As we finish year-end paperwork, thank you’s, grant reports, etc. here at Doorstep, life has not stopped, and the phone calls keep coming for assistance!
While 2020 was a different year in many ways, the Topeka community, our member congregations, and others were very supportive of Doorstep, and the services we offer. Due to COVID, we also received CARES funds from the City of Topeka and Shawnee County which allowed us to provide even more rent and utility assistance. The need never goes away, but the amount of people in need definitely increased in 2020, and not all of it was COVID related. Many people still had ‘life happen’ to them like non-COVID times, and we did our best to help all of those in need that we could.
In 2020, Doorstep spent $251,096 on emergency services; this is up over $89,000 compared to 2019. We gave out 87,166 pounds of food, assisted a total of 4,996 households with 11,770 individuals. Paid rent for 159 households, and paid 453 utility bills. It was a challenging year, and our small staff is incredibly grateful to our volunteers who felt comfortable coming in week after week to help us provide services, sort donations, and help clothing room clients. We also feel very blessed by the support we have received from the Topeka community during this time!
We will still have SouperBowl Sunday, February 7th and ask our member congregations to collect soup and crackers to help stock our food pantry! Last year we received 5,382 pounds for the event. Watch for sales and gather your donations! We can use all varieties of soup, and crackers. A successful SouperBowl Sunday can stock our pantry with these items into the Spring months!
Unfortunately, with COVID still an issue, we will not have Operation Soup Line in 2021.
Finally, Thank You to everyone who donated money, towels, blankets and hygiene items for Doorstep’s Christmas Project this past December! We assisted a total of 257 households with 815 individuals! Hopefully, next year we can be back to ‘normal’ with the actual Christmas Store. Thank you,