The community is invited to join The Caring Place for a breakfast at Dwelling Place Church International on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and a chance to take a peek “Behind the Hope Door.”
Director of organization advancement Toni Miles explained the breakfast is an opportunity to build individual relationships with community members.
“Our goal is to get out of the event business and get into the relationship-building business,” Miles said. “Eventually this process will bring us to a place where we will move from fundraising to sustainability.”
According to Miles, sustainability will better ensure the local nonprofit continues to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people who use its services.
The one-hour event will start promptly at 8 a.m. with a welcome and thank you.
Board Chair Bob Hardin will speak to the gathered crowd before relinquishing the floor to the Voices of Lee. Pastor Jamie Tuttle of Dwelling Place will give the invocation before the guests are asked to eat and socialize amongst themselves.
Guests will then hear from The Caring Place director Reba Terry, who will share her personal connection, results of the ministry and the plan for the future. Additional presentations are planned in an effort to give the guests a full picture of the nonprofit and its services.
Miles stated the program will stop at 9 a.m. Each speaker and portion of the breakfast has been given a strict time limit, in an effort to capitalize on the hourlong event. Miles described the breakfast as a win-win: The Caring Place is able to share its story while curious community residents learn more about the nonprofit.
Some of the specific guests invited to the event are those who have gone through the Hope Tour since February. The tour initiative launched in early 2014. Miles said there have been roughly 80 individuals who have gone on the tour.
“You invite people into your world, your organization, where you actually execute the services so they can see,” Miles said. “It is one thing knowing we give clothes, we give food, but when you come here and walk the same journey the guests are walking and we tell the story about our guests (clients), then what happens is people can put a face, a real person [to the nonprofit].”
She said the tour connects people to the mission of The Caring Place. Both the tour and the breakfast are meant to build relationships in the community. Miles said she hopes these initiatives encourage people to give both of their talent and donations.
Terry said relationship-based outreaches to the community are important because the general public does not “get very excited” about the work completed at the nonprofit.
“It is not a priority in most people’s lives,” she said. “It is unfortunate because there is such a need. When you feel passionate about something, you think everyone should feel passionate. People are challenged when they know about the need in our community. It is offensive. It is an indictment in our community.”
She said the breakfast will be a good opportunity to learn more about the services and the need in the community.
Those interested in attending can RSVP to The Caring Place by calling 472-4414 by Sept. 15. Anyone interested in going on a Hope Tour can contact Toni Miles via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.