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Our Mission


Working together to meet needs and build relationships.

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Our Mission


Working together to meet needs and build relationships.

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Our Beginnings


Rooted in a story of humility.

Our Beginnings


Rooted in a story of humility.

We are often asked, “How did Matthew 25 Outreach Center get started?” 

We invite you to read the brief story of the businessman and the angel to see how God began working through us to care for those in need.


It was a cold, winter day. 

The snow was falling, the winds were sharp, and the temperature was frigid. The businessman parked his car and walked toward the office building for his meeting. As the businessman neared the building, he noticed a homeless man on the steps of the building. The homeless man bore a scruffy beard, tangled dirty hair, and skin that was muted in a way that told others he had not showered for quite some time. He was dressed in several layers of dirty, tattered clothes. He stood on the steps of the office building with his hand outstretched in anticipation that someone would reach out to help.

As the businessman came closer to the steps, the sad brown eyes of the homeless man locked his gaze. The businessman quickly looked away, as if to ignore the homeless man, and then entered the building to avoid any interaction.

After a short meeting, the businessman left the building, again encountering the same homeless man on the steps. Once again, the homeless man had his hand extended. And once again, the businessman passed by without offering any help.

Throughout the remainder of the day, the businessman felt a tremendous tug on his heart. He was upset with himself for not helping the homeless man. His thoughts were overrun with worry for the homeless man. That same night, as he lay sleeping in his comfortable, warm bed, the voice of Jesus spoke to him.

Jesus said, “I came to meet you today. I was there. I was the one with my hand out.”

When the businessman startled from sleep, he realized he had missed an opportunity to serve Jesus. Not just once, but on two separate occasions, the businessman had missed the opportunity to offer help and show love.

Jesus could have turned his back on the businessman for not helping or loving others. Instead, Jesus stayed with the businessman, knowing that he would listen to God and use the gifts God had given him to make a difference in the world. That difference took the shape of Matthew 25 Outreach Center.


‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— Matthew 25 (vv. 31-40)

Our Connections


Building relationships. Providing services. Meeting needs.

Our Connections


Building relationships. Providing services. Meeting needs.

The greater Mansfield area was once a thriving community with numerous industries offering an abundance of jobs.

The economy was growing and schools were thriving. Unfortunately, tough economic conditions hit the Mansfield area, causing factories and businesses to close. Jobs were lost and many people fell on hard times. The faith-based community stepped in to offer assistance through a variety of food pantries scattered across the county, but many of these churches and pantries fell on hard times too. Many have since closed, leaving thousands of people wondering where to find their next meal. With so many hungry people, it begs the question of the servants: where do we begin?


We start by serving one at a time, with the one in front of us
— Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Service

Established as a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) organization, our focus is on three key areas of service:

1. Fresh, healthy produce distributions

2. School markets (both produce and shelf-stable products offered in our partnership with Mansfield City Schools)

3. A free-choice food pantry (coming soon!)


Relationships

Relationships are two-sided, and there has to be give-and-take. Based on this notion, we offer both walk-up service, as well as home delivery service. We know that some may feel more comfortable attending our group distributions, while others may prefer to receive through our home deliveries. Our desire is to meet some of life’s basic needs, while building trust, creating relationships, and sharing God’s love.


Community

Those who serve in our ministry are drawn from many communities and organizations in and around the area. This ecumenical approach allows community-building across many lines. We welcome all volunteers with a heart to serve as if we are serving Jesus. Please contact us if you would like to serve alongside other Matthew 25 Outreach Center volunteers.


Growth

Being called to meet the needs of the community in which we serve, we are always open to new ways to serve. We know that new ministries will grow out of our current services and, as such, we assume great responsibility in being sure we remain focused on providing the highest level of service without duplicating services that may already exist within neighboring organizations.

*Matthew 25 Outreach Center is currently searching for a permanent location in the city of Mansfield. We are working closely with area officials, individuals, and local agencies to establish the most practical location in which to serve, while benefiting the relationships we have already established in the community.


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Our Board


Called to serve.

Our Board


Called to serve.

Jeff Wright, President

Jeff Wright, M25OC President

Jeff Wright, M25OC President

As the founder of Matthew 25 Outreach Center, Jeff comes with a heart to serve, an uncanny ability to see the best in all people, and determination like no other! Jeff has extensive experience in business, as well as years of experience working in hunger-related endeavors across the state. He has the sincere heart and mind of Christ and keeps his focus clearly on seeking God’s call and direction in his life. Jeff humbly shares his contagious vision with the community. Beyond being the visionary leader, you will find Jeff in the trenches getting his hands dirty serving as well. Interested in contacting Jeff? Please email him at jeff.wright@m25oc.org.


Jonathan Stufft, Vice President

Jonathan Stufft, M25OC Vice President

Jonathan Stufft, M25OC Vice President

Jonathan lives out his call through both his heart and his mind. He is passionate about family, food, and relationships. He joyfully serves others whenever the opportunity arises. Jonathan is enthusiastic and likes to keep things moving at a quick pace. His endearing smile instantly says he is a kind, generous, and loving person. Making new friends comes easily to him. God has blessed him with a free spirit, as well as listening ears and open arms that welcome everyone he meets. Interested in contacting Jonathan? Please email him at jonathan.stufft@m25oc.org.


Stacy Wright, Secretary

Stacy Wright, M25OC Secretary

Stacy Wright, M25OC Secretary

Stacy is the quiet strength behind every ministry she touches. She has a genuine heart, an acute ability to listen, and a practicality that drives success. Stacy understands each and every blessing she sees, has a joyful love for children, and seeks true justice in all that she encounters. She constantly listens for God’s voice and offers insightful understanding into the lives and situations of others. Interested in contacting Stacy? Please email her at stacy.wright@m25oc.org.


Wes Kaufman, Treasurer

Wes Kaufman, M25OC Treasurer

Wes Kaufman, M25OC Treasurer

Wes is gifted with practicality and a sense of peace that helps him listen and communicate well. He has the ability to logically consider all options and follow where he feels God is leading him in making decisions. He has developed a clear sense that he has been given no literal job description, but will be equipped to serve those presented in his life. Wes acknowledges that we are all “just beggars telling other beggars where we found bread” as part of his growth and understanding of how God calls him to serve. Interested in contacting Wes? Please email him at wes.kaufman@m25oc.org.


Laura White, Board Member

Laura White, M25OC Board Member

Laura White, M25OC Board Member

Pastor Laura is gifted with a knowledge and understanding of the Gospel, as well as how to live that out in the world. She goes beyond being the hands and feet of Jesus to live and serve with the heart of Jesus. Pastor Laura has passion and understanding that guide her work in the community. She continually educates, grows, and instills new heartfelt experiences into her life. She understands how to build relationships, offers discerning thought to any conversation, and tirelessly pours her heart into the ways she is called to serve. Interested in contacting Laura? Please email her at laura.white@m25oc.org.


Our Partners


Our Partners


We are honored to have the following partners:


Altrusa Club

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

Crossroads Church

First English Lutheran Church

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Madison City Schools

Mansfield City Employees

Mansfield City Schools

Mechanics Bank

Meijer Ontario

Midas Mansfield

Mosaic Church

Newville Church

North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC)

Ontario Christian Fellowship

Pinnacle Network

Richland County Commissioner

Richland County Land Bank

Richland County Regional Planning Commission

Richland County Treasurer

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Thrivent Financial

Tractor Supply Company

YMCA, Togetherhood