Dimensions 2015 was another awesome year of growth and learning in the Lord. I learned a lot about myself, the Lord, prayer, ministry and volunteerism. I realized that we need all these parts, and more, to be whole!!
In 2015, Dimensions food pantry and homeless ministry served 225,000 pounds of food to 13,000 people along with 2,500 hot meals, an amazing amount of clothing, personal hygiene items, Bibles, life packs, eyeglasses and other necessities. We were also able to provide folks with motel rooms for those who needed a temporary place to stay. We were blessed to be able to assist in the Clearlake Fire in California by collecting donations and taking three loads of necessities for fire victims along with cash donations to Northern California. We had a work boot fundraiser, "GIVE WORK BOOTS, GIVE HOPE" and were able to give 75 pairs of work boots to Nevada Job Connect and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada Resource Network to distribute to folks needing to equip themselves for work.
We had several folks come forward in our downtown outreach ministry to accept salvation, along with one volunteer at the food pantry. We bought a brand-new prayer tent and were able to offer folks private prayer as well as our usual prayer, conversation and fellowship. We are continuing to develop in the spiritual move of God and are focusing on prayer and deliverance.
This ministry would not exist without partners. We continue to do prayer every Sunday morning at 6:30 AM and have had a couple people join us there. We also have several new giving partners as well. We had another great year with our garage sale fundraiser. Trader Joe's continues to supply all of our paper grocery bags, Model Dairy continues to give us milk, we are a partner agency with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and we continue to be blessed to be part of a State of Nevada grant through Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.
I am looking forward to new growth in 2016. Several areas we will be focusing on are deliverance ministry as well as recovery ministry in downtown Reno. I am looking forward to exploring new ideas for volunteerism, grant writing and leadership. My dream is to one day partner with local ranchers, farmers and various companies to provide more healthy alternatives for folks. One prayer has already been answered! We are privileged to further our partnership with Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada Resource Network in "Hoop Houses” that provide year-round fresh produce!
Thank you all for helping Dimensions to be an awesome ministry of compassion to our neighbors in this community!