Horizons Social Services
Founded:
2008
Contact Title:
Executive Director
Contact Name:
Sarah Stephens
Address:
224 S. 8th St.
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
2172245530
Email:
sarah@horizonsquincy.com
Website:
www.horizonsquincy.com
Opportunities:

Your gift of time or money to Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry will create lasting change in our community. We can't reach our full potential on an empty stomach. Hungry children don't perform as well in school. Parents can't focus on thier families when they are worried about food. The entire community benefits when hungry people are fed. Together we can be the change our hungry neighbors long for. Please consider how you can help Horizons fight the local war on hunger.


Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Community Outreach, Faith Based Organizations

Horizons Social Services

Mission:

“Motivated by the love of Jesus Christ, our mission is to feed the poor and hungry in our community.” We accomplish this mission through our daily soup kitchen and our free choice food pantry, all of which are offered in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. We meet the immediate needs of individuals and families who lack access to enough food to sustain an active, healthy life. 

History:

In late 2007 the Salvation Army soup kitchen closed to make way for their new community center.  By January 2008 people regularly started showing up at St. John’s Parish church asking for food and help finding a job. St. John’s started filling these needs alone, but it soon became evident there was a tremendous unmet need. Four community churches began collaborating to provide a soup kitchen and a transitional work program.In September 2008 an independent non-profit agency was formed to manage and expand these programs. In September 2008 a leadership team analyzed the needs of the Quincy community, drawing on cooperation of the Salvation Army, the Adams County United Way, the Alliance for Building Community and the current work of the soup kitchen and job program. With this analysis and an accompanying strategic plan, Horizons became incorporated as a 501© 3 non-profit organization in November 2008. Today more than 15 churches partner with Horizons to care for the poor and needy in our community.

Highlights:

Hunger affects how children perform at school, how adults perform at work, how people view their lives and their communities. With food hardship comes adverse health consequences. By addressing the very basic need of a daily nutritious meal, Horizons targets with most fundamental obstacle to health and wellness. Horizons currently operates a soup kitchen (serving 100-175 people per day, over 30,000 meals annually) and a food pantry (serving approximately 700 individuals per month). We coordinate the efforts of 350 volunteers per month. Our volunteers prepare and serve the soup kitchen meals and also distribute food in our food pantry. Our volunteers work over 15,000 hours annually. These hours would equate to thousands of budgeted dollars.  In January of 2014 we purchased a 13,000 square foot building and began a capital campaign to renovate the building into a new home for our soup kitchen and food pantry.  In August of 2016 we moved into our new home and began operating our soup kitchen and food pantry.  We are serving more people than ever before; as many as 75 people per day in our soup kitchen and 12-20 more families every week in our food pantry.  It’s almost like we are reaching a whole new underserved population with the location of our new home. 

Ways to Give:

Your gift of time or money to Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry will create lasting change in our community. We can't reach our full potential on an empty stomach. Hungry children don't perform as well in school. Parents can't focus on thier families when they are worried about food. The entire community benefits when hungry people are fed. Together we can be the change our hungry neighbors long for. Please consider how you can help Horizons fight the local war on hunger.

Options:

Direct gifts, on-line donations at www.horizonsquincy.com, fundraiser participation, stock gifts, food drives, volunteer hours, a gift to our Horizons Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation, gift annunities, trusts, wills and bequests.Checks can be made to Horizons Social Services and mailed to 224 S. 8th St., Quincy, IL 62301. All gifts are tax deductible.