Missions of the Month—February
90% will support Benzie Area Christian Neighbors
10% will support the programs of the Ferris State University Wesley House Campus Ministry
In 1983, the Benzie County worship communities joined together to serve neighbors struggling with critical human needs. Since those humble beginnings, Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) has transformed from a charity providing basic needs to a community nurturing the spirit of those they serve. The philosophy serving with dignity and respect has become a trademark for BACN, and its belief that all neighbors have gifts to give and needs to be met is the premise in which the organization operates today. BACN is a tax exempt 501c(3) nonprofit human services organization providing services for people of all ages throughout the Benzie/northern Manistee County area.
Wesley House is an open-armed and open-minded United Methodist Campus Ministry. Its mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for Ferris State University Students to socialize and discuss everyday student life and the mission of the Christian Church. Wesley House meets weekly and begins its meetings with a free, home-cooked meal followed by an optional discussion about issues relevant to college students and based on the Bible. They are open to believers and nonbelievers alike. Annually, they take a mission trip.
Buy Dinner For BACN
Enjoy a delicious dinner on February 5 at Geno's Sports Bar and Grill, Thompsonville, OR Dinghy's Restaurant and Bar, Frankfort , and a portion of the evening's proceeds will support the programs of Benzie Area Christian Neighbors.
February 10—Special giving opportunity—Church World Service Blankets+ Sunday
For many people in the U.S. and around the world, struggling against the bitter cold is a daily challenge. Homeless persons in the U.S. seek shelter and warmth all winter. Around the world, disasters force people from their warm homes, sending them to shelters and refugee camps. Church World Service (CWS) is there. The CWS Blankets+ program provides warmth, hope, and care during cold and trying times. A gift of just $10 provides a sturdy, comforting blanket to children, men and women who are struggling against the cold.
2018 Year-end statistics from Benzie Food Partners of Honor
Avg. # of households/families served per month: 104
Avg. # of single heads of households per month: 38 Cumulative total # of Benzie County Residents served: 3,613 Cumulative total # of seniors served: 1,000
Cumulative total # of children served: 949
Cumulative # of pounds distributed: 52,675
Avg. # of pounds per family per pantry: 42
New registration 2018: 43
Expenditures to Feeding America W.M. Food Bank and other food items: $7,111.19
Expenditures toward nonfood, personal hygiene and health care items: $2,003.86
Thanks for your generosity!
Carole Lee, Outreach Coordinator