ICM provides “an immediate response to basic human needs.” For 100 – 150 families and individuals each day (112,850 individuals in 2015), this means:
- A food box
- A change of clothes
- Shampoo, soap and other toiletries
- Food stamp sign-up
- Nutrition bags for small children
- Free medical care on-site
Another service we provide is case management for those clients who are having problems with housing, employment, disability or social security payments, food stamps and other life’s necessities.
Roberta came to the office to get her blood pressure checked as she waited for food. She told the volunteer Physician’s Assistant that she has a pace maker, and has other health issues. Roberta lost her job because of medical issues, and at 40 years old, she has two children to support. ICM was able to provide a listening ear to Roberta that day, meet her food needs that day, check her vital health issues, and also provide some information about job fairs.
Michael is a single man who is looking for work after prison. He’s had a hard time making a go of it after his release. ICM provided him with food, dishes and linens for a new apartment, and a connection to a jobs program in the neighborhood. Michael also needed clothing to wear in his job search.
Martina is an elderly grandmother who recently received custody of two of her grandchildren. She has been living on $500 a month social security, and that amount of money hardly pays her rent, much less allows for food purchase or the provision of things for her grandchildren. ICM was able to put Martina in touch with a program for grandparents raising grandchildren, and assure her that we will be in her future for food and clothing needs for her and her little ones.