The mission of Douglass Community Services is to be a trusted partner in building stronger kids, stronger families and stronger communities throughout Northeast Missouri. In 2020, the Food Pantry provided 48% more food than in 2019. We saw a 25% increase in clients. 45% of the food provided was fruits, vegetables, or proteins and 90,311 meals were served to youth. Douglass Community Service is honored to be on the frontlines fighting hunger in our community. Other services offered by Douglass Community Services are a Head Start/ Early Head Start learning program, Kids in Motion (a youth pre-employment/service-learning program), and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Dignity affirms that a person has the right to be valued and respected, and to be treated ethically. How can we uphold this in mission and service work? This takes conscious action on our part to evaluate the programs, services, and language we use. You might have heard before the difference of a “hand up” and a “hand out.” There is value in addressing the immediate needs of a human being, providing them food, water, clothing, or shelter. Jesus provided many healing ministries to people and we celebrate the opportunity to do so for our siblings in Christ. Once the immediate need is met, the next step should be working together with that person to see what their goals or desires are for the longer term. If they are unhoused, maybe they need help getting connected to an organization that has a work exchange program. Or if they are unemployed, maybe they could use support in terms of job skills training or resume writing. There are a variety of ways to show support and encouragement to someone using their own skills and abilities coupled with access to resources. Ultimately, our words and actions in mission and service work should uplift people through recognizing and building upon their gifts and talents.
Exploring the past and the present of Festival of Sharing.