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Bringing Awareness to Hunger & Homelessness

by Dr. Chad Audi

From now until the end of the year, a lot of attention will be placed on America’s homeless population. The nation is wrapping up a five-year plan to end veteran homelessness. Plus, the week before Thanksgiving is known as National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

That week, November 14-22, is a time to shed light on the issues of hunger and homelessness. It comes at a time of the year when most Americans are thinking about the things for which they are thankful. Undoubtedly, among the top things to be thankful for is having food on the table and a roof over your head. Just think, on any given night there are more than 578,000 people in this country who don’t have these basic necessities of life.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) understands that we all are only one or two paychecks away from being homeless or hungry. Many poor people are at a high risk of becoming homeless, because they can’t afford housing.

As the temperatures start to fall, DRMM is preparing for the usual increase in the number of homeless coming to our doors for shelter from the cold. Most are scared, hungry, and short on hope. We give them food, a hot shower, clothing, and a reason to hope.

So, what can YOU do during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week? Organize a drive to collect money, food, toiletries, blankets, hats and socks for your local homeless shelters. Hold a prayer vigil that calls attention to the plight of the homeless. Volunteer your time at an agency that helps the homeless — and bring your friends and family members. Or, exercise your political power and write to your legislators to advocate for policy solutions to poverty and homelessness.

by 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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106 Years of Helping the Homeless

by Dr. Chad Audi

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) celebrated its 106th anniversary over the weekend. We spent it doing what we do best — helping the homeless. The frigid temperatures in the Detroit-area made it dangerous for anyone to spend time outside, so DRMM staff and volunteers were out on the street looking for the homeless who were trying to survive on the streets. In addition to looking for the homeless on the streets, we asked the public to call us if they saw anyone in need of a warm place to go.

Ironically, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries was founded on Valentine’s Day — a day traditionally set aside to show acts of love and caring. And, that’s what we did. We presented a universal sign of love – the rose – to the homeless individuals to show that we cared and were concerned about them. This act of kindness made the homeless feel appreciated and made it easier to initiate a conversation with them. We were able to take them off the cold streets and transport them to our shelters.

Our flagship facility on Third Street in Detroit was overflowing with men seeking an escape from the below-zero wind chill and craving a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. Although our shelter has about 70 beds, we had to make accommodations for more than 100 men who came in out of the cold.

The Detroit Rescue Mission has always been a place of refuge for the homeless and hopeless. The mission opened in 1909 as a place where the disadvantaged could receive food and fellowship. It was the brainchild of David C. Stucky, a minister who saw to it that the hungry were fed and those new to Detroit had shelter, jobs and clothing.

Over the years, we have grown to offer services that meet the changing needs of the community, whether it’s substance abuse treatment, rebuilding career skills or having a place to live while working or attending school. Every day, more than 1,400 people are serviced through DRMM, and 3,500 meals are served to the hungry.

We are a faith-based agency devoted to meeting the basic needs of humanity, while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives.

Today, I want to thank the many DRMM volunteers and workers who braved the cold to let the homeless know that someone cared about them on this Valentine’s Day 2015 — the 106th birthday of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Dr. Chad Audi

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Back to School

by Dr. Chad Audi

It’s back to school time for the nation’s students. And, for many children and teens, this is an exciting time of the year. They look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. Perhaps the summer break was starting to get a little boring, so they are anxious to get back to a regular routine.

School can be a place of comfort and familiarity — a place where kids can get away from any worries and embrace the process of learning new things and succeeding in their chosen careers when they grow up.

That’s especially true for students who are homeless or living in poverty. They have dreams too. But, their current living situations may serve as a frequent deterrent to those dreams.

According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, one out of every 45 American children goes to sleep without a home of their own every year. That amounts to about 1.6 million kids. And, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that an estimated 21-percent of school-age children in the U.S. were living in poverty in 2012.

It’s important that we reach out to children in need in our communities. They require — and desire — an extra bit of encouragement. In addition, they need assistance obtaining the necessary items that will enable them to be prepared for the new school semester.

