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October 19, 2012

Norman Mission Ministries wants to engage the community

NORMAN — Members of Norman Mission Ministries want to re-engage with area churches.

“They (churches) need to know more about us. The community needs to know more about us. We would love to have more churches involved,” April Doshier, executive director of Food and Shelter, said.

NMM has been in operation since February 1994. The organization is comprised of about 10 churches in the Norman community and has a mission to fill in the gaps for people who don’t qualify for assistance because of federal regulations or they lack the proper documentation needed to qualify for federal services.

“To the people who come here (Food and Shelter) and are past crisis and are desperate, $250 can be the one little glimpse of hope that can begin the steps to really achieving something great. Just in this year alone, it’s benefited about 87 households,” Doshier said. “So 87 households, hundreds of men, women and children, who because of this collection of church’s investment in them, they have gotten some time to get jobs. They have been able to feel relief for just a few minutes so that they could think and regroup and build a plan and move forward. It reduces the burden on social services. It reduces the burden on all of the community services that would have to pick these folks up and help build them back up from scratch. It impacts our community in a ton of ways.”

The money collected for NMM is made up entirely of contributions from churches. Doshier is quick to add that Food and Shelter does not maintain any of these funds to support its agency as a whole.

“We use all of the dollars for direct assistance,” Doshier said.

Through the partnership, Food and Shelter caseworkers are able to move past obstacles in an individual’s life and pinpoint the problem.

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