Homeless and Hungry During the Holidays

By Dr. Chad Audi

Throughout the holiday season, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) expects to serve more than 350,000 nutritious meals to the people in our programs and the hungry throughout Metro Detroit. That is a lot of food. But this is the time of the year when we see a marked increase in the number of men, women and children who come through our doors seeking food and shelter. 

Maybe it’s because the nights are cooler and longer, and there is nowhere else to go. Or perhaps it’s because their stomachs are aching for the first decent food they’ve had in days.  Or maybe disadvantaged families are desperate to salvage some of the holiday spirit that emphasizes food, friends, family and togetherness. One thing we do know is that times continue to be tough. The economy has not recovered and thousands of people are still losing their homes and jobs all over the country.

Often, the meals we serve at DRMM are the first step to changing a person’s life. Our innovative programs and services — such as substance abuse treatment, job training, educational initiatives, housing assistance, counseling, and spiritual guidance — help our clients get on the road to permanent transformation.

Non-profit agencies like ours need your help to provide meals and vital services in order to continue to make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children this holiday season. Your caring gift will give hope to many.  We are thankful for you — our loyal, compassionate friends.  May the Lord bless you now and in the coming year!

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