Here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we distributed school supplies and food boxes — which included a fresh turkey — to more than 100 families in need of assistance this school year. It’s something we do every year to help make the return to school brighter for low-income and homeless children.

We went one step further this year and asked all of our recipients to join us in a prayer and moment of silence for the schoolchildren in West Africa who have been impacted by the deadly Ebola virus. It was a show of solidarity for the serious issues that face children across this globe.

In order to succeed, children need to see more than poverty, disease and despair.
All children need hope. Without it, their future will be bleak.
Reach out and give our children a chance to escape hopelessness. They need your help and they deserve it.

Dr. Chad Audi

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A New Beginning

by Dr. Chad Audi

We’ve entered the graduation season — a time filled with hope and dreams for the future. High school seniors are looking forward to attending college in the fall, and college graduates are anticipating landing their first “real” job.

It’s also graduation time here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM). More than 400 of our clients are graduating from a variety of career training, housing, and treatment and counseling programs. We present them with a certificate to recognize that they have taken the next step toward new and improved lives. For many, it’s their first time completing anything successfully and getting something to show for it.

The majority of men and women who come to DRMM were once homeless — living on the streets or staying night after night with various relatives and friends. Many have struggled with addictions, faced joblessness or just given up on life. When they come here, we show them that all is not lost. Their hopes and dreams can come true.

Everyone has dreams. The difference is some people let distractions and disappointments keep them from achieving their goals.

But there comes a time in all of our lives when we realize that we must gather the courage to pursue our dreams. That is a life-changing moment.

The DRMM graduation ceremony represents a major turning point for our clients. The certificate they receive gives them the courage to know their dreams really are attainable. It is a powerful piece of paper.

If you know a graduate — either from an academic institution or from the “school of life” — take a moment to wish them continued success and encourage them to never give up on their dreams. Graduation is not the end; it’s a new beginning.

 

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The Joy of the Easter Season

by Dr. Chad Audi

Easter signals the start of a season of renewal. Renewed hope and renewed joy.  Jesus’ resurrection is the reason for the season, but we all can use it as a time to start over in our own lives. It is the perfect time to find your direction and meaning in life.

Most of the people that we service here at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) have lost their way in life. Regardless of the circumstances — job loss, drugs, alcohol, low wages, divorce — that brought them here, they too have the resurrection power to change their lives.

So many of our clients blossom right before our eyes. They use the tools and resources that DRMM provides to lift themselves out of despair and hopelessness.

We feed them physically and spiritually. They regain their strength, confidence and faith.

And, we instill in them the power to resist going back to their old ways and to look forward to a future filled with hope, love and victory.

Now that Easter Sunday has come and gone, the signs of the renewal it brings are all around us. For example, despite our long and harsh winter, the daffodils and tulips are popping up from the ground. It’s a sign of spring and new life.

Likewise, the joyful news that Jesus has risen gives us hope and confidence that we too can rise above the trials, troubles and tribulations of our lives.

by Dr. Chad Audi

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Homeless for the Holidays

By Dr. Chad Audi

Now that Halloween has passed, many people are getting into a “holiday state of mind.” Christmas lights and decorations are already erected in some neighborhoods and retail stores have their holiday merchandise on display. You may be starting to plan your holiday meals and parties. And you may be starting to panic, realizing we only have a few weeks before Thanksgiving arrives and less than two months until Christmas.

Time is also running out for agencies like mine — the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) — that desperately need donations and resources to make the holidays brighter for the homeless and disadvantaged. Can you believe that we will serve more than 300,000 hearty meals this season to people in the Detroit area? When you multiply that number by all of the rescue missions, shelters and soup kitchens across the country, you get an astounding number of meals that are prepared for the nation’s needy during the holidays. And we all need your support and generosity.

Those in need could be your neighbors. They could be your relatives. And they could be your colleagues and friends. Hunger and homelessness know no boundaries. Anyone can be impacted by a bad economy, unemployment, home foreclosures, and broken marriages.

As you go about planning your holiday celebrations over the coming weeks, please keep these individuals and families in your thoughts and prayers. Holidays are a lonely time for the homeless and hopeless. That’s why DRMM and other agencies do whatever it takes to give them great Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and a home for the holidays.

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