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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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A New Start in the New Year

by Dr. Chad Audi

This is a joyous time of the year. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and preparing to renew our spirit and hope for the New Year.

Unfortunately, not everyone is anticipating the arrival of 2015. For the nation’s homeless, January simply means it’s time to go deep into survival mode until the arrival of warmer temperatures and budding flowers.

Make no mistake, the homeless are very thankful for the special holiday meals and donated gifts they receive this time of the year. However, as the New Year arrives, they must face the prospect of another year of despair.

That’s why charitable organizations like the one I lead — Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) — depend so much upon the generous, year-end donations from our supporters, which enable us to offer our life-changing programs and services into the New Year without interruption.

The men, women and children in DRMM’s emergency shelters, treatment centers, transitional and permanent housing, and career training programs are in need of love, mercy, and hope. Our mission is to help the homeless find the strength and learn the skills to turnaround their lives and never end up on the streets again.

Every man, woman and child on this Earth is deserving of God’s grace, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.

Make this a joyous time for the homeless. Let’s give them the opportunity for a new start in the New Year.

Dr. Chad Audi

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A New Year of Possibilities

By Dr. Chad Audi

2011 is here. We are entering the New Year with a lot of hope. Hope that the economy will continue to improve in 2011. Hope that the homeless, hungry and hurting will follow God’s path to a better future. And hope that more people will reach out and support the efforts of agencies like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), which provide programs designed to get disadvantaged people off the streets and on their way to purpose-filled lives.

The festive season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve has ended. During the holidays, more of this country’s homeless population received temporary relief from hunger and loneliness by attending special dinners and parties at local shelters and social service agencies. They shared in the joy of the season by eating hearty meals and opening gifts donated by generous supporters. It is the time of the year when more people think about giving to the less fortunate.

However, helping the homeless should not be limited to the holidays. The homeless and disadvantaged need permanent, safe housing year-round. They need nutritious food on a consistent basis. And they need an opportunity to learn job skills that will lift them out of poverty permanently.

My hope for 2011 is that DRMM and other organizations around the world are able to get more financial support and volunteers so that we can continue to change hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. What is your hope for the New Year?

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