Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen! Tonight Is Yet Another Milestone For Hatter & Beanz As We Wrap Up The First Month Of Our Twelve Month Campaign. Most Of You Are Watching The Grammy Awards Or The NFL Pro Bowl But When You Get A Chance We Ask That You Take 5 Or 10 Minutes And Read Not Only Tonight’s Post But The Last Thirty One Posts We’ve Published Since January 1st, 2010. On This Thirty First Day, We’d Like To Journey To New England And Head Off To Augusta, Maine. Why So North, You Ask? Well Sometimes We Need A Change, And That’s Exactly What Bread Of Life Ministries Of Augusta, Maine Is Doing. They Are Simply Changing Peoples Lives For The Better. Whether They Are Hungry Or Homeless, Bread Of Life Ministries Is Offering Up Their Services, And On Average They Serve Nearly 35,000 Meals Annually. The Bread Of Life Ministries Soup Kitchen Is Located At 157 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04332.

Bread of Life Ministries is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian charitable ministry, founded in September, 1984 by Carolyn Neighoff and several other dedicated people from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. They joined together and opened the soup kitchen at 157 Water Street, where it remains today. In 1986, the emergency homeless shelter on Hospital Street was opened. Mr. Roger Gould, a member of Green Street United Methodist Church, created a wheat emblem for us, and that emblem now appears at the top of all our stationary, cards, and banners“. – From Their Website – http://www.mainebreadoflife.org

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Happy Monday Everyone, Here We Are On Day #11 Of Operation:365 And I Can’t Wait To Tell You About Our Next Shelter Spotlight. Today’s Featured Segment Highlights The Mission and Outstanding Achievements of San Diego’s Alpha Project.

Alpha Project for the Homeless provides shelter for 2,000 Homeless Men, Homeless Women and Homeless Women in and around the San Diego, California area. They also offer some of the critical services that most of us take for granted each and every day, such as food, water, medical checkups, HIV/AIDS screenings, outreach & prevention, and even employment training. Currently the folks at Alpha Project are looking for Socks, Shoes, Sunscreen, Phone Cards, Twin Sized Sheets, Bottled Water (Case Donations), Daily Hygiene Items and both Men’s and Women’s Under Garments. Alpha Project is located at 3737 Fifth Ave., San Diego, California 92103. They Can Be Reached By Phone By Calling (619) 542-1877.

Here’s Some Information Regarding Alpha Project’s Outreach & Transportation Assistance, Directly From Their Website – “At the core of all of Alpha Project’s facilities and services is a program of Community Outreach, designed not only to assist those in need in accessing needed services, but also to assist the surrounding neighborhood in addressing homeless-related issues. Outreach workers are trained in crisis response and de-escalation, with access to transportation and a wealth of referral sources to help those in need connect with sources of support. Special focus is providing HIV/AIDS services, and placement of those with chronic illnesses or/and disabilities through the Living with Dignity Program. In 2007, Supervisor Greg Cox of the County of San Diego, funded a wheelchair accessible outreach van allowing Alpha Project to transport those with physical disabilities.  Besides its outreach efforts, Alpha Project provides transportation services to participants in all of its programs to allow access to additional services, training opportunities, and employment. Likewise, Alpha Project supports the community by offering transportation services to residents with special needs who lack access to care. Under contract with Family Health Centers of San Diego, transportation is provided to low-income families twice weekly for scheduled medical appointments and other services. Low-income seniors are also transported by appointment twice weekly to health care, shopping, and other services. Alpha Project is proud to offer its drivers and vehicles to support any partner organization in need throughout the County“. – From http://www.alphaproject.org

1/10/2010 Shelter Spotlight

January 10, 2010

Good Morning !!!!!! Today, We’re Heading West, And Highlighting The Amazing Efforts Of Jubilee Women’s Center Located In Seattle, Washington. Under The Current Leadership Of Ms. Melissa Ries, Jubilee Women’s Center Has Grown Substantially Not Only In Size But In Scope. The Mission Of Jubilee Women’s Center Is To Provide Women With An Enviroment That Teaches Self-Reliance And Independence. Every Woman Wants To Be Free, Jubilee Women’s Center Provides A Professional Foundation So That One Day, That Freedom Can Occur. The Women’s Center Is Located at 620 18th Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98112. You can call them at (206) 324-1244.

Here’s A Portion Of Their Mission Statement, “At Jubilee, we are led by the guiding principle that all women are to be treated with respect and dignity. By valuing the inherent gifts and talents of every woman, we focus on the positive place within her. This unique philosophy, coupled with our extensive support services helps women make permanent change from the inside out. Our mission, vision and values exemplify how we at Jubilee are working tirelessly to promote the worth, integrity, diversity, empowerment, equity of women every day, no matter what her circumstances“. – The Complete Mission Statement Can Be Found On Jubilee Women’s Center’s website: http://www.jwcenter.org