Dear Friends and Partners,
Thank you so much for your support of Bread of Life Ministries as we continue our work in providing food to the hungry and shelter to the homeless in our community.
Bread of Life Ministries was started a generation ago by a handful of concerned and loving community members who were moved by the outstretched hands of those in need. In 1984, founder Carolyn Neighoff and seven families joined together to purchase 157 Water St. in Augusta, where our soup kitchen still serves today.
The ministry soon expanded to include a family shelter on Hospital Street, later a veteran’s shelter in the same location, now more than 80 apartment units across the city, case management services and a robust benevolence fund.
Bread of Life was born out of an important need to care for and love our neighbors. With the generous support of the community and the tireless efforts of volunteers and staff, the organization has eased the hardship of thousands. Over the course of an average year, our soup kitchen serves roughly 34,000 meals and our combined shelters provide about 13,000 bed days.
Sadly, it’s not enough, and the needs of our community have never been greater. Homelessness is on the rise in Maine, and Bread of Life is in the uncomfortable position of having to say ‘no’ to roughly 600 calls per year from people looking for shelter. To our staff, our Board, and our community, that’s simply unacceptable.
This summer, Bread of Life launches our first-ever capital campaign, in an effort to raise funds to expand both our family and veterans shelters. The plans add significant additional bed space, expanded dining areas, case manager offices, laundry facilities, and ADA-compliant showers and bathrooms.
The goal of the campaign is to “Never Say No Again.” As we have since 1984, Bread of Life will continue its mission to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. But we need your help. Please consider a donation of money, time, prayer or material to assist us in reaching our goal.
We know that Bread of Life exists only out of the generous support of our community. We could never do the good work without your generosity.
Thank you for supporting us in the past and we thank you in advance for your support moving forward into the future.
John A. Richardson, Executive Director
Bread of Life Ministries