THANKS! For Making a Difference
I love the month of November because it is a wonderful reminder to give a big “THANK YOU!” to all who make Fairhaven Rescue Mission possible. COVID-19 has brought many changes to each of us. But the one thing that has not changed is our friends standing with us. It is so touching to know that people are loving and generous and that they both volunteer and donate. It is really encouraging to our board and staff that we have people – just like you -standing beside us who believe in the work of the mission.
I thought you would be encouraged to hear from some of those you have helped this past year. Your investment has truly made a difference. Thank you!
“I was just drifting from one job to another and from place to place. There was nothing stable about my life or what I was doing. I am thankful that Fairhaven is not only clean, has great food and is a safe place to lay your head but it is faith based. Every night there is chapel. The Executive Director says that is the most important part of Fairhaven’s day! I am also thankful that after chapel we can shower and our clothes are washed for us. In the morning they are clean, folded and put in a basket waiting for us! Thanks to all who pray and support Fairhaven. Please pray for me. I need to make some changes in my life and want to do what God would want me to do!”
“A good friend of mine was on the long-term recovery program at Fairhaven and he would tell me about the mission. He would say to me to just come and eat the food is good. So, I did. My friend has died and I miss him a lot. At this Thanksgiving season I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for a place like the mission that is clean, safe and you can always count on a good meal and a good night’s sleep. An important part of the mission is the concern for us and our relationship with God. We have chapel every night after dinner. The staff is willing to listen and the volunteers are encouraging. I have come to look forward to and respect especially one of the volunteers-Mike. He is an older retired man that is kind and has a lot of wisdom. Thanks to all who help, pray and give. I am thankful that I can count on Fairhaven to be there for me.”
“I was homeless and hungry and everything I did seemed to turn out wrong. There seemed to be very little hope and each road I chose to travel was a dead end. I was talking to some homeless guys on the street and they told me about Fairhaven. I am thankful for the mission. It is a safe, clean and a friendly place. The staff are not judgmental and treat everyone that comes with respect and dignity. At this Thanksgiving time I am thankful that Fairhaven has helped me choose another path in life that is far better than the one I was on. I am thankful to the staff and volunteers that no matter how busy or what may be happening in their personal life they take time to listen and share. This has had a big impact in my life. I want to thank all who pray and give to Fairhaven. Please pray that I continue to keep my feet firmly planted on the right path. Thank you!”
In November, we will be serving thousands of meals through our various ministries. During the holidays last year, with your support, God allowed us to provide over 7,083 meals. The homeless and hungry depend on Fairhaven to meet their physical and spiritual needs . . . many have no one else. They come here looking for a helping hand and a loving heart – someone to care.
We hope you have a Blessed Holiday. You will be in our prayers as we spend time thanking God for all He has done this year and for allowing us to have friends – such as you.
Rejoicing in His Blessings,
Rev. David E. Hammers