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Dear Rescuers...

Dear Rescuers,
My little girl and I moved into the City Rescue Mission in June. I moved in with the idea that I could be out in less than a month. Here I am over four months later. I have learned so much from the people here. My casework coordinator told me about another local agency. They are...helping me get into housing. Parenting class, also taught by my casework coordinator, was a great place for me to get advice for taking good care of my little girl. Other staff have been great to get advice from. Another staff, telling me her story, showed me that there can be good that came from being here. Because of City Rescue Mission, I have accepted God and found a church family. On July 11, I hit rock bottom, and He saved me.
Someone you’ve helped,

Already this year, your generosity to the City Rescue Mission has provided a safe haven to more than 1,200 individuals, like Dorianne and her daughter. In addition to quality meals, a warm place to sleep, fresh linens, a shower, hygiene items, and clothing, we’re able to offer counseling, case management, life skills classes, chapel services, and so much more. We do what we do because of you. Thank you for the gifts that make a difference in the lives of so many in our community. Thank you for being a rescuer!

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A Message from Mark: “I am thankful for you”

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33

These words of the angel Gabriel to Mary are not just comforting but are also a glimpse of God’s goodness to mankind. How infinitely loving and humbling it is for the God of creation to become like you and I: God incarnate; God in the flesh. In order to redeem us, we see that God became “nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man” and became obedient to death, even death upon a cross. As we reflect on the manger scene this Christmas season and the gifts that are exchanged at so many gatherings throughout our nation, it would be wise to reflect on the gift that was offered on that first Christmas morning. More than just temporary, earthly salvation, God came down to walk among us, as evidence that He is love. That love is the foundation of His kingdom, a kingdom that is not made from this world and therefore will never end. Collectively, we rejoice in a God who does love us and gave Himself for us.

As the “Jesus Saves” cross declares, to all those who “believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” To “believe in His name” is to believe and trust in the completed work of Jesus Christ and the incarnate birth, which we celebrate this Christmas season.

In turn, part of God’s kingdom is reflected in the work of His people. What a privilege it is to know that the City Rescue Mission exists simply because God has provided through His children. As we end this year and begin a new one, I am thankful for the salvation in which we proclaim at the City Rescue Mission, but I am also thankful for you. Thank you for being a rescuer this year and in the years to come. Thank you for helping us help others and tell of the “Son of the Most High.”

To God be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

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"Rescue" News: A New Ministry and New Neighbors

(Edited from the Paper/Mailed Version due to new information) A brief report on the Outreach: we were truly humbled by your compassionate and generous response to our future ministry, “the Outreach.” To say that we are eagerly awaiting the completion of renovations to this facility would be an understatement. As of the time of sending the regular newsletter to the printer, we had completed all that we could without receiving a building permit from the city. During this process, we have received able assistance from Pete Holz of Rockwood Design, Denny Geisenhaver of Thee Electric, and Bob Twenter of Twenter Builders. As of November 26, the city had officially issued a building permit. Thee Electric and the Meridian Company (for plumbing) were standing by to complete much needed renovations. We hope to hear soon about an estimated timeline for completion of the project (depending on final approval from the city). Please continue to keep this project and our staff in your prayers, as we wait. Please, too, keep our “future guests” in your prayers as we attempt to meet what needs we can.

Some of you may have heard of the recent development announced for the 600 Block of Michigan Avenue. Gillespie Group has purchased the land across from the Mission and plans to build a hotel and “Urban Meijer” at this location. We welcome our new neighbors and hope that the future will involve possible partnerships and potential employment for guests working to transition out of homelessness and into independence. The Mission has served the community for over 107 years; 70 of those years have been from our current location. We will continue to meet needs as long as we are called to do so. For more information on this project, visit http://gillespie-group.com/600-block/.

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Cook's Corner: Meeting the Need...Together

Another year is coming to a close, and once again the generosity of our community has enabled us to provide quality meals every day for our guests. There are so many individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations who donate to the Mission, hold drives to collect items, or regularly host one of our yellow barrels, that we could not begin to list all of you. We do want to acknowledge those local restaurants and grocery stores who provide weekly or near weekly donations of food to the Mission. Below you'll see the names of those who, like you, make such a difference in our community. To all of you and to the volunteers who help prep and serve the meals, we could not do what we do without you. Together, we provide more than just a meal to hundreds in need every day. Thank you for being a rescuer.

CHICK-FIL-A (W. Saginaw)

PIZZA HUT (S. Cedar)

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