by Dr. Chad Audi
As you can imagine, I have seen and heard many moving stories over the years as President & CEO of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM). However, the story of a young Detroit woman who was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting six years ago, touched me like no other has in a while.
Dreia Davis was 13 years old when she was hit by the stray bullet. Today, she needs a wheelchair to get around and has endured years of surgeries and serious illnesses as a result of the shooting. Through it all, Dreia’s dad, Curtis White, has provided around-the-clock care for his daughter.
So, when a local television reporter told me about Dreia’s story, I immediately wanted to make life better for Dreia and her father. DRMM is giving the struggling family a new home that is being outfitted to accommodate Dreia’s wheelchair. We could have simply renovated Dreia and Curtis’s current rental, but it wasn’t in very good condition. Now, the family not only has a house, but they have a real home!
I’m so very happy to be able to bring some blessings to this young woman who is truly a living miracle.
Matthew 5:16 encourages us all to be a blessing to others: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
You can read Dreia’s story at: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/08/13/dreia-davis-shooting-detroit/31466877/
Dr. Chad Audi
by Dr. Chad Audi
By now, you’ve probably read about or seen the disturbing video showing a Florida police officer tossing peanuts at a homeless man who is handcuffed and intoxicated, while awaiting booking at the Sarasota County Jail. The officer also reportedly gave a series of “dog commands” to the man. Several sheriff’s deputies and the officer laugh at the man as his mouth misses the nuts and he struggles to eat them off the floor.
The video is disgusting and shows how the homeless are often looked upon as second- class citizens. In this case, the men sworn to protect the public have resorted to cruelty and disrespect in their treatment of this man.
Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we are all about preserving the dignity of the homeless people we serve, as we minister to their body and spirit. Although the demand for our services is very high, DRMM has to find a way to meet our clients’ needs and maintain their self-respect. No one goes to sleep hungry or is forced to stay out in the winter cold or the summer heat.
The homeless are human beings, just like you and me. The majority don’t want to be homeless. Negative life circumstances are to blame, such as a job layoff, serious medical condition, addiction, or the inability to keep current with the rent. The homeless are good people who had bad things happen in their lives or made bad choices.
In addition to feeding and housing the homeless, DRMM puts them on the right path again. We understand. We let them know they are appreciated and that we will always preserve their dignity and respect at all times.
Meanwhile, the Florida law enforcement officer who threw the peanuts at the homeless man like he was an animal in a zoo has been placed on leave, while the incident is being investigated.
It’s a sad day in this society when such a heartless act takes place, under any circumstances.
Dr. Chad Audi