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From a Thankful Heart

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As the City Rescue Mission reaches a milestone of service with our 110th anniversary, we are overwhelmingly grateful for the continued compassion of our community, which has enabled us to provide food, shelter, and hope to untold tens of thousands through the years. Better than any words we can express is the heartfelt letter below, from one of those individuals who was impacted by the generosity shown to those we serve.

To the supporters of the Mission,

I don’t know if you get to see direct results from your individual efforts, but I am here to give thanks for everyone who has passed through and been a guest. The Mission helped me help my kids. I don’t have aunts, uncles, mom, dad, or grandma and grandpa. I don’t have close friends. I have had to rely on God and His guidance. The Mission was a turning point in my life. I did not just “find a place to stay while praying for housing.” I learned to surrender to God and build a relationship with Him.

…There is much stigma and shame around being disabled and/or homeless. No one wants to be there or go through that experience, but it does not have to be a bad thing. I learned discipline, structure, and was given life tools that I never knew or had. I know the reality of working with individuals and being an individual at the Mission. The people, on both sides, are phenomenal. What they witness and experience in life is truly humbling. A lot of people accept the stigma and internalize it, but not one worker that I have encountered treated me like that stigma. They treated me like a caring mom. A mother helping another mother. From a mom to a mom who didn’t have a mom to teach her.

Thank all of you for supporting this beautiful place.


On behalf of Amber, her little family, and so many others, we truly thank you for being a part of team rescue. Your gifts are making a difference every day and offering true hope to those who are hurting and alone. Thank you for being a rescuer.

A Prayer Warrior

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“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18

In the February newsletter, I shared about my mother's recent struggles after a stroke and the immediate, prayerful response of our guests in their concern for her and me. Over the past couple months, I have had many people inquire about my mother's health or let me know that they, too, are praying for her. Unfortunately, her health has not improved significantly over the past couple months. It has certainly been a roller coaster for her and my family. We are hoping and praying for physical improvement that may lead her out of the long-term nursing facility and into my home. Unfortunately, it seems that her physical improvements have waned and she has made little progress recently.

Although the massive stroke from New Year‘s Eve didn’t take her life, it certainly has taken much of her freedom and ability to live on her own. However, it hasn’t taken her heart and her love for God. I love the fact that I can reflect on my mother’s life and see her persistency when it comes to “living her faith” and loving Jesus Christ. Although my mother may be sad and lonely from not seeing her children while in the COVID-19 restricted nursing facility, she certainly has confidence that “God is good” and “I am His.” A recent Google Duo video call led us to a discussion of Psalm 100. As I was attempting to encourage my mother, she reminded me, “we must always give thanks to God…no matter what. He deserves our praise.” Yes. Yes, He does mother…you are right and wise. My mother’s persistent and unwavering faith has always been so encouraging through life’s many journeys and trials. Although she has always been there for me and my sisters, it is time for us to be there for her. She is a “prayer warrior” that can use some prayers from the saints and rescuers like yourself. Thank you for your care for me, the City Rescue Mission, and my mother, Gloria. Thank you for being a rescuer!

In Christian Service,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

New Communications Software

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We are upgrading to a new system to record gifts from our faithful supporters. Our previous software was about three decades old, and we had to find a replacement for a variety of technical reasons. Obviously, this will be a time of adjustment for us, but we will do our best to continue to provide your newsletters and giving reports with little interruption.

One example of a change that might affect you would be a new Rescuer ID. This will be rolling out over the next few months. Also, those of you who prefer to give online will be able to create accounts that provide access to your pesonal giving information. These gifts will be securely received directly by the Mission rather than through a third party. If you did previously set up a recurring donation through this third party (Network for Good), please consider switching to our direct system, available on our website:

We appreciate your patience, as we seek to always be good stewards of your generous donations. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at 517.485.0145 or

Ambrosia Salad

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Family Size:
1 15oz can Mandarin Oranges
1 15oz can Pineapple Tidbits
5 cups Cool Whip (thawed)
2 cups Shredded Coconut
2 cups Mini Marshmallows
1 cup Maraschino Cherries
1/4 cup 2% or Whole Milk

Mission Size:
6 15oz cans Mandarin Oranges
8 15oz cans Pineapple Tidbits
28 cups Cool Whip (thawed)
10 cups Shredded Coconut
12 cups Mini Marshmallows
8 cups Maraschino Cherries
2 cups 2% or Whole Milk

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving. (Recipe featured in February 2017.)

Ministry Opportunity: A Food Service staff member recently commented on how often we show love through food. This is especially true at the City Rescue Mission, where quality meals mean so much to someone who might otherwise go hungry. If you are looking for a way to add ministry to your life, consider this opportunity to provide a quality meal where guests can learn about the Bread of Life (John 6:35). Visit or see page four for more opportunities.