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Celebrates 74 Years On April 9


The Vision of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission

Newsletter 445 S. San Joaquin Street ° Stockton, CA 95203 ° 209.466.2138 ° 209.320-2322 fax °

Meet Mary - Once Homeless, Now On Staff With GCRM

January 2014 Inside this issue:

Mary, 54, (pictured here in front of the New Hope Family Shelter) is now on staff as a Shelter Shift Manager and says, “I knew God had other plans for me than the choices I was making… I was scared and relieved the first day I came to the Mission.” Where were you staying before you came to the Shelter? I was staying at another shelter. What life circumstances led you to the Mission? Bad relationships, drug use, and becoming homeless. How did you feel about your life before you came to the Mission and how did you feel the first day you came in? I knew God had other plans for me than the choices I was making… I was scared and relieved the first day I came to the Mission. What are you learning while at the Mission? I am learning to “let go and let God”, to be myself, to be aware of my own health, to be open to God’s work in me and others, and to set boundaries, realize goals, and to help others when I can. What are you most thankful for? I am most thankful for the programs, which are a great tool for each individual person, for the classes that teach you how to make life changes, the Bible studies which teach about how Christ died for our salvation, the Genesis Class that teaches how past addictions can affect us, but that God is greater in us, and lastly, for seeing the victories that God brings to each client. Thank you for your continued gifts that will help other women like Mary to sobriety through learning how to lead safe, healthy, & productive lives this year! Our Mission:

To minister to the needs of the homeless of Stockton and San Joaquin County including individuals suffering from addictions, without regard to race, gender, nationality or origin.

 Meet Mary Page 1 Once Homeless, Now On Staff With GCRM  Note From CEO Page 2 (GCRM Financial Update)  Chapel Schedule Page 3  Join Our E-Blast List  Winter Extravaganza Sponsor Thank You’s!  Love To The Rescue  Tributes Page 4  Tax-Return Donations  Vehicle Donations  GCRM S.H.A.R.E.S. Card  Thank You And Please Remember...

Dec. Daily Program Stats: New Life Addiction Programs & Hope Housing 31 Men, 23 Women, 13 Kids Life Skills Program 6 Women, 2 Kids Emergency Lodging Program 78 Men, 8 Women, 3 Kids Meals (For All Programs) 497 Meals Clothing Room 171 Pieces Representative Payee Program 495 Clients Respite Care 2 Men Gleason House Medical Clinic 10-13 Patients

For more information on our programs, events, ways to volunteer and give, please visit

Donate now online at

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A BRIEF LOOK AT THE YEAR PAST AND THE ONE JUST BEGUN 1,260,000 1,240,000 1,220,000 1,200,000 1,180,000 1,160,000 1,140,000 1,120,000

SERVICE Meals Lodgings New Life Program* Life Skills Units* Graduates Clothing Respite Care* Altar Responses




103,592 59,652 17,417

100,473 58295 20,898

2,592 2,814 53 47 59,342 62,425 1,195 783 260 382 Lodging increased by 2% and Meals by 3% over 2012



H appy New Year to you! We want to say “thank you” and that we are so blessed to have you as prayer, volunteer and financial partners!

Bill Brown, CEO

As you can see in the chart above, because of the generosity of donors like you, GCRM ended 2013 with $67,733 left over to begin 2014. These extra funds will be expended during the “Summer Slump” months when donors tend to vacation and financial donations decline, so we praise the Lord the year ended well! For those of you who may wonder, “What did all that money accomplish last year?”, listed above are some interesting program numbers that we welcome you to review. Overall, we had a 2% increase in nights of lodging and a 3% increase in meals over last years totals. These services were accomplished with almost the same number of staff. Since we have additional bed/program space that could be utilized with additional staff and waiting lists in every program, we are working towards returning to pre-recession staffing levels. In the meantime, our dedicated staff will continue to keep the homeless alive and provide programming that will change lives in the name of Jesus our Savior and Lord. If you would like to begin or continue your pledge to help the homeless, please fill out the form below. There is also a box to check if you’d like to help us reach our goal of raising $74,000 in 74 days (our Anniversary Date is April 9, 2014). Please feel free to call me at (209) 320-2314 if you would like to discuss this article, take a tour of the campus, or talk about additional projects and ways you can help in 2014. Thank you again! ~ William R. “Bill” Brown, CEO GOSPEL CENTER RESCUE MISSION CELEBRATES 74 YEARS ON APRIL 9!


YES, Bill, I want to give homeless men, women and children safe housing, food, clothing, showers, hygiene items, counseling and education today! Here is my gift of:





Here is my additional one-time 74th Anniversary gift of:


I’d like to pledge $______ per month by mail (Thank you! We will send you pledge forms). I’d like to pledge automatic monthly deductions (Thank you! We will contact you using the information below) To be properly receipted for tax purposes and for easy and efficient processing, please supply complete address. Thanks!

Other:$_____ Other:_____ Thank you! Your gifts are tax-deductible! A receipt will be mailed to you!

