A Message from Our Director

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A primary focus of the Rescue Mission’s New Life Program is enabling homeless men and women to be God-dependent, yet self-sufficient. That last part, self-sufficiency, is one thing that makes the Rescue Mission’s approach to helping the homeless so unique. Through our New Life Program we not only focus on faith, sobriety and emotional stability, we also put a laser-like emphasis on employment. Our goal is for men and women to leave the idleness of the streets behind and be productive members of our community.

God placed a need in the hearts of men and women to be involved in meaningful activity. In the Garden of Eden, Adam had a job: “to tend to the garden.” So even in perfection (yes, the garden before the fall was perfect), God asked humans to work. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Another time, Paul wrote: “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not will­ing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”

This Biblical emphasis on work is the reason the Rescue Mission makes employment a critical component of our New Life Program. Part of restoring a life from the streets is helping that man or woman find a job. We work with many men and women who have past felonies and spotty work histories. With our resume building, job lead help and encouragement, they still find good jobs to support themselves.

Men and women who graduate from the New Life Program no longer need subsidized housing or handouts because they receive living wages and support themselves. To us, the Biblical model of gainful employment is the primary path off the streets that will lead to true satisfac­tion of the soul for men and women. While we do give away free food, shelter and clothing at the Rescue Mission, our goal is that these gifts of love would ultimately produce God-dependent, self-sufficient men and women. In fact, many of our graduates (who used to be the ones receiving our love gifts) become financial supporters of the Rescue Mission. They are wage-earners now and “have something to share with anyone in need.”

So I jump for joy when a formerly homeless man or women pays their rent, buys a cell phone or gives to the Mission with money they earned. Meaningful work is a need placed in us by God, who desires no one to be idle. Please continue to support the Rescue Mission as we rescue men and women from the idleness of the streets and place them into faith, sobriety, employment, housing and self-suffi­ciency. We need your prayers and support now more than ever! After all, it’s the work God has given to us.

God bless you,

Chris D. Croswhite
Executive Director