Have you ever been asked this simple question, "Can you help with something"? That question, asked by a fellow RPC member, Minnie Bowden, many years ago started my decade-long involvement with HomeStretch, one of our local mission partners. And, in some ways, that simple question changed my life.
HomeStretch walks alongside families who are employed full time but who have become homeless. The program provides temporary housing, life skills education, and financial mentoring - all aimed at helping the family regain stability. It's an effective and well-managed organization and I am proud to volunteer there alongside many other RPC members. As a matter of fact, RPC was instrumental in identifying the need for local homelessness support and was a founder of HomeStretch in the early '90s.
But back to that simple question. At the time the question was asked, I had never volunteered with a non-profit group in the community. I didn't know the level of poverty right here in north Atlanta and I certainly didn't understand the effort it takes for a family to transition from homelessness to stability. I didn't know the importance of the work done by HomeStretch each and every day.
I cherish the hours that I spend working beside the HomeStretch staff and other volunteers as they go about guiding families. I appreciate the support RPC provides HomeStretch and I am grateful, that so many years ago, Minnie asked me if I could help. If someone asks you the same question, jump in and see where you go.
God, please bless this work and the lives of those who serve you by serving others. Open our eyes to see what you are doing around us in our community. Help us be ready to say "yes" when we are asked to help. In Jesus' name, Amen.
2nd Mile for Mission is RPC's annual Mission Outreach giving campaign where every dollar goes out the door to directly benefit our local and global mission partners. Our goal for 2017 is $150,000.
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