On April 2006, EI Shaddai Food Pantry was established by Minister Alexa Townsend in the State of Florida in the city of North Lauderdale. It operates as a Community based non-profit organization where its motto is “To Serve“. The food pantry has impacted and become a place where one can come for food, clothes and also counseling by appointment.
Minister Townsend had seen the need for such in our community. Mothers who were single parent and had children and did not fall within certain criteria to get assistance from the Government and others who were not working. The elderly that are sick, the shut-ins and others that needed that extra fruits, meat and cold cut. It’s that deep knowing, we were able to put that joy and smile and to know that we make a difference is all we ask for.
Challenges we had, the rent, light, more freezers, fridge etc. but through it all, we learn to trust God and wait. The Food Pantry was getting too small due the volume of donations we were getting, the increase in people that were coming for food, led us to seek for a bigger place. We found such in Margate, not only we got the space but also ample parking.
Our volunteers are eager to give of their time back to the community. Their dedication and willingness has been seen by their many deeds and efforts. “We believe in the Lord God Almighty” for all that He has done.
Our Minister had a vision to change the name of the food pantry and in August 2013 the name of the food pantry was changed to “Refuge of Hope Food Pantry” under the umbrella of Emmanuel Apostolic Ministries. We will continue to be a “refuge” to the sick, lame, weak, feeble, homeless and the ones who just need that small bag of “love” with a smile.
Refuge of Hope exists to reach all God’s people and to follow in Jesus’ step by step.
Share the love of Christ with those we meet, which not only impacts who we serve. Each day
we thrive to on our mission to “To Serve”.
We are living in a Society that has deteriorated in morality and every aspect of humanity.
Emmanuel Apostolic Ministries, Inc and its many social appendages are making a significant
contribution to society in an effort to effect the change necessary to enhance quality of life.