1) Food box for family in crisis during lockdown 2) FaithBuilder kiddos enjoying Disney on Ice 3)Sweet thank you card after shoe donation 4) Friends University softball team volunteering at the warehouse
I am sure most people have something to say about one of the most challenging times our country has seen. As the executive director of FaithBuilders, here is 2020 from my perspective…
January came and went with a lot of gratitude and prayers of Thanksgiving, as we wrapped up 2019 with two very successful holidays for our families, and we hosted our first ever Fundraising Banquet. February started with rumor of a virus and suspicions of there being an increased need for services by our clients. March seemed to be the official start of the Covid-19 pandemic and although the need for goods and services was up, the availability to provide them was down. Stores were out of or limiting food, toilet paper, cleaning products, etc. and we did not have these items, as we make it a practice not to “store up our treasures.” It only took minutes to put the word out to you all, my FaithBuilders village, and the phrase “we do not have any” vanished from our vocabulary. By April, we had plenty of food to distribute and supplies to share.
My volunteers quickly became creative in how to donate money, collect food and deliver safely to all our families. We utilized porch pickup, Instacart, and Venmo and set up a system to implement our services in a consistent and unique fashion. For 10 weeks, we packed 25-35 food boxes for families in crisis in the Kansas City area, as their city was hit harder than our city, and resources were even more scarce.
During the summer, we had volunteers with pools in their backyards open their homes up to entertain kiddos that did not have access to swimming. We made some great friends and even taught a few littles (and bigs) how to swim! We also spent a portion of the summer collecting backpacks and school supplies for students to return to school. We partnered with the foster care agencies to make sure that all children had backpacks and school supplies for both in-person and virtual learning.
We headed into fall with a continued demand for food, clothing, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies and furniture. Our donors and volunteers were beyond faithful to continue providing money and donations to help FaithBuilders be the hands and feet of Jesus to children and families in our community. Respite demands were up and homes were down, some secondary to Covid-19 illness or quarantine, but families doubled up the numbers of kids they kept and others stepped up to provide services they hadn’t provided before.
Throughout the fall and winter months, we focused on making sure families were able to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas amid the economic struggles and social isolating that had to happen to flatten the curve. With the help of Trinity Academy, Hog Wild Pit BBQ and amazing volunteers and donors, we were able to provide food boxes and Thanksgiving dinners to 77 families in our community. We provided Christmas for over 517 teenagers in foster care and community who don’t have a permanent home. We also blessed numerous families in the form of Christmas trees, decorations, gifts, food and holiday cheer.
Together we got through 2020, and FaithBuilders will forever be grateful for you; our volunteers, donors and supporters, who have gone above and beyond for the people we serve. We want to thank you for your contributions, prayers, efforts and more prayers! Without you, none of this would be possible.
While we hope and pray that 2021 will look different than 2020, we know it will take our community time to rebuild, as many have had to adjust and restructure their resources to get by. In 2021, FaithBuilders hopes to purchase a new vehicle, as we have put nearly 200,000 miles on the van in under 5 years. We also have plans to expand our ministry to include a house for pregnant women struggling with substance abuse. Our warehouse services have increased to include a washer/dryer onsite, as well as a visitation area for biological parents to see their children who are in respite care and/or foster care. FaithBuilders also partners with parents whose kids are already in the foster care system by providing parenting, budgeting and nutrition classes, as well as parent advocate services. We want to express our gratitude for your previous, current and continued support, which allows us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the least of these in our community.
In HIM, Andrea
To be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving kids & families in crisis in our community.
Parental Strengthening & Stabilization
Goods & Services
“FaithBuilders is not about being great; it’s about hungry, hurting kids and struggling parents. These kids fight. They go through things that are so painful, and they overcome.
Mentoring and discipleship of moms and dads are some of the most important things we do. This is the primary answer to helping hurting kids.”
– Andrea Dixon, FaithBuilders’ founder & Executive Director
FaithBuilders Inc. ● PO Box 8336 ● Wichita ● KS ● 67208