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The Gospel Mission Has A New Director

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The new Director of the Silver City Gospel Mission is Amy Wagner and we are expecting some great things from her!

Amy most recently ran a coffee shop and thrift store in Cliff, NM and enjoys crochet, painting and sewing, is a Christian and attends the Gila Valley Baptist Church.

She has worked as a victims advocate at El Refugio, taught at a Head Start and worked at a safe house in Pine Top, Az.

She was on our community committee that oversees our women’s shelter and she says that she is really looking forward to making a positive spiritual impact on the people we help.

As for me, I will be remaining in our home town of Silver with my lovely wife who will continue with her work here in town and I will be taking a break to recoup from this gig.  I won’t be around the Mission for the next few months, but I have been asked to sit on the Board in the future and it is an opportunity I will probably accept, as I still strongly believe in our cause.

My hat is off to everyone who has helped us over the years, your names being to numerous to mention.  Thank you very much for all of your help and support.

~ Randy Salars

Verse Of The Week:
Don’t worry, I will take care of you.”
~ Matthew 6:25-26

Life Skills Classes: 8:30-9:30 am
Different topics daily courtesy of our Case Worker and WNMU Interns

Foot Care Clinic:
Closed until next semester

Nurses Clinic:  Alternating Wednesdays 9:30-11:30
~ Courtesy of NP Griffon Campbell

Bible Study: 9:30-10:30 am
Monday: Tony Egan
Tuesday: Marsha Bowman
Wednesday: Music Ministry with Faye and Tyler
Thursday: Clayton Johnson
Friday: Need Someone!

Christian Programming:  10:30 am-12:00 pm
~Christian videos and music

Food Pantry, Clothing Bank and Thrift Store:  8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Food boxes twice a month
Clothing 15 articles for each family member once a month
Blanket and coat once each year (Unless homeless)
Household Donations accepted Tue, Wed and Thu (Cash anytime 🙂

Daily Produce, Frozen, Bread & Meat Giveaway: Mon-Fri 8:30 until food gone
1 box of whatever we have in excess daily
First come, first served

Soup Kitchen
Breakfast: 8:30-9:30 am Monday through Friday
Lunch: 12 pm-1 pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 5:30-6:30 pm for mens shelter only
Burritos at visitors center 10 am on Sun

Monday-Spaghetti
Tuesday-Turkey Dinner
Wednesday-Fajitas
Thursday-Tacos
Friday-Hamburgers
Saturday-WNMU Day with Abe
Sunday-Closed

Shelter

Sierra House Women And Children’s Transitional House
-Permanent residents by application

Men’s Cold Weather Shelter
-Closed Mar-Nov

Women’s Emergency Shelter at Church of the Desert
-Closed Mar-Nov

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The Search For Meaning

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In ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’, Viktor Frankl wrote that doing something to help others brings more meaning and joy to your life.

When people start helping down here at the Mission, I’ve noticed that their lives have become richer and fuller because they have taken on more meaning as they learned to selflessly give to others.

And I do notice these changes for the better daily in both our staff and volunteers.

So I think we are on the right path.

Statistics for last year show that You (our friends and neighbors in Silver City) fed 35,261 hungry souls in the soup kitchen, handed out 5,821 food boxes to families, helped 4,892 families with clothes, sheltered anywhere from 8-16 men in the cold weather shelter, 2-8 women in the Sierra House Women’s Shelter and the case worker helped 1,321 people.

But more important than the numbers are the changes in the lives of those you have helped.

Take for instance Angelica and her newborn who came to us without a place to stay soon after giving birth.  We were able to help her out by providing all of life’s necessities and thanks to a grant from the United Way were able get her an apartment of her own after a few months.

Or Franklyn who had drifted in from the deep South in the hopes of better job prospects.  He was able to afford a small place soon after arriving but with no skills and an addiction problem he was unable to secure any employment and the money soon ran out as did his lease and he found himself on our doorstep.

