Centerstone is a community lifeline, helping to address hunger, homelessness, and other issues. As Centerstone engages clients through basic needs programs, our primary goal is to help them to move past financial crisis and stabilize their situations. We then align clients to empowerment programs to help them move out of poverty.
Our Energy Assistance program helps over 10,000 people per year to manage the rising costs of heat by offering financial assistance to pay home heating bills while providing energy conservation education to minimize future home heating costs. We also offer emergency services to families in financial crisis.
Our Food Assistance program provides nutritious food and grocery items through our Food Bank. We also offer a home delivery service to help the elderly and people with disabilities. In 2011, Centerstone distributed 42,738 food bags to people in need.
Our Financial Education program helps people develop positive financial habits and stretch their money further through training on banking, personal finances, debt, and budgeting. The program offers group workshops, 1:1 financial coaching, tax preparation assistance, and community partnerships to empower people to create a better financial feature and pathways to opportunity.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The need for local hunger relief is on the rise. In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released information that more than 387,000 families in Washington State are unsure of the source of their next meal. This means 1 in 7 Washington families can't be certain that they will not go hungry. Centerstone is challenged with meeting this growing problem of local hunger relief. Centerstone’s Food Bank saw a record number of clients in 2011, serving 7,172 individuals, an increase of 58% from 4,500 clients in 2009. Your support will help us to meet the growing demands of community hunger by expanding our home delivery route, increasing awareness of sustainable eating by providing nutrition education for our clients, and improving accessibility and availability by extending our Food Bank hours.