Creating Caring Community

                            “Celebrating over 25 years"

 

 

 

 
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In 2015, JUMP will continue to explore community initiative’s which support shared effort and resources to reach out and meet families where they are at.


If you'd like to support the important work that JUMP does for approximately 2200 householdss a year, please consider making a one time or reoccurring tax-deductible donation.

"JUMP is not a place, but an action..."

JUMP is not a place, but rather an action where the community challenges of poverty are identified and confronted head on every day.  Beginning with the first client interview when we ask “Is there anything else you wish to tell us”, the response might range from “my hours got cut and summer vacation is hard – it costs more to feed the kids” to “I could use new socks and foot powder.  I’m really concerned about my feet”, or “I camp outdoors year round.  I use adhesive shoe glue to repair my tent, sleeping bag, clothes and shoes but each tube costs $6.00”.  We’ve also heard “I’m basically homeless by choice since I left my abusive relationship” and “I moved here from Iraq four years ago.  My husband can’t work because of his heart and diabetes.”  


No, JUMP is not a place, but rather a blessing.  It has become a call to action where staff, volunteers and working partners discover and share many talents in open dialogue.  We engage in purposeful conversation as we move beyond the gulf of our own social and economic differences to help neighbors affected by mental or physical illness, homelessness or substandard housing, recent incarceration, domestic violence, single parenthood, substance abuse, unemployment or low wages.  Ultimately, JUMP is a call to action to respond to unconditional united need presented by POVERTY.          




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JUMP Spring Campaign needs your help!!!

It’s time for our Spring Campaign, formerly the Feinstein Challenge, the fundraising drive in March and April is our biggest of the year. We are asking for your support to help us meet our goals and offer much needed emergency aid to our neighbors living in poverty. 

 

What sets us apart from other relief agencies is that we provide for both the physical and the spiritual needs of our clients.  While offering food, toiletries, and vouchers for transportation, food, laundry, household goods, utilities, and healthcare co-payments that help take care of our clients’ basic needs, we also sit down one on one with each person to listen, comfort, guide, and empower them.   And both make a difference. Picture our client who has been looking for work for months and finally has a job interview.  We provide her toiletries so that she can be clean, a voucher for clothing so that she can find an interview outfit, a voucher for gas or a bus pass so that she can get to the interview, and we are there to celebrate with her as she overcomes each hurdle.  These may be simple things, but they are the missing pieces of the puzzle that can break down the barriers our clients face.  Shampoo and soap, clean clothes, and a bus pass may be what it takes to open a door to a new future. 

 

Poverty is as hard on the soul as it is on the body.  It takes a whole community to heal those wounds.  Please give generously and help us help others.