Macon’s Loaves & Fishes seeks $40k to help less fortunate
In addition to helping feed and clothe the area’s less fortunate, volunteers also help people get their state ID’s and birth certificates.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One service center in Macon needs at least $40,000 to keep helping the area’s less fortunate.
Volunteers say Loaves and Fishes Ministry sees more than 2,000 people every month and its funds are running low and if the trend continues some of the center’s programs will get cut.
“It’s everybody. We all have bumps in the road and that’s why Loaves and Fishes is here,” Judy Sexton, with Loaves and Fishes, said.
She’s the center’s day services director and is constantly keeping a count of the center’s food, clothes, and resources.
“We could not get along without our volunteers and we have some wonderful volunteers,” Sexton said.
She and others went to commissioners asking for financial help — about $40,000 worth.
In addition to helping feed and clothe the area’s less fortunate, volunteers also help people get their state ID’s and birth certificates — programs that can become costly, Sexton says, for a center that survives off donations and little grant money.
“Those are such important programs. Someone coming back from prison, if all they have is a prison ID, they’re not going to get a job when they show that prison ID. If they have a Georgia ID, it increases their chances of getting a job,” she said.
Loaves and Fishes helped people like Jerry Smith get back on his feet and into a home.
“I think it’s a great inspiration for that God has some people out here to help those who are in need. It’s not just the homeless that they helped. They help the community as a whole,” Smith said.
It’s a sense of community when people feel like their alone.
“Our motto is transitioning lives one spirit, one family, one individual at a time and that’s what we’re ready to do — to transition lives for people,” Sexton said.
She says without the funding, she’ll have to reduce the amount of services the center offers and continue to give until there is nothing left.
Loaves and Fishes is looking to work with commissioners to come up with a solution to finding more funding.