A Letter from our President & Chair of the Board
We are excited to present our 2017 Annual Report ‘Faith is a Beam Radiating from the Face of God’ containing our stories of success and impact over the past year.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have been inspired by the overwhelming number of people who put Faith in Action this year to meet the needs of others. We chose Faith in Action as the theme for this year’s annual report to celebrate the joy and gratitude we feel when people open their hearts in profound support and concern for the marginalized, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the poor and the broken hearted. Thank you for living out a commitment to fulfill His command to shelter and care for the “least of our brothers and sisters.”
Our Board Members willingly share their gifts and talents to expand the work of our organization. We recognize their many special and meaningful contributions that are of lasting value to our Foundation and the community.
Perhaps the most moving aspect of our mission are the Site Visits we conduct to our grantee organizations. We are truly inspired by the work of charities that respond with uncompromising devotion to the teachings of love. In our work, we strive to be a faithful and responsive partner and provided $2,991,167 in grants to our community. Our donor advisor family and agencies shared $808,637 to benefit a wide range of charitable causes. Also in our commitment to relieve the suffering of our community the Foundation distributed $1,852,790 to programs at Fairview Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Regional Hospitals.
Thanks to the generosity of our thoughtful donors and friends, in 2017 we raised $10,791,473 in donations, which is a great testament to the faith of our community.
We have seen Faith in Action clearly within the SocksPLUS Initiative at Community West Foundation and we thank our supporters for their joy and enthusiasm in helping the homeless. The SocksPLUS initiative has been a source of great encouragement and it has been remarkable to witness the generosity of this wonderful community. Over 150 treasured “Tribes” have joined this movement which has raised over a half million dollars in monetary donations and thousands of in kind items for our homeless neighbors. We look forward to continuing our bond with these special people who are reaching out to those who are most vulnerable. This strong commitment to Faith in Action, and the memories of achievement and support will stay with us a long time.
Rev. Richard Trickel’s Faith in Action with the City Mission as Chief Executive Officer, combined with his life-long commitment to the homeless, made him a perfect choice as the guest speaker at our annual meeting, where nearly 300 people gathered to hear his message. God’s love really shines through Rev. Trickel and his works of mercy for the rising number of homeless families.
A special shining moment of Faith in Action took place at our Legacy Society Dinner, where Henry and Betty Jacques received the 2017 Art of Caring Award. The Jacques truly inspire the community with their generosity of spirit, compassion and Faith in Action. Over 100 people shared in their special day, feeling blessed by their example of servant leadership.
We held ten great special events for Fairview Hospital and Lutheran Hospital that were exciting and fun. We are thrilled by the fantastic team of volunteers we work alongside who faithfully serve and give in so many different ways.
The Gospel of Matthew 25:40 resonates with us, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” This passage has a profound meaning at Community West Foundation. When we hear these words, they reflect a core principle of our work for the hungry, the homeless, the stranger, the diseased, and the disabled. When we serve the least, the last and the lost, we are serving Jesus Himself.
Thank you to our donors, friends, supporters, Board Members and staff for your Faith in Action and for illuminating the impact of our work.
May God Bless You and Walk with You,
|President and CEO
David T. Dombrowiak
|William R. Oatey
Chair of the Board