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Donald’s Story

If it weren’t for Muskogee’s drug court referring Donald Hobson to the Gospel Rescue Mission he said he would probably be back in jail.

When Hobson arrived at the mission he had nothing but the clothes on his back.

“The people were wonderful and allowed me to go through their clothes closet, provided me hygiene products, a bed and meals.”

  • Because of the generosity of supporters like you we are able to provide interview and nice clothing to our men and women staying at the mission.  We just might be the only shelter in the nation with a dress code.  Visit us on Thursdays to experience dress for success Thursdays.

Hobson said that the people he had been hanging around with people who had not changed their life for the good. This place is a wonderful place that will get you back on your feet spiritually and mentally.”

  • Experts say that we become like the 5 people we spend the most time with.  At GRM we encourage the men and women to make the Father, Son and Holy Spirit three of those and carefully guard your time with others.

He said that the staff were “just wonderful” and that “you are 100 percent turned around.” Dobson has a full-time job at Superior Linen.

  • The only sustainable program to help people out of poverty is work and Gospel Rescue Mission’s upcoming Employment First Program will help many get back into the workforce.  We’ve found that relatively few disabilities keep people from being able to do some sort of work.  Everyone can add value to our community!  We are becoming proficient at identifying opportunities and provide work training.  Everyone deserves a chance to succeed.  

“Once I get back on my feet, I would be glad to come back and help them with anything.”

  •  Looking through history and exploring what it takes to help men and women rise out of poverty it is amazing how often this idea of giving back to society comes up.  We encourage our men and women to volunteer throughout the community.

 Donating to GRM is supporting our efforts to go beyond a handout.  Consider a 3 year pledge today to see more changed lives!

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Camille’s Story

Camille Sciscoe arrived at the Gospel Rescue Mission after a series of incidents that led her to near homelessness.

          In 2013 she was divorced and moved back to Illinois to live with her Mother who died in 2014. In July she had a nervous breakdown due to family issues, which caused her to arrive in Muskogee to live with her best friend who kicked her out in November.

          Her case manager at Green Country Behavioral Health referred her to the Gospel Rescue Mission.

          “In November I walked into the Gospel Rescue Mission feeling as low as a person could feel, scared and bawling my eyes out,” Sciscoe said.

          Other women residing at the mission welcomed her with open arms. “They consoled me and told me that they’ve all been where I was and that I was really in a good place.”

          The night she arrived at the mission was mandatory chapel night. “I hadn’t been in church since 2014. Watching my mother die really shook my faith in God and I kind of got mad at Him,” Sciscoe said.

          During chapel services she felt really guilty and that God was really dealing with her. “A conviction came over me and I knew I had to find a church.” She ended up attending Celebrate Recovery.

          By attending meetings at the mission and Celebrate Recovery she has learned to deal with her ex-husband’s emotional abuse.

          “For the first time in a long time I have a family — a Gospel Rescue Mission family,” Sciscoe said. “I don’t have a mom, dad and my aunt’s are all gone.”

          After losing her family of origin, the thought of losing her new family is something she doesn’t want to think about.

When you support the Gospel Rescue Mission you are giving men and women a hand up!

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Rani’s Story

Rani’s Story

Rani Paxton said that her drug use was getting her nowhere.  She went to a church for help and they referred her to the Gospel Rescue Mission. “I knew I was doing wrong and coming to the mission was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said.

          She gives the mission credit to helping her overcome her drug addiction “through God.” She has completed all the recovery programs at the mission and Central Baptist Church to include Celebrate Recovery and the mission’s Doorways of Hope.

          Paxton has also completed drug and alcohol counseling at Green Country Behavioral Health Services and Women In Safe Homes for domestic violence.

          She’s been clean for three months.

          When she arrived at the mission she “received a wonderful reception and they helped me get my life back.” Staff at the mission taught her time management, social skills and helped her with her behavior and taught her about humility and gratitude.

          Without the mission I would have been lost in my addiction. I never would have made it. There is a circle of good here.” She said she has lost everything but now there is a skip in her step.

          Paxton said that the mission provides outpatient recovery program and the mission provides every resource for a path to recovery.

          “This is the place for a second chance.”

With your help others like Rani can get a second chance for a successful life.  At GRM we provide a hand up and not a hand out. Consider a 3 year pledge.

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Dallas’s Story

Dallas had been raised in the church and taught right from wrong. He knew the Scriptures and he had a great understanding of truth and grace.  But once Meth became his idol, life changed.

Meth had reduced Dallas from a fun loving, good natured and hard working man to living in his car. For weeks he had lived in hotels and shoplifting to get anything that he might need.  This lifestyle kept him moving between Oklahoma and Texas.

All of this movement kept his life from ever stabilizing and Dallas was simply waiting for everything in his life to come crashing down on him. Sitting in his car he thought, “Something needs to change.”

Now after better than three months at Gospel Rescue Mission, Dallas now has a mind that is clearing up from the nightmare that Meth had brought him. His mind is focused, he has no urges to go back to that lifestyle and he is learning job skills.

PRAYER REQUEST: Dallas is trying to quit smoking which for many people is the most difficult addiction to break.

Dallas credits GRITU the online courses at GRM that teach life skills and discipleship for the change in his life. Monday nights at Doorways of Hope helps engrain the lessons from the online course and he is growing stronger physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.  At Doorways he hears testimonies of those who are recovering from addiction.  He also gets to see the negative side at the mission when someone relapses.  He realizes that is likely what he used to look like. It scares him toward sobriety.

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Dallas spent time as an apprentice at GRM learning maintenance and custodial skills. If you are looking for a hard working and dedicated employee, Dallas is ready to serve.

Recently, Dallas was hired as a maintenance worker at a local hotel and is doing great, staying clean and is preparing for a full and complete life.

Thanks to your support our GRITU and Doorways of Hope programs are giving those who have had life altering addictions, like Dallas, a new start on life. Consider a three year pledge to GRM so that more lives can be restored.