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‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:27
The City Mission is committed to being part of a solution to the horrific addiction issue in our very own community. The current heroin and prescription pills epidemic is invading our community in every socio-economic level and in every type of family structure. Parents become addicts and their children suffer the consequences, often continuing in the horrific footsteps of addiction set before them. These children, the silent witnesses in their homes, fail to develop healthy relationships and life management skills.
At the Mission we have seen the pain from addiction, the consequence of a child raised by a parent who could not overcome their disease. We have seen a teenage product of one of these homes who himself now struggles with addiction after a life of witnessing violence, crime, and the death of his mother to an overdose of heroin. Homeless and an addict at the age of 19 he’s running from the next needle, reckless behavior, and the feeling of loneliness, rejection, and helplessness that looms with every sober moment.
At the Mission, we have seen parents who have the steadfast faith and courage to walk away from dark, drug infested inner cities. They are leaving the kind of neighborhoods that reek of havoc and violence. Where adults are killing kids, kids are killing kids: daily stripping all safe feelings to even go to a local store for milk. No parent should ever have to endure or "be forbidden" from leaving such hopelessness.
A family feeling so destitute trying to seek somewhere safe to rebuild and be near two great brothers. Wanting to be a productive law abiding citizen in our small community, wanting a chance to give his children a better life just like you do. A life with hope and dreams that every family and every child deserves to have in our country and community. Findlay should embrace, welcome, and offer hope to such a parent as this. This is why the City Mission has hired new staff to add to our supportive services. In addition to our emergency beds and work ready program, we now have 2 new programs called “Life Challenges and Recovery Program” and our Recovery House for those who graduate.
The City Mission of Findlay is part of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. This is a nationwide organization whose members offer HOPE, unconditional LOVE, and services to the lost, the poor, and hurting men, women and children. Those are all principles reflected in our VISION statement: to be Christ-like. City Mission strives to reflect Christ's love with integrity in all of our actions, ethics, and decisions in helping those who come to us for help.
We need your support to continue to meet the needs in our community and provide quality services to help our homeless. We need your help to minister to those with substance abuse, re-occuring disorders, life tragedies, and tough challenges that led them to homelessness. We know that homelessness is not a condition but a symptom. We know that homelessness is only a short step away for anyone—our friends, our family, ourselves. Will you join us as we reach the hurting who come to us seeking hope?
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 36-37
Looking Back & Moving Forward
As the City Mission begins preparations for the holiday season, we reflect on the whirlwind that 2015 has been. Many new partnerships were created in the community through the City Mission’s Golf Outing, Community Picnic, Great Gatsby Gala and other avenues. New volunteers came on board, and current volunteers were faithful in their offerings. Every year the Mission is humbled and amazed at the outpouring of support and love from our community.
Along with new community events, the City Mission expansion is underway. We hope to occupy the new building by the end of December at which time the old building remodel will begin. We are so pleased to have reached $2.25 of the $2.55 million needed for our expansion. Please pray for the campaign, our staff, and the people we serve as we continue to meet the current need in our community and expand to meet future needs.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
510 West Main Cross
The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.