It’s contagious! Smiles like this on the faces of the babies, the kids, and the moms we serve every day at the Mission,
confirm that we are on the right track. You can see by the look on her face that this precious child of God
is in the presence of love and hope.
How I thank God that He has allowed me to serve here at Boise Rescue Mission Ministries in the most generous community on the earth. At the beginning of this month, I made an appeal to the community asking for financial help. We were facing a serious financial shortfall and, as I thought and prayed about that, I felt led to tell the community of our need and to ask for help. God heard our prayer, our community responded with overwhelming generosity, and the crisis is past.
At the Mission, we are serving about 1,000 meals each day and providing over-night shelter to 375 – 400 men, women and children each night. But we also know that emergency food, shelter, and clothing, are just the beginning; the introduction to the life- changing opportunities we can provide for those who really want help, but need hope that it is possible to change their lives.
Because our donors and volunteers, we can truly say that hope will always be found here. It is found in our conviction that people’s lives can be transformed in a way that can turn their longing for a better future into a reality. It’s found in our belief that, with God on your side, all things are possible.
And it’s found in the faithfulness of our donors, who make sure we have what we need to invest deeply in people whose lives are broken and seemingly hopeless. That investment comes through the programs you make possible:
- New Life Addiction Recovery Program
- Veterans Ministry Program
- Mental Health Services
- Trafficking Victims Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Housing Program
- Kid’s & Teen’s Programs
- Work Search, Accountability, and Life Transition Programs
- GED and Learning Center Programs
The programs and services found at the Mission, for the most part, are not duplicated in the Treasure Valley. So, if we could not provide those services, there would be a lot of people with no place to go for help. But, thanks to the generosity we have seen from our community, the people we serve don’t have to worry about where they will find the help they need.
Our donors make a lot of good things happen every day, but one of the biggest blessings comes when we see how their care and compassion supports our staff as they work on the front lines of our ministry, demonstrating the power of God’s love to everyone they encounter.
Our staff’s commitment is seen in how hard they work to build trusting relationships with our guests, and to find out what barriers to success and independence each person faces.
Another kind of blessing comes when everything connects and we get to see that our labor has not been in vain. A guest, a program member, a veteran, someone who came to us in desperate need, begins to share the love and hope they have found with another who is desperately seeking the same thing.
This very thing is happening right now in one of our shelters. A guest, who has multiple seizures every day, came to the Mission for help and we were able to connect him with the medical attention he needs. But, it is what is happening at the shelter that really moves me. The men, staff and program members, have a plan to do everything possible to keep this man safe and comfortable, and to help him maintain his dignity. When a seizure happens, everyone springs into action; one with a pillow to protect his head, another ready to dial 911, someone clearing the space around him so he doesn’t get hurt, and another praying and talking him through the worst of it.
I am so grateful that this man is here, in the safety of our shelter, and not on the street, under a bridge, or on the Greenbelt struggling to survive. I am also grateful for these men – staff, program members, and program graduates – who are so willing to respond to the needs of the people around them. In many cases, they are confronted daily with heartbreaking struggles of their own, but, having experienced the power of Christ’s love and compassion in their own lives, they are quick to share it with others.
Most of all, I’m grateful for you. This all happens because of what people like you have given to the Mission. We do not accept any government funding; the Mission is entirely dependent on the compassion and generosity of people like you who make all of our services possible. So, once again, I would like to say thank you, my friends, from the bottom of my heart.
In His Service,
Rev. Bill Roscoe