The Heart Ministry Center underwent a lot of changes in 2015. We experienced a leadership change and added two staff positions to bolster the Center’s case management staff.

Due to the strength of the Heart Ministry Center and the support from the Board of Directors and countless volunteers, the Center helped more people in 2015 than in any previous year. More than 90,000 acts of assistance were performed at the Center and there was an overall 20% increase in services provided.

In 2014, 250 unduplicated clients went through case management allowing the Center to help these clients find a way forward. In 2015, with increased staffing, 1,200 unduplicated clients went through case management.

The Center also gave out more than 1.2 million pounds of food to feed the hungry.

But what we do at the Center is more than just about numbers. It is about each individual client and making sure they are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve so they can have a way to be successful.

These clients range from the 54-year-old homeless woman who came to the Center a year ago and could not read. Now, she has her own apartment, takes courses at the Literacy Center of the Midlands and reads at a seventh grade reading level.

Another success is the woman who graduated from the Center’s Pathway program and continues in case management. She is currently in community college and working her way toward a career as a paralegal.

In 2016, we look forward to continuing to serve those in need and helping more people find a way forward.