James could be your brother or your uncle. He is a father of five and a grandfather of five. His story is one of riches to rags and he’s on his way back to riches, maybe of a different kind this time. James arrived at the Mission because he ‘couldn’t burden my family and friends anymore.’ Three years ago, James was let go from his job of 16 years because the work just wasn’t there anymore. Once making $70,000/year, he lost his job and then his home. James leaned on the help of others until he humbled himself and walked into Good Samaritan asking for help. Quickly, he was volunteering in the kitchen and began attending Life Skills classes in the Employment Readiness Program. “I decided it was time to take care of business. Attending chapel, I learned who God is and I let go and put God in the driver’s seat,” says James. Shortly after this picture was taken James graduated from the program and has since moved out of shelter and is back working in his previous field, making a good living. “This place is beyond amazing,” says James. Your prayers for James to continue to lean and rely on God to lead him, are appreciated.
May 17, 2017 saw a lot of records broke at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. 146 employees of The Dow Chemical Company from around the country volunteered for a 2-hour period-largest group ever. They sorted over 8,000 pounds of food-largest amount of food ever sorted in 2 hours! They also painted and/or cleaned all 24 of our guest rooms too-never been done before. But they weren’t done yet. Before they left, they surprised us with a $5,000 grant! Thank you to all of the Dow planners we worked with and to all of the volunteers. Everyone seemed to have fun too! We really appreciate each one of you!
What’s for dinner tonight? Well on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, you can join us for a chicken enchilada dinner, only $5/person. For 12 years the community has supported the Rescue Mission, helping us to help those in need. Come take a tour, have dinner, meet our CEO Dan Streeter, board members, and our staff, see our new computer lab and recently opened permanent housing apartments, and maybe walk away with a door prize! Mark your calendar and bring your friends. See you May 4th, 430pm-7pm.
Living out of town, Randall’s life was a bit complicated. “I spent some time taking care of my parents who both had major medical issues. My mother passed away first and then I was left to care for my father. He passed away 3 ½ years ago,” explains Randall. After settling his parent’s affairs, Randall’s brother asked him to move to Bay City to live with him.
Things started out good for Randall when he arrived in Bay City, however, hard times were on the horizon. He started working with his brother in the roofing business. Unfortunately, they ran out of work and Randall’s brother moved away. After trying to make ends meet and living in a motel, Randall ran out of money and had no place to go. That’s when he found himself at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission.
Randall is optimistic about his future as he says, “The Rescue Mission has helped me to get on the right road through the classes I have completed in the Employment Readiness Program.” Randall has graduated from the program and is actively looking for employment and then a place of his own, “I want to move forward with my life. I now have Jesus in my life and know our Lord is going to show me the right direction to stay on the road I need to follow.”
Like a lot of people, Randall has encountered and overcome some hard times. “With God’s help, my hope for my future is to find work and better my life. The Rescue Mission has helped me get on the right road,” Randall says with gratitude.
March 23, 2017 marks 12 years that Good Samaritan Rescue Mission has been providing Hope & Care in Mid-Michigan. With the help of the community, the Mission has been here to serve over 8,000 men, women, and children! Currently we are serving approximately 75 people. On Thursday, May 4th, we will hold our annual Open House & Mexican Dinner to commemorate 12 years of service. Please join us in celebrating and thank you for your continued support!