COmmunity Cupboard Updates

We are all feeling the squeeze of inflation.  As the cost of everything has escalated, so has food insecurity and the number of people struggling to afford household essentials such as laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper, just to name a few.  Over the last several months we have seen our monthly number of shopper spike by 18% over 2021. The average number of people being fed has increased by 10%. With their household stability in jeopardy, more people are needing our support…more often.

Our Community Cupboard budget has felt the strain of this increased demand.  As a result, we are appealing to you, our supporters in the community. If you would like to contribute a one-time gift or a monthly gift please click the “Stock the Community Cupboard” button.  Your support will help ensure all Cupboard offers are available to all shoppers, all of the time.

Chef's Best 2022

Ram's Head's manager, Tonni Hill and two-time Chef's Best Champion, Chef James Jones....AND the "Best of Chef's Best" lamb lollies!

WE HAVE A WINNER!

As you know, we took Chef’s Best on “tour” this year and participants had six weeks to dine at four of West Chester’s premier restaurants: Slow Hand,  Opa Taverna, Split Rail Tavern and Ram’s Head Bar and Grill.  Diners were then asked to vote electronically for their favorites. We are excited to announce that for the 2nd time…despite the stiff completion…Ram’s Head Bar and Grill was the crowd favorite and 2022’s “Best of Chef’s Best”.  In 2019, they won the  Chef’s Best with their Asian Pork Taco but it was their lamb lollies with homemade chimichurri  and balsamic reduction drizzle that dazzled the palates this year.
We are also thrilled to share that the event raised $10,000 for our mission!
On behalf of ACT in Faith and the community we serve,  THANK YOU to our 2022 restaurants and all who were able to support the event. 

MOVIN’, MOVIN’, MOVIN’

Our new ACT in Faith door and entrance hallway.
Our plans to relocate to a new, larger space just a short distance from our current location in the Church of the Holy Trinity (212 S. High Street, West Chester)  are underway.  Above are a few pictures of our progress so far.  WHY are we moving?  Even before the pandemic, tit had become evident hat we would need more space if we wanted to grow our mission. The challenges of COVID confirmed that thought, and now we look forward to being able to better serve the un- and under-employed of our community.  WHERE are we going?Our new office will be at 10 W. Barnard Street, just a stone’s throw way from our current home. It’s so close, in fact, that our staff and volunteers will still be able to utilize the Holy Trinity parking lot. WHAT does the larger space bring to our mission? Larger space will provide:
  • A separate entrance for ACT in Faith 
  • Increased space for more volunteers
  • A larger Community Cupboard
  • Increased privacy for those seeking our support 
  • More storage
Larger space will allow for program enhancement and growth such as:
  • Expansion of goods offered in our Community Cupboard
  • Computer station for client use
  • A dedicated “satellite” space for partner agencies to use when serving West Chester and homeless clients.  
  • Large group space for client trainings, meetings, and small events
  • More volunteers to assume a greater portion of the routine client support, enabling staff to dedicate their attention to helping people with system and resource navigation, employment support, and overall case management

But wait there’s more!

Will will have “roommates!”  Our partners at Parish Hall Kitchen will be joining with a new venture of their own and, the much-loved Holy Trinity Thrift Store (a.k.a. Catacomb Closet) will be moving into this space as well.  ACT in Faith already partners with both organizations as shown in the graphic below.

You have walked with us on this journey over the last 11 years, and we can’t thank you enough.  We hope that you share our excitement as we embark on the next leg of our mission, and realize our potential to better serve our community.

There is much to be done between now and Spring, 2022 – plans to be drawn up, decisions to be made, and details to be sorted.  Stay tuned over the coming months.

