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Celebrates 73 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 Doug - New Life Addiction Treatment Client

Doug says, “Without knowing the program title, I was looking for HOPE and A NEW LIFE! Thank you - My family is very, very grateful and now they want to donate their time to the Mission.”

January 2013 Inside this issue:  Doug Says “Thank You!”

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 Note From CEO Page 2 (GCRM Financial Update)

What was your family like? I was raised by my great aunt. My mom and dad were separated. Who introduced you to drugs and what happened after you began using? My friends at school introduced me to drugs when I was 16 years old. My addiction progressed very quickly. From day one I was hooked. I did marijuana and progressed to heavier and heavier drugs. I lived all around the country attempting to escape myself. How did you hear about the Mission? I was homeless in central Stockton. I was hopeless and on my way to the grave. An addict that I was using drugs with was fumbling with a crumpledup business card to the Mission. God told me to come here. I was anxious the first day I came in, but I was ready to quit using drugs. What are you learning and accomplishing while in the New Life Program? I am learning that God loves me no matter what and that the more I focus on God, the less pain and more acceptance I have. The Genesis Class has made things that weren’t so obvious, obvious so I know what to look at in me. I have been able to refocus and get my brain working again. I am creating a solid plan for self-employment in sales and painting. What are you most thankful for? I am most thankful for an opportunity to be alone with God, that I’ve learned to give back, and that I have a counselor I can talk to. There is hope! Thank you for your continued gifts that will help others like Doug! 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.

 Chapel Schedule Page 3  Join Our E-Blast List  GCRM Turns 73!!!  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

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Donate now online at


A ll things considered, God and His people (You) are good! As you can see in the chart above, because of the concern and generosity of 1,842 donors GCRM ended 2012 in the black, with $47,000 left over to begin 2013. Praise the Lord! Every donor wonders, “What did all that money accomplish?” Bill Brown, CEO

Well, here are some interesting numbers, and there are more if you are interested: SERVICE 2012 2011 ELG Meals 65,039 59,632 ELG Lodgings 32,697 29,813 NLP Units of 20,898 14,770 service* Life Skills Units* 2,814 6,743 Graduates 47 36 Clothing 62,425 53,803 Respite Care 783 584 Altar Responses 382 266 2012 Services increased by an average of 12% over 2011 * EACH UNIT OF SERVICE INCLUDES MEALS, LODGING AND APPROPRIATE PROGRAMMING.

The 12% increase in services was accomplished with the same number of 2011 staff, therein lays the need to return to pre-recession staffing levels. Also, we have additional bed /program space for our treatment programs that could be utilized with additional staff; and the need is there. We have waiting lists in every program area. Our dedicated staff and I look forward to providing the services you want in 2013. We will continue to keep the homeless alive and provide programming that will change lives in the name of Jesus our Savior and Lord. 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 how you can help in 2013. Thanks again! ~ William R. “Bill” Brown, CEO

Volunteer Opportunities online at

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February 2013 Volunteer Chapel Schedule Sun





Thank you for your faithful service! If you are interested in leading a Chapel Service, e-mail 3

W.C. World Outreach




1 Freewill Baptist Church

2Lighthouse of the Valley

5 Bethany Temple

6 Amazing Grace Ministries

7 Zion Untd Reformed Ch / Ripon

8 Horton Ministries, Inc

9 Polish Christian Society

10 REACH Worship Center

11 Stockton Baptist Church

12 The Seekers

13 Stockton Covenant Church

14 Promise Land Ministries

15 Bansuk Korean Pres Church

16 Harvest Bible

17 Ambassadors For Christ

18 Bethany Christian Church

19 Mich Heights Baptist

20 Amazing Grace Ministries

21 Good News Christian Center

22 Word of Life Church

23 Polish Christian Society

24 His Raft Ministries

25 Great Valley Bapt

26 Faith Assembly of God

27 Hilliard Chapel

28 Calvary Reformed Church

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We’re Turning

On April 9, 2013!

April’s Celebrations Will Include: Open House Tour of GCRM Campus

Worship Arts Celebration Featuring the county's culturally diverse church community

Benefit CD & Release Concert Featuring Stockton-based singer/songwriter Rebecca Goldsmith


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Up-to-date information is always available online at

Memorial Gifts In Memory Of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Gift From Will Moret Irvin & Judy Baker Frank & Jessie Huffman Hazel White (Grandparents) Jim & Mark Smith Jean & Kimberly Smith Patsy B Monk (Wife) Robert Monk And Steve Mize Joe, Alice & Ted Bylsma John & Ginny Bylsma Bob & Virginia Blewett Joseph & Carolyn Lawrence

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!

Honorarium Gifts In Honor Of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Gift From Christina Smith Susan Grupe De Polo Merry Weaver Stephen Lunge Elzira Saffold David Scheffer Gayle & Ken Riley Joann & Wayne Setness And their children Korina & Scott Jon Escobedo Joe Gunby

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 truck that we use to pick up donations is old and worn down. New(er) Truck Specifications: Diesel truck, with a 14 - 16ft van with lift gate.

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

Also, the vehicles that we use for administrative purposes and to transport clients need replacement.

"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.

Vehicles can be donated for a true market value tax-deduction.

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 call (209) 320-2329 and provide your name, mailing address and the number of cards that you would like.”

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


Foot Powder & Diapers

staff, volunteers & Board Members

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


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

Save These Dates

GCRM Turns 73 Years-Old On April 9, 2013! April’s Celebrations Will Include: (please see page 3 for more information)

Open House Worship Arts Celebration Benefit CD & Release Concert For more info, please go to, call 209.320.2329 or e-mail

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