When: Tuesday, June 26, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the City Rescue Mission, 800 West California Ave.
Who: The City Rescue Mission is a private, faith-based nonprofit organization. It was founded in 1960 to feed the homeless in downtown Oklahoma City. Since that time, City Rescue Mission has expanded its services by partnering with more than 70 local agencies, offering free comprehensive care to all City Rescue Mission clients. Program graduates leave the Mission equipped for success with a clear path to a healthy and productive life.
What: Join us for the launch and celebration of our new branding and initiatives, featuring tours of the Mission, interviews with staff and clients, and complimentary refreshments. Invited are our Bridge to Life Recovery Program graduates, media, city officials and community neighbors. The purpose is to reveal how our updated look better reflects our mission and values, while raising awareness of the programs offered by City Rescue Mission.
“Sometimes bad things happen, leading people to make choices that lead them to a dark place,” said Tom Jones, President of City Rescue Mission. “Without a good support system, people can turn to drugs, alcohol and crime, and find themselves homeless. But they are not alone. We’re here to reach out to those who feel lost and forgotten—offering them a path back to hope and a better future.”
Why: City Rescue Mission is growing and changing. We are more than a temporary shelter, and our goal is to reflect that in this campaign launch. We provide more than hot meals and a safe place to stay – we offer a path back to hope for the homeless and near homeless by offering life-changing programs and services. Sharing these initiatives, along with our new brand, will help us better serve those in need. Our goal is shed light on services that haven’t been widely known in our community.
Photo/Video: City Rescue Mission staff will be on hand for interviews and tours of the facility, along with clients who have been through the Bridge to Life Recovery Program. Follow-up opportunities for additional stories will be available as well.
For more information, contact:
Adam Jones, Vice President of the City Rescue Mission
Office: (405) 232-2709, ext. 145
Cell: (405) 517-7566
Here at City Rescue Mission, we work very hard to connect our clients with educational and vocational opportunities that will help them achieve both their short-term and long-term goals in life. Every client that walks through our doors is assigned a case manager who helps identify and address their needs, which often include completing their education or finishing their degree. We work closely with local colleges to find academic opportunities for them. A good education equips them for their next steps in life and opens up doors for the future.
Every year, the Thanksgiving season serves as a reminder to reflect on the many blessings we’ve received. And here at City Rescue Mission, we’ve noticed that the gratitude of this season often leads people in the community to give back. Volunteering during the holidays has become a family tradition for many. Local companies and churches have also adopted the tradition of helping at the Mission during this season. On Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, CRM hosts banquets serving traditional holiday meals to those who may not otherwise have them. Although these banquets are hosted at CRM, our volunteers are the true hosts. At each banquet families, companies and churches host tables, which includes decorating the table, providing dessert and sharing a delicious meal with those being served. This has become an annual tradition for many—more than half of the tables are hosted by past volunteers! In fact, thanks to the support of generous people like you, we have volunteers for every table this year!
“ We consider it a true blessing to be able to serve and be a part of that special time of year with the people at the City Rescue Mission.”
—The Perry family
Time – Talents – Treasures
can also be written as:
Lawn Care – Bake Sale – Lemonade Stand
This summer through the acts of a few amazing kids in the community, we have seen how time, talents and treasures can be used to help others.
TIME > LAWN CARE
Tucker Nail, age 12
Worked for his dad this summer in his lawn and landscaping business. Tucker would get paid for the time he worked then he would set aside 10% of that to donate. His parents had been teaching him the importance of giving to people who are less fortunate. After finding the City Rescue Mission online and looking over the website, Tucker decided this is where he wanted his money to go. Tucker not only donated money to help others but in a way was donating his TIME as well.
TALENTS > BAKE SALE
These three young ladies baked brownies and cookies this summer. They then proceeded to go door to door selling their baked goods. A happy dance would even break out when the girls made a sale! This summer they made and donated $192. These girls used the talents they have to make delicious treats as well as helping those around them.
TREASURES > LEMONADE STAND
Pierce Kuhn, age 7
Pierce has been curious about homelessness ever since he came across a man begging on the street near his house. Out of his desire to help those in need and with the guidance of his parents, Pierce started a lemonade stand to raise money for the City Rescue Mission. This began in 2014 and Pierce has been doing it every summer since.
The first year he raised $60.
The following year $324.
This year Pierce came to the mission with a check of $1,000!
These kids used the resources they have to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. We are honored to be able to share and be a part of their stories. What a great reminder to look beyond our own needs and use the gifts we have been given to make a difference in our own community.
How will you use your lawn care, bake sale, and lemonade stand to help others today?
St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” God’s will is for us to love Him and others well and seek Him to help us grow. By figuring out what He has uniquely created us for, we can truly come alive. Here are some ways to get started:
- Pray. Jeremiah 29:13 says if we seek the Lord with our whole heart, we’ll find Him.
- Ask questions. At the end of your life what things will make you say “that was a life well lived”?
- Take a step. Identify where the world’s greatest needs and your greatest passions intersect–then take action.
During this process you may discover your passions align with City Rescue Mission. Would you consider becoming a volunteer or remembering us in your will? You could also consider giving appreciated stock. It’s a practical way to exercise good stewardship, fulfill a personal passion and create eternal impact.
For more on becoming “fully alive,” request our free bulletin.
For the full version of this article, ask for a FREE copy of “How to Say Yes to God’s Call” by contacting Treina Castleberry at 405-232-2709 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org—or bless your family today with a God-honoring will at www.christianwill.org/crmok