Originally published May 14, 2014
Money, food coming in at House of Hope
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:00 AM
The Jefferson County House of Hope received more than 5,000 pounds of food and $4,000 in donations during March and April.
Correction - May 20, 2014
CORRECTION: The Feinstein Foundation matches food and monetary donations proportionately for food pantries across the nation that participate in its annual hunger challenge. The Feinstein Foundation donates a minimum of $250 and maximum of $35,000 to each participating pantry. House of Hope completed the challenge this year.
The two-month effort was in conjunction with the Feinstein Challenge, a program of the Feinstein Foundation that gives away $1 million every year to food pantries.
Feinstein matches monetary donations dollar-for-dollar and gives $1 for every pound of food donated for up to $35,000. With its contributions, the local pantry could receive more than $10,000 from Feinstein.
John Bush, a member of the House of Hope board of directors, reported at the monthly Clearinghouse Planning meeting that he has submitted the paperwork but has not been notified by Feinstein about the company's official matching portion.
In addition to the Feinstein report, House of Hope announced that two new churches have joined the pantry: Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover and River Valley Community Church.
Last month, the pantry served 116 new first-time families and is close to having collected 250,000 pounds of food.
Also at the meeting:
Molly Dodge, Clearinghouse coordinator, reported that organizations have begun moving into the new Clearinghouse building at 100 E. Second St.
River Valley Resources, which runs the Clearinghouse program, is moving in this week while the other organizations will move in over the course of the next month. Each organization will be designated a room number, but the organizations plan to keep their former phone numbers.
The main line for the Clearinghouse will be (812) 265-2652 or toll free at (800) 787-5627.
The Clearinghouse will host a legal advice clinic on the last Friday of the month. Neighborhood Legal Clinic is offering the program. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
The lawyers will offer advice on a variety of topics: Landlord or tenant, housing or foreclosure, guardianship, child support, immigration, bankruptcy, consumer or debt, wills or estates, Social Security, disability, expungement or tax controversies.
The organization will not offer local legal representation or discuss criminal, personal injury or divorce cases.
These agencies will locate in the Clearinghouse building:
House of Hope food pantry (lower level)
LifeSpring Mental Health Services
Jefferson County Community Corrections
Pathways Youth Shelter and Family Services (administrative office)
Region 15 Child Advocacy Center
River Valley Resources
United Way of Jefferson County