We were able to feed and clothe him, get him some help with his addiction and eventually secure some part-time employment and some odd jobs for him.  With this small income, he was eventually able to secure another home with a couple of other fellows and last we heard he was doing OK.

Do people who are perfectly able to get a job take advantage of our services?

Sometimes, but we try not to judge because in many (not all) cases we are able to motivate them and give them a little hope about a better life and we can move them further down their path.

But it is still a balancing act in our quest to help our neighbors, having to juggle limited resources, legalities, personalities and various belief systems.

But it is stories like those above (and these here) that truly give our lives meaning, make us better people and give us a sense of real joy.

Thank you once again, Silver City for all of the help you so graciously provide; we couldn’t do any of this without you!

Please give yourselves a pat on the back and take just a moment to reflect on the true hearts of service that beat in each and every one of you and truly give your lives some meaning and joy.

 

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5 Ways You Can Directly Help The Poor

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We spend a lot of time and resources at the Mission in our fight against hunger, cold and despair.

We are trying different ways of feeding, clothing, inspiring and educating those who come to the Mission in search of the emergency services we provide and trying to find ways to help them get back on their feet and stay there.

I was asked the other day how an individual could help improve the lives of the impoverished in our small town and have thought of a few ways that could make an impact on someone.

  1.  Educate Yourself; research the causes of poverty and find out how in many cases it is linked to addictions, lack of education, mental illness or the criminal justice system and think of ways you can get involved in solutions to the major issues that we are putting a band-aid on.
  2. Help an individual that you know needs your help; direct them to the Mission, give them some food or needed items, offer them a simple job for cash, or even just talk to them and learn their story.
  3. Become an advocate for a good cause; do you see roadblocks in society that are preventing effective change from happening?  Then try and do something about it by starting a petition, talking to your elected officials, getting your neighbors together for a discussion and educating yourself on current bills or laws.
  4. Start your own fundraiser or food drive; See a need that isn’t being met or want to lend a direct hand to an individual, family or organization?  Start your own food drive or fundraiser.
  5. Pray for those in need; I left this for last in fear that I might lose some readers, but it should have been first.  I am a firm believer in God and I do believe that if your are willing to ask/seek/knock you will be answered if you keep your eyes open.

And if you don’t have the time, inclination or resources to directly help those in need you can always drop by the Mission or one of the many other fine non-profits in our area and take a tour to see what is happening and donate some of your cash, goods or ideas (or if you have the time, we always have a need for volunteers!)

“There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.”
― John Green

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Create Your Own Fundraiser

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Can’t make it down to volunteer or donate?

Like the work that the Silver City Gospel Mission is doing?

It’s now easy and simple to create your very own fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for the Mission.

Just go to the Fundraising Page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ and push the raise money button to get started.

Follow the simple step-by-step directions, choose the Silver City Gospel Mission as your beneficiery and share it with your Facebook friends.

Some ideas to help you get started are:

  • I’m donating my Birthday to the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for the Silver City Gospel Mission Garden
  • I’m raising money for the Sierra House Women and Children’s Shelter
  • I’m donating Christmas to the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for the Gospel Mission Soup Kitchen
  • I’m raising money for the Gospel Mission Food Pantry
  • I’m raising money to help with services the Silver City Gospel Mission Case Worker provides
  • I’m raising money to help with a Men’s Cold Weather Shelter
  • I’m raising money to help purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money to buy books for the kids at the Sierra House Women’s Shelter
  • I’m raising money for the Annual 6th St. School Christmas Party at the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for the Silver City Gospel Mission Thanksgiving Dinner
  • I’m raising money for the Silver City Gospel Mission Christmas Dinner
  • I’m raising money for sleeping bags and blankets for the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for socks for the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for Christmas presents for the Silver City Gospel Mission
  • I’m raising money for jackets at the Silver City Gospel Mission

So if you would like to lend us a hand in a very meaningful way, please start your own fundraiser Now!

 

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