2020 4th Quarter Outreach Report

Shoreline Church had a busy fourth quarter offering support to meet the rising needs of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Monterey County. Regional guidelines continued to change but the support of the Shoreline congregation continued to increase with strong support shown in volunteer hours and dollars donated. Ongoing events required numerous changes and hurdles to leap, however we consider it our privilege that we were able to serve or care for hundreds of people each week.

Food Pantry

The Shoreline Church Food Pantry operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Shoreline Church parking lot, serving a record number of recipients in the 4th quarter of 2020. Until March of 2020 food recipients were able to park and walk up to the pantry to interact with volunteers. Since March, a well organized drive thru line often extends out onto Garden Road on a busy day.

We served a record number of recipients in quarter four of 2020. Prior to the pandemic affecting our community, a busy day would bring 25 families. In Q4, we served between 100-150 families each Tuesday and Thursday with a peak of 177 families the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. In the month of December, we served a record high of 3,709 people (962 families). 1926 families were prayed for, and 52 volunteers per week worked an average of 3 hours per shift.

Due to generous donations and partnerships with many local organizations indicated below, we have been able to provide a healthy balance of fresh produce, meat ,and dairy items as well as non-perishable food items to those in need. Additionally, food pantry volunteers have seen an increase in the number of people who have accepted prayer before heading out of our parking lot.

October

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2030 adults, 1422 children, 877 households.

November

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1780 adults, 1215 children, 772 households.

December

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2157 adults, 1552 children, 962 households.

Community Partners Who Donated Food

Trader Joe's
225 boxes/week, 2,700 boxes total.
Carmel Gives
150 meals/week, 1,800 meals total.
15 boxes/week,
180 boxes total.
Safeway
25 boxes/week,
300 boxes total.

6 cases/quarter.

Food Bank for Monterey County
150 boxes/week, 1,800 boxes total.
100 boxes/week, 1200 boxes total.

Shoreline congregation and community members donated 35 boxes per week for a total of 420 boxes. Due to generous donations, when we found ourselves with excess food or supplies that would not keep, donations were made to other local community organizations in need:

  • Villa del Monte: 15 boxes per week. Total of 180 boxes
  • The Bridge: 15 boxes per week. Total of 180 boxes
  • Community Homeless Solutions (Women’s Shelter): 20 boxes per week. Total of 240 boxes
  • Hidden Hills Ranch: 8 boxes per week. Total of 96 boxes
  • The Monterey Zoo: 25 boxes per week. Total of 300 boxes
For more information about making a donation or volunteering please email foodpantry@shoreline.church.
“The generosity shown at the Shoreline Church Food Pantry knows no bounds. They give food that I can actually use and that I like. Other Food Pantries give things that I have to give most of it away; but at Shoreline, especially the things from Trader Joe's such as salads, fruits and good breads are what my 88 year old Dad and I really like. If we cannot use something, I give it to my disabled 75 year old friend in Salinas. The best part of the Shoreline Food Pantry are the volunteers who tirelessly work there; they are always smiling, nice, and very friendly. The people who work at the Food Pantry are truly wonderful and if I don't go there for one week, I miss them; they have always been helpful to me and I love them like family.”
Angel, Food Pantry Recipient
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an enormous need in our community. Hundreds of people are struggling to put food on their tables. Volunteering for the Shoreline Food Pantry has been an amazing opportunity and a blessing for me. The work has given me purpose and hope in such trying times. I wake up every morning with a drive to help make sure that we continue to provide a place where families are able to receive the help they desperately need.”
Nika, Food Pantry Volunteer
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Feeding the Homeless

Shoreline Church has been committed to feeding the homeless among us for many years. While opportunities and protocols for volunteers changed in 2020 so did our efforts. Shoreline Church coordinated volunteers to prepare sandwiches for distribution at various homeless encampments and at Salinas Methodist Church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
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For more information, please email feedingthehomeless@shoreline.church.

