Note from the Chief Executive Officer
an identity crisis
At The City Mission, no two days are the same. The guests change, the weather changes, even our buildings change! If you haven’t seen any news from the Mission recently, you may have missed it: during a terrible windstorm in early March, a portion of the roof at Laura’s Home, our women’s crisis center, blew off.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our faithful supporters, we were able to meet our deductible quickly, and repairs are underway. But it just goes to show that we need to expect the unexpected around here.
For all that changes though, I’ve noticed one unsettling similarity: our guests are experiencing an identity crisis. The years of struggle they’ve endured have taken a toll on them, and they no longer remember—or perhaps they never understood—that they are deeply loved children of God.
Our job is to remind them of that critical, life-giving truth. Aside from the meals, shelter, counseling and care, we must communicate the message of Ephesians 2:10: that they are God’s masterpiece, created by Him to do good works.
We serve a powerful God—one who provides for our guests AND our roof. As you read this edition of His Hands, I pray you’re encouraged by the stories you see. Our ongoing mission is to make sure that everyone who walks through our doors—each man, woman and child—hears that God knows them, loves them, and has a plan for their lives.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. –Ephesians 2:10