The holidays are a hard season for many of our guests here at the Mission. Hard, because the holidays are a time when our guests are most reminded of relationships lost, of the family members they are not in contact with, of the meals and festivities that will not be shared, and of the season of hope that too often is hopeless. In seasons like this it is important to remind our guests that they are not without hope.
“Hope Starts Here” is a phrase that has stuck around the Mission, likely because there is something very special about in whom we place our trust. When we say, “Hope Starts Here,” we’re saying that we exist as a Mission to create an environment where individuals and families, just like Ralph and Lisa’s, feel welcomed, supported and encouraged on their journey back towards housing. And more importantly, that they feel an invitation to know the person with whom hope truly does start, the person of Jesus.
The Mission is in the business of coming alongside individuals and families and helping them overcome addictions, gain skillsets needed for better jobs, reunite children with their parents, and return to more stable housing. Stories like Ralph and Lisa’s are a reminder that those we serve find hope while they are with us here at the Mission, due to the ongoing support of donors just like you.
As we enter the holiday season this year, please join us in remembering where our hope comes from and be praying for us as we connect with more families like Ralph and Lisa’s, aiming to show them that there is hope beyond their present circumstances.
This post is part of November’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we’re sharing the story of a family’s new beginning in: Harvesting Hope: A Family Reunited.