Clothes Closet

The Shoreline Church Clothes Closet operates in conjunction with the Food Pantry on Tuesday from 12:30 – 2:30pm. The socially distanced, outdoor “shopping” for new and gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories is held on the dock on the backside of the church. Recipients are able to browse and select items that work for their immediate needs. Bibles are alway available and prayer is offered to each person who arrives. Donations of new and freshly laundered clothing items are accepted in the drop off bins located in the church parking lot or on Wednesday’s at the Food Pantry from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.
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For more information please contact clothescloset@shoreline.church.

“I look forward to coming for more than the clothes, the prayer and encouragement really help during these unknown times.”
Cynthia, Clothing Recipient
“All of the prayers you have said for me to find a job worked! I got two jobs! Now I am here to choose some work clothes and thank you all so much!”
Danielle, Clothing Recipient
“It is a highlight of my week to be able to get out and serve at the Clothes Closet.”
Robert, Clothes Closet Volunteer
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Dress a Girl Around the World

Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign under Home 4 Women International bringing dignity to women around the world. The organization believes that every girl should have at least one new dress. “We want girls to know that they are worthy of respect, and that they are loved by God.” Shoreline Church volunteers sew and provide beautiful dresses that are sent to some of our partner locations around the world. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, 10 volunteers have continued to sew from their homes and shipped 711 dresses overseas in the fourth quarter of 2020.
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  • 100 dresses were included in Operation Christmas Child boxes sent overseas in November
  • 300 dresses sent to His to Offer in Malawi in October
  • 311 dresses sent with Elizabeth’s Library, Zambia, Malawi in December
“The reason I enjoy supporting and leading this ministry is the impact that it has on everyone it touches. I have made a lot of new friends through this ministry and I know the impact the dresses my friends and I are making have on the little girls who receive them. I truly feel that God provides us with ways to get our dresses to those who need them most as evidenced by new partnerships we develop for sending dresses somewhere, and even allowing us opportunities to send them in new ways during the Covid-19 shut down where no one can travel. It’s definitely a passion for me!”
Lori Rae, Dress a Girl Volunteer

Women's Shelter Visits

A Shoreline team of female volunteers typically visit a local women’s shelter monthly (1st Sunday evening each month) and participate in activities with the residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers have been unable to interact with the residents as they normally do. Instead, household supplies and gifts such as laundry soap, bulk toilet paper, garbage bags, fuzzy blankets, as well as cards with Bible verses and words of encouragement are being delivered each month. Additionally, non-perishable food items from the Shoreline Food Pantry and hot meals are often delivered.
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Women Served
Typically 1-2 volunteers per visit.

For more information, please email womenssheltervisits@shoreline.church.

“I am so grateful to be a part of the women's shelter visit ministry because it is the one thing that I do that is truly about serving others. It is good for me to expect nothing in return as that is what God commands us to do when we give or serve. The women's shelter visits are very dear to my heart and mind. I get to work for God when I help out and I cherish the experience truly at each visit!”
Sonia, Volunteer

Kids Club

Kids Club began on September 23rd and ran through December 9th as an opportunity for children to have a space away from their virtual learning environment to work on school assignments with some assistance and encouragement from Shoreline staff and volunteers. Children were invited to socially distanced outdoor sessions where they were able to play games in the courtyard to get some much needed physical activity. They also participate in activities like painting, coloring, crafts, bingo, and so much more! It is a time to connect with friends aside from the computer screen and feel somewhat back to “normal” during distance learning.

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“My two daughters have been attending Kids Club and absolutely love it. Each week, they are able to get help with homework, and they especially look forward to the social time. Distance learning has been very difficult for us, especially for our second grader, and Kids Club has been an absolute breath of fresh air to our family. Thank you so much for this valuable resource!”
A Parent

Care Center Visits

Actual visits to local care centers were halted in 2020. Instead, Shoreline volunteers continue to send cards or other personal notes, and pictures drawn by children. A few volunteers have been able to keep in contact with specific care center residents who have access to a phone. Additionally, they receive prayer requests from the centers and keep a text prayer chain going.

