We are so grateful to the Pima County Sheriff's Department for their kind and generous support.
Sheriff Chris Nanos officially handed over the keys to a 2003 GMC Utility Van to our representatives today. We will put this van to good use to help the homeless and low-income members of our community.
If you would like to help us help those in need, please make a generous gift online today.
Ascension Lutheran Blanket Circle has got our shelter guests covered - literally!
We extend our thanks and gratitude today to the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene members and their Joy Bible Group!
They broke their own record for being the largest new underwear contributor to Gospel Rescue Mission! This year they donated over $5,000 in new men's, women's, and children’s underwear - breaking their last year’s record of just over $4,000! (That's about six whole months worth of underwear for GRM's homeless guests!)
We are so grateful for this amazing donation and we're sure our guests are too because it is one thing to wear someone’s hand-me-down shirt or pants, but someone’s used underwear...
New underwear is always needed and a big blessing.
Special thanks go out to Pastor Craig Coulter, Pastor Steve Wilson, George Deakin, and all the members of the Oro Valley Church of The Nazarene and their #JoyBibleGroup. We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity!! God bless you!
#SoGrateful #HugeBlessing #TSYCD #CommunityPartnerships
Who’s in the pictures:
Top: OVCN Pastor Craig Coulter in striped shirt in back row along with GRM Men’s Shelter Supervisor Wes Shepherd in black shirt to the right of Pastor Craig.
Bottom Left: OVCN church members, George Deakin (right) and Bob Dreher (left), are waiting for more carts full of underwear.
Bottom Right: OVCN Pastor Craig Coulter (front left) and Gospel Rescue Mission Executive Director Pastor Roy Tullgren (front right) celebrate this collaboration between OVCN and GRM.
This is Eddie. Here he is getting some donated suits and sport coats ready at our temporary Donation Center to go to the GRM Men's Center Shelter for the men who are preparing for job interviews.
Eddie was one of our shelter guests that volunteered to help at the temporary donation center. The volunteer efforts of guests like Eddie and the generosity of our donors have been invaluable during this time of transition brought on by the arson fire. Without the hard work of our shelter guest volunteers to answer phones, help load, unload and sort and transport donations, we wouldn't be able to help nearly as many people.
Thank you Eddie and thank you everyone who has, is, and will continue to help Gospel Rescue Mission recover from the fire.
If you have a donation of some furniture or other house hold items that you would like us to pick up, please give us a call at 520-740-1501 x 7020 to schedule a time or:
Kim Ward-Morelos is our new Director of Development and Expansion. She is taking over for Scott Munro who is retiring in the Spring of next year.
Kim comes to us with seven years of experience overseeing homeless services and staff at The Salvation Army. She also has a 25-year background in health and social services and is an Arizona-licensed clinical therapist with a Master’s of Counseling.
A faithful follower of Christ from the age of ten, she grew up in an Iowa farm family and she’s a veteran of the United States Air Force. Kim is married to an Army aviator and she has five wonderful step-children, ages 15 to 21 and a three year old grandson.
She's been in Tucson for 19 years and has been involved with numerous charitable activities and has served on many local boards. She and her family attend Vision Church in Northwest Tucson.
Kim shares Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."
Dios Con Nosotros, a church from Chaipas, Mexico, came to Tucson for a conference at Northminster Presbyterian Church. While they were here, they toured many agencies that care for the homeless population and compared how we do things here in the United States vs how they operate in Mexico.
One of the nights they were in Tucson, some of the men from Dios Con Nosotros church group led worship at the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Men’s Center Shelter Chapel Service.
Another night they served with their Clown Ministry in GRM’s Women and Children’s Center Children's Chapel. One of the clowns interpreted their performance in English and the rest were silent. They did a skit on sharing, then taught the children two songs in Spanish, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “Who's the King of the Jungle” and the children taught the clowns two songs in English, “Get Down” and “Super Hero.” The children and the clowns really enjoyed the evening.
Thank you Dios Con Nosotros church group, for coming to Gospel Rescue Mission and sharing the love of God with our guests at both the Men’s shelter and the Women and Women with Children’s shelter, God bless you!
We had a volunteer who used to help in the GRM Men’s Center’s Kitchen, but she had health issues that eventually kept her from standing and using her hands for long periods of time. She still wanted to help feed the homeless, so she and a group of her friends from church started a special ministry.
Here is the story in her own words:
“A little over three years ago, two things were happening:
One, I wanted to find a ministry that my then five year-old daughter could help with. There aren't too many opportunities for young children.
