Awakening of The Next Generation
Provide nutrition to the malnourished people struggling with addiction and/or homelessness. One meal at a time can give a person hope.
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Expect A Miracle Ministries
Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Albuquerque, Denver, Santa Fe
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Annually we serve 50,400 meals or more to individuals who struggle with drug addiction and/or homelessness. We not only feed them but also teach them to prepare meals whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner for 50 or more people per meal. Upon entering the program they learn sanitation and the key principles of food handling by incorporating ServeSafe videos. We also make banana bread to fundraise considering we are a non-profit organization.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
By giving individuals an opportunity to get off of the streets, we also give them access to clean water and nutritional meals which is one of the ways we are giving back to our community. The design of a commercial kitchen in the proper way will enhance the preparation of food and a more efficient and sanitary way of getting meals out in an orderly fashion.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
Expect A Miracle Ministries has served close to 2,000 individuals that have walked into these doors wanting a life change. We get them off of the streets and feed them physically. If they need to kick the drugs they were on, we tend to their needs in that area. When they are well off physically we begin to work on their character spiritually. We begin by teaching them a new lifestyle. From the way you talk, act and dress to the way you handle certain situations begins to change your surroundings and also your integrity. We feed close to 400 people once a year on top of the 50 per day at a conference we hold yearly. The people that are on another level in the kitchen go on a rotation process from meal to meal to provide a nutritious meal for our visitors from out of town.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
We do receive individual donations from our church. We also have people that have graduated our program that are now certified to keep up with the repairs if necessary. We are just beginning the grant writing process, so as far as grants we have not won any yet but do plan on it being a provision in the future. Our main source of income is the banana bread which we use as a tool to reach the people of our community and to sustain the home.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
Expect A Miracle is always wanting to grow and get better at what we do. We have a Big Heart for the community. Without limitations there has been a never ending desire to out grow the standard we set and go beyond what is needed. Ideas of growing in the area of nutrition gives us an initiative to reach the people. Our main focus is The People. We love People. We do not care where they came from But where they are going in the future.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
The Expect a Miracle Home directors Pedro and Valerie Jaramillo were born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. At the age of fifteen became parents to their first son and soon after Pedro became addicted to crack cocaine, alcohol, and other street drugs. He was addicted for nine years. His addiction caused him to steal, vandalize, and leave for days on a “binge”. Tired of the life he was living and the hurt he was causing his family he was unable to quit. Through the pain and hurt Valerie began using marijuana and when that “wasn’t enough” became addicted to meth. They lived as a young couple with no direction, struggling, abusive and were bound by sin. Trying to fulfill emptiness by what society says is fulfilling-marriage, counseling, rehabilitation centers. Pedro ended up going to a home like this in Texas and soon after Valerie did the same. They went through 8 years of training.
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