Easter Banquet 2014

Easter Banquet 2014

 

More Than Serving a Meal

More Than Serving a Meal

As the owner of Brooks Technology Management on 2nd Avenue, Randy Brooks has seen his fair share of transient men and women walking the streets of Nashville. In the 15 years he’s been there, Randy has always wanted to help the homeless… sometimes offering them a job or giving them some money for a meal. Randy knows he’s been conned many times, but he’s determined not to let that stop him from helping.

Four years ago, as a Deacon at White House Church of Christ, Randy wanted to find some ways for his church to get involved in the community and give back. There were (and still are) so many needs, how does one decide whom to help. It was then, Randy thought of the homeless men and women who walk by his office each day.

Randy had heard of the Nashville Rescue Mission and decided to give them a call.

Today, Randy and his church are active volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Randy loves working the kitchen—whether that means serving food, washing dishes or cleaning up the dining room.

“Serving food at the Mission is more than just serving a meal,” says Randy. “It’s a great way to show God’s love to people who are really hurting and in need.”

Since then, Randy has also brought his staff on many occasions to the Mission to serve lunch to Nashville’s homeless and hungry.

“Now that I’m a volunteer at the Mission, I believe this is a better outlet of my time and money than trying to help the individual transient who walks by my office,” says Randy. “I know the wonderful work the Mission is doing to help the homeless and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

In fact, Randy not only volunteers at the Mission, he is also on the Mission’s Volunteer Advisory Committee—a team of folks who work together to create valuable serving opportunities for others who want to share their time and talents serving the homeless. Also, Randy’s company graciously provides the Mission with free service repairs for printing equipment, as well as free toner cartridges. These are valuable gifts to the Mission, as it allows for more donor dollars to be spent on our guests as opposed to administrative costs.

Volunteers like Randy are an enormous blessing to the Mission. The Nashville Rescue Mission is blessed to have volunteers who are willing to share their gifts, talents and experiences with our guests.

If you are interested in putting your time and talents to use serving Nashville’s homeless and hungry, please call Nathan Peeples, the new Director of Volunteer Services at 615-312-1544, or email volunteer@nashvillerescuemission.org or sign up on our volunteer page.

Jaime Jamgochian – Mission in My Words

Jaime Jamgochian – Mission in My Words

Thank You!

Thank You!

Music with a Mission

Rhori Johnston

My family and I moved to Middle Tennessee in the fall of 2005. But in a sense, I’ve always felt connected to the area. I have lots of family here and have visited Nashville since I was a kid. My broadcast career has taken me from Maine to Las Vegas and then Indiana. So when the opportunity arose to settle here, I knew it would be a perfect fit.

Not long after I arrived, NewsChannel 5 entered into a partnership with the Nashville Rescue Mission. It started out as just one of the station duties I was assigned to do. We created public service announcements using video to bring awareness to the plight of Nashville’s homeless.

Not being native to Nashville, I was not very familiar with the Mission in the beginning. I just thought they served food to the hungry. Over time I developed a greater awareness of what they were doing and developed a more personal commitment to the cause. As I visited the Mission, I met lots of incredible people. I talked with them, and learned about the life-recovery programs that are available to men and women in our community who are in need of help recovering from challenging life situations like addiction or abuse. I learned about all the educational opportunities that are a part of the program, like computer courses or GED preparation. That “partnership” between the station and the Mission, quickly turned into a personal relationship.

“I love being able to share this experience with my family. It is a joy to serve others and we are blessed in the process.”

Now, I look forward to bringing my family to serve over the holidays. Through these experiences, my young children have truly learned the value of serving others. I also look forward to the dynamic that takes place the day before Thanksgiving when anchors, reporters and meteorologists from all four of the TV stations in our area show up to serve the hungry and homeless. It’s great to see us forget about the competitive nature of our business, and work together for a worthy cause like feeding those who are in need.

I love Nashville and Middle Tennessee. I live here and I work here. And after seeing the value of what the Nashville Rescue Mission brings to this incredible community—I can’t think of a better organization with which to partner. They are doing great things and lives are being changed. I encourage you to learn more about the Mission, get involved and support the work that is being done there. You won’t be disappointed.

Rhori Johnston is co-anchor of NewsChannel 5 at Five, Six and Ten weekday evenings. He’s also an occasional host of OpenLine, an issues-oriented talk show on NewsChannel 5 Plus. Rhori is married with two, school-aged children.

Feeling the Heat

Feeling the Heat

Easter – Hope for Those in Despair

Easter – Hope for Those in Despair

EasterFor many, Easter is a holiday when people think of spring, the Easter bunny and egg hunts. But more importantly, it is the celebration of Christ’s power over death. The great news Christians proclaim at Easter is that no human confinement—not even the tomb—is sufficient to restrain life, to kill faith or to deaden hope.

