Following Jesus… Serving The Homeless

Homelessness is a complex problem with many contributing factors, including addiction, poverty, unemployment and personal tragedy. Mobile Rescue Mission is working to add a variety of emergency, preventive and extended stay services to assist each homeless person’s unique situation. Our goal is to connect those in need with community resources or offer specified care to provide the tools needed to lead a life of stability and self-sufficiency.

Our new Mobile, Alabama Mission has several programs:

 

 

The Day Resource Center, with services provided by 15 Place, at the Mobile Resuce Mission provides a safe place for the homeless to rest and enjoy recreation during the day. The center offers mail and phone service, laundry facilities, an on-site chaplain, rotating community service providers and so much more.

The Respite Care Dorm offers sick and injured homeless men a safe, quite place to heal. Respite Care has hospital beds and a handicap accessible bathroom and shower.

 

What happens to veterans when they have no one to come home to, no one to help them deal with the emotional and physical trauma of war?

Robert served in the Army and was homeless for many years. Facing numerous medical conditions related to his service, he didn’t know where to go to get help.

“The Mission welcomed me with open arms. They will give anybody a chance. If you are willing to do something with your life, they will keep you and help you.”

The Mission contacted the Veterans Administration’s office to interview Robert. They discovered that Robert was eligible for assisted housing through Volunteers of America and helped him through the application process. Now Robert has his own apartment.

“I’m so grateful to be off the streets. Now I don’t have to live out of a backpack. I can come home.”

The brave Americans in our military make unimaginable sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Military veterans account for 23 percent of the nation’s homeless population, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. At the Mission, Veterans have accounted for as much as 30 percent of those we serve. Mobile Rescue Mission is proud to be able to serve those who risked their lives every day to serve our county.

Through the Mission’s Veteran’s Affairs Care Program, homeless veterans meet with a representative from the local VA to secure eligible benefits such as pension, housing and medical assistance. However, getting VA benefits takes time.  Veterans who are eligible for VA benefits are able to stay up to three months at Mobile Rescue Mission while waiting for their benefits to start.

Each year, more and more veterans like Robert come to the Mission for help. If you would like to help homeless veterans achieve the dignified life they have earned, a donation of just $17 will provide a day off the streets, and $119 will provide a week of care at the Mission’s Veteran’s Affairs Care Program.

“When you give to the Mission, you’re offering someone the chance to have a better life. I look at my life now…I can never thank them enough,” Robert said. “Give from your heart because it works.”