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Gifts listed are those received during June 2nd, 2018 through March 7th, 2019.  We are truly grateful to everyone who has honored a loved one or friend by donating to the Union Rescue Mission! May God bless you richly as you continue to let Him lead your life.

 

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Gifts Received in Memory of Death

                Mr. & Mrs. Harold Cantrell

                Mr. & Mrs.  Donald Fassnacht

The Board of Directors of the Union Rescue Mission has selected Doug Nolte to be the next Chief Executive Officer of the organization’s 68-year old ministry to Wichitans experiencing homelessness.

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“I’m growing in the Lord and it shows.”

When Jon first walked through our doors last year, he was a lost, addicted and desperate man. He couldn’t have begun to imagine the God he would meet, the healing he would find, or the man he would become in the days to follow, but his internal transformation has become evident to all in his bearing and countenance. 

“People ask if I’m getting taller and I say, ‘Maybe it’s the Jesus in me,’” he says with a smile. “I’m growing in the Lord and it shows.” 

“People say I look like a whole different person.”

rocky-perez_005_urmw_article.jpgWhen Rocky came to the Mission with a meth addiction nine years ago, he found much more than sobriety. He found a relationship with the Lord that would change the course of his life. “Through the program, the Lord delivered me from addiction and I started living fully for Jesus,” he says.

He graduated from our program and became a small group leader at a church but, when he felt the Lord calling him to become a children’s pastor, he refused. “I didn’t think I was prepared, so I ran away from God’s call,” he says. “For seven years, I got distracted by living everyday life, working jobs here and there.”

jeffprater.urmw_vertical_4.jpgJeffrey grew up in a Christian home but, when he was just 14, he got drunk for the first time and alcohol took hold hard and fast, controlling his life for the next 40 years. “I believed in God, but I just drifted away,” he says. “I was a functioning alcoholic, able to hold down jobs, but my relationships fell apart because of my drinking.”

He spent nearly two decades as an over-the-road truck driver, a life that further isolated him from others. Then his mother fell critically ill, and he quit work to take care of her. “After she died, I hit bottom. I was constantly drunk.”

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Union Rescue Mission hosting open house for new supportive housing complex

Ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Eagles Wing on March 22

 After years of preparation, Wichita’s Union Rescue Mission will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to dedicate the new supportive housing complex, “Eagles Wing,” for men recovering from homelessness and addiction.

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“Growing up was fine,” he says. “I graduated high school with high grades, went on to college, became a telemarketer, started making a lot of money and worked my way up to management.”

But, all the while, he was battling an addiction to alcohol, exacerbated by the stress of his profession. “Life became all about getting numbers and approval,” he says. “I had a lot of issues with anxiety.”

Eventually, his drinking began to take a toll on his work and his physical health. “It got to where I didn’t go to work,” he says. “Then I wound up in the hospital. I was in bad shape.”

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Donate canned and dried goods. For a list of immediate needs, please click here.

Hear from Executive Director Denny Bender sharing highlights from the Mission's 2017 accomplishments.


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Or if you want to get involved, we need you! Check out our volunteer opportunities here, or help us do more good work by becoming a financial donor.

 

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Curtis was getting high again, but this time, he was haunted by images of his grandchildren. 

“I thought of my children telling my grandkids that I was in a rehab or dead. I didn’t want them to have to tell that story.” 

Curtis started experimenting with drugs when he was 27, eventually walking away from his relationship with the Lord. “Over 23 years, my use went from experimental to recreational to a dependence,” he says. “I lost many jobs, my marriage and good relationships with my kids.” 

One night when he needed a place to stay, Curtis came to the Mission’s Emergency Shelter. It was then he learned of our New Beginnings life-change program and decided it was for him. “I had had enough. I was whipped. I said, ‘I must change.’” 

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