Name:_____________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________ City:__________________________ State:________ Zip:____________ Phone:_________________ E-mail address:______________________


My gift is  in Memory of  in Honor of: _____________________________________________

445 S. San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95203 l Phone: (209) 320-2311 l Fax: (209) 320-2322 l Website:

Volunteer Opportunities online at

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February 2014 Volunteer Chapel Schedule Sun






Sat 1Lighthouse of the Valley

Thank you for your faithful service! If you are interested in leading a Chapel Service, please e-mail or call (209) 320-2329. 2

W.C. World Outreach


4 Bethany Temple



6 Zion Untd Reformed Ch / Ripon

7 Freewill Baptist Church

8 Polish Christian Society

9 REACH Worship Center

10 Stockton Baptist Church

11 The Seekers

12 Stockton Covenant Church

13 Promise Land Ministries

14 Open

15 Harvest Bible

16 Ambassadors For Christ

17 Lighthouse Pentecost

18 Mich Heights Baptist

19 Amazing Grace Ministries


21 Open

22 Polish Christian Society

23 Servants Of Christ

24 Open

25 Faith Assembly of God

26 Hilliard Chapel

27 Calvary Reformed Church

First Christian Reformed

28 Open

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A Special Thanks To Our Event Sponsors:

Over 500 people came out to enjoy the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting & the Marina West Yacht Club’s Boat Parade while partaking of GCRM’s added festivities! GCRM Staff & Clients are pictured here with Starbucks Staff who donated their products and time to help us raise over $1,000 that evening to help the homeless!

All Steel Fence, Inc - 146 Klo Road, Lathrop

GCRM & QLBC’s Global Focus present:

“Love To The Rescue”

City of Stockton - 605 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton


Health Net Of California - 678 N. Wilson Way, Stockton

Wed., Feb.12, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Hollander Holdings - 4895 S. Airport Way, Stockton

Quail Lakes Baptist Church (Gym) 1904 Quail Lakes Dr, Stockton

SJ Building Trades - 3984 Cherokee Road, Stockton A Special Thanks To Our In-Kind Event Sponsors: Caravan News - 6333 Pacific Avenue, Stockton Downtown Stockton Alliance - 125 Bridge Place, Stockton Lincoln Presbyterian Church - 900 Douglas Road, Stockton Mega 100.1FM - 2121 Lancey Drive, Modesto Quail Lakes Baptist Church - 1904 Quail Lakes Dr, Stockton Starbucks - 222 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton Stockton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau - 125 Bridge Place, Stkn

The Record - 530 East Market Street, Stockton

* Free Admission (A freewill offering will be taken) * Delicious meal * Live music by Singer/ Songwriter/Worship Leader “Rebecca Goldsmith” featuring songs from the GCRM Benefit CD “Moving Forward” * Testimonies of lives rescued from homelessness * Receptacles will be available at the event for pre-packaged food and gently-used clothing donations. 100% of proceeds will benefit GCRM so that we can continue to help homeless individuals. Please e-mail, call 209.320.2329, or visit to reserve your seats!

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Up-to-date information is always available online at

Memorial Gifts In Memory Of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Gift From Jean Clark Karen Clark Patsy B Monk (Wife) Robert & Mary Monk & Steve Mize Patricia Jenkins Jack Jenkins Sam & Angelina Van Dyken Connie Hoag Jerry Roek Patricia Roek Paul L Stack Judy L Stack Grace Vander Veen Everett & Anna Marie Fikse Joe, Alice & Ted Bylsma John & Ginny Bylsma Dr. William Latham Dorothy Bramwell Maurice Roos Nettie Roos Peter & Marie Van Dyken Adrianna Miedema Jack & Sharon Deselle

DONATE YOUR TAX RETURN: In light of the Mission’s need and desire to expand our program staff so that we can allow more homeless men, women and children into our long-term care programs, please consider donating a portion of your tax return as a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Mission. For Annual Giving Receipts, please call (209) 320-2313. Thank you!

Remember a loved one or honor their birthday, anniversary, etc. by donating a gift in their name to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. Please call (209) 320-2311 if you have questions.

VEHICLE DONATIONS NEEDED: Our vans that we use to drive clients to appointments, pick up medications, small donations and for administrative purposes are slowly wearing down.

Honorarium Gifts In Honor Of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Gift From Marv & Edith den Dulk Ronald & Alice den Dulk (60th Wedding Anniversary)

Introducing GCRM S.H.A.R.E.S. Cards

Also, once clients graduate the programs and begin working, many are searching for vehicles to purchase.

"You can raise funds for us with every purchase at any Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Food Maxx & Lucky with every swipe of your speciallybranded Save Mart/Gospel Center Rescue Mission S.H.A.R.E.S. Card. A percentage of your grocery purchase will be donated by Save Mart to us. To have one or more cards mailed to you at no charge, please e-mail and provide your name, mailing address and the number of cards that you would like.”

Vehicles can be donated for a true market value tax-deduction. If you are interested in donating a vehicle, please contact Mike Viss at (209) 320-2309.


Monthly Mission Needs

 Clients’ continued

Please ask your family, office or small group to collect the following items for the homeless. Thank you!

success in their recovery  Our financial needs  Safety, wisdom, & strength for


Toilet Tissue & Feminine Hygiene


Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

staff, volunteers & Board Members

Donate Online Now Go to and click the “Donate Now” Button at the top of the homepage to donate using



Foot Powder & Diapers

Questions? Call 209.320.2311 Cars, Trucks, Livestock, Property or Stock Donations Are Also Tax-Deductible!

Save These Dates

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm GCRM & QLBC Global Focus Present:“Love To The Rescue” A Valentine’s Day Fundraiser March 15, 2014 @ 8:30am - 10:00am GCRM Program Graduation in Mission Chapel April 9, 2014 GCRM’s 74th Anniversary For more information on these events please e-mail, call (209) 320-2329 or visit Thanks!

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