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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.

NEW NAME. SAME MISSION.

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.

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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.

994,198
pounds of food distributed (equivalent of 828,498 meals)
61,553
visits to food pantry
1,528
food deliveries
5,000
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.

603
households received housing stability funds
98
of housing stability program participants maintained housing and avoided eviction for a year or longer
485,272
in direct assistance provided
5
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

RACIAL EQUITY VISION

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

1,087

Households received clothing

1,709

Services delivered by Seniors Program

569

students pre-k to college received school supplies

1,200

Thanksgivings meals distributed

1,700

Winter Wishes gift cards received

Financial Data & Reporting

Income Breakdown
$1,218,230
Individual Donations
$809,218
Grants, Foundations & Other
$215,855
Business & Volunteer Organizations
$155,988
Events
Expenses vs Income
83%
Total Program Expenses
17%
Management & Fundraising
Total Support
53% Financial Donations & Other Income
$2,399,291
47% Donated Food & Services
$2,131,712

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

1,151
volunteers
24,425
volunteer hours
593
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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Volunteer
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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Give
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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