I’m In Ministry!
We are all God’s children and need to be present to one another so we can learn from one another.
I’m In Ministry!
This Is Who We Are
You can best learn what we do by looking at how we were able to help our community during the past 2 years.
Deacon Lou Primozic, Founder and CEO recently shared highlights of strides I’m in Ministry has made in serving our clients. In less than two years, I’m In Ministry! (IMIM) has served more than 18,000 men, women, children and elderly! IMIM was founded eight years ago to serve individuals who are most challenged economically and socially. We’ve served over 92% of the communities in Cuyahoga County and 15 communities outside of the county. Services provided include the delivery of furniture, food, clothing and advocacy. Additionally, IMIM has a literacy initiative in which we provide hundreds of children’s books each month to the families we serve. After the threat of COVID has subsided, IMIM will be providing literacy services at the Bishop William Cosgrove Center at 18th and Superior in Cleveland. With the help of volunteers, including former teachers, we anticipate that we’ll be providing tutorial services to primary and secondary students. Prior to the pandemic, IMIM served over 1,200 seniors every month through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Services were suspended due to COVID safety concerns, but we continue to provide monthly food allocations for disabled seniors residing in downtown apartment buildings through the Bishop William Cosgrove Center. In addition, through our collection and delivery of pre-owned furniture, clothing, and household items, IMIM has saved innumerable items from being disposed of in landfills.
Volunteer Your Time and Talents to I’m In Ministry!
Each of us has unique talents and skills that Jesus asks us to share with all of our neighbors. The mission of I’m In Ministry! can and will only be met through the sharing and compassion that our volunteers bring to those we so humbly serve.
Please learn more about our volunteer opportunities by clicking the button below to visit out Volunteer page. You will also find a form that lists our most needed areas to volunteer. If you are interested or would just like to learn more please complete the form and submit it when complete. We will be in touch!!
You Have Items To Donate . . .
Please learn more about the items we continually need by clicking the button below to visit out Donations page. You will also find a form that lists our most needed items to donate. If you are interested or would just like to learn more please complete the form and submit it when complete. We will be in touch!!
Monetary Donations To I’m In Ministry!
Monetary gifts to I’m In Ministry! are always welcome and appreciated. Memorials may also be made in honor of a deceased family member or friend.
When donating please make your checks payable to “I’m In Ministry!” Make sure you include your complete contact information so that we can acknowledge your gift.
If your donation is In Memory of a deceased individual, in addition to your complete contact information please include the name of the individual you are memorializing, as well as contact information for the next of kin so we can properly acknowledge your gift to them.
Memorials requested by the family of a deceased individual can be listed in an obituary or death notice so that others can make donations directly to us, Suggested wording would be: Contributions may be made in memory of [list name here] to I’m In Ministry!, PO Box 31880, Independence, OH 44131.
Please send your personal or memorial gift to us at our mailing address: I’m In Ministry!, PO Box 31880, Independence, OH 44131.
I’m In Ministry! is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Your donation to I’m In Ministry! may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part. Nothing in this communication is intended to constitute legal or tax advice.
Our Latest “Street Stories” Video
The Flourish Women’ Ministry from St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Brecksville, OH recently conducted a project called “Home Starter Baskets” for donation to I’m in Ministry! Their goal was to collect Food, Cleaning Supplies and Toiletries so 50+ individuals would have an easier time getting started in their new homes. They surpassed their goal. Our truck came to St. Basil to accept that gracious donation.
You Really Need To See This!!
Kindness x 3
The first act of kindness
It all started with the kindness of Fr. Walt Jenne and his persistence in advocating for I’m in Ministry! (IMIM). Fr. Walt approached a potential benefactor and discussed the work of IMIM. Fr. Walt did such a great job that the unknown benefactor decided to purchase a new box truck complete with a lift gate for IMIM. This incredible act of kindness and generosity was conveyed to IMIM by the anonymous donor’s representative, who directed me to purchase the truck.
The second act of kindness
Not sure how to purchase the best possible truck based on the needs of IMIM, I called Brian O’Donnell, the owner of Valley Ford Truck. Brian guided me through choosing the best truck based on IMIM’s needs. Brian provided the truck to IMIM at his cost and also personally contributed financially to cover various additional costs for the truck including transport costs, installation of the liftgate, and preparation costs, saving IMIM above ten thousand dollars.
The third act of kindness
I then called Steven Gable from Innovation Exhibits in Boardman, Ohio; I told Steve about the donations and acts of kindness in receiving the truck; I asked Steve about placing the IMIM logo on the truck. Two days later, Steve emailed me and said his company and family decided to donate all the graphics for the new truck.
I have the privilege to receive and experience acts of kindness every day. With all the challenges we encounter in daily media reports and other information sources, I see kindness overshadowing all negativity. We need to encourage acts of kindness and promote stories of kindness. Finally, the goodness in people is the best Street Story I can share. Thanks to all who support IMIM. I am humble. With gratitude, I thank God for allowing me to see and experience the goodness in all God’s children.
Love and friendship,
Deacon Lou Primozic
St. Basil Choir does more than make music
I’m in Ministry (IMIM) is proud to announce being selected by the Cleveland Clinic Community Health and Partnerships. The Cleveland Clinic recognized the outstanding work in serving adults and children within specific neighborhoods surrounding the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Representatives of The Cleveland Clinic Community Health and Partnerships stated that they have been impressed with the services of IMIM and are aware of the positive impact IMIM is making serving individuals and children living in poverty, while facing other insurmountable challenges every day. The newly formed partnership will benefit the health, wellbeing and health equity of the most vulnerable populations of the communities Cleveland Clinic and IMIM serve, whether in urban Cleveland, inner-ring suburbs or surrounding communities/counties. The Cleveland Clinic will provide financial and collaborative support while building a long-term partnership with IMIM. A key goal of the Community Health Strategy is to provide services to families and people throughout their lifetime, a principle exactly consistent with the IMIM initiative that once you become a client member, you are a client member for life. Deacon Lou Primozic stated we look forward to a relationship that benefits those we humbly serve. For more information on this valuable program please visit: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/about/community/invest
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Christ Child Society Honors Deacon Lou Primozic
The Christ Child Society of Cleveland recently awarded its important Red Wagon Award to Deacon Lou Primozic, founder of I’m in Ministry!. The award is made annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the mission of the Christ Child Society – “Nothing is ever too much to do for a child”.
Deacon Lou humbly accepts the award while recognizing that it is only through the efforts of all of I’m In Ministry!’s staff, volunteers and generous donors that the collaboration with Christ Child is possible and successful.
Christ Child provides beds and bedding to I’m In Ministry!. After adding a pillow, the I’m In Ministry! team delivers and sets up the items in the recipients’ residences. Any additional furniture, household items, bedding, etc. needed are also provided through the generosity of I’m In Ministry! donors. Books are also delivered to any preschool children which have been provided by the Literacy Cooperative.
Deacon Lou added, “Our recipients become a permanent member of the I’m In Ministry! Family. Through a program called Compassionate Care they will be contacted in the future and any additional needs will be addressed internally or through our association with other organizations in the area community”.
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Im in Ministry” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Im in Ministry” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app