Northwest Coastal Housing (NWCH) is so grateful to a caring couple who did some digging to find out about our organization thus driving their decision to donate.
NWCH has increased services in response to the COVID-19 virus including issues with food security. Joining forces with other Lincoln County partners, NWCH has been helping feed families in Lincoln City one household at a time. NWCH obtained grants from Walmart and Albertsons/Safeway to help with the food program. The Food Share of Lincoln County is now a partner agency helping NWCH serve nearly 300 people every other week. B’nai B’rith Camp has also been a wonderful partner utilizing both The Ridge Apartments and Beacon Crest Apartments as meal sites serving up to 2870 meals in a single week to kids.
The meal programs are absolutely wonderful, but there has been an issue of storage at one of the sites. Shelving systems were needed strong enough to hold canned goods and preferably on wheels in order to meet the social distancing mandates. As a nonprofit agency, finding a shelving system that not only worked, but was affordable during COVID-19 times was a little on the difficult side.
NWCH looked for shelving on wheels for nearly 2 months, while dealing with cuts in revenue streams, including the cancellation of their annual fundraiser in April. Additionally, teleworking has created some challenges as well in costs for software and hardware. Due to these conditions, NWCH was selective. The perfect shelving system was located on Facebook Marketplace. The couple who were selling the shelving researched who they would be selling the shelving system to and made the decision to donate instead.
“This couple have no idea how important this is. We just want to say a sincere thank you to Douglas and Donna Graham, whose thoughtfulness will have great impact on our ability to help high risk residents suffering from food security by increasing our storage capability, assist with organization to speed up the process and having it mobile for social distancing. Bless you both.” says Executive Director, Sheila Stiley.
Currently, the organization is in need of a larger chest freezer to accommodate all the frozen foods so there are perishables to distribute as well. The larger freezer would go to The Ridge Apartments (80 units in Lincoln City) so the recently purchased smaller one can be moved to Beacon Crest Apartments.