Ready, Set, Give (for Good)

“Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely… call it whatever you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition.” President John F. Kennedy

Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others using our gifts and talents. Since 1955, our community has partnered with the Mission to help those experiencing homelessness. Back then, the Mission was a safe haven that provided homeless men with food, clothing and a warm meal. Today, the Mission offers a full Life Recovery Program that helps men, women and children find redemption and recovery. Our Program offers more than food, clothing and shelter. Our Life Recovery Program offers our guests classes, case management, vocational training and the tools needed to be a self-sufficient member of our community. Our guests leave the Mission restored, redeemed and emboldened with the love of Christ.

While the Mission has changed a lot since 1955, our core Mission remains… to change the lives of the hurting and broken in our community through the love of Christ. At the Mission, we are more than a shelter and we are changing our cities one life at a time starting with the men, women and children that are in our care.

How are we able to provide this? Through community partners like you! It’s people, churches, businesses and organizations in our community coming alongside the Mission and supporting our vision of change in our cities.

We are seeing great fruit from our Life Recovery Program. Men and Women are finding freedom through Christ. They are finding full-time employment and have the tools to sustain that job. They have turned their brokenness into hope and a future.

Great things are happening at the Mission but the truth is there are more men and women in our cities that need our Life Recovery Program and we need your help to reach them.

You can help us change the lives of more men and women in the community by partnering with us on Give for Good Day. What is Give for Good? Give for Good is North Louisiana’s largest day of online giving. Starting today, you can visit www.giveforgoodnla.org and give to make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women and children. The best part of Give for Good is that each gift is enhanced through the Community Foundation’s Lagniappe Fund so your impact will be amplified even more.

So are you ready to make an impact and help us change our cities one life at a time? Are you ready to be a part of something big? Then, join the #SBMissionLife and Give for Good. You can beat the rush and schedule your gifts today or give on May 7. Make sure to watch the fun on social media and share the impact of Give for Good with your friends. It’s giving made easy. Alright Mission family, here we go …. Ready, Set, Give (for Good)!

You Restore Hope: An Easter Message from Pastor Larry

When we pass a homeless person on the street, it’s often easier to avert our eyes to our phones rather than engage with that person’s very real pain. That way, we don’t have to hear their cries… or see how broken their lives are… or feel how much they suffer.

But their pain is real, even if we look away.

On the cross, Jesus didn’t look away from the suffering, but endured it, fixing his eyes on “the joy set before Him.” The glory of the cross is that Jesus boldly engaged with our pain. He experience our struggles and our cries, and suffered with all of humanity. Jesus took our pain upon Himself and redeemed it. Easter is our celebration of that new hope!

Our generous Mission Family have faithfully demonstrated that you turn toward those who are hurting – and want to offer them healing and restoration through classes and skills in our Life Recovery Program and through Christ’s love.

Because of you, our guests are celebrating huge changes in their lives. By God’s grace and your support, many men, women and children are experiencing hope restored. One behalf of each guest in our care, thank you for reaching out to them with the love and kindness that helps restore lives this Easter.

Click here to read more stories about lives that have been changed at the Mission. I hope as you read, you’re inspired by how you turned a life filled with pain into a beautiful new beginning.

Easter Blessings,
Pastor Larry Otwell, Executive Director

Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week, the Mission celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week by celebrating and thanking our incredible volunteers. Each month an average of 250 volunteers come to the Mission to serve and be a part of change in our cities.

“The Mission has a small staff so volunteers are a critical part of our ministry and play a great part in how we are able to serve our guests,” says Sarah Ardis, Director of Development and Community Relations.

“You can see the guests’ faces light up when they see our volunteers. They know that these individuals are here out of the kindness of heart. I am humbled by all of our volunteers and we can all see the impact that they are making in the lives of our guests and in our cities,” says Donna Otwell, Director of Women and Children’s Program.

You can be a part of the #SBMissionLife and you can volunteer your time and talent to serve homeless men, women and children in our cities. For more information on how you can make an impact and help change our cities one life at a time, visit our Volunteer Page.