Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Your help with Hot Patrols during the 90 degree plus days helped many of our homeless experience relief from the summer heat. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission, along with the homeless of our community, would like to express our heartfelt thanks. Without you, we could not have helped as many people as we did. Thanks to you, we passed out over 600 bottles of water to many needy men and women on our city streets. As the leaves on our trees are changing, so are the temperatures and the Mission's focus for providing for the homeless. With each passing day, I can see our temperatures getting lower and lower. Weather forecasters are calling for a repeat of last year’s conditions, which were wet and unseasonably cold. Last winter, we saw four straight months of cold weather and many days where temperatures plunged to 30 degrees and below. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission partnered with The Journey Home and First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro to provide emergency shelter through a program called Coldest Nights. This program provided over 700 nights of warm and safe lodging during the coldest nights of the year. Your donations will help make sure this shelter is available as we approach the winter months.
While Coldest Nights' shelter remains a valuable lifesaving tool, keeping the homeless safe during the winter months, it is only a temporary solution and a band aid on the real issue our community faces. The true issue is lack of available bed space for the homeless. The long term solution is a comprehensive shelter that provides meaningful programs leading homeless men and women towards re-establishing independence in our community. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is determined to establish such a shelter and now enters its first Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds to make this solution a reality. “It’s Time” is the theme of our campaign. It’s time for our community to provide a resource for those experiencing homelessness. We are now accepting donations for the construction of a shelter. The promise of building a shelter is not a huge financial burden but, instead, a huge financial opportunity. Please continue to give generously and join us in prayer as we continue to move forward.
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