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.”
Dan Streeter (green shirt) attended a recent Loons K’s for Kids game sponsored by Deloitte. The Deloitte organization partners with the Loons organization to help local charities that benefit children. A total of $6,320 was raised through K’s for Kids. Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan is honored to be one of the recipients. In addition, Davarein Whyte, a former guest at the Good Samaritan Mission in Bay City was selected to throw out the first pitch at the June 25 Loons game. Thanks Deloitte for giving Davarien and his Mom a night to remember!
LISTEN ONLINE: Wilford’s story
Wilford came from a solid family but strayed away from what he knew he should be doing.
“I come from a good family, but I abused it, ya know, and I misused my family. I had many opportunities, but I allowed drugs and alcohol to destroy me, my family, my kids… for years.
One time I was sleeping in the streets, just anywhere I could, ya know, ‘cuz my family wouldn’t tolerate my actions, but, um, out there in the streets it’s just one on one, everybody for themselves, you know, um, you’re just taking a chance at your life.”
After nearly losing his life, Wilford knew it was time for a change. He came to the City Rescue Mission in Saginaw looking for direction, guidance, healing, and hope.
“It’s a wonderful place. I realize of anybody that if they need help, this is the place, because they won’t turn their back on you. But you have to do the right thing, you have to make your mind up, you got to show some progress. God’s blessed me so many ways, I think I’ve probably got it this time. You have to make it up in your mind, you have to pray, and you have to give your heart to God.”
Because of your generous support, men like Wilford can come to the mission in their time of need and find a warm welcome, safe shelter, and an introduction to the only true solution for the issues they face: a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Thomas has been our guest since October and enjoys meeting people from our community who actively give back. He has been “loved on” by some of our volunteers (Wenise Boss) and churches (Sister Bonnie from Saginaw Valley United Pentecostal). Thomas has used his time here to reach out to others who need hope or just someone to listen to them. Next week, Thomas will begin a new job! Staff and guests at the Rescue Mission are blessed to have him!