Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The Community Outreach is a ministry that connects those in need to those who want to help through financial assistance, referrals and education.
The Community Outreach is a small ecumenical non-profit that has existed in the Sioux Falls area for over 30 years. The ministry was founded by local clergy that saw a need to supplement the welfare programs the State and local entities were offering. The purpose of the program is to fill in the gaps left by the public welfare systems. The ministry is supported by several area business and churches. It is well known in the area as a place to go for help.
The Community Outreach serves about 4000 people per year with three main services. The first being financial assistance for rent and utilities and the second being information and referral to other social service agencies. The ministry acts as a clearing house for social services information. The ministry also helps connect the faith community to those in need by offering opportunities to mentor families.