Goodwill Rescue Mission empowers the poor, homeless, and addicted of Newark to encounter Christ through compassionate care and comprehensive life transformation that meets immediate needs and encourages many to dare to hope for a life of dignity and dedication to being a contributing member of their community.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, thousands of people here in Newark will wake up hungry, homeless, and hurting.
Just a few years ago, many of them had jobs and were living productive lives. As the challenges of daily life became even more difficult, they lost everything. Recovering from the devastating impact of hard times is a very slow process for the hardest-hit people in our community. Continuing hardship pushes many over the line into drug or alcohol abuse, then homelessness and despair. Many are facing their first holiday season homeless.
My heart aches for those who will spend the season on our neighborhood streets. I think of how Jesus once said, “…when you give a banquet, invite the poor…” (Luke 14:13). And that’s exactly what we’re planning to do. But we need help from compassionate partners.
We’re planning a special Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 26 – another for Christmas on Wednesday, December 23. And altogether this holiday season, we expect to serve over 30,700 nutritious meals.
But even more importantly, we want to nurture our guests with life-transforming hope. We want to offer them the caring support and proven programs that will help them turn their lives around for good.
It’s such a busy time of year and we want to make sure we’re ready to provide hot meals and care for every single person God sends to us this holiday season.
For someone who is facing the bleak prospect of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas on the streets, your generous gift will make an encouraging difference. You’ll help them know they’re not alone!
– Rev. Hector L. Vega