Monthly Archives: March 2015

Can We End Veteran Homelessness This Year?

by Dr. Chad Audi

In 2010, President Barack Obama set a very ambitious goal — to eliminate homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015. Well, 2015 is here. With roughly nine months remaining in the year, a lot of questions still remain.

Can it be done? Just what does it mean to eliminate veteran homelessness? And what will it take to get it done?

The two main challenges for U.S. veterans are finding jobs and affordable housing. Without these two basic necessities of life, veterans can easily fall into homelessness.

Often, it’s hard for veterans to land employment, because they don’t have the necessary skills for certain jobs. Granted, they fought for our country’s freedom. That in itself calls for plenty of life skills and the utmost bravery. However, our veterans can’t always articulate those attributes when job hunting. And, of course, when you’re unemployed, it’s less likely that you can maintain a permanent housing situation.

Last summer, First Lady Michelle Obama issued another call to action by announcing a national Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The City of New Orleans proudly announced early this year that it was the first major city in the country to meet the challenge to end veteran homelessness. City officials there developed a system to quickly find permanent housing for homeless veterans.

Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we help homeless veterans get back on their feet by providing the resources they need: temporary and permanent housing, nutritious meals, counseling, job training, educational opportunities, medical care, transportation, and assistance searching for jobs. We depend upon donors, volunteers, corporations, federal and local government, and other charitable organizations to help DRMM pull together all of the pieces for our veterans.

Can we really end homelessness among veterans in communities across the United States by the end of this year?

One thing’s for sure. It’s going to take partnerships and commitment to make the goal a reality. Get involved today in local efforts in your community to end veteran homelessness.

Dr. Chad Audi

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It’s Your Season

by Dr. Chad Audi

We are entering the Easter season, and springtime is also upon us. It’s a season of new beginnings. And, it’s a season of restoration. It’s your season.

Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people across this country aren’t feeling the hope that the season brings. They are dealing with constant hunger, a lingering hurt and complete hopelessness, despite this wonderful period of renewal.

Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we are showing these lost and broken souls that it is their season, too. Although they may not believe things will ever get better in their lives, we are here to help them get a brand new start.

DRMM introduces our clients to the hope that lives in Christ and directs their feet along the path to redemption. We let them know that Christ is alive and more powerful than any thing or any situation they are facing. Everything can be overcome when you conquer your fears.

We also know that every new beginning starts with an act of kindness by a caring person. Our friends, donors and supporters are those caring souls — helping us rebuild the community with their generous gifts.

You, too, can bring hope to the hopeless this spring season. Help feed the hungry. Provide a donation or volunteer your time to help those who are struggling to find the good in life.

Share the hope and love that lead to new beginnings. There is no greater gift.
Blessings to all during this joyous season of rebirth.

Dr. Chad Audi

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