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In 2017, JUMP will continue to explore community initiative’s which support shared effort and resources to reach out and meet families where they are at.


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“Transportation…a significant barrier”


Founded in 1988, families and individuals from Chittenden County and beyond continue to visit JUMP in need of everyday valued resources ranging from transportation, food/groceries, clothing, utilities, laundry, ID’s, prescription co-pay, personal hygiene and cleaning items. These are items many cannot purchased using the 3SquaresVT, Vermont's food stamp card.

 

Staff and volunteers along with frontline community partners provide various levels of support to clients with a broad range of needs, including those: recovering from drug addiction, re-entering society from prison, experiencing homelessness, facing sudden large medical expenses on a tight budget, joblessness, disability, entering American society for the first time as refugees, escaping abuse and painfully more.

 

Our goal is to remain an accessible dependable resource for economically disadvantaged neighbors in need as well as provide immediate solutions in the form of voucher assistance, comfort, empathy and thoughtfulness. A more pressing informed goal will be to increase access to reliable transportation to help neighbors maintain employment and eliminate multiple hardships

 

Thus, coming soon JUMP will launch a new initiative called the Gas Card Project (GCP).  The GCP is informed by what JUMP does well, what essential help we provide that other local non-profits do not: Gas voucher assistance for transportation.

 

In house stats support, JUMP alone in 2016 will distribute $30,000 in Gas Card Vouchers to families in need; a service no other local non-profit provides.

 

Last year, JUMP distributed 5357 in vouchers valued at $90,004. Categories included: Transportation, Household Goods, Food, Utilities, Laundry, Finance and Medication Co-pay.

 

Supportive of Client efforts to move toward increase mobility and economic relief, Transportation equated $31,889; 35% of JUMP vouchers assistance. The most requested transportation vouchers were gas for vehicles 1278; 29% valued at $26,308.

 

Gas voucher request accounted for 82% total of all transportation vouchers. Vital, Gas Card Vouchers are especially helpful when one considers the discrepancy between where clients live and where the jobs and other services offered to them are located. Without gas to get to an inter-view, a doctor’s appointment, school or the grocery store, life can be exceedingly challenging.

 

Ideally, we hope to serve as the sole administrator of the Gas Card Voucher Project once the benefits and risk to community partners are identified and addressed.


Until till then, we will soldier on “doing more with less” ensuring our neighbors essential transportation needs are met to help eliminate hardship and embrace a healthier tomorrow!


...Wanda Hines; Director


JUMP launches Annual SPRING CAMPAIGN

"Formerly the Feinstein Challenge, the fundraising drive in March and April is our biggest of the year and we’re relying on our supporting faith and broader communities, neighbors and friends to help us meet the tremendous need. Please, help us spread the word by reading and sharing our appeal…"  

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

How well do you know your neighbor?  Not necessarily the neighbor next door but your neighbor down the street or across town.  Are you aware of their struggle to make ends meet or to put food on the table?  The Vermont Homeless Census says there are 537 homeless in Chittenden County and that some 17,300 individuals live below the poverty line in the county.  These neighbors are too often the nameless and faceless families of our community.

 

But here at JUMP (The Joint Urban Ministry Project) these families and individuals are neither nameless or faceless, they are our neighbors!  We know them by name and we welcome them into our caring community with delight as a neighbor should be welcomed.  We treat these neighbors with dignity and respect as JUMP seeks to offer them support and assistance on behalf of the entire community, and most especially on your behalf. In clients’ own words, they express their gratitude for the presence of JUMP:

 

            “It is a desperately needed relief there are people like you all caring enough about strangers to donate time and money.  Thank you and bless you.”

 

            “I wanted to say thank you for helping us when we needed it the most and life seemed hopeless.  Without places like this to assist I first hand would have nobody.  So thank you very much for all of your help.  From everyone, I’m sure.”

 

JUMP is a collaboration of 27 faith communities operating with a staff of two to carry out its mission of assisting low income families, the homeless, and individuals in crisis by providing spiritual care, direct assistance, and referrals.  In 2016 JUMP aided 2070 families with some 5426 vouchers valued at $$88,788.  In addition, JUMP clients can receive transportation vouchers, food bags, toiletries, and diapers for babies. 

 

For JUMP to continue to be this caring community and a good neighbor, we need you to help your neighbors with a financial gift to JUMP so that we can continue to lift up our struggling families and homeless citizens.  Please give what you can to JUMP and assist making our community that much more neighborly.  The need is there and JUMP is there to help meet the need!

 

In gratitude,

Wanda Hines; Director                       Ron Pynn; Board President

"CREATING CARING COMMUNITIES"
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