GM Human Needs seeing an increase in number of those who need help

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
Groveport Madison Human Needs is seeing an increase of requests for help, plus it is seeking support for a new initiative to help kids.

According to its website at gmhn.org, Groveport Madison Human Needs is “a community-based non-profit, that strives to assist residents in crisis.”

Speaking at Groveport City Council’s May 13 meeting, GMHN Secretary Lori Cuthbert said, “We are seeing an alarming increase in the number of clients seeking help.”

Groveport Madison Human Needs helps with rent, utilities, needed prescriptions, and small vehicle repairs.

She said in January, February, and March, the organization helped about 12 to 14 clients each month. But in April that number jumped to 24 and by mid-May they had helped 11.

“The main reason for the increased number of families is the cost of living,” GMHN Director Debbie Miller said in an interview. “The increased utility bills, the high rents being charged, and the cost of food to feed the family.”

Miller said they are receiving more calls for assistance with the breakdown from most to least being electric bills, rent, water bills, and gas bills.

Miller said the main requirement for people seeking help is that they must live in the Groveport Madison School District.

“After that, have they received a shutoff or eviction notice? What is the amount needed to keep the utility on?” said Miller. “We can assist with $200 for a utility and $300 for rent.

Our they able to pay the remaining balance? This must be done before we make our assistance payment.”

“We also give out book bags and school supplies (in August before school starts and until we run out),” added Miller. “And of course, Adopt-A-Family at Christmas. We work with the social workers of each school in the district and that’s where the families apply for Christmas blessings.”

Cuthbert said Groveport Madison Human Needs is fully funded “by generous people who are willing to support and help our neighbors. More specifically, we rely on support and donations from a handful of local congregations and generous people and organizations within our community.”

Cruiser Closet
Groveport Madison Human Needs has started a new initiative called Cruiser Closet to support kids in Groveport Madison Schools for when a child has an accident at school, has no change of clothing, and has to miss school to go home to change.

“We will be filling ‘closets’ with such items of various size as sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and leggings, in addition to a few hygiene items,” said Cuthbert.

To help raise money for Cruiser Closet, the organization is holding a nine hole golf scramble at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, 1005 Richardson Road, on July 19 with a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start. To register or for sponsor opportunities, contact Cuthbert at 614-565-3516, email GMHNSecretary@gmail.com or visit gmhn.org.

“We applied for a grant through Fruit of the Loom to help fund our new Cruiser Closet initiative, but we were turned down,” said Cuthbert. “Not to say that we can’t try again. We are planning to apply for a couple more next month.”

To donate to Groveport Madison Human Needs, visit gmhn.org using PayPal or Venmo. Checks may also be mailed to Groveport Madison Human Needs, PO Box 542, Groveport, OH 43125

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