Topeka North Outreach Annual Report Summary
TOPEKA NORTH OUTREACH, INC.
2017 Annual Report Summary
Topeka North Outreach was charted in 1971 as a 501(c)3 organization. This all volunteer group serves residents of the Oakland and North Topeka communities. The group is comprised of approximately 20 churches, with 46 members, from the area that have united to extend a helping hand to those in need. Below is a small summary of the year. All of this was accomplished with a lot of Prayer, a lot of help from many caring, cooperative and hard working individuals, churches and organizations, but most importantly, by the Amazing Grace of God! We thank our member churches for the use of their buildings for our meetings and for the many church members that cook and serve the delicious meals for the VIP luncheons every Friday. Over 2400 meals were served at the VIP luncheons in 2017.
Community assistance is an essential part of our program and, with your help, e assisted 385 families, including 571 adults and 410 children, with utilities, rent, prescriptions, or medical assistance during 2017. This does not include the numbers of those helped with food. The food assistance program is handled through the Topeka Rescue Mission with our help in providing food and volunteer hours.
We adopted 74 families from the Christmas Bureau in 2017 and, as you know, your church provided gifts for some of these families as well as some non-perishable food for all the families. These families included 278 people, of which 149 were children and youth. We also provided 10 families from our new VBS Club program with food boxes and gifts. With your help and others’, we were able to provide a ray of God’s love in their Christmas season.
The main program of the Youth Fund, Operation Backpack, the main program of the Youth Fund, distributed 22,000 weekend food sacks in 2017. Operation Backpack provided food sacks to 200 children over the summer and is providing food sacks to 550 children in eleven local schools this school year. You are invited to the old Indian Creek Elementary School, NE 43rd and Indian Creek Road, to help pack food sacks at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month through June. In addition, we provided 50 sweatshirts for the children at Chase Middle school so they could stay warm this winter.
In everything we do, we praise and glorify our savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to Him!!
Yours in Christ,
Topeka North Outreach Board Members