To our Supporters and Donors, Potential Donors, and all who may just be getting to know The Sub Zero Mission, greetings!
I am Al “Sarge” Raddatz, one of the founders and the CEO of The Sub Zero Mission.
As of the writing of this update, it is early April 2022. The sun is shining today, and Spring is in the air. It is hard to believe that my last detailed update to you was over a year ago. And, what a year it has been!
Since the last time I reported to you, we have renewed our accreditation with The Better Business Bureau and the Wise Giving Alliance; we worked as a Board of Directors to build new goals to push ourselves towards growth as an organization. We worked on fundraising for our goals creatively, including new personnel and energy to our team, networking with more people with similar missions, and finding more people experiencing homelessness- especially our country’s homeless veterans! We have just finished our 13th delivery season. And now, it is Spring, and with the season, we must grow!
At The Sub Zero Mission, we call the energy and the motivation that fuels us “Blue Fire.”
We have been working hard to keep that fire growing and burning by adding new personnel, strengths, and energy. We have added 40 people to our team to focus on planning, staffing, and executing fundraisers. We call this team “The Bears.” We have worked with people in cities where we travel to grow their teams and, when possible, to take that next step towards having an ongoing outreach presence in their towns on the coldest nights when we are elsewhere.
Let’s talk about growth. Last year we took the HUGE step of purchasing the building that would be the home to our Mission. Accordingly we are building this coming year to grow the Mission to our goal of finding as many homeless veterans as possible and re-empowering them to get off the streets permanently! That’s right! We are adding 3,600 sq. ft. to our headquarters. This new space will allow us to double our warming item storage capacity, bring our delivery vehicles inside to protect them, and, in a pinch, act as a “pop-up” warming center should our county need us to. Creating this storage space will allow us to convert a section of our building into a treatment, training, and conference center used for our Homeless Veteran Re-Empowerment Project that we intend to launch next year!
Please take the time to read and view our whole year-end report. I hope that you enjoy it, and I hope that it inspires you to see the Blue Fire that burns in your lives and my team’s compassionate souls! I hope that it lets you know that we are growing, changing, and pushing ourselves in ways that we hope make you proud to support us.
And, I hope that it inspires you to know that in a country as great as ours, we are not leaving our people in the streets and alleys cold, hungry, alone, and hopeless. Nobody should freeze to death in America. No veteran and no person. Nobody.