Friend2Friend Mobile Ministry Needs Donations
One local nonprofit is doing its part to make sure people all across the metro have clothes and shoes to wear. Friend2Friend Mobile Ministry has recently went through some changes that are causing some financial hardships.
“Meeting the food and clothing need has always been a passion of mine,” says Elizabeth Estepp, the director of Friend2Friend Mobile Ministry. “I feel like as a Christian, that the body of Christ should have an answer for anything. If someone comes with an immediate need we should have something already in place to meet that need.”
Serving for 10 years
Elizabeth has been giving back to the Twin Cities for 10 years. She started the nonprofit Friend2Friend Mobile Ministry. The organization serves the Twin Cities and all surrounding metro areas. Volunteers with the nonprofit travel across the country to provide clothing items for people who have been affected by natural disasters.
“There wasn’t anyone that was ready to take clothing in a way that was immediately distribute-able,” added Estepp. “So, it kind of grew out of the fact that I always had a closet in my house ready to give somebody what they were in need of.”
The organization relies solely on donations. Recently it started renting a space in Ham Lake to store all its clothing which has caused a financial strain.
Rent Has Caused Financial Struggles
“We are now paying rent,” says Estepp. “Up until this last year, we were blessed with donated space, or we were operating out of my garage. We didn’t have that rental expense. That rental expense has doubled our budget.”
The organization serves around 1,000 people a month. Its budget goes to rent, gas and insurance for vehicles.
“If maintenance comes up and needs to be done one of our volunteers usually steps up,” added Estepp. “Everyone donates their time, no one is paid.”
Some people may not understand why Elizabeth donates her time.
“It doesn’t make sense to a lot of people,” added Estepp, with tears in her eyes. “There’s really just no better way for me to spend my time. These are humble tears. Why wouldn’t you do this if you knew you could make that impact?”
She says, people’s reactions are priceless.
“I never get tired of hearing people say I just prayed for this, and it turned up on the trailer,” added Estepp.