During the first quarter board meeting, Crosslines board members discussed the possibility of relocating and expressed grattitude to the community for its continuing support.
Board members have once again been discussing the possibility of relocating to the old Ramey's building on West Broadway in Monett. Board President Lonnie Dunn has been trying to locate grants for the cause. If the goal is achieved, the non-profit organization could be debt free and would also have the additional space it needs.
Crosslines Director Jolene Garoutte reported that Curves of Monett donated a pickup load of food that helped restock the food pantry, which was almost empty.
Garoutte also noted the special funds account, which is mostly used to assist people with utilities and/or rent, was substantially low before an anonymous patron happened to stop by to donate a large amount of money.
"I don't believe in coincidences of this nature," said Garoutte. "Because of these donations, a single dad and a baby now have their own apartment for the first time and their kitchen is stocked. He is so grateful."
According to the quarterly ministry report, 427 families received assistance through Crosslines.
|The various types of assistance included: electric and gas bills, food pantry, food vouchers, gasoline, hospital meals, electric heaters, medical equipment, rent, motels, propane, clothing, diapers and wipes, doctor visits, bus tickets, dentist visits, household, furniture, prescriptions, infant seats, kerosene, heating supplies, eyeglasses, addiction treatment, car repair, hot meals, home care supplies and a baby crib.||Twenty families were also assisted with Salvation Army funds received from the kettles at Walmart during the Christmas season.|
Reflecting on years past, Garoutte said Crosslines is typically packed with donated items from people having garage sales but the organization is not seeing that so far in 2009.
According to Garoutte, The Salvation Army told her that donations are down nationwide.
When asked to list Crosslines' greatest needs, Garoutte hesitated momentarily before giving her answer of "just about anything and everything."
Crosslines is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible. A business or individual wanting to make a donation, in the form of money, can specify what they want it to be utilized for. The special funds account is generally designated for assistance with utilities and rent. The regular funds account is utilized for the many other forms of assistance.
"We want to be able to help as many people as we can. The more donations, regardless of the type, the more we can help," Garoutte said. "We are so fortunate to be located in an area that has such great communities, and we are grateful for the support we receive from the community, especially at a time when so many people are in need of help due to the economy."
Anyone interested in making a donation to help families in need of assistance can take the items or monetary donation to Crosslines in Monett or call Garoutte at 417-235-6666.