Getting Ready for Christmas
With Thanksgiving behind us, we are preparing for our Annual Christmas Banquet for the Homeless on Christmas Eve, December 24. This holiday season, the Mission expects to serve over 1,500 meals at our banquet and provide over 12,000 hot meals and hundreds of family food boxes throughout the month of December. Our food service comes in addition to handing out warm winter clothes and providing a safe place to sleep every single day of the week.
Remember that our banquets are not just meant to provide for material needs, but to give hope. Many of Utah’s homeless don’t have anywhere to go for the holidays. We hope that great food, warm clothes and smiling faces might be the encouragement they need to join our New Life Program, which changes lives by helping people off the streets and into housing, employment and restored family relationships.
Please support our Christmas Campaign and help us prepare for this busy upcoming season. 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.