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New Beginnings

by Dr. Chad Audi

Many people look forward to this time of year. A new year is approaching, and it offers the opportune time for new beginnings.

For the homeless in this country, we pray that 2016 will bring them hope and help. Ours is a God of second chances. So, anything is possible. He is patient, merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The disadvantaged are His children, too. They deserve love and opportunities.

Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we believe in second chances, and third chances, and so on. We are in the business of rebuilding lives, one at a time. DRMM provides the tools that the homeless need to get back on their feet: a hot shower, food, clothing, counseling, career training, medical and dental assistance, substance abuse treatment, and spiritual nourishment.

We don’t know what 2016 will bring, but our New Year’s wish is that more people will escape the hardships of poverty, unemployment and addiction that often lead to homelessness.

Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions can be to help the homeless and others in need. Consider supporting the important work of non-profit organizations like DRMM through donations and volunteering. Your commitment will help change lives.

Sure, you can still make your resolution to give up a personal, bad habit. But at the same time, resolve to give to others for the New Year.

May God shower you with blessings today and into 2016.

Dr. Chad Audi

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Putting our Veterans First

by Dr. Chad Audi

This month is set aside to remember our nation’s veterans and salute them for the major sacrifices they have made for our freedom. Yet, too many of our veterans find it difficult to adjust to civilian life when they return home from military service.

They need help coping with issues such as substance abuse, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unemployment, homelessness, and crime. The most recent national statistics show that as many as one in ten inmates have served in the military. And, the Department of Veterans Affairs says about 20% of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD.

We just received good news here at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) in our efforts to help our military heroes. DTE Energy Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to support our programs for veterans and teen moms. We house veterans at one of our facilities and assist them in getting permanent housing and acquiring marketable job skills. We also provide medical care, addiction treatment, and counseling to help veterans achieve sobriety and recover emotionally from the disturbing sights and sounds of war.

Our veterans need help returning stability to their lives.
They didn’t turn their backs on us when it came to fighting for our rights and wellbeing. Now, we must not turn our backs on them.

It’s the least we can do for our nation’s heroes.

Dr. Chad Audi

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Homeless Man’s Honesty is a Lesson for All

by Dr. Chad Audi

What would you do if you found $42,000 on the street? Now, be honest. Would you turn it in or would you take it and run?

Everyone is talking about Glen James, the Boston homeless man who found a backpack filled with $42,000 in cash and traveler’s checks at a mall and turned it in to police. The man who lost the backpack was located. For his part, Glen says he is glad the money was returned to the rightful owner. Despite his personal situation — he lost his job, has been homeless for eight years, and lives in a shelter — Glen said he never thought of keeping even a penny of the money.

In recognition of Glen’s honesty, the Boston Police Department presented him with a special citation. But the more amazing response has come from the public. People from all over the country who don’t even know Glen have donated money to an online fundraising campaign for the homeless man. At last count, nearly $100,000 has been collected. The fundraising drive was started by a man in Virginia who was impressed with Glen’s honesty. Both men have been overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers.

This story brings a smile to my face for several reasons.

First of all, it shows that homeless people should not be perceived as bad human beings simply because they have gotten caught up in an addiction, or lost their job, or committed a crime, or fell into any other circumstance that led to them not having a place to live.  Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we treat everyone who comes through our doors with respect and integrity, no matter what situation brought them to us. Through our programs and services, our goal is to return the homeless to society as independent, productive members of the community.

Secondly, Glen’s story proves that despite all of the negative and tragic events occurring in this world, we are still decent, charitable human beings.

And finally, it’s also proof that honesty truly is the best policy. God looks favorably upon those who honor Him with honesty, integrity and excellence. May God bless you, Glen James.

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Singer’s Angelic Voice Silenced

By Dr. Chad Audi

Music lovers all over the world were stunned over the weekend when news broke of the tragic, untimely death of legendary singer Whitney Houston. While the official cause of death is still pending, it appears the 48-year-old Ms. Houston may have lost her battle against the demon that had overwhelmed her life for the past two decades — drug and alcohol addiction. By her own admission, Ms. Houston had abused cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and pills.

Addiction is a powerful force. It can grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. It will change your life and send you into a fast downward spiral. Before you know it, your entire life is out of control. While it is true that an individual must truly “want” to be free of addiction in order to successfully be treated, we all have a responsibility as family, friends, colleagues and employees to assist the addicted in getting the help they so desperately need.

We deal with the devastation of addiction every day here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM). We offer detoxification and substance abuse treatment, regardless of an individual’s economic status. In the late 1960s, the Detroit Rescue Mission recognized that drug and alcohol abuse were increasing among disadvantaged men and women on the streets of Detroit. Addiction was destroying lives and families. That is why DRMM became one of the first non-profit organizations to provide 30- to 90-day in-patient substance abuse treatment to people without insurance. Today, on the eve of our organization’s 103rd birthday, we are the 13th largest treatment program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

A supportive environment is necessary for individuals to overcome addiction. They shouldn’t be surrounded by “enablers” who never say no or who encourage negative behavior. To maintain sobriety, a person needs incredible support from family, friends and the church. Aftercare and group meetings are vital for relapse prevention.

