Ending Homelessness, Restoring Broken Lives
Who doesn't love summer? Beach vacations, camping, barbeques, fireworks – the list could go on and on. Most of us can't wait for this season to start.
But summer is a dangerous time of year if you're homeless. Increasing temperatures bring the risk of dehydration, heatstroke, and food poisoning. Many emergency shelters have closed for the summer, forcing more people onto the streets. Instead of enjoying the weather, our homeless friends are looking for shade and water, dealing with bugs and sunburn – all while navigating life on the streets.
That's where the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake comes in. For those who are living outdoors this summer, we've got cold water, cool showers, clean underwear and bottles of sunscreen. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We take care of people every day of the year: in winter blizzards, summer heat waves, and everything in between.
We do this in two major ways: emergency services and addiction recovery. Emergency services include day and night shelter for the homeless, three hot meals a day, showers, clothing, laundry facilities and employment counseling - 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. These services are meant to restore dignity and foster trust, so that we can introduce our homeless and low-income friends to Jesus and guide them out of poverty. For those whose homelessness is caused by addiction, we run a year-long 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 month. 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 Banquets
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.
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It's the story of Misti Light, a high-functioning alcoholic and drug addict who hit rock bottom when she went to jail, losing her children and her home. Under forced sobriety, Misti began attending AA meetings and reimagining her life. When she was released, none of Misti's family came to get her and she became homeless for the first time. With nowhere else to turn - and fearing a relapse on the streets - Misti called the Rescue Mission's Women's Center for help. That's when her life really began to change.