Annual Report 2017

This year has been a year of great reflection for me personally as I consider the church in Acts and what it truly means to live out that calling as a community of believers who are committed to serving those in need and caring for the needs of our church family.

From the moment GAP began we had this hope that one day we would work ourselves out of a job. For many years it seemed the work we did, though necessary and rewarding, did not do enough to truly heal families and bring about a restoration of healthy relationships. This really was heartbreaking.

This year has been a year of change for GAP as we adjust to changes at the state level and look forward to what that means for children and families in our community.

A renewed emphasis on preservation of the family unit allows us to become more than just a band aid and this is something that, for us, is truly exciting! Yet I would be lying if I said these changes have not caused some mild heartburn and trepidation as it seems our financial reliance will need to shift away from state dollars into the hands of individual donors and corporate sponsors.

Structures and systems we’ve had in place since 1999 will likely look very different in the coming year. Yet one thing, the most important thing, will remain the same and that is our commitment to honor God through the work we do together at GAP by serving the most vulnerable members of our community.

I believe we are the church and that church transcends walls and borders because our identity and citizenship is not of this world. Service together is such a wonderful picture of that calling and the work of salvation in our lives.

For those who continue to give to this mission, I want to thank you for your continued support. We are so grateful that you too felt the call to stand in the GAP for those in need. For those who wish to support our mission I’d like to encourage you to step out in faith with us as we live out God’s calling on our lives to care for the orphan and widow.

"I believe we are the church and that church transcends walls and borders because our identity and citizenship is not of this world."

2017 Financial Overview

Income

State Contracts............................

In-Kind Contributions...............

Public Contributions..................

Food Programs.............................

Other................................................

GAP Garage...................................

Total..................................................

 

$6,010,219

$1,893,543

$825,073

$238,019

$246,840

$12,474

$9,226,168

Expenses

Foster Care.....................................

Administration..............................

Boost.................................................

Kitchen.............................................

Visitation.........................................

Other.................................................

El Sol.................................................

GAP Garage....................................

Total...................................................

 

$5,976,650

$848,932

$700,197

$687,107

$755,439

$43,163

$86,258

$94,765

$9,192,511

Adam's Testimony

At the age of 17, Adam became a full-blown drug addict who spent his days stealing whatever he got his hands on in order to pay for his expensive prescription pill addiction. At the age of 20 he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Once he was released his habit morphed into a heroin addiction that ravaged his life and landed him back in prison just 8 months post-release.

During rehab, which he was required to complete prior to initiating his prison sentence, he learned about God and couldn’t believe that God could possibly forgive him after all the people he had hurt and all the bad things he had done.

In a prison cell, alone and abandoned by everyone who loved him, Adam called out to God for help. God answered in a big way and sent him a family that stood beside him and gave him a home, and a plan to move his life forward.

Just weeks after being released from prison, Adam became a part of the GAP family by attending and completing our 10 week, 400 hour Culinary Training Program.

“At GAP Culinary Training Program, not only did I learn the basics of cooking, but I was taught life skills- how to manage money and deal with past grief in my life”

Adam graduated at the top of his class and secured a position at a high-end restaurant as soon as he graduated.

In December of 2017 John Hohn (GAP Executive Chef) asked Adam if he would like to come on staff at GAP full time to give back to future students in our program.

 

“The doctor prescribed a pain medication. Little did I know that would be the end of me….” ­— Adam Rose

2017 Stats

408 Children and teens who experienced abuse or neglect found a safe and secure home with GAP’s Foster Care Programs

GAP Kitchen provided 1,300 hot and nutritious meals weekly to vulnerable elementary-aged children who might otherwise have gone hungry after school

3,500 Supervised Visitation provided safe and interactive visits between children in care and their families at GAP’s Impact Center

BOOST Warehouse distributed 784,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, meat etc to families struggling with food insecurity

35 children were connected to loving foster and adoptive families last year

BOOST Warehouse partners impacted 3,900 struggling families through distributions of food, hygiene and other basic needs

144 children were successfully reunited with their families in 2017

GAP Kitchen provided 98,298 meals by reclaiming highly perishable food donations, and transforming these ingredients into healthy meals for the community

Volunteers

Total Group Volunteer Hours
4,044 Hours

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the GAP family. Without your sacrificial donation of precious time, we could not continue to provide vital services to children and families in crisis.

  • “Builder” Bob, who takes odds and ends furniture pieces that come into GAP as donations, and turns them into usable furniture into works of art
  • The church groups that give up their Saturday to serve others - ALIVE, Life Church Utah, St. Andrews, New Life Christian, St. Mark’s United Methodist, LDS missionaries, and more
  • The schools whose students to do everything from chopping in the kitchen and sorting product in the warehouse to pulling weeds at a SPLASH House - Desert Christian, Pusch Ridge, Edge, San Miguel, Marana, Pima Community College and the U of A
  • The businesses and organizations that take time from work to give their “sweat equity” - Intuit, Good Futures, Praying Pelicans, CRU, Junior League, Up With People, Zanes Law, and more
  • Faithful individuals who show up and serve on a regular basis - Ted and Anne, Mac, Maria, Wally, Kelly, Denise & Jim, Jeff & Shirley, and so many, many more
  • Holiday of Hope “elves” who shopped and wrapped hundreds of Christmas presents for our kids -Foothills Community, Northwest Community Friends, Ascension Lutheran, Cornerstone, The Gate, Alive, and Mountain View Assembly, and individuals who care
  • Thank you from the kids and families served, from the staff for lightening our load, and most important, from the One who sees your gifts of love to others.

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