Jesus is a Friend to the Poor
Pastor Paul's Registered Grocery Shelf recipients will receive, at no cost, a 1 year membership upon completing an updated form. The value is $12 for a 1 year membership. We want the registrants that were served for many years to have the benefit of belonging to the VIP Club for the first year at no cost for membership. We will use their original registration number so they are able to maintain seniority and get rewards for products and services.
According to our database records of registered recipients, we have 18,866 households registered that represent 62,576 individuals. The individuals include primary, secondary, and dependent members of the household.
Registration was required for everyone who qualified to receive groceries from the Grocery Shelf. Qualification requirements were as follows; 1-A household of 2 or more, 2-A senior 60 years and older living alone, 3-Disabled individuals with verification who live alone. Each year it was required to update information for the first pages 1-3, Household, Family and Income information, to keep data current and accurate. If the recipient, after registering, had a 2 year lapse of Grocery Shelf use, the recipient was placed into an inactive part of the database. When the inactive recipient came in to use the Grocery Shelf they were re-activated using the same registration record that they updated.
At the time of closing Pastor Paul's Mission for transitioning in July 2012, the Active Registrant Households were 11,167 and the Active Individuals was 34,740. These were active users of the Grocery Shelf with updated information. The Inactive Registrant Households were 7,699 and the Inactive Individuals was 27,836. The Total Registrant Households, both active and inactive, was 18,866 and Individuals was 62,576.
The Grocery Shelf Program was the only program that required registration. A very simple custom computer database was developed in 1986 that included basic information such as name, address, phone, and family size. Within a few years a very complex, for the time, custom database was developed that had to be explained to the registrant, how its purpose would help to assess their needs to help them beyond food. Additional information was needed for that purpose, though it was not required, it included pages 4-6, Employment Information, Voter Registration/Education Information, and Shopping Club Survey Information.
It was always our intent to utilize this database information to help connect individuals to services and products that they may need at prices they could afford with their limited budget. We wanted to create a community of individuals who could also help each other and network together. Today with social media, text messaging, phones and apps, we think our time has come. We are going to give it a go and hope you are onboard!
Historic Charts and Graphs
Target Population-Pastor Paul's Mission's Historic Programs served families, children, infants, disabled and senior adults. These populations were not able to pay for sufficient food supplies due to limited cash flow because of the increased cost of living and housing experienced hunger. Many families were unemployed or more frequently underemployed. They consisted of single heads of household with only one source of income that is below the federal poverty level. Others were adult seniors who lived alone and received Social Security benefits that did not cover their cost of living because of high prescription drug and housing costs. Many disabled individuals who were not able to find employment did not have sufficient income. Many who needed food were caught short of cash to pay for it.
Race and Nationality: Asian 7%; Black 45%; Hispanic 4%; Indian 3%; Russian 24%; White/Other 17%
Age and Gender: 40% Children, 35%
Women, 25% Men
Family Status: 1% Men Headed Households, 7% Women Headed Households, 86% Co-Headed Households, 6% Disabled Households