Community Missions Sees 20% Increase in Crisis Housing in 2013by Christian Hoffman
A 20% increase in crisis housing demand and an additional 5,000 meals served highlighted the release of service numbers by the Crisis Services division of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc. (CMI) on Friday. The agency provided 75,980 meals and 10,986 nights of shelter in 2013, the latter being the highest total in the agency's 88 years of service to Niagara County.
The Crisis Services division, comprising the Community Soup Kitchen, Emergency Housing Shelter, Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Mark's Place and Parole Re-Entry programs, saw increases in nearly each program offered in 2013. Community Missions is the largest private provider of basic human needs within Niagara County.
"We have seen a steady rise over the years in our crisis housing services, but a 20% increase over one year is quite substantial," said Grant Babcock, Director of Crisis Services at CMI. "We cannot pin the increase on one particular factor, as we saw increases in each aspect of our Crisis Housing services."
The division's 2013 total of 10,986 nights of shelter was up from the 9,166 provided in 2012. These totals include nights provided through the agency's Emergency Housing Shelter, Parole Re-Entry, and Mark's Place programs.
Within the Emergency Housing Shelter, the largest increase came among children 12 and under, as the total of 1,315 nights represented a 23% increase over 2012. Parole Re-Entry saw a 29% increase, while Mark's Place, a program providing residence to those living with HIV/AIDS, increased from 22 nights of service in 2012 to 285 nights last year.
Within its food service programs, CMI provided a total of 75,980 meals, as compared to 70,961 in 2012, representing a 7% jump. The majority of the increase came within the Food Pantry program, which provided an additional 4,788 meals, or a 20% hike.
CMI also saw a substantial rise in the numbers of volunteers serving the agency in 2013. An additional 2,990 service hours were recorded in 2013, representing a 34% increase over the year previous.
A majority of the funds necessary to operate the Crisis Services division come directly from individual and corporate donations, grant support from foundations, and fundraising events. Those interested in learning more about the agency, or donating to its mission, are encouraged to visit www.CommunityMissions.org, or calling 716-285-3403.
About Community Missions
In 2013, CMI provided over 75,000 meals and nearly 11,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings. For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, please visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook or Twitter.
By The Numbers...
In 2016, Community Missions provided:
• 11,104 nights of shelter
• 89,366 meals
• 6,744 individuals with clothing
• 2,295 care days in Youth Services
• 46,888 care days in Recovery Services
• 73,994 care days in Housing Services
• 182 opportunities for Faith Development