Last year, the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) experienced a year of funding uncertainty. In order to stay within the operating budget, the JUMP Board found it necessary to make adjustments to ensure sustainable cash flow. These decisions ultimately had the effect of decreasing workforce hours and resulted in JUMP serving 644 fewer families in need of voucher assistance. This represented a 22% decrease in the number of households served. An additional 1,383 individuals/families were turned away due to limited resources; JUMP was only able to serve 11 eligible households per day.
Worthy of attention, hundreds of the most vulnerable in our community continue to visit JUMP for voucher assistance. We always ask “What assistance is most important to you today: transportation, household goods, food, utilities, laundry, finance or healthcare?” Yet, it is the closely listening ear that often provide clients a better sense of choices and what matters most “making one necessary moment at a time”.
Likewise, “making one necessary moment at a time” is the real endgame behind JUMP’s Partner Request Initiative (PRI), a new resource for community partners to advocate for JUMP voucher assistance to help shared clients. Working together, community partners request voucher assistance and provide personal eligibility assurance to promote client voices and ensure need is met by designated JUMP assistance. Aligned with JUMP’s core value collaboration, PRI is a networking tool which enhances JUMP’s capacity to provide necessary financial and human resources.
(To read the complete article and the 2015 Summer Bi-Annual Newsletter, please click here)