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The vision for Loaves and Fishes Ministries began with local pastors as they desired a more holistic way to help our neighbors in need.  Since 1984, we have been serving people who are experiencing homelessness and poverty by providing essential services and life-changing programs.   

From the beginning our foundation has been grounded in the Gospel of Christ.  Our goal is not for individuals to be dependent on us or the programs we offer but instead to find freedom in Christ that will lead to a restoration with God, their families, and their communities.   

Board Members

  • Reta Martinez, President 
  • Bob Dewey, Vice President 
  • Steve Samsel, Treasurer 
  • Kirk Suther, Secretary
  • Jerry Nine, Board Member 
  • Kris Bolkema, Board Member
  • Steve McNew, Board Member 
  • Crystal Canady, Board Member 

Leadership Team

DeeDee Clement

Executive Director

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Lorraine Nation


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Mike Merlino

New Creations InnProgram Director

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Jen Sawyer

Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES)

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Jessica Winters

Restoring Hope Program Director

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Jennifer Jones

Project Manager

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Judy Brightwell

Journey Home Program Director

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Brent Briggs

Chayah House Emergency Shelter
Program Director

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Dale Smith

Community OutreachProgram Director

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