Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Rejoice with those who rejoice..."

Yesterday, a shelter guest called asking for one of our casework coordinators. When I told her that she was out of the office for the rest of the day and asked if she'd like to speak with someone else, the guest replied that she had received good news on a new place and wanted to share it with her case manager. I congratulated her and assured her that she'd be in the next day. Hanging up the phone, I couldn't help but smile at the excitement in the guest's voice and her desire to share her good news with her case manager.

In Romans 12, we are reminded to "Rejoice with them that do rejoice." The care and concern of our staff is evident when guests can't wait to share their good news...and their sad news. The verse also reminds us to weep with those who weep, and there definitely have been times when guests ask staff to pray in situations where they are hurt, confused, or afraid. These are difficult times; living in a shelter and trying to re-build a life is not easy.

Through your generosity, our staff can offer guests more than just a meal. More than just shelter. We can provide Hope. You are a big part of making that possible. Rejoice with us, as we rejoice with this guest who will soon be leaving the Mission for her new home.

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