Lives You've changed

“Patricia” is a single mother of 3 whom we met in 2018 when she needed rental assistance due to an isolated setback.  Up until the pandemic, her income was adequate to pay her bills, with little to spare. In June 2020 she lost her job due to COVID and then struggled for many months to find income adequate to afford her very modest lifestyle.  
Over that time we were able to prevent her from being evicted on 2 occasions, help her keep her car on the road so she could get to work, keep her electric on, and ensure she had food and household essentials for her family.  
Just recently, “Patricia” finally secured a job that will soon allow her to pay her bills.
Your support afforded “Patricia” the gift of time – time to take whatever work she could find while looking for more adequate employment, while her family  remained sheltered and fed.  Without you, she and her children would most likely been evicted months ago.

When he came to us this year, “Jeb” was among the, too often, unseen homeless in our community.  He was unemployed, unsheltered, and had nothing.  We quickly referred him to 211, the County’s single point of entry for the shelter system and to the Human Services, Inc. street outreach team for case management in navigating other resources he needed.  

Along the way we have provided him with a photo ID, cell phone, PO Box, bus passes, clothing, groceries, and job search support.  We were also able to arrange for him to receive a much-needed eye exam and glasses.

Less than 2 months later, “Jeb” is safely sheltered, has a part time job while he continues to work with our staff to secure more gainful employment, and he can SEE! “Jeb” is overwhelmed and sincerely grateful for all of your support and he never misses an opportunity to share his appreciation.

We are only sad that you haven’t been here to personally witness “Jeb’s” transformation – once deflated, desperate, and lost, he is now engaged, optimistic, and once again believes in himself…and he can SEE!

OUR MISSION

To build a community that empowers the un- and under-employed to stabilize their households and build toward self-sustainability.
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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

ACT in Faith believes that as members of the community we are called to assist those whose needs lie beyond the scope of existing social services. By working together, we build a stronger community.

Donor Impact: 2021

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Households

396 households (658 adults & 373 children) received assistance.  

1
Employment support

333 requests for services that help obtain or maintain employment were filled.  

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Housing Stabilization

129  requests Housing Stabilization support were filled…preventing 50 evictions and 27 utility shut-offs.


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ACT in Faith serves the un- and under-employed in the West Chester zip codes. West Chester has a vast network of social service programs that offer vital help for specific needs..

For those who don’t know where to turn, ACT in Faith is an interfaith ministry that works to coordinate resources on behalf of our neighbors in need.

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  • assessing need and urgency
  • identifying available services
  • listening and being a voice to advocate on your behalf
  • supplementing resources when possible

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Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of every non-profit and we couldn’t live without ours! Our volunteers are people from all walks of the community who have a passion for our mission and desire to build a stringer community. Our volunteers roles are: Client Advocate, Community Cupboard, Office Help, Event Support, and Committees. 
Contact us if you’d like to learn more.

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Community Cupboard

Our Community Cupboard is a source for personal care and house hold items such as shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste  trash bags and much more. We also provide non-government, non-perishable foods meant to supplement what people can afford with their income, receive via SNAP (food stamps), or obtain from the West Chester Food Cupboard or Salvation Army.  Prepared meals are also made available thanks to our partners at Parish Hall Kitchen. During these days of COBID-19, we have grown our food stock and have been able to provide frozen meats and eggs.

Employee Match

Your ACT in Faith donation may be eligible for your employer’s charitable gift-matching programs. We are already registered with BNY Mellon, Boeing, Catalent, Excelon, GE, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan Chase, QVC, and Vanguard’s matched giving programs but welcome the opportunity to register with any matching employer.

Greeting Cards

Need gift ideas? Birthday, Anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or another occasion? Consider a Gift Donation Greeting Card to honor your loved one. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Visit our order form and choose from 4 different designs. 
2. Make your donation to ACT in Faith via our online shop. ($10 Minimum)
3. Receive the greeting card from us for you to personalize and give to the celebrant.

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Our corporate community partners share our belief that by working together we will build a stronger community. These partnerships help us form the relationships that allow us to grow our mission and strengthen the fabric of our community. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels, each with a variety of ways in which we will acknowledge the sponsor, not just at one event, but all throughout the year. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of Annual Corporate Sponsorship you can click here to review this year’s sponsorship levels and then click here to connect us.

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