Master's Manna, Inc.'s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs.
Master's Manna’s primary goals include:
Reducing food insecurity (a condition of uncertain availability of or inability to acquire safe, nutritious food in a socially acceptable manner)
Providing intervention, mental and physical health support services
Making available vocational and educational opportunities
Supporting supervised court ordered community service
Affording opportunity to the local youth to complete community service hours for scouts, school and/or faith community
By December of 2007, we needed to locate to a larger facility to meet the demand of our community. 316 North Colony Road, Wallingford became our second home. Located on Route 5, many individuals were able to walk or take the bus. The food pantry and clothes closet expanded to include a soup kitchen, small community garden, vocational training and a recognized community service site.
Former Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell began her "Care and Share" campaign at Master's Manna in 2008.
In April of 2009, we relocated to our current location at 46 North Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford, CT. This 6100 sq. ft. space enables Master's Manna to fulfill our mission and vision, as previously mentioned.
Liberty Bank Foundation was our first major funder in 2007 and has been joined by Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Meriden/Wallingford United Way, James H. Napier Foundation, Town of Wallingford, CUNO Foundation, WalMart Foundation, Meriden Foundation, Tariq Farid Foundation among many corporate entities and private individuals.
The expansion of the physical plant in January, 2015 is in direct response to the increasing number of local individuals seeking basic human needs i.e. food, clothing, access to free medical care. During late 2013 through 2014 many varied options for re-locating Master’s Manna were reviewed. A 5-year lease was executed for current location of 6,100 with a 5,500 sq. ft. expansion into the entire building with a complete foot print of, now, 11,600 sq. ft. This strategic decision prevented relocation costs, loss of services to a fragile population and the need to acclimate to new space.
The Town of Wallingford recognizes Master’s Manna, Inc. as a “Lead Agency.” Our success can be measured in number of volunteers who currently or have previously required our provided services. Our collaboration partnerships continue to grow as unmet needs of our clients are identified. Master’s Manna, Inc. has matured into a “one-stop-shop” as well as a “safe haven.”
· Received Board Training through James H. Napier Foundation and CFGNH which created a more capable, knowledgeable, diversified Board. The outcome of this training is that five new members to the board have brought desired expertise including general business, legal, financial, nonprofit, and technology backgrounds. Two of the new board members are fluent in Spanish as well as English. The Board maintains members who are in every stage of life from a high school student through retirement.
· Through improved data collection and analysis, we determined that 44% of Master’s Manna clients are of Hispanic origin and that many have limited English. We recruited four bi-lingual volunteers from among the clients of Master’s Manna to assist with food programs and SNAP outreach. Our website is now available in both English and Spanish.
· Served as a Connecticut Food Bank SNAP assistance site with SNAP representative available 3 days a week.
· Hosted 4 Sheltered Workshop/Training Programs for differently-abled students 4 days per week.
· Sustain current programs for an increasing population requiring basic human needs.
· Acquire adequate revenue sources to ensure general operating/program expenses.
· Gain permission from the Wallingford Board of Education to permanently house the Lyman Hall High School transition program on site in newly constructed classroom
· Build and distribute 100 “tower gardens” to food program recipients. These “gardens” can provide sustainable fresh produce in home, year round.
· Provide current ongoing services to an anticipated 18% increase in population.
1. Capital Campaign that will provide $75,000 for installation of HVAC system to ensure food viability, health and welfare for service providers and those utilizing services.
2. Income of $251,000 to meet current budget
3. A professional fundraiser paid from proceeds of event
4. Find and encourage entities to “sponsor” a program and fund for 1-3 years ($5000 - $50,000)
5. Continue Board development with strategic replacement of board members transitioning off of the Board.
Master's Manna provides onsite opportunities for individuals/families to obtain services or provide service to others. Master’s Manna has a strong non-discrimination policy for volunteers and those seeking assistance. Everyone is welcome, served, allowed to volunteer as long as they RESPECT themselves and ALL others while on the premises. There is no short supply of hugs and HOPE!
Because Master's Manna is contracted with CT Food Bank every household using the food pantry and Family Dining Center must be newly or re-registered each year. Our records indicate that the number of households seeking assistance is increasing, specifically families with children and seniors.
Cheryl Trzcinski is Founder/C.E.O of Master’s Manna, Inc., a Wallingford, CT “Lead Agency” providing basic unmet human needs to families and individuals in Greater Wallingford/Meriden which covers a twelve town area.
Cheryl has been a member of the Wallingford Adult Education Advisory Committee for the past three years, the Meriden Human Service Providers group for four years, and Shelter Plus Care for four years. In 2013 the Wallingford Transit made changes to the local bus route in response to the three year effort Cheryl spearheaded to revisit the transportation needs of Wallingford residents.
Cheryl, recognizing difficulty in gaining access to current and vital information for those seeking services, offering services and the funding of services shared her knowledge of this situation with members of Liberty Bank Foundation. Together they were instrumental in forming the Wallingford Forum, an entity comprised of service providers and funders which was established 5 years ago.
Under Cheryl Trzcinski’s leadership, Master’s Manna, Inc. has grown from a food pantry/clothes closet to a “Safety Net” organization moving from a small basement of a church to a 1,500 sq. ft. facility on North Colony Road. Outgrowing that space within a year Master’s Manna now occupies 6,100 sq. ft. on North Plains Industrial Road and is actively seeking a larger complex to accommodate increase in community needs.
During 2006, the first year of operation, 42 families received food and clothing. In 2013 over 3100 unique individuals received on-site access to food, clothing, primary medical care, mental health services, educational and vocational training, shower/laundry facilities, etc. and a myriad of volunteer opportunities.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The scope of our services begins with meeting the most basic human needs (food, shelter, water, warmth and health). Additional services promote stability, security, and freedom from fear. By our efforts, we strive to have every individual belong, be good, be productive and, ultimately, be successful.
We believe that to invest in a person is to coach an individual so that they may achieve personal growth and satisfaction.
Master’s Manna, Inc. is a “verb”, constantly in motion. Monday through Saturday, there is always a throng of people on sight coming and going, taking classes, “shopping”, seeing the doctor, etc.
Master’s Manna, Inc. is also a “hospital”. Every single person coming through the door “needs” something, whether the “need” is food and clothing or the “need” is to give. It is our prayer that as each individual leaves they are stronger and will be able to meet the need of another… such as a parent obtaining food who can then go home and prepare a meal for a family, a volunteer who leaves knowing that a child can read 5 new words because of time spent, a “driver” that took an extra moment to walk a dialysis patient to their front door after a treatment, or the high school student that just spent 3 hours helping to prepare 20 gallons of soup for Turkey Tossing Tuesday!
The current location of Master’s Manna is now an 11,600 sq. ft. facility. With an ever increasing number of individuals from our community seeking assistance with unmet basic needs we have once again found it necessary to obtain a larger ”home”.
We practice “relationship” at Master’s Manna. Why? Only when a personal investment is made into someone’s life can you effect change.
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A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.
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