Our Ministry Timeline

Growth and Steadfastness of our Ministry

2003

  • Fed and clothed over 400 men, women and children on the streets of Tampa. We were mobile using our cars to go where the needy people gathered and lived, around the city. We handed out blankets, non-perishable foods, toiletries, clothing, socks, etc.

2004

  • Hosted our 1st annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Ybor City located just east of Tampa Florida, where we fed 150 guests a good hot meal.
    We supplied over 100 lunch bags to the homeless and needy in the area during our 1st Christmas Dinner.
    During the weekends, we met the needs of over 800 men, women, and children with clothing, shoes, socks, toiletries and other miscellaneous items.

2005

  • We provided clothing, shoes, toiletries and other necessities to the homeless and needy. During our 2nd annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Brandon Community Center, in Brandon Florida, we fed over 150 men, women and children a festive and nurturing meal. The three main Daily-Work, Daily Pay Employment businesses gave the Ministry permission to use their parking area to set up tents, table and chairs to serve a hot meal, and offering of clothing, shoes, groceries, blankets to anyone in need. This was a tremendous blessing because we would serve the community every month - rain or shine. We served approximately 100 people, including families with children.

2006

  • Our 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner was at the Brandon Community Center with over 150 volunteers in attendance. We fed and clothed over 600 people with provisions of over 2000 articles of clothing. In addition, we offered socks, toiletries, blankets, baby equipment, etc. We also provided live gospel and contemporary music, haircuts, and balloon animals and other entertainment for the children. Furthermore, over 100 bags of groceries were distributed to the homeless and needy families of the community.
  • Our 1st annual Christmas Cheer Program was initiated this year where we provided sponsors from the community the opportunity to come along side a family in need and provide for some of the basic needs of the family. We provided sponsors for 25 families, and it was a blessing not only to the families in need, but to the sponsors as well.  We co-hosted the Christmas Dinner with the River of Life Cluster of Methodist Churches of Brandon where we provided over 2000 pieces of clothing, toiletries, shoes, socks, and other needful items.

2007

  • Fed and clothed over 600 less fortunate individuals during the year.
    We provided over 5,000 lbs. of canned and staple foods to the needy.
    Sponsored our 4th annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Boys and Girls Club in Brandon Florida, where we fed over 900 guests and distributed over 3000 pieces of clothing, shoes, toiletries, blankets, socks, and much more. Nurses were on site to give free blood and glucose monitoring. The ministry also provided free hair cuts and massages while supplying the children with a fun house, face painting, entertainment and arts and crafts. 
    We provided over 300 pairs of work boots to the homeless and needy men and women who work at a Day Labor. This donation was made possible by a local church that supports this ministry. 
    We provided breads and pastries weekly to a Mental Health Center for the poor and needy in Plant City. the breads were provided by Publix in Lithia Springs.
  • Our 2nd annual Christmas Cheer Program continued this year where we provided sponsors from the community the opportunity to come along side a family in need and provide for some of the basic needs of the family. We provided sponsors for 20 families, and it was a blessing not only to the families in need, but to the sponsors as well. We co-hosted the Christmas Dinner with the River of Life Cluster of Methodist Churches of Brandon where we provided over 2000 pieces of clothing, toiletries, shoes, socks, and other needful items.

                    

