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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or 520-740-1501 x7032
"There is something YOU can do!" -Volunteer with a group
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