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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Yes, Virginia, there is Christmas at the Rescue Mission. We try to make the holidays as festive as possible for the people who, for now, are calling the Mission “home.” Homelessness should not mean that Christmas joy is beyond reach.
Each year, we hold what we have called “Winter Wonderland.” This is an opportunity for our guests to give gifts, not to get. Most of the residents at the Mission have no source of income, yet they desire to experience the blessing of giving that the holiday brings. Winter Wonderland allows our residents to “shop” from a warehouse supplied with donated gifts. In this way, they can give Christmas gifts to their families while realizing the truth of the words of Jesus who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Winter Wonderland is made possible by the generous donations of caring people who have already experienced the blessedness of giving.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Doug Gough, the Supervisor of Men’s Services at the Mission was featured last week on WYTV’s Hometown Heroes. Doug shares his testimony and how he met Joanna Struharick. Thanks, Stan Boney and the WYTV team for producing this amazing video. See it here
Thursday, December 4, 2014
December begins the Cold Weather Emergency Program, a partnership of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, Help Hotline, and many agencies in located in Mahoning County and the city of Youngstown. The goal of this collaborative effort – now in its 25th year – is to see that no one becomes a casualty of the cold weather.
The Rescue Mission is the designated shelter for the program. As such, we are presented with additional challenges. The common perception is that the colder weather leads to more people seeking shelter at the Mission. In fact, we have been at or near capacity for the entire year. Plans are in place to address this issue and to provide shelter for all who come to us during this cold season. This means that:
· We must be creative and flexible in finding new ways to increase capacity. One of these involves using our warehouse facility on Glenwood Ave. as an overflow overnight shelter.
· There will be an increased workload placed upon our staff. Our guests must be housed, sheltered, and cared for – and this requires people.
· Regardless the challenge, we are committed to serving the homeless of our community.
We are completely dependent upon the resources and efforts of our community to meet this need. Addressing homelessness and poverty is a team effort. Follow this link to learn of ways you can help.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
October 10 is designated as World Homeless Day. Each year on 10/10, more than 100 nations work to bring awareness to the homeless among us. “The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides” (http://www.worldhomelessday.org/)
As you consider the needs of homeless people, please keep these specifics in mind:
· Many people in our community are but 1 paycheck away from being homeless.
· The economy is not the only, nor is it the major, cause of homelessness. Many people become homeless due to a series of unfortunate decisions, some of them economic.
· With the number of shelters and resources in any community, there is no reason for anyone to be unsheltered.
· Not all who pose as being homeless actually are. There are those who, unfortunately, capitalize on the compassion that is aroused in good people when they are confronted by someone who holds a sign or begs for money.
· There is no stereotype of a homeless person. Over the years, the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley has helped people with a variety of backgrounds: nurses, single mothers with children, single fathers with children, mortgage brokers, skilled tradespeople, university professors, and the list goes on.
· The best way to address the homeless issue is to support agencies that deal directly with homeless people. They have the resources and expertise to provide the proper kind of assistance.