The Mount Olive ACTS! Fund
Mount Olive has been blessed with an amazing gift. Jesus challenges us to love and care for one another. We are all blessed differently and those with time or money to spare should share it with those who can use it. So we are sharing this gift with agencies, organizations or individuals that serve others in our community and in the world at large.
Our Savior's-El Salvador Mission
Who is Our Savior’s-El Salvador Mission: Missionaries David & Nancy Slinde have been leading a community development project since 2009. The delegation empowers women from a region in El Salvador with training on how to care for laying hens so they can manage a healthy poultry project. Empowering women is a major goal as the culture is hostile to women. Women with power are accepted into leadership positions in their communities and gain respect.
How Does Our Savior’s-El Salvador Mission Help? 55 women from the delegation participate and admit to the importance of this project by providing a better diet for their children and improve their overall living conditions. 10 families currently have a coop with 9 hens and 1 rooster in each. After 12 months, the family must donate the same number chicks to begin another project with another family. The cost of a coop is expensive as they need to be very strong to keep out predators. The new coops have cement floors, solid support posts, thick wire walls and metal roofs. They are actually better than most homes. Their community is void of any natural resources.
What Can MTO do to Help? Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Bend (262.334.9551) accepts donations for the Chicken Project lead by the Slinde’s.
Who is House of Love? A Christian-based organization providing out-of-home care for teen girls (ages 12-18) in the Milwaukee area by providing a safe and loving family environment that is missing in their lives. House of Love prepares youth to lead self-sufficient lives who have often exited the foster care system. Because there are over 2000 youth in and out of homecare in Milwaukee County every month, House of Love is able to improve the lives of 10-15 girls each month.
Who is Milwaukee Christian Center:
Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC) is a multi-service organization that works to build strong neighborhoods full of opportunity. Their approach works through four core areas: food security, youth development, older adults, and housing – serving over 7,500 people each year.
How Does Milwaukee Christian Center Help?
What began with American Baptist roots providing outreach to immigrants on Milwaukee’s south side in 1921, MCC now serves youth, families, and older adults of all races, ethnicities, religions, and ages throughout the city of Milwaukee. Through MCC’s Food Security efforts, they serve low-income children, families, and older adults residing in one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished and distressed areas, zip code 53204. Each month, 1,000+ individuals receive healthy food, nutrition education, and connections to supports needed to become self-sufficient. Additionally, a team of construction experts improve the lives of the neighbors through the Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) which offers the opportunity for at-risk young adults from these same neighborhoods to learn home construction skills while earning their GED.
What Can MTO do to Help?
Please visit their website with more information at www.mccwi.org.com or call 414.645.5350. Besides financial donations, MCC appreciates volunteer help by becoming a tutor in their youth programs or assist in their food pantry.
Who is St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic:
Celebrating 43 years in November 2019, St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic (SJMC) is proud to be the oldest free clinic in the state of Wisconsin. Their mission is to support the health and well-being of uninsured, under-insured and low-income friends and neighbors who reside, work, or attend school in the Waukesha County. These individuals are unable to access the healthcare system. Health disparities continue to evolve in Waukesha County and encompass every age, income level, race and ethnicity.
How Does St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic Help?
SJMC’s driving purpose is to ensure increased access to primary care to those in need. In the 2017-2018 fiscal years, SJMC assisted 566 patients with over 2750 services ranging from provider assessments, diagnosis and treatment planning, labs and x-rays, medications, patient health education, and health insurance navigation. Most patients seen at the clinic have a household income at 300% of Federal Poverty Limits. This makes it difficult for them to access the proper care and medications needed. SJMC is dedicated to providing patients with necessary care and medications at no cost. This is only possible by the generous donations from the community.
The following is a success story written by their Homeless Outreach Nurse:
“I have been doing wellness checks at The Hope Center since I started this job in May of 2018. I had seen this client every time I went to the center; he would interact with other clients but never interacted with me. On June 28th, I noticed that he had two black eyes. I decided to take a chance; I looked at him, smiled, and said “Well you look a little different than you did the last time I saw you.” He smiled back and explained to me that he ran out of his epilepsy medication and had a seizure. I let him know that if he ever needed help with his medication, to let me know. This turned out to be the icebreaker that began a little trusting relationship. From then on, he would have me take his blood pressure but never would open up about anything else. I continued to see him every week at the Hope Center. Finally, on September 4th, he asked for help. He was running low on medication and started explaining his situation. He was currently homeless, he lost everything he owned when he had a seizure in June. This included his ID, his food share card, his forward health card, and his phone. Right then I asked him if he had time to meet me at St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic to start working on getting some of these items back. He met me at the clinic later that day and we began working on getting those items back for him. By the end of September, he had a government phone, his ID card, his forward health card, and his food share card. He also decided to sign up for the PATH program (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) and allowed me to be his case manager. With the help of the staff from NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), he was signed up for and entered into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System). A representative from HAC (Housing Action Coalition) also met us at the clinic in September and entered him into Coordinated Entry to help him with housing. On December 3, 2018, at the age of 53, he was able to move into his very first one-bedroom apartment on his own. The community worked together to help furnish and stock his new home so he could begin his new journey. As the Homeless Outreach nurse, I continue to follow his progress and assess his health and wellness to insure his stability continues in the right direction.”
