A Servant’s Heart is a nondenominational, Christian 501(c) 3 not for profit public charity (EIN 57-1170024) that coordinates public and private agencies and organizations, as well as churches to help the homeless and disadvantaged of LaSalle County. A Servant’s Heart ministry was formed to provide crisis intervention to the homeless and needy o LaSalle County, with the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ to merge appropriate individuals and organizations to fill resource needs. The ministry also assists individuals in a time of disaster, such as the recent flooding (2013) and tornadoes (2010) that occurred in LaSalle County. The ministry provided clothes, furniture, household items, some food and water to individuals and families in need. All services, furniture, household items and food are free of charge and there is never a cost for these or any other services.
A Servant’s Heart assists in finding housing, payment for utilities, providing clothes, furniture and other household items as needed. We have assisted individuals in obtaining their GED by not only paying the cost of the test but by tutoring individuals (a volunteer is available to tutor our clients who need the extra assistance).
The ministry also operates a soup kitchen that provides meals 5 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Methodist Church located at 1116 Illinois Street, Ottawa, IL. Although there is a local food pantry, A Servant’s Heart provides supplemental food during the days the food pantry is closed. The meals and food are free to those who access them and no one is charged.
A Servant’s Heart ministry has a vision to provide a life skills and computer training programs in the future which will also be free of charge to participants.
Currently there are 3 part-time paid staff; 1 Client Services individual, Soup Kitchen Supervisor and Store Sales Clerk.
There are a variety of funding sources; they are as follows:
• Church donations
• Private donations
• Corporate foundation grants
• Various fund raising projects, the largest of which is the annual chili cook off that raises approximately $1,000 to $1,200 for the year
• Sales at our resale store
Currently the ministry has received no public funding. It should be mentioned again that there is never a charge for any services or items provided to our clients. Finally, it should be noted that the sales generated at the resale shop are used to pay for all or most administrative costs of the store and office so that all or almost all church and private donations can go directly into client care.