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
Christmas in July Food Drive Results (& an Extra Helping of Faith!!!) by Stephanie Redmond, Digital Marketing Coordinator
I went over to the GRM Donation Center food pantry yesterday morning to take some photos because Gary, (Gary Williams our Donation Center Supervisor) told me we got in about 135 lbs of food from the Christmas in July Food Drive. Now, if you’re like me you might be thinking, "Well is that a lot or a little?” (Keep that in mind for just a second.)
So I get over to the food pantry and I’m expecting this huge, heaping mass of food, right? No, not really. There were three medium sized boxes and a crate or two. I looked at Gary and I looked at the boxes and said, “This is it?” He said, “Yes.” I was really surprised. When he said 135 lbs of food I really thought there was going to be a lot more. He told me this was about 5% of what GRM is going to need from now through the end of the year if we’re going to keep helping the families that come in asking for food - not to mention feeding the men, women and children in the GRM shelters.
I admit, I started to worry. This really wasn’t that much food from the look of the boxes, but Gary, bless his heart, had exactly the right thing to say about that: “I don’t worry. God sends us what we need when we need it and if food doesn’t come in this way, which we're VERY grateful for this much, it’ll come in another. Yeah, we do the work, but it’s God who blesses and provides for all the people that come to the mission (GRM) for help. It’s not us that needs to figure out how to get it. That’s His job and He is a good Father, He provides for His kids.” And without missing a beat he added, “Now if He would just send us some rain ’n help cool things off here for the guys.” (talking about the guys that stay at the GRM Men’s shelter who come over to work (for free/volunteer) in the donation yard.
(Side note: no kidding, it did rain the next morning! God was totally listening in on that conversation, praise God! He hears us when we pray - even if we don’t realize we’re praying, it looks like!)
Gary’s faith was really precious and genuine, you could feel it in that little food pantry.
Next, Eddy (a guy from the shelter who, it turns out is awesome at setting up displays -see photo above) and I set up the cans, boxes, and bags of donated food. I say I, but really the set up was all Eddy. He did a fabulous job really. It turns out that 135 lbs is a lot of food and we are so grateful for it, too. Especially because we can use it to help so many families in need in our local Tucson community.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas in July Food Drive! Keep the donations coming, we need lots of help!
"There’s something YOU can do!" - Donate Food