Helping the Homeless, Restoring Broken Lives
We all look forward to spring. There’s something magical about the natural world coming back to life in all its green, fragrant, warm-weather glory. For those of us who celebrate Easter – the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the coming of spring has yet another layer of meaning: it reminds us of the incredible new life we have through God’s Son. No matter how harsh the winter has been, spring always follows. Likewise, no matter how broken our lives may be, God always offers another chance.
This hope is what we so desperately seek to share with our homeless and low-income neighbors. Every spring, we celebrate Easter by throwing a picnic in Pioneer Park, complete with a delicious meal, free clothing and activities for the kids. This year’s Easter Celebration is on Saturday, April 19, the day before Easter Sunday. We hope you will join us as guests, volunteers, and donors.
While celebrations are a big part of our services here at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, we take care of people every day of the year: in winter blizzards, summer heat waves, and everything in between. We provide day and night shelter to the homeless, three hot meals a day, showers, clothing, laundry facilities and employment counselling - all for free. For the needy in our community, we also offer family food boxes, each of which provides 20 meals, and sack lunches to take to work. For those whose homelessness is caused by addiction, we run a New Life recovery program, which changes lives by helping people off the streets and into housing, employment and restored family relationships.
All of these efforts are funded by private donors: local businesses, churches and individuals like you. We've received no government funding in our 42 years of existence and plan to keep it that way so we can continue sharing the Gospel with our guests and recovery program members. We believe that God is the only one who can truly turn a life around, heal families and restore sobriety.
Please support the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake this winter. You can mail a check, make an online donation or call our finance office (801-746-1006) to make a secure gift by credit card over the phone. If you'd like to donate your time by helping us serve dinner, please contact Don Hill, our house manager, at 801-355-1302 to be put on the schedule.
The Man Behind Our Thanksgiving Banquet
Photo by Adam Finkle for Salt Lake Magazine
Around the holidays, Chris Beane's schedule gets pretty crazy. Not only is he a substance abuse counselor here at the Rescue Mission, but he's our food services manager as well. Lucky for us, Chris spent many years as a professional high-end chef and knows how to put together a swanky Thanksgiving dinner (even with donated ingredients). Click here to read his story in the December 2013 issue of Salt Lake Magazine.
Time to Clean the Coat Closet
Home organizers often say that there are few things more freeing than getting rid of stuff you don’t use anymore.
If we take Jesus’ advice about not storing up treasures on earth, we can even view decluttering as a biblical mandate from God. Maybe that’s why it feels so good to get rid of unused stuff!
As you prepare for colder temperatures by cleaning out the coat closet, remember the homeless. Each year when the temperatures plummet, we run very low, if not completely out, of things like coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. It’s heartbreaking to tell a cold homeless person that we don’t have warm clothes for them.
So please, put your old warm clothing in the trunk of your car and next time you are downtown, drop it off at the Mission. You’ll benefit by decluttering your house and the homeless will have warm clothes this winter.
If you heard her story on the news and want to read her full testimony, you can find it in our April 2013 Newsletter .
Check out our latest video below
It's the story of Jessica Jacobson, a woman who led a fairly "normal" life until prescription pain killers took over. She ended up homeless, living on the streets in her van until she found help at the Rescue Mission's Women's Center.