ARM reaches out to 2,446 people in 2001

By Greg Miller

   Assistance and Resource Ministries, Inc. (ARM) reached out to 2,446 people in 2001, according to a report made available at Thursday's monthly board of directors meeting.
   ARM ministered to 652 city clients and 1,771 county clients. The total included 22 homeless people, of whom 20 were new homeless clients. Volunteers provided 1,089.5 hours of service to the organization in 2001.
   ARM provided the following services: Clothing, 717 people; employment counseling, 15 people; linens, 12 people; baby food and supplies, 24 people; food, 1,488 people; electric bills, 78 people; water bills, 16 people; electricity deposits, six people; water deposits, two people; rent, 23 people; rent deposits, seven people; fuel, eight people; car, gasoline, seven people; toiletries, 1,141 people; miscellaneous, 155 people; referrals to other agencies, 146 people; referral for shelter, one person; and medicine, four people.
   In December, ARM reached out to 227 people, including one new homeless person. The total included 52 city clients and 174 county clients. Volunteers provided 87 hours of service to the organization during the month.
   December's ministry included the following services: Clothing, 41 people; baby food and supplies, two people; food, 132 people; electric bills, 13 people; water bills, four people; electricity, two people; rent deposits, one person; fuel, three people; miscellaneous (children's shoe voucher), six people; and referrals to other agencies, 12 people.
   ARM has applied for a $15,000 grant from King Pharmaceutical. ARM would use the grant funding for "warmth and light for the needy."
   ARM is planning two fund-raisers at the Elizabethton Pizza Inn. The fund-raisers will be held Thursday, June 13, and Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-9 p.m.
   According to the organization's January newsletter, sets of dishes, pots and pans for fire victims, blankets, Ensure, Boost or Equate, cleaning supplies, underwear, extra-large and plus-size winter clothing, children's winter clothing, and toiletries are among the needed items.
   In the newsletter, ARM expressed thanks to those who served as volunteers during 2001. The list includes Hazel Chambers, Mildred Chambers, Barbara Fraser, Jane Lowe, Jo Montgomery, Betty O'Neal, James Ritchie, Rita Shelton, Ethel Snyder, Carol Williams, Jay Wilson and Victor Young.
   ARM's next board meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church on Feb. 7. The advisory board's next meeting will be held at ARM's office, 519 Broad St., Elizabethton.
   For more information, call 542-0919.