Building Hope Campaign - Launched!

By Dr. Bruce Metcalf, Exec. Director

 

The Building Hope Campaign is off to an exciting start!  YOU are making it happen; your pledges are coming in daily.

We especially want to thank Cornerstone Community in Chowchilla that sent the Rescue Mission a check for $100,000 towards the campaign. What a great boost to move us towards our goal of 3 million.

Every one of your contributions is like a building block that is forming the foundation for the buildings. Your prayers are the spiritual foundation upon which the lives of men and women will be transformed as they become new creations in Christ.

As we move deeper into this Building Hope Campaign, we are becoming more aware of the grants and funding opportunities that are willing to partner with us. These funds, together with your donations, will transform five acres of weeds into a garden where the lives of men and women will blossom into the people that God has created them to be.

May God richly bless you for your partnership in this incredible venture where Jesus is saving people and lives are being changed for His glory!

Merced Bridge Housing & Respite Care Expansion

A generous donation from Dignity Health coupled with some matching funds from Merced County will make it possible to double our capacity in respite care and add a ten-bed bridging house for longer term transitional housing. These donations are aimed at providing needed expansion and necessary services while we work towards the development of a new campus.

For the past four years we have been operating respite care with only 10 beds.  We receive multiple referrals from Dignity Health every day and are constantly full and not able to meet all the need.  A second respite care house will significantly address this need to provide space for the homeless individuals being discharged from the hospital.  When homeless patients leave the hospital and go to the streets, they are likely to return very quickly to the hospital.  Respite care provides them with a short-term place to heal as we work to find them permanent housing.  During this past year with only 10 beds we were able to provide a place for 200 unique individuals to recuperate from their hospitalization.

Our partnership with Dignity Health and Merced County has been a real blessing.  Their donations and funding have allowed us to address the needs in our community as we care for people.

Los Banos Bridge Housing

The Merced County Rescue Mission was awarded a Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) grant through the Merced City/County Continuum of Care to start operating a bridge housing program in the City of Los Banos.

With the latest homeless count of 49 people in Los Banos, this will immediately take 10 homeless people off the street and help them start receiving services toward permanent supportive housing.  The house will be a low barrier facility which will offer people the opportunity to come in without a large list of restrictions and requirements.  The goal is to help people where they are, and to help them move forward in their lives.

It is a parallel concept to Jesus taking us as we are and helping us turn our lives around for the better.  This effort will be the first extension into Los Banos to provide bridge housing for individuals who find themselves homeless.

For some years, the Mission has been working with the county to provide meals for seniors in Los Banos.  It is now our privilege to further meet the needs of people in this community.

60 Men & Women Housed!

60 men and women have found permanent housing this year after going through Rescue Mission programs. Thank you for supporting the Mission!

Hope for Men
Beds Available:  10  /  Enrolled:  10
Housed:  13

Hope for Women
Beds Available:  10  /  Enrolled:  9
Housed:  8

Hope Medical Respite Care
Beds Available:  10  /  Enrolled:  10
Housed:  21

Transition to Hope (Sober Living Homes)
Beds Available:  40  /  Enrolled:  39
Housed:  18

Guest Services:  549

Learn more about our programs, click here.

Oasis Dinner Raises Over $76,000 for the Mission

The Merced County Rescue Mission would like to express our gratitude to all of you who attended the Oasis Dinner, our annual fundraiser on Friday evening, May 10th. The Oasis Dinner raised over $76,000 to meet our expenses during the summer months. This could not have been accomplished without your overwhelming generosity and support for the Rescue Mission. Your kindness will help us continue helping men, women, families, and Veterans across all of Merced County.

Thank you also for sharing in the excitement of the Mission’s “Building Hope Campaign” as we look forward to a new campus and the opportunity this will bring for influencing even more lives for Christ! As our ministry expands, we are grateful to have you as strong supporters.

We encourage you to learn more about the Mission, help raise awareness, and help raise more funds for the Mission.

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