MISSION AND HISTORY
Founded in 1989 by Jean Stull House of Manna was started with a simple belief statement. It is a verse from the Bible and is the core of its existence; In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40. The purpose of the House of Manna was, and is, to help people in emergency situations, such as fire, breakup of a home, loss of employment, and other situations. This organization has grown from one person’s response to a single need and has steadily increased. Jean’s perspective was, “We shouldn’t make judgments…if the President walked into House of Manna, I would help him the same as anyone else. It is not for us to judge.” Although Jean moved from Dickinson in 2002, her vision of helping others has continued, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.
The House of Manna is operated by a staff of 20+ volunteers and in 2007, the Board of Directors hired the first paid manager. The budget consists of funds received from United Way, donations mailed from individuals and organizations, and donations received from two free will offering boxes in the facility. The number of people served has steadily risen from that first family to 27,000 people in 2005. The value of items donated to the House of Manna and, in turn provided to clients, exceeds a million dollars per year.
Board Of Directors