Two, I was volunteering at GRM’s Men's Center and saw that St. Andrews [Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucson] made bag lunches for the homeless periodically.
I asked Kelly [GRM Men’s Center’s Chef] if St. Andrews made enough. She said there are never enough. So, I got the idea that we could make lunches and that would be a way kids could help out too. Even a three year-old can drop a bag of chips into a lunch sack.
For the past two years, we have been meeting twice a month. We do not provide [lunches] for any other agencies. In August we had 409 bags delivered [to GRM for the homeless.] There were a total of four adults and three kids [preparing the sack lunches.] It took approximately 2.5 hours, including shopping.”
If you would like to volunteer like this or in a different way, contact us and we’ll help you find you find your best fit here at Gospel Rescue Mission.
"There’s something YOU can do!" - Volunteer
Why Donate or Volunteer at Gospel Rescue Mission? by Stephanie Redmond, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Every now and then, people wonder if their donation matters, if their time spent volunteering really made a difference, if the people coming into the shelter at Gospel Rescue Mission actually hear the Gospel and if they do, didn't they already know Jesus? Isn't that why they chose Gospel Rescue Mission?
If you've wondered something along these lines before, perhaps a first-hand testimony about what it's really like here will help:
"I recently found myself homeless for the first time in my life. In the course of looking for a meal and shelter, I found Gospel Rescue Mission. I'd seen commercials on local television and never gave a thought to needing the shelter. In spite of the fact that my religious views are agnostic, I was welcomed to GRM where I was fed, clothed and sheltered for about a week and a half. I had no problem listening to the evening chapel service and even drew inspiration from a few of them. As a U.S. Air Force veteran, I found myself near the front of the line for meals and bedding, a wonderful feeling for one who served this country proudly. Knowing that GRM has been here in Tucson for 60 years tells me that the Mission has provided consistent shelter for both men and women and children with shelter, food and spiritual guidance. It is my sincerest hope that the Mission continues receiving support from the greater Tucson community. One last thing, I would like to thank Robert, who I believe runs the Mission, for being there when he really doesn't need to be there. He is priceless and I hope he continues his work and inspiration for a long time. Thank you so much for taking me in. I will be leaving my adopted home town for now, but I will always remember Gospel Rescue Mission for being there when I had no other options available to me. Thank you so much!!" - Gary Paul, August 2015
If you would like to help people like Gary, to contribute to Gospel Rescue Mission's ministry to those in need in the local Tucson community, "There is something YOU can do!" You can donate food, funds, household items, and your time!
For more info on donations, please visit our Donations page.
For more info on volunteering, please visit our Volunteer page.
To get started as a volunteer, email us at email@example.com or call the Volunteer Department at 520-740-1501 x 7032 to schedule a tour.
"There's something YOU can do!" - Volunteer & Donate
What's going on at GRM this September? A whole lot! One event we're really excited about is a group from Mexico (Dios con Nosotros Presbyterian Church group from Chaipas, Mexico) coming to tour and volunteer at Gospel Rescue Mission as part of their project to compare and contrast ministries in the U.S. and Mexico. They’re even planning to bring a special Clown Ministry for the children in the shelter!
What a blessing it is to partner with people who have such a passion to share the love of Jesus!
If your organization is interested in doing something like this or if you want to volunteer in another way, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-740-1501 x7032
"There is something YOU can do!" -Volunteer with a group
Keith Warren arrived for the tour early that Saturday, and it gave us a few minutes extra to talk. Some people call it serendipity, but I know this was a God thing—a meeting that was supposed to take place.
Introductions began, and I learned he grew up in Kearny, Arizona. Oh! Jim and I had lived in Kearny for about 5 years, when our children were very young. In the process of talking about Kearny, I noticed his last name—Warren, that rings a bell. We knew some Warrens in Kearny.
“Did you attend Fellowship Baptist Church?”
“Yes, My parent’s names were Chuck and Joanne.”
“I’m not sure I remember them.”
“My grandparents were Art and Lester Warren.”
That’s when the light went on! Art Warren made quite an impression on us.
When we went to Fellowship Baptist, there was a beautiful scene on the wall behind the baptistery. Three months after we started attending, the scene was painted over, which surprised us at the time, so we started asking questions, and found that Art Warren was the artist. We expressed regret that the scene was gone, and Art painted one for us as a moving away present when we left. He died about a year later.
And here is his grandson!
I have been cleaning house over the last few years, and had that chalk drawing in with my teaching posters, which I gave away last year. Only I went through the pile one last time, and couldn’t part with Art’s scene.
Now I know why. God arranged this!