… we equip people to be saved, sober, stable, skilled, secure, settled, and serving.
Relief work is extremely important, but it is only meant to be temporary. You see, relief work is used in emergency situations to get people out of the crisis situations in which they find themselves. We see relief work offered when there are natural disasters as people respond quickly and compassionately with compassion and care. After the victims of disasters are safe, then the hard work of restoration starts to help the people rebuild their lives.
Sadly, when it comes to homelessness, many people get stuck in the relief mode and end up living lives that resemble being stuck in an emergency situation.
The Medford Gospel Mission isn’t interested in enabling people to remain in their unhealthy situations; rather, we work hard to empower people — one small step at a time — by building within them the confidence to take ownership of their lives and get unstuck from relief mode.
Yes, it starts with relief, which comes in the form of food, clothing, and shelter in a compassionate, respectful way. Over the past year, we have provided shelter nights for over 33,000 men, women, and children, served over 64,000 meals in our Main Ingredient Restaurant, and provided clothing to over 100 individuals every day. We know that simply offering free services, as nice as these are, won’t bring lasting change.
This is where our restoration programs come in. Last year we provided emergency (relief) shelter to over 1,200 men, women, and children. Seventy-five percent of these people entered our restoration programs and began the work of being saved, sober, stable, skilled, secure, and serving.
The life transformation process—seeing people advance through various stages where they are saved (making choices that will keep them from chronic illness and physical death, and making the decision that will keep them from spiritual death); sober (no longer controlled by stimulants or depressants); stable (mentally and emotionally balanced and enjoying good health); skilled (being academically credentialed and set on a career path); secure (able to provide financially for themselves and their loved ones); settled (benefitting from having the same safe place of their own to stay every night); and serving (giving back to the community through missional living).”John Ashman – Citygate Network
Join us as we seek to equip people with all seven “S” words in the year to come, and as we do, lives will be changed, and our community will be transformed.