Congratulations to our newest GRADUATES! These determined men and women have completed Life Skills classes and the 8 week “Jobs for Life” course during their stay at the Rescue Missions. These courses use biblical based training and mentoring to address the issues of joblessness and help people build skills to help them gain employment. If you’d like to learn more about how to become a mentor, contact Nancy at 989-752-6051, ext. 122 or on our website. #BayCity #Saginaw #R3MMinistries
LISTEN ONLINE: Darryl’s Story
“You know, I didn’t even know what the word homeless meant. You don’t pay much attention when you’re on the other side. Next thing I know, I’m on a park bench. I’m sleeping behind dumpsters. It was a nightmare, it was a nightmare.”
When Darryl’s mother and grandfather passed away quickly, it rocked his world. In taking time to be with family, he was also away from work too much and ended up loosing his job. From there, the spiral of poverty began taking its toll.
“I lost my job first. That was the most important one. I’d been there 25 years. Next thing you know, my house was in foreclosure because I couldn’t make my house payments. I lost my home. Then I lost my car. Then I lost my license. But it all happened at once and it all happened within a two month span. So I went from being totally employed, having a solid home and a good family – to zero.”
Because of your generous compassion and support of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Darryl found a place to go where he could heal and could put the pieces of his life back together.
“Ya, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to other shelters before and they’re like 30 days and out, 90 days and out, no programs, you’re on your own for seeking employment and all that stuff. When I got here, the first thing I noticed was I got sat down and I was told ‘look, you can either just go right through here and bounce out to another shelter or you can take advantage of what we’ve got to offer.’ And I said I’m one of those guys that wants to get back out there and I want to take advantage of what you’ve got to offer.”
Along with finding healing, a job, and a place to live, Darryl also found hope in Christ at the Mission. He learned that God loves him and has a plan for moving him forward.
“Again, He’s given me opportunity to get my life back together, but He’s letting me do it. Once I started making a step, all of a sudden all these doors opened up and you could just tell something was going on, you know. It’s like every time I needed something, it showed up. Every time I prayed about something, there it was. The people that work here care. The people here will all help you, you’re assigned a case manager. They’ve ALL helped me in different ways. All of them. But, you know, they all contribute and the programs they offer, they do work, if you want to put the effort into it. It’s there for you to use.”
LISTEN ONLINE: Darin’s story
Depression is a powerful hinderance to living a full, free, Christ-centered life. For Darin, his battle cost him his job and much more. “Due to my depression, I screwed up my work, I just missed a day. I lost my job and in return I couldn’t afford to pay where I was living. I lived in my car for a few days.”
As one would expect, the loss of his job caused Darin considerable financial problems leading to a loss of housing. Darin began living in his car. “Cold. Because you can’t really run your car, because you don’t have money to put gas in it. You’re doing things you don’t really like to do. If I was hungry, I’d make up a scam and call a fast-food place and go get free food, saying they messed up the order or something along that line. I could sleep better in a car than I could on the road behind a building. There’s a big feeling of hopelessness because there ain’t much you can do. You can try to go to an interview, but you haven’t showered in who knows how many days, an interview aint going to go over very good. It don’t look good going into applying places when you look nasty and dirty and stinky.”
Thankfully, the Lord led a total stranger to talk with Darin telling him about the mission and encouraging him to come in. “It means a lot, you know. I mean, anybody can come in here. This place will help you find a job, they’ll help you do everything. I mean, I’ve done a lot of stuff I’m not proud of, and six felonies on me, I’ve done a lot of bad things. My kids don’t like to talk to me too much. There’s a lot I gotta deal with. I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, but I do stupid stuff at the spur of the moment, without thinking about it. And by getting back into Christ, it’s helped me to actually stop and think about stuff before I do it.”
Your generous support helped Darin find healing and hope! His relationship with Christ is now a top priority and he counts the mission staff as close friends. “You know, good Christian people, I can always talk to them. I can always come back here and talk to staff here – it’s just a phone call away.”
This photo is a reminder of the hurting and sometimes lonely individuals who have entered one of the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan shelters through the years. This picture depicts two men needing shelter or maybe one man bringing another in for shelter at the former Lapeer Street location in Saginaw. The man with the glasses was the Mission front desk worker at that time. Read more about the history of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan.
LISTEN ONLINE: Michael’s story
Michael was hurting in a major way when he came to the mission. His habits were costing him dearly leading to hopelessness, homelessness, and despair. “It was very frightening at first, you know. Then, of course you don’t want to ask for help and I asked the Good Samaritan for help and their helping me now. They have very valuable resources, not only for single, but for us, you know, people with children, and wives and their lives have been destroyed. The mission lift them people up and point them in the right direction.”
Michael came to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City. Much like City Rescue Mission in Saginaw, the doors of the mission are open for those who need a place to go for healing, safety, rebuilding, and getting their lives pointing in the right direction. “It rescues you from addiction, alcohol, abuse, domestic violence. Just being alone, you know, a lot of people are just alone. It’s more than just homeless, it’s something more inside. I’m starting to heal now, changing my spirit.”
The word rescue is a powerful one, helping save someone from dyer trouble has many layers. At the mission, your generous support helps reach out to men like Michael and offer healing and hope for the days ahead. “Well, they offer a lot of resources here that are very valuable for a person in my situation and they point you in the right direction and they’re just very nice people and God-loving people that like to help people and they don’t judge people like most people would. I think without this mission in this community there would be a lot of hurt people right now and it’s very valuable for this community. There’s a lot of low income in Bay City and the homeless rate is outstanding here, there’s still people sleeping outside that I see.”