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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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Nicholas’s Story

Nicholas Ruiz, a guest at the Gospel Rescue Mission, says that a family is not always blood related.

 

Ruiz said that a family are people who want you to do good in your life and then support you.

“It’s who you surround yourself with — positive people, which results in positive action.”

 

He said his first plan was to keep doing the programs offered at the mission and learn more about God. “I’m learning a new thought process,” he said. “They saved me here and brought me back to life.’

 

Ruiz said that before he changed his life that people were afraid of him. “Now I talk to them and give them guidance and are able to connect with them.”

 

He said that he would always be a part of the mission.

For many that come to visit us at GRM loneliness is their greatest poverty.  Help us help others like Nicholas to find a new family and a new life.