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Apr 1, 2024

Our conversation today with Lauren Clouse, Director at Winchester Rescue Mission showcases the comprehensive services and significant impact of the Winchester Rescue Mission in addressing homelessness and poverty. Joining Lauren was Clay Perry. Clay is the chairperson for the Kiwanis Club of Winchester's Community Pancake Day happening on April 20, 2024. Winchester Rescue Mission is the main beneficiary of the spring fundraiser.

Lauren explains the mission's development, including its initiation as a men's homeless shelter and subsequent expansion to serve women. She shares the holistic approach taken by the organization in not merely providing shelter but addressing homelessness through mental health resources, job readiness, and life skills training, alongside fostering community through their food ministry. We discuss the critical issue of affordable housing, shedding light on partnerships and community efforts to mitigate this challenge.

Clay gives details about the Kiwanis Club of Winchester including its mission dedicated to "improving the world one child and one community at a time," and provides insight into the Kiwanis Club's Community Pancake Day, illustrating its role in fundraising and community involvement, underscoring the mutual support between the club and Winchester Rescue Mission.

He explains how Community Pancake Day comes together with the help of many community partners & volunteers. Spring Community Pancake Day is Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 7am to 6pm at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park. Kiwanis Club of Old Town will be collecting canned goods for the benefit of the Winchester Rescue Mission at the event as well. Tickets are $8 at the door, $7 in advance. Contact Clay via text 703-887-8720. Learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Winchester on their website: https://winvakiw.org 

Lauren emphasizes the importance of community engagement, volunteerism, and collective effort in driving change. She invites listeners to contribute and be part of the mission's journey towards healing, help, and hope. Learn more about Winchester Rescue Mission on their website: https://www.winrescue.org/