Services The Gospel Mission Provides
Soup Kitchen: The soup kitchen serves hot, well-balanced meals every Monday through Friday from 12-1 pm to anyone who says they are hungry. A blessing is said before each meal. Continental breakfast Monday through Friday from 8 am-12 pm and on Saturdays at 1:00 pm.
Clothing Bank: Every client is allowed to receive 10 items of clothing and other miscellaneous household items each month without charge. Each family member receives one coat and one blanket each year. Each eligible family can also receive one piece of furniture or an appliance each year. (Mon-Fri 8:30 am-1:30 pm)
Food Bank: Thanks to very generous members and businesses in our community, food is donated and distributed daily to anyone who says they are hungry and signs up for our services. Our vision is that no one will go hungry or be cold in the Silver City area, regardless of race, age or belief. (Mon-Fri 8:30 am-1:30 pm)
Please register at the front desk; a short counseling (or re-counseling) session will be conducted by one of our lay counselors for all food and clothing distributions.
Thrift Shop: We have a large thrift store that is one of our major sources of funding open to the general public from 8:30 am-around 1:30 pm every Monday through Friday. We carry a wide selection of used (and some new) clothing and household items at highly discounted prices.
Every dollar we make is put right back into the Mission, so please help your friends and neighbors by coming down and doing a little shopping-we get new items in daily and there is no telling what treasures you may find!
Shower and Laundry: Shower and laundry facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis every Monday through Friday from 8:00-11:30 am.
Medical Care: Dr. Stinar generously volunteers his time and services and conducts a free medical clinic the first Monday evening of every month-please call 388-0184 for times. The WNMU Nursing department also offers a free footcare clinic for the homeless every Monday from 9-11am.
Lay Counseling and Bible Studies: Christian counseling and Bible studies are provided where we help people deal with the stresses of life and provide a friendly shoulder to cry on while gently introducing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and praying for their needs, if desired. Bible studies are held daily at 9:00 am in the lunch room.
We also host a continental breakfast every Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm with a non-denominational church service led by Pastor Shane Gabbert after the refreshments.
The Sierra House Women and Children’s Shelter: The Sierra House, located next door to the Mission, is a long-term transitional living unit for single women and children in need.
Government Commodities: In Partnership with RoadRunner Food Bank of New Mexico, we are a distribution point for the USDA commodities TEFAP program to eligible individuals and families. Commodities of whatever they send us, are given out Monday through Friday, one box per family per month.
To sign up for a government commodities card, please bring a photo ID, proof of income and proof of residence (like a utility bill) before commodity day.
Educational Courses: Thanks to a grant from Freeport-McMoran, courses in life skills and vocational training are held Monday through Friday at 8:30 am in the lunch room.
Temporary Mailing Address: If you need mail delivered to you, we provide a temporary solution; please talk to one of the managers for more information
Client Computer: We have a client computer in the lunch room available for training and internet access, such as checking your email or job hunting. It’s not very fast, but it will get the job done.
Client Phone: We have a telephone available in the lunch room for short local calls; long-distance service is blocked
Referrals: When we cannot serve a need, we make referrals to other agencies and groups in our area and make calls to our religious institutions and community at large for special needs.
See our Special Programs for more of or services like life skills classes and our foot care clinic
Emergency Shelters in the area: There is an emergency shelter at the Lion’s Club behind Domino’s Pizza on Bullard Street that is open when the temperature falls below twenty-five degrees-call us to see if it is open. And as listed above, we also have a small women’s and children’s shelter that is more of a long-term transitional housing unit which you can read more about here.
El Refugio is a mid-term facility for abused women and children. Local churches or child or adult protective services will sometimes be able to help. There are no other shelters available in the area at this time, but we are working on it. The next closest homeless shelters available are in El Paso, Albuquerque and Tuscon.
We do have homeless survival kits that provide some protection from the elements.
In addition to our regular services, we also serve Holiday and weekend meals with members of the community volunteering their time, energy and love to help feed very large groups of hungry people.
We also have a few special programs available, like student internships and community service in lieu of fines which you can read about here.
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