SAMMinistries has reported that the $250,000 challenge grant
issued in early August by local philanthropists Rex and Deborah Amini has resulted in the local non-profit receiving a grand total of $797,618 in donations.
Well-known for their philanthropic endeavors, the Aminis announced in early August that they would match up to $250,000 – dollar-for-dollar – raised through September 30, 2010, to support the ministry that helps the homeless. Rex is co-owner of a local oil production company and his wife, Deborah, is a retired real estate executive.
The total amount raised is a combination of the Amini’s $250,000 challenge grant and $547,618 in donated gifts ranging from $2.00 to $100,000.
Established in 1983, SAMMinistries is among the largest providers of services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless including emergency services, transitional and supportive housing and after-care programs.
The monies raised from the challenge grant will be used to help pay for the
$1.2 million of increased expenses the charity is facing from moving its emergency shelter from 910 West Commerce to Haven for Hope. With the relocation, the number of residential beds provided for the homeless by SAMMinistries increased from 350 to 983.
As a partner with Haven for Hope on the newly completed campus, SAMMinistries is provided with the physical buildings in which to operate, but is solely responsible for staffing, the general maintenance, janitorial services, electricity, water, laundry, bed linens, toiletry and paper supplies in addition to the Haven for Hope common area maintenance fees for the men, women and family’s residential facilities.
Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinistries, says, “The Amini Challenge came at one of the most critical times in our mission. The tremendous response we received for this challenge grant gives us faith that the community will continue to support us through the coming years. This is a great first step!”
“We are extremely grateful to Deborah and Rex for their leadership in issuing the challenge, and we are also thankful for the many who supported our efforts to exceed the challenge. This is a great day!”
Rex says, “Needless to say, Deborah and I, along with the staff at SAMMinistires and the residents at Haven for Hope, are gratified, but not surprised, by the overwhelming generosity of the community. This challenge gave San Antonians an opportunity to again demonstrate their care and kindness, and they certainly did! But more work remains to be done. There will be continuing pressure on SAMMinistries’ budget, and we hope that those who have contributed to this challenge grant will remain involved.”
SAMMinistries, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, was launched in 1983. The ministry is ready to assist over 1200
individuals including more than 300 children every day of the year with emergency services, transitional and supportive housing, as well as an after-care program.
SAMMinistries is a leading agency in homeless prevention and in fiscal 2010 over 1,000 families were assisted and avoided becoming homeless.
Last year the agency cared for more than 4,400 individuals and provided more than 197,600 bed nights of shelter and services to the area’s homeless.