Rex and Deborah Amini, well-known for their philanthropic endeavors not only in San Antonio but also around the world, have issued a $250,000 challenge grant for SAMMinistries.
The Aminis will match up to $250,000 – dollar-for-dollar – raised through September 30, 2010, to support the ministry that helps the homeless. Rex is co-owner of a local oil production company and his wife, Deborah, is a retired real estate executive.
The monies raised from the two-month fund raising effort will be used to help pay for the $700,000 of increased overhead expenses the charity is facing from moving its emergency shelter from 910 West Commerce to Haven for Hope. With the relocation, the number of residential beds provided for the homeless by SAMMinistries increased from 350 to 983.
“With the added demands and responsibilities that SAMMinistries is incurring at Haven for Hope, they are going to need extra help. They have the area capacity to triple their services, but that means providing three times the supplies and other budgetary increases to meet the need,” says Rex.
Deborah adds, “Rex and I know the work of SAMMinistries is valuable to this city and needs to continue. No matter how daunting the numbers of homeless men, women and children needing help and the expense of serving them may be, the cost of not helping would be even greater.
“We have faith in the people of this community. We know they will unite with us to make this challenge a success for SAMMinistries and for the thousands of people that will be helped,” Deborah says.
Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinistries, says, “Rex and Deborah are known for their kind hearts and hard work for the homeless. Their faith guides them to give back and help others in need, and they have been supporters of our ministry for years. This challenge is just another example of their ongoing commitment to help people in need.”
Williams adds that as a partner with Haven for Hope on the newly completed campus, SAMMinistries is provided with the physical buildings in which to operate, but is solely responsible for the general maintenance, janitorial services, electricity, water, staffing, laundry, bed linens, toiletry and paper supplies in addition to the Haven for Hope common area maintenance fees for the men, women and family’s residential facilities.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Amini challenge grant should mail their check to SAMMinistries, 5254 Blanco Road, San Antonio 78216. For more information, visit www.samm.org or call 340-0302.
SAMMinistries, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, was launched in 1983. The ministry is ready to assist over 1200 individuals including more than 300 children every day of the year with emergency services, transitional and supportive housing, as well as an after-care program.
Last year the agency cared for more than 4,400 individuals and provided more than 197,600 bed nights of shelter and services to the area’s homeless.