Clearing House honors volunteers

Carolyn Braddock has been honored as the Christian Clearing House’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
Dick Stephens received this year’s Above and Beyond Award.
The following people were given service awards: Bill Reynolds, Ruth Ann Nalle, Gene Kelsey, Evelyn Kelsey, John Andrews and Paulene Andrews, all 20 years; John Richter, 15 years; Ray Gunhouse and Erin Mitchell, 10 years; and Cindy Rotman, Cathy Grossman, Lynda Gallant and Hank Snedeker, five years.
The agency received 407 requests for emergency assistance in November and was able to directly aid clients with $18,000. A large percentage of the committed funds was for food vouchers.
The agency will receive $50,000 from the United Way of Hancock County in 2015 to assist with the Halt Hunger Initiative. Those unable to provide food for their family can visit the office to see if they qualify for help.

Millstream Wood Carvers
Ken Wiley received the Slough Award when members of the Millstream Wood Carvers met for their annual Christmas awards dinner Thursday. Wiley earned the award for a carving that was picked by his peers at the May meeting.
Wiley and Sheila Brenner each received the People’s Choice Award voted on by the public at the August show at the Findlay Village Mall. Wiley was honored for a wood carving, and Brenner for a wood burning.
The Richard Atkins Award, given each year to someone who goes above and beyond for the good of the club, went to Ted Lobdell, who worked to double the size of the present clubhouse.
All of the officers agreed to continue in their present offices for another year. They include Bob Haley, president; Richard Fenimore, vice president; Don Hanes, recording secretary; Nancy Fenimore, corresponding secretary; Gwen Kuenzli, treasurer; and Marcia Turify and Nancy Fenimore, project co-chairmen.

City Mission
The City Mission’s Birthday Party for Jesus held Dec. 13 was attended by 76 guests. In the weeks before the party, 145 volunteers wrapped gifts. Another 49 volunteers worked the day of the party.
The mission housed 44 individuals last month with 23 of them being first-time residents. Through November there have been 4,768 nights of lodging. More people are checking into the mission, but are staying for shorter times.
The attendance count also includes those who shelter overnight at the agency in life-threatening weather. When the temperature drops into the low 30s and the wind chill is below freezing, the dining room is opened at night for those who are not staying at the mission but need shelter from the cold.
Year-to-date residents and drop-in guests have used the Day Center 3,825 times. Utilization of the Day Center resources has resulted in a total of 76 jobs being found this year.
In November, five residents left the mission, having reached the goals they set for themselves. This brings the total number of successful transitions for the year to 111.
Kaydri Reichley has been hired for part-time food service. To date this year, 16,922 meals have been served to residents and drop-in guests. The agency has also distributed 672 food boxes of canned and packaged foods, and non-resident guests have been able to choose 1,715 perishable food bags from the surplus supply.


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