Fred was born and raised in church. Although he walked away from the church and into an adolescent life of partying, Fred always believed in God. It wasn’t until coming to Good Samaritan, however, that he realized having God back in his life was what he was missing all these years.
Nine months before arriving at GSRM, Fred was living out of state to help a friend in need. Unfortunately he wound up running for his life! Once back in Michigan, he knocked on the door of the Mission. After only one day, Fred declared to follow Jesus; ready to surrender to God’s will. Now reunited with family and back at his church, Fred was just baptized! “The Mission has turned my life around. They can help others just like me. I love the peace I feel now,” Fred says confidently.
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!