“Doing better with the Lord”(...continued from home page...)
Born and raised in Rochester, James spent the last three years in Texas. But when he returned home, he had a hard time finding work and a place to live.
When everyone else put him “on the waiting list,” the staff at our Samaritan House Rescue Shelter were able to find James a bed.
Once he was here, James became part of our 1st Step Program, a special service offered to all our guests who need additional help for more than two weeks.
Under the direction of our Case Management Staff, this program addresses the causes of homelessness by offering services like work therapy, job search assistance, life skills classes and help finding permanent housing.
While they are here at the Mission, men like James also receive daily meals, attend Chapel and Bible study and receive clean, serviceable clothing from our Clothing Distribution Center.
At 58, James admits he’s having trouble getting back on his feet. He’s filled out applications all over town for housing, and is waiting to hear when and if there might be an opening. In the meantime, the Mission is there to help.
“When I came here, they were ready to help me,” he says. “There was no wait or anything. All you have to do is follow the rules and they continue to help you as long as you’re doing your part.”
James sees another benefit to his time here at the Mission: “They learn you about the Lord.” He’s grateful to the staff at the Mission for having the “strong hearts and minds” it takes to do this work, and for the “beautiful feeling” he gets as they help bring him closer and closer to the Lord.
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