How ACCA Helps Our Neighbors
Family Emergency Assistance
The Family Emergency Assistance ministry provided financial assistance of $25,000 to 19 households totaling 65 individuals (family members) in January. Most of the assistance was used for rent or security deposits, utilities, prescription drugs, and medical or dental needs.
Food and Hygiene Ministry
ACCA’s Nutrition/Hygiene ministry provides nutritious food and other essentials to families and individuals in need in our community. Food is taken into the pantry where it is assembled and delivered to needy families. Following is a summary of assistance provided:
In January 2022, the pantry provided food for 28 families and 268 individuals. We also received 2,695 lbs. in donations which was quite a bit less than we have over the previous 2 months but that is to be expected after the holidays. It also gave us the opportunity to move the excess of donations we’ve had in storage to the shelves in the pantry.
ACCA is able to provide this level of assistance thanks to donations from our 27 member churches as well as from the generous Annandale community.
In December, the ACCA-Shepherd’s Center joint transportation program provided 65 rides and In January, the program provided 44 round-trip rides, and 2 requests were unfilled.
For calendar year 2021, the program provided 652 rides. We provided 19 rides to former ACCA clients, and were unable to fill only one. Almost all of these rides were to assisted living residents of Lincolnian Senior Residences.
To learn more or to become a volunteer driver, contact the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield office at (703) 941-1419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The furniture ministry has had some challenges in the New Year, with mechanical problems, freezing weather, and a stolen catalytic converter. The team will forge ahead in February with pickups and deliveries as scheduled twice per month. Details on the furniture ministry are available.