I wanted to take a moment to share with you all some highlights from The Refuge 2015 year.
It's been a big year for us full of changes and activity. We started this year in one place and we are ending in two different places!
This year was also the beginning of our newly structured program that includes policies to encourage positive change, supportive services, advocacy and financial assistance to achieve permanent housing and independence.
Here's the top highlights of 2015
1. Saving lives!
Three guests were at the point that taking their lives seemed the only way out before entering The Refuge. Our shelter was their last ditch effort. It was a beautiful thing to behold as each one was transformed by the love of Christ showered on them by volunteers of The Refuge.
2. Restoring hope!
When I sit down with our guests to discuss their situation and how we can help achieve their goals, its exciting to see their hope renewed. Many times a guest is ready to move forward, but they lack the direction and/or focus to do it. We get to help clarify that and assist in them in the process forward.
3. Overcome obstacles!
The best part for us, is when we are able to help a guest overcome a major obstacle. It could be schooling, transportation, or a job, but most often it's providing a security deposit to move into a place of their own. It's been a very humbling experience to sit across from a guest as he/she cries because I've just told them that, "We can help you with that".
4. Sharing Jesus!
The absolute best part of every year is when we share not only the love of Jesus, but the Good News of Jesus. There are countless volunteers, musicians, and churches that minister through song, testimony, prayer, service and teaching. Many guests have rededicated their lives or accepted Christ for the first time. Many are now involved in a local church and some even serve through The Refuge. How beautiful to see Jesus change a life!
None of this would happen, though, without your continued support through your gifts of time, money and prayer.
As a thank you, we've put together this short video. Hope you enjoy!
Thank you and God bless you in the new year!