On May 10th, 2012, City Rescue Mission kicked off the fifth annual men’s event called It’s a Guy Thing. In 2008, George Nigh had a vision to affect lives at City Rescue Mission with the goal of raising funds to develop new projects for the Mission.
Over the course of the last five years, this men’s event has been dedicated to seeing the lives of many changed. The event has raised over $270,000, which has provided expansion and renovation of the men’s shelter, made major roof repairs, developed and built a new job placement center, and provided the funding for a refrigerated food truck.
This year’s It’s a Guy Thing event focused on raising funds to purchase a refrigerated box truck. This truck will provide healthy substitutes and alternatives for the clients of City Rescue Mission. With this refrigerated truck, fruit and vegetables will become more readily available for our clients. The Mission’s goals are not only to reduce homelessness, but to support and create an avenue for clients to have healthy lifestyles with proper food, recreational services, and a positive atmosphere, etc.
Over 250 gentlemen enjoyed a great luncheon while listening to speakers share the vision of the event and the possibilities for the future of the Mission. The program included a powerful testimony from Jason, a Bridge to Life graduate. His honesty and transparency spoke to the audience in a life changing way. “I lost all of my family, my kids, my land, my house, three cars… everything I had, I lost. I had no place to go and I was lonely,” Jason explained, “I am really glad that I joined the Bridge to Life program because I knew on day one that this is the place that I needed to be. I’m really glad God was there…. The future looks very bright for me; I’m talking to my kids and my ex-wife again and I have an awesome job. ”
The donations given during this event will help men at City Rescue Mission create their own life changing story. The men’s event has done an excellent work in rallying the men of this city to give to an impacting cause. “I am very excited to witness the affects of this wonderful event. The hearts of the men in this group are outstanding,” Rev. Tom Jones, President & CEO of City Rescue Mission, “This event allows the future of the men of City Rescue Mission to be filled withmore hope and inspiration.”