As many of you know, Advent House is located in our neighborhood and is the primary beneficiary of the funds raised through the Westside Home Tours and Garden Tours. In case you did not see the recent article explaining their financial hardship, here is an excerpt from Lansing City Pulse posted to their website on August 21, 2013: ***** Facing up to a $30,000 loss in grant funding as a result of federal sequestration, Advent House Ministries is turning to public support to help fill the gap.
In its 25th anniversary, Advent House Executive Director Susan Cancro said without the funding, cuts to its programs that help the impoverished and homeless are inevitable.
“What’s happening right now is we’re running on fumes,” Cancro said. “We’re scraping by from one week to the next to try to meet the needs of folks we serve. It’s putting on a lot of stress, affecting the quality of our services.”
The Lansing-based nonprofit charity, which served more than 32,000 meals last year to those in need, has started a fundraising challenge with the goal of raising $25,000 in 25 days. It started on Monday. A $25 gift will feed 12 people one of six meals the charity provides each week. *****
The WNA board members have unanimously approved a challenge to our neighbors. Initially the challenge was for every $100 (cumulative) donated by neighbors, the WNA, as an organization, would match with $25, up to $125 total. Then, on a personal level, board members decided we wanted to do our part to make the challenge even more enticing. We conducted an internal fundraising campaign and, collectively, the board members have added personal contributions making the match total now $550! So, if we can collect a minimum (hoping for more) from our neighbors of $500, we’ll be able to contribute $1050 in support of Advent House. That’s 504 meals!
The challenge runs through October 15, 2013. You can make a check payable to “WNA” with “Advent House” in the memo line and mail to:
WNA Treasurer 1516 N Genesee Lansing, MI 48915
You can also make your gift online by using the special link at the top of this page.