We extend our condolences to the family of Whitney Houston. Her angelic voice broke sales and awards records during the peak of her career, securing her place in musical history. Ms. Houston got her singing start in the church, and we know she must be singing for God once again.

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

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A Safe Haven for Veterans

By Dr. Chad Audi

Today is Veterans Day and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) salutes the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country’s freedom.  Last month, we advanced our efforts to serve Greater Detroit’s homeless and disadvantaged veterans population by celebrating the grand opening of a $1.4 million transitional housing center for homeless veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The facility can house sixty veterans in beautifully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment units. In addition to giving the veterans a place to live, we are providing them with access to many other services that will help with their physical, mental and spiritual growth and recovery. Our goal is to help the veterans re-integrate successfully into the community after returning from the war-torn nations.

It is a disgrace for veterans to risk their lives for our nation’s freedom and then come home and have no place to live and no access to healthcare and mental health services. It is truly a heartbreaking situation. The armed forces will not let mentally and physically unfit people join their ranks, so we should be quick to help returning veterans fit into society after their lives have been forever changed by the stress and aggression of war.

DRMM established the Veterans Independence Program many years ago in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing, support services and job skills to the homeless men and women who served in the armed forces. Our new transitional housing program builds upon that commitment to our national heroes. The newly-renovated facility was made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and numerous private donors.

We want our supporters to know that the Detroit Rescue Mission will always preserve the dignity and respect of all people who come to us for assistance. We know that bad things happen for various reasons — a tough economy, unemployment or underemployment, chronic addictions, mental illness, medical issues, or psychological trauma brought on by fighting in a war. We wholeheartedly believe that every person deserves another chance and another chance and another chance, if necessary. Plus, everyone has a right to receive quality support services. Especially the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country.

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Making a Difference in Thousands of Lives

By Dr. Chad Audi

Last month, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) celebrated our 101st anniversary with an inspirational event featuring emotional testimonials from our clients, a delicious dinner prepared and served by DRMM clients in our culinary arts program, and music performed by our clients.

Since 1909, DRMM has provided services to tens of thousands of people in the community. We feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the poor, treat the addicted, educate the disadvantaged, and save lost souls. As you can imagine it takes a lot of money and resources to provide the volume of services that we offer. That’s why my primary goal at the DRMM anniversary celebration was to show our friends and supporters exactly how their donations are making a difference in thousands of lives.

There’s no better way to illustrate this than hearing the personal stories of people who came to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries when their lives were on a downward spiral. We heard from a gentleman whose former lifestyle resulted in him being stabbed and shot numerous times. Today he works as a DRMM staff aide and attends a local community college. A female client described her longtime drug addiction and how DRMM saved her life. She is now celebrating eight months clean. And a young, single mother of five talked about her drug addiction and a long string of abusive relationships with men, which led to her children being taken away. Today, she has been reunited with the kids and has completed one year of college.

We often hear people lament that they want to know how their tax dollars are being used. But do you also know how your donation dollars are being used? Do you realize how important your donation dollars are to non-profits like DRMM? I hope so. Charities across the country are making a difference in so many lives. And it will make you feel great to know that you are part of those miraculous transformations.

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A Century of Service

By Dr. Chad Audi

One hundred years is a long time to be in business or serve others. The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is proud to celebrate its 101st anniversary this year. Out of curiosity, I decided to research some of the other businesses and nonprofits that have been around for a century or more and what they have accomplished during that time.

In the past 100 years, United Parcel Service (UPS) transformed itself from a single-city bicycle messenger company into one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies with more than 400,000 employees. The Boy Scouts of America just celebrated its 100th year of serving local communities and the nation. The U.S. Army Reserve has served with honor and strength in every major military and humanitarian engagement since 1908. And the National Urban League is celebrating 100 years of serving on the forefront of the civil rights movement.

The Detroit Rescue Mission also has a rich history of serving the community. Since 1909, DRMM has provided hope for the hopeless, shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, and help for the addicted. We motivate the disadvantaged to rebuild their lives. And we minister to the total person: body, soul and spirit. Of course, none of this is possible without the love of God.

Just like the other organizations and companies that have reached — or surpassed — the century mark, DRMM has devoted countless hours and a wealth of resources to our mission. That mission is to meet the basic needs of humanity, while helping individuals turn around their lives. Unfortunately these needs in the community will not go away in the next 100 years. We’re proud of how far we’ve come. And we’re prepared to continue our work for a long time to come.

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