New Life Mission will keep its doors open thanks to donors

Thanksgiving turned out to be something special for a local non-profit that had been serving the community for nearly 50 years. Facing having to close its doors due to a lack of funding, New Life Mission received a fiscal blessing from benevolent donors and now will survive.

MORE: Hamilton nonprofit serving the hungry may close amid financial woes

The mission has been serving those in need by providing food, groceries and other essential items, but a lost a key donor (the North American Mission Board) this past year, causing it to run a deficit of between $4,000 to $6,000 per month.

Pastor Felix Russo, who took over as director of the New Life Mission one year ago, made a public plea for help and the response was more than he could imagine.

“We had a real good response shortly after it was announced that we needed help,” Russo said. “We now know that we are good throughout the end of the year. Maybe a little bit after that.”

In order to take care of bills that threatened to close the doors, Russo said $10,000 would be needed to “get everything to zero.”

“Right now we have raised $12,000,” he said. “It has really been overwhelming to see the response from people. The people of this community really mobilized and that also put us in touch with people who may become long-term donors. The people in this city are amazing and kind.”

MORE: Butler County spike in opioid overdoses prompts warning

He added the goal is to shore up the long-term donor situation so that the mission can keep operating without the possibility of having to close.

“We obviously welcome big or corporate donors, but we also have to have a strong grassroots, community list of donors to survive,” Russo said. “I was looking at the numbers and if we had 250 people giving $25 a month that would shore up our shortfall from losing a big donor.”

A jazz and food fundraiser has been planned for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at First Baptist Church, 1501 Pyramid Blvd. in Hamilton.

Russo said anyone who would like to help can make a tax deductible donation can mail it to: New Life Mission, P.O. BOX 68, Hamilton, Ohio, 45012 or visit the non-profit's website at to donate via PayPal.

About the Author