Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Giving Tuesday (or any day) Recommendation

 Hi Folks,

If you are looking for a good organization to support, please prayerfully consider Grindstone Ministries / Kaleb House. This is a a 501(c)3 not-for-profit located in Eastern Oklahoma that does disaster relief and also runs Kaleb House, a rescue and recovery facility for juvenile human trafficking survivors. Link to their donation page: https://grindstone-ministries.snwbll.com/giving-portal . These are good people carrying out an incredibly important mission.

(Full disclosure, I am NOT affiliated in any way with Grindstone Ministries / Kaleb House, other than supporting their mission.) 

Please watch this video by TJ Morris, President of Grindstone. Text can be read below the video.  --Tim Gamble

Giving Tuesday 2023

Grindstone Ministries is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit located in Eastern Oklahoma. We perform disaster relief and construction projects for underserved communities adversely affected by critical weather events. GSM has deployed 36 times in the last 42 months to notable storms including Hurricanes Ian & Michael in Florida, the Mayfield Kentucky tornadoes, and most recently to Southeastern Oklahoma for the tornadoes that affected Idabel. During these deployments, we have: • donated tens of thousands of man-hours of labor for relief and recovery efforts • hauled tens of thousands of cubic yards of debris at our cost • remediated, rebuilt, or replaced a dozen homes at our cost • provided more than ten thousand hot meals to residents, first responders, line workers, volunteers, and recovery personnel at our cost • coordinated and performed Search & Rescue missions at our cost • provided medical expertise & capabilities to strained EMS agencies at our cost • warehoused & distributed thousands of tons non-perishable food items, potable water, hygiene products, infant and childcare products, tarps, construction materials, and medicines at our cost • raised more than $500,000 of private funds for disaster relief efforts and residents affected by severe weather In order to maintain the readiness required to deploy quickly and efficiently to critical weather events, Grindstone is dependent upon the generosity of folks like you who monetarily support our disaster recovery efforts. We couldn’t do this without you. In addition to disaster relief, Grindstone Ministries is also actively constructing Kaleb House, a recovery facility for juvenile human trafficking survivors. We estimate the construction costs for Kaleb House to exceed $1.5 million dollars; but for this cost we will be able to provide a safe and secure recovery facility for up to 60 children. Utilizing the House Parents model, Kaleb House will address the mental, emotional, spiritual, educational, financial, and physical challenges that survivors of human trafficking face. Our program has no time limit; when our kiddos are grown and ready to face the world on their own terms, they are free to go. But until then, we’re not asking anyone to leave simply because a certain length of time has transpired. How does someone tell a six year old that their time is up? Kaleb House already has 24 survivors in its care, which are being stewarded in a series of safehouses staffed 24/7 by professional caregivers. The cost to care for these children, ages 1 to 19, exceeds $20,000 per month. So not only does Kaleb House require funds to complete construction of the facility, but we are also dependent upon your donations to fund our monthly operating costs to continue to steward the survivors in our care. Please consider establishing a recurring donation through our giving portal at www.grindstoneministries.com to assist in our ongoing efforts to bless underserved communities and rescue & restore juvenile human trafficking survivors. Funds can be specifically earmarked through the giving portal, as per the following: General Fund: Supports operational costs & disaster relief efforts Kaleb House: Supports ongoing recovery efforts for our survivors Construction: Supports the actual construction of the Kaleb House facility Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration. TJ Morris President Grindstone Ministries Kaleb House Matthew 18:6

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