithfulness through rain, heat, and cold to serve our families. We give special thanks to the First United Methodist Church, as they have provided to us the use of their parking lot, allowing our many families a place to park.
If you have never had the opportunity to visit the Thompson CO-OP here at 120 N. Main Street, I would encourage you to stop by. We have a unique opportunity here for many of our families. Many of our emergency providers are located here in one location. This saves our families from having to travel from one location to another, looking to obtain assistance.
As I close, I want to thank you again for your support of CCIA. Many may not realize that CCIA was started in July 2006 and that in July 2016 we are looking to celebrate 10 years of serving our community. We would not have been able to do this without your support. That support may come through financial giving, serving as a volunteer, holding fundraisers, food drives, and by keeping us in your prayers. We are truly thankful and blessed by your support.
God’s Richest Blessings,
CCIA Executive Director