By Dr. Chad Audi
As President of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), I depend heavily upon the assistance of the community with the work that we do for the homeless and disadvantaged. Frankly, we couldn’t perform our life-changing work without our volunteers, donors, and supporters. We are proud to count more than 50,000 donors and 120 faith-based institutions as our loyal friends.
Let me give you just a few examples of what happens when the community lends a hand to make a difference in the lives of others. Earlier this year, Starbucks employees from across the country volunteered at two DRMM facilities. They helped paint and sort hundreds of boxes of food and toiletry donations. The group assisted in demolition work at the site of our new teaching restaurant, the Cornerstone Bistro, which will be managed primarily by DRMM clients enrolled in our Culinary Arts School. A Starbucks representative says they helped us because giving back is a big part of the company’s culture.
Many other corporations reach out to DRMM. Cooper-Standard Automotive was the major reason we were able to establish a free health clinic in the Detroit-area for homeless children and their mothers. The S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic is the first of its kind in the nation — open around the clock and providing maintenance and preventative healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. Cooper-Standard Automotive contributed money and hard work to get this project off the ground.
And, DRMM was able to give 800 families a brighter Christmas last year, thanks to the generous donations from the Michigan-based Beatrice and Reymont Paul Foundation and many other supporters.
Miracles really do happen. Especially when you can count on the community.
By Dr. Chad Audi
During these tough economic times, we tend to worry about our own misfortunes. We worry about whether we will have enough money to cover daily expenses or whether we can continue to enjoy our favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, we often forget about others whose misfortunes are much greater than our own, such as the homeless man you see on the street everyday on your way to work pleading for money and food. Or the neighbor who lost his job and is about to lose his home.
We see over and over again throughout the Bible — from the books of Genesis to Revelations — that those who extend themselves for the foreigner and those who forgive are blessed by God. The need to wholeheartedly follow this way of life is based on the fact that each person in this world was made by God Himself. Each person has such immense value to Him that He gave his life in the ultimate sense for each and every one of us. That is the value He tells us to place on every person in the world. It may be difficult to comprehend, but the longer we live the more we are able to see that we live in a world where we are all affected by and responsible for each other’s welfare.
At the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we witness miracles everyday. We see all walks of life coming together — clients, staff, volunteers, donors, civic leaders and community members. Their lives are greatly enhanced through the people they come to know at the Mission. They may meet a young man from the hills of Kentucky who was lost in the big city or an Asian man who was addicted to drugs in his native country. They may venture out to areas they never traveled before in order to volunteer for those less fortunate. Or they may experience racial diversity for the first time. They may lack a common culture or basis of connection, but all of them unite in a common purpose: a commitment to a compassionate God who loves them personally. And the rewards are abundant — countless blessings, cherished friendships and memorable experiences.