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Middleton Outreach Ministry is now WayForward Resources.

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Annual Report 2022-2023

We bring our community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy.

Our vision is a community where everyone has the stability to thrive.


WayForward Resources was Middleton Outreach Ministry during the time period covered by this report. On May 15, we changed our name to remove barriers for clients and better represent our work and mission.

The feedback from our supporters was overwhelmingly positive, with one calling the new name, “inclusive for the larger community, clear, empowering.”

Last year brought many milestones,

but the most striking is the number of people we served across all of our programs — 6,665. It’s more than at any time in our 40-year history.

WayForward Resources Executive Director Ellen Carlson shares her thoughts on a year of big challenges and transitions.


Food Security

Total Expenses: $2,624,926

By the end of the fiscal year, we offered in-person shopping four days a week and drive-thru once a week, while providing deliveries to people unable to come to the pantry. Visitors could select from a wide variety of nutritious, fresh food and personal essentials.

pounds of food distributed (equivalent of 828,498 meals)
visits to food pantry
food deliveries
pounds of produced harvested from our gardens
"Thank you for the weekly food pantry delivery. As a senior without a car this keeps me going. I really miss the extra $95 a month in food stamps that was removed now that Covid is better"
- Wayforward client email

Housing Stability

Total Expenses: $711,624

Our housing stabilization programs focus on keeping people in their homes so they can avoid eviction and the trauma of homelessness. Case managers work with individuals and families to provide financial assistance, connections to resources, and other support.

households received housing stability funds
of housing stability program participants maintained housing and avoided eviction for a year or longer
in direct assistance provided
full-time housing-dedicated staff provide case management services

Connections Program

$114,008 (23 households)

Our Connections Program serves doubled-up households to help them find housing of their own. A young family struggling to find a job says the support they received from Connections and WayForward’s food pantry during those months was key to their stability. “They were very relieved that WayForward became part of their support system and allowed them to have one less worry so that they could focus on their job search,” says Connections Case Manager Nicole Verhagen.

Photo by Ruthie Hauge/Cap Times


We envision a strong community where race-based barriers to opportunity do not exit, and race no longer predicts someone’s stability. Everyone’s dignity is recognized and all have the necessary resources to reach their self-defined goals.

Other Stabilization Programs

Total Expense: $172,369


Households received clothing


Services delivered by Seniors Program


students pre-k to college received school supplies


Thanksgivings meals distributed


Winter Wishes gift cards received

Financial Data & Reporting

Income Breakdown
Individual Donations
Grants, Foundations & Other
Business & Volunteer Oranizations
Expenses vs Income
Total Program Expenses
Management & Fundraising
Total Support
53% Financial Donations & Other Income
47% Donated Food & Services

Collaboration is critical.

Our partners include businesses, community centers, faith communities, foundations, grocery stores, government, individual donors and volunteers, school districts, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way, and other nonprofits. One Community Bank supports WayForward and its mission by volunteering to pack groceries for delivery and collecting food donations through a regular drive.

Community Support

volunteer hours
people volunteered in a group
Three Ways to Engage
Hold A Food Drive
Collect a variety of shelf-stable food items to help keep our shelves stocked and give pantry visitors the dignity of choice. Click below to view a list of our current needs.
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One-time and ongoing volunteer roles are available in our food pantry, gardens and at special events for individuals and groups.
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Build food and housing stability with a financial contribution. Let us know about grant opportunities and company matches that align with our mission.
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