As of this writing (2:28 p.m. on Friday, March 13) a business breakfast fundraiser benefitting Outreach Mission Incorporated is set to go forward from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center.

The organization, which provides the only low-barrier emergency shelters in Sanford for those experiencing homelessness, touts the event as “a great opportunity to network with the Sanford business community while gaining information about the mission and needs of the faith-based non-profit organization.”

Pre-registration is required, and those interested in attending can sign up here. The registration deadline is midnight on March 17.

OMI is midway through a five-year strategic plan to maximize sustainability for its future, which includes plans to build a new shelter. Since the beginning of the five year plan, OMI has almost quadrupled the number of people served from 70 in 2017 to 249 in both 2018 and 2019. The non-profit not only provides shelter, but helps people connect with resources to find work, housing, and mental and physical health care.  The financial needs have grown, so now the organization is looking for sustainers to help maintain the community’s shelters. With sustainability comes the opportunity to apply for millions of dollars in grants available to build the much-needed shelter. OMI’s current homes are almost 100 years old.

Those unable to attend the breakfast who still wish to contribute can do so through the organization’s website.