Jerry wants to thank everyone for their prayers! He has some good news to share.
A little over a week ago, we shared that Jerry had been excitedly apartment hunting, enjoying his work as an upholsterer, and getting ready to graduate from the Mission and move into his own place when it all fell through because of COVID-19.
Jerry was grateful to God that he hadn’t moved out of the Mission yet – otherwise, he’ be facing homelessness again.
The good news: Jerry just got word that his application was accepted for a lovely apartment. His move in date is tentatively May 1st.
Thanks for sharing God’s love with men like Jerry through your prayers and support!
If you’d like to give, you can donate here online. Thank you to all who have given so sacrificially! With our thrift shops closed because of the pandemic, every extra gift helps us to continue to provide shelter, food, clothing, and spiritual and social support to over 50 men currently experiencing homeless.
Pray. Please pray for our residents and staff. Please pray that the Lord will place a hedge of protection around the Mission and keep the coronavirus out of the Mission. Please pray for the health and safety of our residents, staff and their families. We had to lay off 6 staff members (almost 1/3 of our staff) and make salary and budget cuts to keep the Mission viable. Please pray that things soon return to normal, and we can recall our staff members.
Give.Our two thrift stores are closed which results in a loss of $30,000 – $32,000 each month. All of our budget cuts and layoffs will cover less than ½ of our lost income. We need your help to make up the other half in lost income. You can mail your check in or make an online gift.
Donate. Please donate gift cards (mailing them to us
is fine) to the following stores:
Walmart, Aldi, Giant Supermarkets, Target, Home Depot or Lowes. We still need to buy food, cleaning supplies,
and facility maintenance supplies. We
also need disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or any other brand) and hand
sanitizer (any size container).
During this COVID-19 outbreak, our shelter for men experiencing homelessness remains open. Please consider donating to help us at this crucial time while we provide services to men who truly have no place else to go. This is home.
Wow, it has
been a wild ride the last several weeks with the coronavirus outbreak. With confidence and trust in the Lord, we
believe that God calls us to act in wisdom as we seek to love and protect the
homeless men who live at the Mission as well as our staff and their families. We are instructing our men every day to
practice good personal hygiene, we have canceled all volunteer service and
chapel groups to minimize the risk of someone from outside bringing the virus
into the Mission, we are routinely taking the temperature of our residents and
staff, we are regularly sanitizing all high-touch surfaces, and men who are not
feeling well are being examined ½ a block away at the City Health Center. While it is hard to maintain social distancing
in a tight-knit community such as ours, we are instructing our residents and
staff to not shake hands, to cough into their arms, to wash their hands
frequently, to not touch their face, and to refrain from friendly hugs and pats
on the back. And as a precaution for our entire Mission family, which includes you, we
have canceled our Night of Celebration on Saturday, April 25th.
reality is that the homeless men who live at the Mission have no place to go –
the Mission is their home. Our residents
are some of the most vulnerable people facing COVID-19. Many of our men have chronic health
conditions that compromise their ability to fight off the coronavirus if
infected. Our men are poor and
destitute, they are homeless and do not have a place to stay apart from the
Mission, they are unemployed, and they do not have the resources and social
safety-net that most of us have during a national emergency such as now. We therefore need your help to keep the
Mission open as a safe haven and refuge for our residents.
us financially as generously as you can.
We know that many of you are also suffering from reduced income and
increased expenses (e.g., child-care because the schools are closed). But for those of you who are financially
able, we really need your help. Our
thrift store income is taking a huge hit, our church speaking engagements are
all canceled, churches and schools are not collecting food and other needed
supplies for us because they are closed, and donations of leftover perishable
food from supermarkets have decreased because people are over-buying food when
they shop. Above all, please pray for
By God’s mercy and grace, we know we will get through this. I encourage you to read, rejoice, and rest in the truths of Psalm 46 – we will not be afraid, the Lord is with us.
Food is necessary for survival. But good food, when shared in community around a common table, is life giving.
We have the joy of witnessing this reality often. Meal times are a highlight at the Mission. We serve three all-you-can-eat, high-quality meals every single day. Men laboring hard to rebuild their lives find friendship, encouragement, and camaraderie around our tables.
We always eat well. But now and again, we have friends who come to the Mission to provide an extra special treat. These friends might have vastly different backgrounds and cultures from the homeless men they’ve come to serve, but those differences melt away when the food is dished out and everyone sits down to eat, laugh, and talk together.
Fellowship happens, community is built, and volunteers and Mission guests are mutually encouraged. We learn from each other. We grow together.
Sometimes, all it takes to start breaking down personal walls of isolation, prejudice, fear, and the like are the little touches – the fresh flowers, the heart-shaped balloons, that extravagant, costly cut of meat, grandma’s homemade recipe – and a willingness to get some food stuck in your teeth :)
Our 2019 Christmas celebration at the Mission was wonderful! Your financial gifts, gifts of new toys for the children and grandchildren of our men, gifts for our men and all sorts of other wonderful kindnesses made Christmas 2019 a delightfully amazing time at the Mission. Thank you for making Christmas for our men a time of celebration, joy and hope rather than a sad time filled with loneliness, heartache, regrets and hopelessness. Our men and their families join with me in thanking you.
I also want to thank you for your kind and generous support throughout all of 2019! You have given us money, food, good used items for our thrift stores, laundry detergent, personal care items, office supplies, over-the-counter medicines, paper products, cleaning supplies, trash bags, new underwear and socks, pillows, good used grocery bags for our thrift stores and a host of other blessings. You have supported us financially through generous cash gifts, employee giving programs such as the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign, gifts of stock, donor-advised fund grants, employer matching gift programs, and gift cards to stores we shop at for the Mission. You do so much – it is impossible to send a thank you note for everything that you do for us, but if I could, I would thank each of you individually and in person. The Mission is ultimately not about programs or buildings, but it is about loving broken and hurting homeless men with the love of Jesus, giving them a hand-up and not just a handout, giving them a solid hope that changes their lives both now and forever. There are hundreds and even thousands of Mission graduates who are living good lives today because your gifts were used by the Lord to make a big difference in their lives through the Whosoever Gospel Mission.
UPDATE: Due to our efforts as a community to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have cancelled our previously scheduled annual Night of Celebration that was to be held on April 25th, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove, PA.
The official registration and financial information of the Whosoever Gospel Mission and Rescue Home Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.