PROVIDES A MEAL AND MORE
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SAVING LIVES THIS WINTER
IN THE COLD OF WINTER YOU WELCOME HOMELESS NEIGHBORS WITH WARMTH AND HOPE
Charles never imagined he would spend his “I have dementia,” shares Charles. “I’ve spent the better retirement years living on the streets. But part of ten years living on the streets. Being homeless is that’s precisely where some compassionate hard. It’s especially hard when it’s cold outside. All my family is gone. My girlfriend died five years ago, and people found him last winter before since then I’ve been alone. I got pneumonia and ended bringing him to Nashville Rescue Mission. up in the hospital. It got to the point where I couldn’t take care of myself.”
Your gift today means HOPE LIVES H It’s hard to imagine having to sleep in a tent, every night, especially when it’s bitter cold. The reality is far worse. Hypothermia, frostbite, and pneumonia threaten the homeless every day of the winter season. But your generosity gives those like Charles, a safe, warm alternative to sleeping on the streets.
$2.26 provides a meal and more Thanks to faithful friends like you, men, women, and children are always welcome to our emergency shelter. They are welcomed just as they are … cold, hungry, and tired … and you give them a warm place to stay, a meal to fill their empty stomach, and a place they can rest from the worries they face. Imagine what might have happened to Charles if caring neighbors hadn’t found him? Or if the Mission wasn’t here to help him?
Before coming to the Mission, Charles spent more than ten years living on the streets.
Thankfully, someone did find Charles and because of your support, he found rescue and refuge at Nashville Rescue Mission. Through case management, it was discovered that for many years Charles had worked as a mechanic for Sears before developing dementia and had some retirement savings he didn’t know about. Thanks to you, Charles recently moved out of the Mission and into a long-term care facility that is fully equipped to care for him as he battles dementia. Who knows where Charles might be were it not for you and the Mission? This winter there are more men and women, much like Charles, battling life on the streets. Which is why your support to provide basic necessities to our neighbors in need is so critical. 02
Because of you, Charles can now enjoy his golden years. Heart of the Mission | January 2018
HERE, especially in extreme weather! COLD PATROL HITS THE STREETS YO U W I L L R E S C U E LIVES THIS WINTER
It’s estimated there are between 2,000 to 3,500 homeless people living in Nashville. When the temperatures drop below freezing, the consequences of staying outside can be deadly. For those sleeping on the streets, the cold winter can be deadly.
“When the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below, the Mission’s Cold Patrol team is put in motion,” said Mike Tatar, Director of Case Management Services. “Teams of two canvas the streets of Nashville and the downtown area at 3:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. in search of individuals on the streets and in need of a warm, safe place to stay.”
extreme cold, we must respond with a warm place to sleep and nutritious meals. That’s why your support is so important. You are the reason there is a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals, and hope for those who need it.
Thanks to your support, our Cold Patrol teams were dispatched more than 50 times last winter. While not everyone we encountered made the decision to seek shelter, for those who did, because of you, they received a warm welcome. This winter, when the temperatures plunge below freezing, and our community’s homeless face the 03
Your gifts make it possible for the Mission to send out Cold Patrol to rescue those on the streets. Heart of the Mission | January 2018
REV. GLENN CRANFIELD President and CEO
“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Matthew 10:40 NIV
A Warm Welcome YOUR GENEROSITY WARMS HEARTS AND SAVES LIVES
It happens every winter. You see that homeless man or women standing on the corner, shivering in the cold. You can’t help but wonder what happened them. It can feel overwhelming at times to see the needs of the homeless. So many people choose to look away and ignore them. But what gives me great hope is the compassion you show our city’s homeless. You take their needs to heart. You provide them with a place of rest and recovery at Nashville Rescue Mission. The practical, compassionate care you make possible is like a warm welcome for those like Charles, who turn to the Mission for help. Between the filling meals, the warm shelter, and the encouragement of God’s word, these individuals begin to regain hope and look forward to the future. Thank you for your kindness. Your generosity is warming hearts and saving lives this winter.
Save Lives YOU CAN HELP RESCUE LIVES THIS WINTER Every $2.26 you give helps save lives this winter by providing those in need with: • • • • • •
A blanket Winter coat, hat, and gloves Dry clothes and underwear Filling, nutritious meals Hot showers and clean towels The love of Jesus Christ
COLD WEATHER WISH LIST Visit nashvillerescuemission.org to download a list of items most needed during these cold winter months.
MISSION DONATION CENTER 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
YOUR GIFT OF $2.26 WILL HELP SAVE LIVES FROM THE BITTER COLD THIS WINTER
Here’s how you can help Nashville’s homeless and hurting
For some of our guests, receiving temporary refuge as they get back on their feet is a godsend. A hot shower and breakfast before a job interview provides them with much-needed confidence. For others, your kindness encourages them to seek long-term support for their battle against addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Your help this winter will truly save lives. Your gift today means neighbors in need are provided with a warm, safe place to sleep, a hot, filling meal, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Each gift of $2.26 you give will help save a life by offering:
Hypothermia, frostbite, and pneumonia are real threats those living on the streets during the winter season face every day.
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But through your support men like Charles have a safe, warm alternative to sleeping on the streets—the safety and shelter of Nashville Rescue Mission. With your help, no one needs to stay on the streets this winter. Through you and your generosity, they have a safe place to sleep, a hot meal to ease their hunger, and a place they can escape the cold.
A safe, warm bed A hot, filling meal Dry socks, clean clothes A hot shower
PLEASE DON’T WAIT. Every night someone stays on the streets is just one more step towards hypothermia, frostbite, and even death.
L I V E S YO U H AV E T O U C H E D | November 2018
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