Sheri’s Thanksgiving Blessings

Raleigh Rescue Mission’s Mission of Hope is all about changing lives of people like Sheri.

Sheri came to the Mission, six-months pregnant with no place to go. When she arrived at our emergency shelter, her more-than-a-meal experience began with a hot meal and clean clothes for herself and 4-year-old son.

They took showers and enjoyed a safe place to stay. A few days later, thanks to friends like you, she began her long-term program through our Recovery and Rehabilitation Service.

“I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35 (NIV)

Just as Jesus took care of both the physical and spiritual needs of a person the Mission does the same through their recovery services. Each day Sheri learns things she never knew about the Bible. While she is growing closer to the Lord, a tutor helps her prepare for the GED.

That’s not all. She’s learning how to manage her money, mastering job skills, and her 4 year-old son is attending the Mission’s early learning center and learning how to read and write.

All of this is part of our Recovery and Rehabilitation Service.  Working collaboratively with a number of community partners, the Mission ministers to each client with health care, addiction rehabilitation, Christian discipleship, education and job training.

The Mission staff is intimately involved in the lives of each person in their programs. On Thanksgiving Day last year, Sheri gave birth to her daughter. When her water broke on the busy holiday, the Mission called an ambulance and later checked on her in the hospital. Her happiest memory is that everyone in her family had time to get to the hospital before her little girl came into the world.

Sheri is one of hundreds whose life has been changed by the Missions Recovery and Rehabilitation Services. But because we don’t receive any funding through government agencies, gifts from individuals are the only way to keep our life-transforming services in place. That means, for many of Raleigh’s struggling men and women, you are the best hope they have to turn their lives in a new direction.

This Thanksgiving, Sheri will celebrate the many blessings in her life.  Sheri is especially grateful to all our friends who made her unique life-changing program possible:

“I appreciate you so much. Because of you I have another chance with my kids, the counselors here made me see from a different point of view, you feed me, you clothe me. You just do everything. Thank you.”

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