More than a meal
 
Sadly, many of the joys of Easter we hold dear are out of reach for the homeless. Women and children who are focused on surviving on the streets have little hope of egg hunts, let alone a God who loves them so much He would send His Son to die for their sins.
           
As Nashville celebrates Easter, the Mission is preparing over 3,000 meals for homeless men, women and children. Early Sunday morning, volunteers will arrive to prepare the big Easter meal consisting of ham, rolls, vegetables and dessert.
           
“It’s touching to see a family volunteering to serve food to a person in need of hope, love and compassion,” says Don Worrell, President and CEO. “In doing so, they are serving more than just a meal, they are showing the love of Christ to someone in need of hope.”
 
New life awaitsEaster Quote
 
“On Easter as well as every day, we strive to express the message of Jesus Christ’s love,” says Ed Grimes, Director of Transient Operations. “Often a meal is the doorway to a new life, as many make the decision to enter our life-recovery program.”
           
As Christ’s birth, death and resurrection exemplify, God is a God of surprise. It may surprise you then, to learn not every person admitted to our recovery program is chronically homeless. Formerly successful men and women regularly enter the Mission’s life-recovery program, which is designed to help them break their bad habits and change their destructive thinking patterns. Easter is a reminder of the new life these men and women have in Christ.
           
The message of Jesus, His birth, life, death and resurrection, is a message of hope. Jesus rose so each of us could have a chance to do the same no matter how far away we’ve strayed. Thanks to the support of friends like you, a multitude of men and women have experienced the hope of Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.
 
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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

Because you gave, Patricia has hope

This year, Patricia will celebrate Mother’s Day, as well as her 29th birthday at the Hope Center with her 5-year-old son Brent.

Single Mom, 2 Sons, Baby on the Way

In 2003, Patricia found herself divorced, with two young sons and a baby on the way while also addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“Addiction makes you stupid,” states Patricia. “I increased my drug use in hopes of miscarrying. And when that didn’t work, I made an appointment to have an abortion.”

Looking for a Sign

“I knew deep down inside, abortion was wrong, but I didn’t know what to do,” shares Patricia. “The morning of the appointment, I got on my knees and begged God for a sign. I got chills and ended up throwing up for the next 5 hours. I was so sick I couldn’t go to the appointment. It was the sign I was looking for.”

A Perfect Child is Born

In February of 2004, Patricia gave birth to a perfect baby boy, Brent. “Despite the drugs and alcohol I abused during the early months of my pregnancy I gave birth to a happy and healthy baby.”

Patricia had several months of sobriety under her belt when in April, she was involved in a terrible car accident. “My friend was driving when we hit a deer. It came straight through the windshield, hitting me in the face.”
Patricia woke up in the hospital, her face so swollen it was unrecognizable. She was prescribed painkillers in order to manage the unbearable pain. This re-ignited her addiction and she found herself hooked. Eventually, Patricia managed to kick this addiction, but still continued to smoke marijuana.

Trying to Start Over

In 2007, Patricia enrolled in college. “I was determined to make something of myself,” proclaims Patricia. “I wanted to be a good mom. I wanted to provide for my kids and myself.”

“I was still using marijuana. I convinced myself it wasn’t as bad as pills or other drugs. I realize now, it served as a gateway for other substances,” explains Patricia. “I made friends with someone at school who introduced me to meth,” she says. “I got addicted almost immediately. When I couldn’t find meth, I bought coke and when I couldn’t find that, I bought crack. It didn’t take long for my addiction to take over my life.”

Rock Bottom Came in 2008

“I was chasing my next buzz, but all the while wishing I’d die in the process,” says Patricia. But when the Department of Children’s Services showed up to investigate her, it was enough to start Patricia down the right path.

“I knew I needed help. I also wanted to go somewhere, where I could bring my son. A friend told me about the Hope Center. It sounded perfect for me,” shares Patricia. “On December 1, 2008, my mom brought me to the Nashville Rescue Mission. I came here thinking God had broken me off. During a Christmas program at the Mission, I had an encounter with God. I knew right then and there, God had not abandoned me. He was with me. Two days later I re-dedicated my life to Christ.”

I Am Worth It

“Now I see I am worth it!” exclaims Patricia. “I am learning how to spend time with God. I’ve learned God is wonderful and loving. I’ve received forgiveness. I have faith. This isn’t rehab—this truly is life-recovery!”

“Once I graduate I plan to go back to school,” says Patricia. “I would like to become a counselor. I have lots of dreams. I love to sing for God. I want to travel. I’d like to go on mission trips. I’ve never been ice-skating, I’d like to give that a try, too.”

Because you gave, Patricia now has hope for a future.

Honor Homeless Moms

Honor Homeless Moms

Cold Patrol

Cold Patrol