Ending Homelessness, Restoring Broken Lives
We all look forward to spring. There’s something magical about the natural world coming back to life in all its green, fragrant, warm-weather glory. For those of us who celebrate Easter – the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the coming of spring has yet another layer of meaning: it reminds us of the incredible new life we have through God’s Son. No matter how harsh the winter has been, spring always follows. Likewise, no matter how broken our lives may be, God always offers another chance.
This hope is what we so desperately seek to share with our homeless and low-income neighbors. Every spring, we celebrate Easter by throwing a picnic in Pioneer Park, complete with a delicious meal, free clothing and activities for the kids. This year’s Easter Celebration was on Saturday, April 4, the day before Easter Sunday. We had a great turnout and want to thank our awesome volunteers for serving food, playing music and spending time with homeless children.
While celebrations are a big part of our services here at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, we take care of people every day of the year: in winter blizzards, summer heat waves, and everything in between. We do this in two major ways: emergency services and addiction recovery. Emergency services include day and night shelter for the homeless, three hot meals a day, showers, clothing, laundry facilities and employment counseling - all for free. For the needy in our community, we also offer family food boxes, each of which provides 20 meals, and sack lunches to take to work. These services are meant to restore dignity and foster trust, so that we can introduce our homeless and low-income friends to Jesus and guide them out of poverty. For those whose homelessness is caused by addiction, we run a year-long New Life recovery program, which changes lives by helping people off the streets and into housing, employment and restored family relationships.
All of these efforts are funded by private donors: local businesses, churches and individuals like you. We've received no government funding in our 42 years of existence and plan to keep it that way so we can continue sharing the Gospel with our guests and recovery program members. We believe that God is the only one who can truly turn a life around, heal families and restore sobriety.
Please support the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake this month. You can mail a check, make an online donation or call our finance office (801-746-1006) to make a secure gift by credit card over the phone. If you'd like to donate your time by helping us serve dinner, please contact Don Hill, our house manager, at 801-355-1302 to be put on the schedule.
The Man Behind Our Banquets
Photo by Adam Finkle for Salt Lake Magazine
Around the holidays, Chris Beane's schedule gets pretty crazy. Not only is he a substance abuse counselor here at the Rescue Mission, but he's our food services manager as well. Lucky for us, Chris spent many years as a professional high-end chef and knows how to put together a swanky Thanksgiving dinner (even with donated ingredients). Click here to read his story in the December 2013 issue of Salt Lake Magazine.
Check out our latest video below
It's the story of Misti Light, a high-functioning alcoholic and drug addict who hit rock bottom when she went to jail, losing her children and her home. Under forced sobriety, Misti began attending AA meetings and reimagining her life. When she was released, none of Misti's family came to get her and she became homeless for the first time. With nowhere else to turn - and fearing a relapse on the streets - Misti called the Rescue Mission's Women's Center for help. That's when her life really began to change.