2009 in Review - Blaine Community Assistance Program

Published on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 by Brent Brentnall

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The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is the outreach arm of the Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association, (PACMA) a registered non-profit Association of 18 churches in our area. CAP serves Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and Point Roberts.

It consists of five sub-programs: The Emergency Assistance Program, serving those in need providing help with utility bills, food, prescriptions, shelter and transportation; St. Martin’s Clothing Bank providing clothing; Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, providing household necessities; the Thanksgiving dinner basket program, providing ready to cook Thanksgiving dinners to families with children on Thanksgiving eve; and our most recent program that opened in October, the Birch Bay Food Pantry.

In the year 2009 to date, emergency assistance has helped 153 families; St. Martin’s has provided clothing 1,750 times to families; the Thanksgiving baskets program fed 196 families (946 children and adults) with dinner baskets and food vouchers; Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard helped eight families and the Birch Bay Food Pantry has provided groceries to 125 in the three times it has been open.

In 2010 we will continue our programs assisting those in need in our community.

We expect the food pantry to expand to twice a month distribution, and we will begin planning and other actions to develop a community assistance center, centralizing our operations and expanding types of assistance offered.

The Community Assistance Program is supported by PACMA, The Salvation Army, the city of Blaine’s utility voucher program, and individual and business contributions for the Thanksgiving dinner baskets and Birch Bay Food Pantry.