Helping the Homeless, Restoring Broken Lives
Most of us love fall: the crisp air, brightly colored leaves, curling up with a hot beverage by the fire and, of course, getting ready for the holidays.
But the homeless have nothing to look forward to. In fact, they dread the coming cold weather and the loneliness that the holidays bring. When you don’t have a warm home to curl up in and when every Thanksgiving brings back memories of lost or abusive families, autumn can actually have the opposite effect: we see a spike in alcoholism, drug abuse and depression.
That's where the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake comes in. We don’t just give people shelter, food and clothing – we give them HOPE: that their lives can change, that their families can be restored and that next Thanksgiving can be spent in their own home, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
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 Thanksgiving Banquet
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 Jessica Jacobson, a woman who led a fairly "normal" life until prescription pain killers took over. She ended up homeless, living on the streets in her van until she found help at the Rescue Mission's Women's Center.