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Your Gifts of Compassion

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248 = This is the average number of meals served every day in the first nine months of 2021, including the weekend meals the Mission helps provide to the community in partnership with Salvation Army. While our dining rooms are only open to shelter guests, we continue to offer a take-out meal for anyone who is hungry.

190 = This is the average number of guests who are sheltered every night in the month of September. This number surpassed our pre-COVID average for the same month in 2019. In the first few weeks of November, we sheltered nearly 200 people a night, with our men’s shelter increasing significantly.

DAILY = While these numbers and our ability to provide Food and Shelter are important, it would be difficult to quantify the impact of the Hope your gifts enable us to share with the hundreds who come to us in need. Truly, you make an impact on our community. Thank you for being a rescuer!

1,705 Individual women, children, and men helped from January - September.
42,091 Safe Nights provided for individuals from January - September.
67,723 Quality Meals offered in our community from January - September.

The Deliverer

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“But you, O Bethlehem, Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

The prophet Micah speaks the oracle of God that includes “judgment and deliverance.” We find that God hates idolatry, rebellion, injustice, and heartless ritualism. Even upon the precipice of the northern kingdom of Israel and the Judean kingdom being brought into slavery by Assyria, God assures Micah that His judgment will stand but the Davidic kingdom would become of greater worth and eternal significance through the Messianic deliverer. It is this Deliverer that we reflect upon and celebrate at the end of each year. Even as the snow begins to fall and the temperatures continue to drop significantly, the City Rescue Mission is prepared to meet the increasing needs of the lost, hopeless, wounded, and broken in our community. We continue to focus on meeting current needs while praying and planning to meet future needs as well.

Part of the beauty of Micah’s prophecy is that God is never done with us and He shows mercy through providing a Deliverer. I pray that we never grow weary as we see the hearts and faces of women, children, and men who are so thankful to enter into the doors of the City Rescue Mission. I pray that we find great joy in meeting the physical needs, in a quality way, but also recognize that the proclamation of a Deliverer is paramount every day of the year. As we proclaim, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). No matter the condition of a person that arrives at the City Rescue Mission, we get to tell them of a great Deliverer that will save them from their sins. We get the opportunity to tell our guests that Jesus Christ humbled Himself by becoming man and died upon a cross in order to deliver us. If Christmas is about reflecting on the Deliverer that came in a manager, then I guess it is Christmas every day of the year at the City Rescue Mission. Thank you for all you do to help us help others! Thank you for being a rescuer!

In Christian Service,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

Team Rescue: In Memory

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When Ron Foster retired from service as the Mission cook in 2013, we installed a plaque that hangs in the public dining room to this day. Those who have been a part of the Mission for some time may remember Ron, who passed away in November. Serving in food services is not a glamorous job and often times it does not receive the recognition it deserves. However, without these diligent staff, we would have been unable to offer the 67,000+ meals we served already this year. Faithfulness, like Ron’s, is far too rare, and he had a real desire to serve in the kitchen. In addition to his love for cooking, he often purchased specific kitchen items for the Mission’s use. We never knew how many guests might be coming for a meal, but Ron had a knack for making up just enough for those who would come. One of the first “Cook’s Corner” articles featured his recipe for BLT soup. Today, his legacy continues as a part of the 110 year history of the Mission and the many lives who have been transformed through food, shelter, and hope.

Rescued and Rescuing

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“The first time I interacted with the City Rescue Mission was to serve food in 1999. I have since used their services and built relationships with many people.” Things around the mission have changed a lot since 1999, but the smile on his face, as he pops in to grab dinner or help in any way he can, remains consistent. Currently, he volunteers twice weekly at the City Rescue Mission Uplift Thrift and is such a help to our staff.

We are so grateful for the faithfulness of this volunteer. While he is making a difference to us and those we serve, he says it is impacting him as well. “The entire experience of visiting the staff at the Outreach, eating at the men’s shelter, volunteering at the thrift store, and building relationships with staff and clients has taught me that there are beautiful people in all sectors—including homeless.”

We could use more kind souls to invest in the Ministry of Rescue. We need help in many different capacities, including City Rescue Mission Uplift Thrift. This volunteer who is making such a difference urges you to give volunteering a try. “Come on out to the thrift store and give it your best. The experience is laid-back and you will make wonderful friends. There are other opportunities with the homeless available as well. Find what you like and invest in others!”

If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact the volunteer coordinator by phone (517.485.0145) or email (Volunteers@BEaRESCUER.org).