The Red Door, a satellite location of the Tioga County Open Door Mission which opened in 2012, is continuing the good work and long-standing tradition of the Open Door Mission. The Tioga County Open Door Mission, a faith-based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has been devoted to serving our community through our food pantries, homeless shelter, and outreach programs since 1968. In order to expand our reach in the Waverly community, we are once again taking on a new project that will enable us to provide seniors in need with food and outreach services with the opening of our new Senior Food Pantry.
Our organization has been operating a mobile food giveaway on the streets of Waverly, NY for three years but this posed challenges, due to the potential for inclement weather, limited street parking, and restrictions on food options because of the need for refrigeration. There is an abundance of need in our community and this makes for long lines. We immediately noticed that many of the visitors to our mobile food pantries were seniors and they are not able or willing to stand in line for long periods of time in the heat of the summer months or cold of the winter.
We are thrilled to have been offered space for a new Senior Food Pantry by a dedicated community member and long time business owner. The development of this new brick and mortar space centrally located in the community, just behind the Red Door location, is essential to our ability to better serve the community. More importantly, this new Senior Food Pantry will be within walking distance of two senior low-income housing facilities. In conjunction with another local non-profit, Project GROW, we will continue to make nutritional needs a priority, offering fresh produce when available. We will expand our home delivery services to seniors who are not able to visit our pantry location. In addition to food, we will offer outreach services, as funding is available, providing financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, medical and prescription costs, and furniture and household items.
Ensuring our long term commitment to the senior community in our neighborhood, we have continued moving forward completing the needed improvements to open the doors by our goal, Summer 2015. The costs to open the new Senior Food Pantry in Waverly have NOT been fully funded by our fundraising efforts. We are still in need of additional shelving, food to stock the shelves, and funds for weekly paid staff. We are hoping to raise $10,000 by the end of 2015.
Feel free to explore more about our good works in the local community at www.tiogacountymission.com.
We welcome your support in our efforts to create a hunger-free community by taking unneeded stress out of the lives of our senior neighbors, easing anxieties and providing some relief from not knowing where the next meal will come from. We believe that life is better lived without these worries!