At 6 foot 7, Terry doesn’t just stand, he towers. His strong physical appearance, however, covers the pain he feels inside. “After all I’ve been through, I consider myself broken,” Terry shares.
The 54-year-old explains that he struggles with mental health, alcohol abuse and anger issues, admitting that he tried committing suicide nine times. In addition to self-inflicted injuries — like cutting his wrists and taking over 100 pills at a time — Terry has been arrested, shot and miraculously survived two comas. “I’ve lived under bridges and survived by eating out of garbage cans,” he shares. “My life has been like chasing the devil. I gave out a lot of times.”
Thanks to friends like you, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is here for hurting people like Terry. We want to help rebuild lives, one step at a time. It often starts with a nutritious meal or a night of shelter. The life-changing programs and counseling resources help people like Terry turn their lives around. “Now, I attend three meetings a day at the Mission and have a one-on-one with a counselor,” Terry says. “The Mission is helping me to think differently.”
The program classes give Terry insight into new behavior and how to change habits and bad influences. Terry has also embarked on a spiritual journey at the Mission. “Faith don’t make things easy, but it makes things possible!” he says. “Even though I pursued the devil, love won. I’m reaching for a better life now.” Terry says he wants to continue focusing on sobriety and begin helping others find a better life also. Thank you for your continued support that makes stories like Terry’s happen. Together, we are building a better community . . . one life at a time!
FROM THE CEO
Chad Audi, PhD
President and CEO
Dear Friend, this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for you! It is through your kind and ongoing support that Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries can offer nutritious meals, safe nights of shelter, food boxes, hot showers, clean clothes and life-changing programs to the hungry and homeless.
Because friends like you care about the hurting men, women and children in our community, lives are being transformed . . . as you’ll read about in this newsletter.
Your generosity is even more of a blessing as we gear up for a busy Thanksgiving and Fall season. Every $1.95 you share helps provide a nutritious meal, safe shelter and Christian care! With more than 2,200 people coming to the Mission for help each day, your kindness is critical.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused unemployment to skyrocket, and many were left without jobs, so this Thanksgiving will be tough on many families. With your help, we can give them a reason to give thanks. For many people, a changed heart and a life transformation can begin with a meal. A meal offered in love and compassion can give them the hope they need to turn their lives around.
Together, we can help rebuild Detroit, one life at a time.
Giving thanks for you,
Chad Audi, PhD
President and CEO
FEED THE HUNGRY
Your support today will give a hurting
neighbor a reason to give thanks!
Through the Adopt a Family program, you can ensure that every child in our community has the chance to open a gift at Christmas!
Sign up before October 15 to make this a very special Christmas! Contact Kisha Woods at [email protected]
SERVING WITH AN OPEN HEART
Steve isn’t sure if he chose the Mission or if the Mission chose him. But either way, it was a good choice. “My initial reason for volunteering at the Mission was an attempt to fill a void in my life,” he shares. “I was going through a personal crisis at the same time as the world was shutting down for the coronavirus. I had no idea what I was getting into.”
Steve explains that he supported the Mission financially for years before deciding to volunteer. After working in the kitchen a couple of times, pandemic restrictions sent volunteers home for a few weeks.
However, the pandemic “created an explosion of need in the community.” Steve was among the volunteers who returned and began volunteering at the front desk answering phones and helping staff members as needed. He also worked in the kitchen as needed.
“I have received more from volunteering than I have given,” Steve shares. “By volunteering at the Mission, I have met and learned from the great people who run the Mission and the men who need the services that the Mission provides.”
Steve says he was able to see firsthand how donations are helping people. “If you donate, I can testify that there is no waste. Three meals are being provided every day along with a bed and other necessities in a caring place.”
He continues, “If you take the next step and volunteer, you will be helping others and helping yourself at the same time. Be open to the possibilities. Just make yourself available with an open heart. Incredible things will happen.”
Food box distribution
to low-income families
- Detroit and Inkster.
Nina Simone Caudle
Robert R. Vallance
Sharing the love of Jesus Christ and the message of hope in His gospel. DRMM fulfills its mission statement by providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, and homeless men, women, and children of our community by ministering to the total person — body, soul, and spirit — with services and programs designed to address spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs to those seeking assistance in hopes of them becoming faithful Christians discipled into a local church, rehabilitated and employed, and living productive and restored lives.