Since 1955, the Mission has been on the frontlines as a beacon of hope ready to serve the most hurting and vulnerable in our community.
The Mission provides emergency shelter to homeless men, women, and children in need but we are more than just a shelter. The Mission provides a full-scale Life Recovery Program that not only meets a person's basic needs but also provides them with the tools needed for a complete life transformation. Our Life Recovery Program provides our guests with the ability to overcome the struggles and trauma that led to their homelessness and gives them the skills they need to permanently end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The Life Recovery Program provides guests with Christ-centered small/large group classes, essential life-skills education, one-on-one weekly case management, counseling, vocational training, on-site medical and dental care, and more. Over the course of a year, our community provided 49,500 meals, 28,000 nights of shelter, 5,000 medical and dental services, 6,600 hours of classes and essential life skills education, 38,000 hours of Vocational Training and more than 4,000 hours of one-on-one case management to 567 homeless men, women, and children.
At the Mission, we are working to change our cities one life at a time starting with the homeless men, women, and children in our care. The guests we serve come from all walks of life. Many include women escaping domestic violence, veterans experiencing PTSD, men and women struggling with addiction, women escaping the sex industry, individuals experiencing unemployment, those who have suffered severe trauma, seniors who have disabilities, children, and more recently, those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and current inflation and job loss. While all of our guests may have different circumstances that led them to the Mission, they all have one thing in common. They all have hopes and dreams for their future (Jeremiah 29:11), and with the help of our Life Recovery Program, our guests are able to rediscover and achieve those hopes and dreams.
Looking back, tragedy and trauma marked Angela’s life. At the age of four, Angela lost her father. As she was heading into her pre-teen years, she lost her 3 siblings all within one year of each other. The devastating loss of her family and with the realization that she was the only sibling alive, Angela started coping with her pain with drugs.
For the next 20 years, Angela struggled with her addiction. She tried balancing motherhood and work while using but the sudden death of her husband in 2018 brought everything crashing down. Her dependence on drugs only increased and led to a life of homelessness for the next two and half years.
After years of homelessness and pain, Angela finally had enough. She came to the Mission looking for healing and freedom. When Angela finally walked through the doors of the Mission, “I wasn’t sure I wanted to be here, but I knew that I felt safe.”
Today, Angela is now thriving and growing in our New BeginningsProgram. “I’m safe here and walking with Jesus now and following Him picking up my cross daily.” Today Angela knows she has a Jeremiah 29:11 and is chasing after it and after God. “I am thankful for the Mission because I am no longer homeless. This wouldn’t happen without our community.”
Check out more stories like Angela's at https://www.sbrescuemission.com/blog/
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