Together assists people facing homelessness by connecting them with permanent housing or by offering one-time assistance for deposits, rent and utilities. In 2019, the organization helped 1,300 households. As of Oct. 1 of this year, the organization has supported 1,989 households.
Together also helps people facing food insecurity through an onsite pantry. Last year, the organization served 42,000 people. Since March this year, it has served 100,000, Hornacek said.
Pantry services at Together typically operate like a grocery store. People come in and shop for what they need in the pantry, which is about 5,000 square feet. Since the pandemic began in March, customers have been using a drive thru service to pick up items.
Hornacek said officials plan to expand the pantry in the current building to double its size. They hope that clients will be able to shop inside by winter.
The purchase of the buildings also will expand parking for employees and clients. The extra space and parking will allow staff and participants to stay safe and comply with public health rules, Hornacek said.
“We are so hyperfocused on just being able to keep up with the sheer demand we’re seeing every day,” Hornacek said. “We’re just trying to keep up.
“I hope I’m wrong,” he said, “but we are planning to have to sustain this level of effort through the end of next year.”
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