2008 in Review
Blaine Community Assistance Program
By Brent Brentnall
The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is the outreach arm of the Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association, a non-profit association of 19 churches in the area. It is financially supported by the association, the Salvation Army and the city of Blaine utility fund.
The purpose of the Community Assistance Program is twofold:
1) To serve needy people of the Blaine community, including Birch Bay, Custer, and Point Roberts through four programs: providing emergency assistance for those in crises; clothing the poor (St. Martin’s Clothing Bank); providing household needs for the destitute (Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard); feeding needy hungry families at Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Program).
2) To offer opportunities for individuals, organizations and churches to provide the above.
In 2008 the Emergency Assistance Program provided emergency assistance worth more than $12,000 to 108 families in crisis. Assistance with utility bills, food, prescription medications, transportation, emergency shelter and referrals for help were among the needs met. For help, phone 392-8484.
During the last 12 months St. Martin’s Clothing Bank met 1800 individual requests for clothing by families 1,334 times. St. Martin’s, located next to the Blaine Food Bank, is open from 9 a.m. – noon Tuesdays and Fridays.
In 2008 Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard provided beds, household furniture, small appliances, dishes, and kitchenware to 15 destitute families. The cupboard is available by appointment only, call 371-3360.
At Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving Basket Program provided 189 complete, ready-to-cook Thanksgiving dinners to needy families with children.
This year we fed a total of 880 people, 420 children and 460 adults. Funding for this program was provided by individual contributions solicited from the larger Blaine community and local businesses.
In 2009 we plan to continue this outreach to the community. Our longer term goal is to consolidate and expand these programs in a single building space.