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Hope for the Future Ministries financial needs

Running a ministry like Hope for the Future takes a lot of money. During a recession this gets worse, as more people are unemployed and need the food and support that is available, yet some of the people who usually support the ministry are losing their jobs, or overtime, with the result that less money is donated to the ministry.

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Hope for the Future Ministries is looking to both churches and individuals for financial support.

It may come as a surprise, but Hope for the Future Ministries costs a lot to run. Many people think most of the food is donated to the ministry, so it can't cost that much to run. However there is even a cost involved in collecting free food. The gas for the van has to be paid for and the van has to be serviced. Not all food is donated, some is purchased by the ministry.

Other low cost items start to add up when used on the scale of Hope for the Future Ministries.

How much does it cost to run the ministry for one week?
Please note that although the ministry gives out over 700 hot meals and 2500 pantry bags per week (2 years ago this was 500 hot meals and 2000 pantry bags per week), food costs are not shown here as this is only the costs. Remember not all food is donated, so often the cost of food will need to be added to these running costs.

ItemUnit CostQty per WeekWeekly Cost
Blanket for a homeless person$1010$100
Gas for 1 van for 1 journey city/pickup$6010$600
Van servicing and repairs$353$105
Road tolls$301$30
Warehouse rent$5801$580
Insurance (staff / vans / building)$3851$385
Gas and electricity for warehouse & Kitchen $4151$415
Sanitation $1101$110
Office and printing expenses$4001$400
Telephone system and calls$1001$100
Salaried staff (currently cut back due to recession) $12451$1245


Pastor Diane Dunne would like to say thank you to everyone who have and continue to support the ministry. Donation to the ministry has been made as simple as possible:

  • Credit or debit card.
    Click on the 'Make A Donation' button at the top right of any page on the website. You will be taken to the PayPal website where you can either enter your card details, or use your PayPal account.
    You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate using PayPal.

  • Send a Check.
    Make the check payable to Hope for the Future Ministries and send to:

    Hope for the Future Ministries
    131 Verdi Street
    NY 11735

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Your support financially, physically, prayerfully, is all appreciated.

Pastor Diane

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I appreciate all that the ministry has provided for me and my family.


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