 2008 - 2009

  • Fed and clothed over 1600 homeless and needy men, women and children during our monthly outreach activities held at local Labor Pool shops.
    We serviced over 900 referred homeless and needy families from other agencies, with clothing, foods, furnishings, small household appliances, etc.
    We provided temporary shelter for 15 single moms and family units.
    We supplied bus tickets for homeless participants relocating with family members in other cities/states.
    We offered prayers and consolation to grieving members of the homeless and needy population who were in desperate situations.
     We paid the electric bill for 10 single moms, and paid the water bill for 2 families.
  • During our 5th and 6th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner which included a seven course meal for over 1500 guests, we provided over 6000 pieces of clothing, toiletries, socks, blankets, shoes, school supplies, etc. In addition, we gave out approximately 400 bags of groceries to families and over 200 bags to the homeless including breads and pastries to take home. Nurses were on site to give free blood and glucose monitoring. The ministry also provided free hair cuts and massages while supplying the children with a fun house, face painting, entertainment and arts and crafts.
  • During our 3rd and 4th Annual Christmas Cheer Program we provided sponsors from the community the opportunity to come along side a family in need and provide for some of the basic needs of the family. We provided sponsors for 60 families, and it was a blessing not only to the families in need, but to the sponsors as well. We co-hosted the Christmas Dinner with the River of Life Cluster of Methodist Churches of Brandon where we provided toiletries, shoes, blankets, socks, clothing, and canned food items for over 250 bags to families, and 125 to the homeless.
  • Initiated Day Break Ministry where a volunteer goes to an area Daily Pay Shop before 6 a.m. one day per week, and gives out bag lunches to the  homeless and needy waiting for their name to be called to go to work for the day.
  • Trained over 650 volunteers to serve during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner event.
  • We participated in a weekly bread & pastry day where we gave out bags of breads and pastries to the homeless and needy - donated by Publix in Lithia. We also provided bread and pastries for various daycare centers throughout the area for the needy moms working in the facilities.

Every Publix Super Market In Brandon, FL And All of The Surrounding Cities, Have Donated Food and Other Household Necessities for Living To Our Ministry, And We Are very Much Appreciative For That. 

 2010 -2012

  • The Ministry is currently offering Volunteer Training Classes to area churches, in an effort to help mobilize them in At risk Areas of Outreach in their Communities.
    We offered resources of food, clothing, food items, toiletries, etc. to ministries and organizations… so that there would be a smooth start-up with their initial
    Outreach activity.
  • Four (4) churches signed up to reach out in their neighborhoods to help the hungry, needy and displaced, and the ministry supported their initial efforts with resources, food, toiletries, or household supplies.

 

2012- 2015

  • With God’s help, we were able to move our Mobile Feeding Ministry into a building in July, 2012, after 7 years. We took 3 months to prepare and stock the entire building with provisions that had been donated to us from many organizations, individuals, doctor offices, other non-profit organizations, churches, charity groups, etc., who heard, or already had a working relationship with the ministry.There are 11 rooms to service our clients; reception area, office, conference room, waiting room, infant and toddler clothing area, men/boys clothing area, pantry, prayer room, storage area, toiletry room, and women/girl’s clothing area. We are excited finally having a place for our clients to come and shop. We believe in offering our help in a pleasing and excellent manner.

  

  • The Grand-opening was celebrated for a full week, starting Monday, November 12, and the Ribbon-cutting was hosted by the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, and with Pastor West (Westminster Presbyterian Church) officiating with scripture and prayer. There were over 100 attendees to the Ribbon-cutting, while another 25 came during the week-long celebration.

  

  • Brian Lamb, president of Fifth Third Bank – Tampa, FL presented the ministry with a wonderful donation, as well as other great donors who are too numerous to mention here. Peter Madson (golden corral) provided the ministry with finger foods, and other items. We served the homeless with clothing, bagged lunches(manna bags), toiletries, and prayers daily. We served individuals and families with homes, in surrounding communities with bags of groceries – clothing, toiletries and other items, depending on the number of people in each family.

  

  • During our tenure in the building, we served over three thousand men, women and children during daily services and other outreach activities. We developed a program in which we set up food classes to educate the clients how to prepare different meals with the foods items they were being given. We felt if was important for the clients to know how to prepare the foods they were being given in a variety of ways. We gave them a list of the items of food that were available to them, and allowed them to select the foods that fit their culture. To us that was important because – if they chose the foods they preferred, it was a 99% chance the food would be consumed, instead being thrown away.

  

Once a month, we would organize an outdoor event for the community. A hot meal was prepared, with toiletries, clothing, shoes, groceries and other items would be given out to anyone in need. The needy, hungry, and displaced people came from all facets of life; not just homeless individuals. We had the best volunteers in the world. They came from surrounding churches, organizations, women groups, mom and daughters, father and sons, grandparents and grandkids, pastors and congregations,  professional teams, work force teams, college, high school, and elementary students, local ministries, and  anyone else having, or desiring to have the heart of a servant ...helping one another.

  

During 2014, a ministry agreed to prepare and provide meals for our Monthly Outdoor Event - Dinner On the Grounds. We also provided a prayer tent for anyone desiring personal one on one speaking with them. During all of our events, we would provide resources, and other important information to the community.