For more information or to get involved contact care@shoreline.church.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an arm of Samaritan’s Purse International relief efforts. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, games, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Volunteers began handing out shoe boxes beginning in October. Shoreline served as a central area drop-off location in November, 2020. Many local churches as well as Shoreline attenders and people from the community dropped off 1248 boxes. Volunteers packed the boxes to be shipped to the distribution center in Southern California on November 23rd. These boxes were shipped overseas to bless children all around the world.
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“I have been involved with Operation Christmas Child for many years, and I was concerned we would not have the participation we needed due to the financial difficulties many people are experiencing. I was so pleased to have seen the generosity of so many to be able to send 1248 boxes to children around the world who don’t yet know Jesus!”
Christy, Volunteer

Hope Christmas Party

The HOPE Christmas Party is an annual event that spreads the love of Jesus through sharing a meal, providing gifts and crafts for families as well as a visit from Santa. Attendees are normally invited from local shelters to come for a festive evening. This year the HOPE Christmas Party took place on December 17th, as a drive-thru event due to current county restrictions. Participation was limited to 25 families from Community Homeless Solutions. Due to the severity of the new lockdown, attendance was less than anticipated, but we were still able to deliver the wrapped, personal gifts we had for the families and extend the invitation to Christmas Eve online services. For more information, please email hopechristmasparty@shoreline.church.
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“This means so much to be able to have this experience for my children.”
Rosa, HOPE Party Attendee
“Serving at the HOPE Christmas party was different this year due to COVID, but it was just as heartwarming to see people so touched by the gifts and prayer.”
Robin, Volunteer
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Angel Tree

Angel Tree® is a program of Prison Fellowship that serves incarcerated parents by providing a pathway for strengthening and restoring their relationships with their children and families.” This year due to COVID, Angel Tree offered a virtual option where donors could electronically select the angels to sponsor online. Recipients received Walmart gift cards as well as personalized gifts delivered to their door. This year we had a record number of angels (children) given to Shoreline Church, and through God’s grace all 119 of the children were sponsored!
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“Last year the gift you gave my son lit up his world! He took it with him wherever he went, which made me cry. I was so touched by it and I am so grateful that you do this every year.”
Maria, Angel Tree gift recipient
“This ministry is very near and dear to my heart, and it filled me with joy to see all of the children sponsored. I had the opportunity to speak with their parents over the phone and prayed with many of them. It was a very special experience.”
Jennifer, Volunteer
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Christmas Gifts

As 2020 ended, many families that were not a part of any organized organizations individually contacted Shoreline for special support at Christmas. Families who contacted Shoreline to inquire about receiving Christmas gifts for their families or missed the deadline for Angel Tree were matched with personal gifts for their children and new clothing for the families. The gifts were wrapped and labeled and the families came by to pick them up by appointment. We were able to pray with many of them and hear their personal stories.
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“As a single mom just getting into my own place, the gifts and household goods provided gave me hope and made me feel like we are going to be okay. Thank you so much for making my daughter’s and my Christmas so special.”
Recipient
“Giving gifts of toys and clothing to these families was such a joy but the greatest joy was to be able to pray and lift them up during this season.”
Jennifer, Volunteer
“Thank you again, one more year, to you and Shoreline for giving presents to this family. They were surprised and very happy when they opened the presents. They were very thankful to you and your church, once again.”
Dr. Moreno, Family Physician, Salinas
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Manzanita House

Manzanita Monterey is a short-term crisis residential treatment facility that specializes in the stabilization of adults experiencing a mental health crisis including addiction recovery. This year we were able to bless the residents with cozy fleece blankets and invite them to attend online Christmas Eve Services.
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You have no idea what these gifts have meant to me and the others here. Thank you so much for thinking of us and making our time here feel easier knowing that others care enough to bring comfort and love. God bless you all.”
Chris, Manzanita House gift recipient
“With Covid-19 and all of the mental stress that it brings, it majorly affects those who are already battling mental health and/or addiction. It has been hard to watch those that I love first hand. I am glad to have been a vessel of God’s love to these individuals and spread some Christmas joy.”
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