01 Dec Springs Rescue Mission
In the months of November and December, we take a break from our normal line-up of all things real estate. Instead, we take this time to give back to the community by interviewing different non-profit organizations to help you decide which organizations you might want to send your holiday contributions.
The holidays are when most of these organizations make their money to operate during the upcoming year.
Last year, a lady with only $20 to give contacted Deborah wanting an idea about which organization to donate it to. Deborah told her why not divvy it up and give a little bit here and a little bit there. The woman thought this was a great idea! But why would it work? Because so many of the nonprofits interviewed on this show know how to stretch a buck.
There’s always somebody less fortunate than you, even though you may be in a bad situation yourself. But you know, if you have a roof over your head, you’re farther ahead than a lot of people that you see down at the Creek. So if you can spare a dime, $1, $20, $100, whatever it may be, the organizations mentioned on the City of CS show would be more than happy to stretch your financial donation and use it to help our people in our area.
Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz welcomes Cindy Johnson the Community Relations Director at the Springs Rescue Mission.
The Springs Rescue Mission started about 21 years ago. A lot of people think Springs Rescue Mission has only been around for maybe five or six years. But it started in the basement of a couple who went to Charis Bible College, and they just really felt like they needed to provide sandwiches to people living on the streets and out in the parks. They would make sandwiches from their home then go out and give them to the people who needed it. As they got to know more and more people and helping them with food, they found about five or six guys that were really struggling with substance abuse. The couple brought them into their home and took care of them, help them recover from that substance abuse. From this really humble beginning came the Springs Rescue Mission.
It really started as a Recovery Addiction Program. That particular program has grown from the original 5 to now being able to help 40 men that are housed on our campus for a whole year going through the recovery addiction program. The Recovery Addiction Program has about a 29% success rate for staying sober after the program, which is 5% more than the national average. So that’s a good thing.
Since the time Springs Rescue Mission started, they’ve been giving out clothing and food. Then along came the soup kitchen and most recently a shelter. It’s really only been in the last five years that the shelter has become a big part of their mission. The shelter has grown from 32 beds for the winter, to 400 beds year-round.
About a third of those that stay in the shelter are women. And about 85% of the women that shelter with Springs Rescue Mission year round have faced some type of domestic violence. Springs Rescue Mission is not a safe house, but they are a safe harbor. And we want them to know that we care about them, they can stay with us, they can get food, they can get help finding a job to get back on their feet and not be in that abusive situation.
Because the Springs Rescue Mission take people right where they are, there are no time limits imposed on a person’s stay. If a person is high or inebriated, and they want to come and just get food and shelter from us, they can. There are many stories of people that have stayed on the campus for three years before the light bulb goes on, and they turn to staff on campus or meet with one of the caseworkers and say, “I need help, I want to get out of my situation. I need to get sober. I need to find a job. Enough is enough.”
Some people than the public will think Springs Rescue Mission is enabling people to stay there, but isn’t it better for the homeless to be on the campus rather than down by the creek without a glimmer of hope.
Springs Rescue Mission is helping pull together a community to try and transform the lives of the people that are on our campus. You know, the old adage most people are one paycheck away from being homeless.
In the 15 years Deborah has worked with the homeless, she has never met one person that wanted to be homeless, it was just a situations that happened. A percentage of them do have addiction issues. Absolutely. And a lot of them end up having addiction issues because they are homeless, and become addicts as a way to escape the pain and sorrow of being homeless.
General operating costs of the Springs Rescue Mission is $6.2 million a year with having to serve and shelter 400 people a day. They also have 800 families that receive clothing and food every month. This also includes the 40 men that stay on campus at the shelter for substance abuse recovery,
Springs Rescue Mission also has a capital campaign running right now to build a bigger kitchen and a bigger dining hall. Right now, the dining hall can only seat 65 people at a time, but they’re feeding over 600 meals a day! That’s a lot of people in line. Some start standing out there at 2:30 p.m. but the hall doesn’t open until 4 p.m. It doesn’t matter whether it’s dry, wet, hot or freezing cold. They’re standing out there for a meal. The capital campaign for the dining hall will seat 200 and will have a bigger kitchen along with a classroom setting because they also have a culinary arts program for the men that are going through the recovery addiction program.
They have raised half of the funds needed and will break ground in January. But they still have a ways to go and are hopeful that the money will come in.
The Springs Rescue Mission does not take in families, though, because they are a low-barrier shelter, which means anybody can come in. It’s not always safe for kids.
High-Barrier shelters require a form of ID and those seeking shelter can not be high or inebriated.
But Springs Rescue Mission does have kids that will come with their parents and get a meal from us whether it’s breakfast or dinner. Also, parents can come in twice a month to get groceries or clothing for their kids.
Springs Rescue Mission is able to run because of their many volunteers. Currently, they have about 1,300 volunteers. But always need more. Especially when they build their new kitchen, they will definitely need a lot more people to serve. And more people to work in the shelters.
Come listen to today’s broadcast to find out all the amazing ways Springs Rescue Mission serves the community. There are so many ways you can get involved. There’s even a Christmas Concert you can attend to help raise money for the Springs Rescue Mission. Do you want to donate or volunteer for the Springs Rescue Mission? Go to springsrescuemission.org and find out all the ways this non-profit have for you to get involved. If you’re not sure how you can get involved, you can contact Cindy by going to the website and filling out a general email from the contact us page. Just make sure to put Cindy’s name in the box.
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