What Can MTO do to Help?
To learn more about how you can help St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, call their office at 262-544-6777 or visit www.sjmdc.net
Who is Gerard’s Embrace:
Gerard’s Embrace is a shelter for homeless pregnant women, located in East Troy, WI. They are committed to providing the resources and support that the area residents need to become self-sufficient and capable of providing a stable family life for them and their children. The program introduces life skills training, employment coaching, budget monitoring, and spiritual growth.
How Does Gerard’s Embrace Help?
Gerard’s Embrace is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for pregnant women and their babies. This environment enables the residents to focus on their own emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual well-being. The goal is to promote long-term economic independence and to provide an opportunity for women to build a better life for themselves and their children.
Residents have the opportunity to:
- Live in a safe, comfortable home in an atmosphere of support and respect
- Develop skills necessary for financial independence through guided budgeting
- Participate in life skill enrichment including guidance in the areas of civility, households maintenance and parenting
- Experience spiritual growth with guided lessons and devotions
- Earn EmbraceBucks for actively participating in Gerard’s Embrace programs. EmbraceBucks can be used to purchase items in their Baby Boutique.
What’s required to qualify for residency with Gerard’s embrace:
- Be pregnant and 18 years of age or older
- Successfully complete a background check and drug screening
- Agree to comply with house rules, including but not limited to, curfews, schedules, visitors, use of technology
- Willingly live civilly with other residents by respecting privacy and property of others, treating others with kindness and dignity and participating in communal life
- Comply with non-smoking policy and zero tolerance policy concerning illegal substances
- Participate in life skills building and spiritual enrichment
- Actively participate in maintaining health and the health of baby by keeping all necessary medical appointment, following physicians directives and making healthy choices
What Can MTO do to Help?
Please visit their website or Facebook page with more information at www.gerardsembrace.com or call 262.684.2027
ACTS Housing is empowerment through home ownership. ACTS Housing serves diverse families throughout Milwaukee’s inner city. Most homes owners purchase formerly vacant or vandalized foreclosures. Usually rehab costs are less than demolition and new owners save hundreds on their monthly housing costs. In 2018, ACTS Housing supported 131 families in transitioning from renter to homeowner. These families, on average, earned 52% of the county’s median income in 2018. ACTS Housing families work incredibly hard to purchase, often rehab, and occupy homes while creating vibrant neighborhoods. While rental prices continue to rise in the city of Milwaukee, ACTS Housing families have a stable, affordable living situation. Mt. Olive’s support went towards ACTS Housing core programs: home buyer counseling, real estate brokerage, home rehab counseling and loans/grants for home repair to make home ownership possible. This helped ACT Housing turn renters to owners, houses to homes, and blocks to communities!
How Does ACTS Housing Help? ACTS Housing believes in the power of home. Since the founding in 1995, ACTS Housing has supported more than 2,500 families in becoming homeowners. On average, families save between $100-$200 monthly by transitioning from renting to owning as well as having a stable, safe and sanitary home. ACTS families work incredibly hard. For example, Hector works all day but finds time to complete his home rehab projects at night with the help of his children. Additionally, Simon and Gregoria, who purchased a city tax foreclosure for $3,500 completed their rehab in just three months!
Would you like to help further? Visit www.actshousing.org to learn more and if interested in providing financial support of ACTS Housing, online donations can be made.
- Who is Safe Babies Healthy Families: A program of Easterseals, Safe Babies Healthy Families has been serving families for over 35 years as a voluntary, in-home visitation program, serving families prenatal to age 5.
- How does Safe Babies Healthy Families help: There are two main missions: assist children to be school-ready, which is done by providing activities and developmental screenings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and second, to prevent child abuse and neglect. The majority of the families have experienced trauma in their lives and may be struggling either financially, with mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, etc.
- The organization helps build them up by providing support, education and resources for their families. When a family achieves goals (big or small), they receive ‘baby bucks’ to go shopping in the Earn as You Learn Store, which Mount Olive has been generous in supporting. The store contains basic essential items that their children need. The generous donation has made an amazing difference because the once bare shelves of diapers and wipes have been well-stocked. The organization also purchased some umbrella strollers, car seats and pack ‘n plays for families. The donation provides families with assistance, but also keeps the children safe.
Any program or initiative that seeks to meet the needs of others is eligible to apply. Requests for matching funds to complement existing fund raisers are also eligible.
The annual application deadline is February 28th. Twelve applications will be accepted each year. They will be considered in chronological order. The size of each gift will be based on the needs of applicants and the merits of the request.
In addition to a possible financial gift all recipients will have information about their program/initiative shared in Mount Olive’s newsletter, bulletin and website.
Applicants will be notified in early April as to whether the application is being considered for funding. Decisions will be communicated by the end of May.
Financial requests over $10,000 may take an additional 90 days for an approval decision (end of August).