A “Rescue Mission” to help those who can’t help themselves
To most of us life has been kind. We might have faced disappointment, disillusion and challenges at the personal, social or political level, from friends, family, colleagues or leaders we have looked up to. However, we have been lucky not to worry about such fundamental necessities as shelter and food.
Even as we go about our daily routine – go to work, fight our professional battles, meet up with friends and family, go out to dinner, enjoy a sitcom on TV, plan a vacation, plan our future investments – there are hundreds in a neighborhood in our city or town who are thinking about where their next meal will come from, displaying “Will work for food” or “Hungry and Homeless – Help” signs that literally shout out their helplessness, or fighting for a place to sleep on the streets. Many of them have serious health concerns, some have substance abuse problems, more than half of the homeless have no health insurance. The most rapidly growing segment of homeless people is families with children. If you live in one of the big towns or cities in the United States, you are more likely to be acquainted with these facts, since more than 70% of the homeless are concentrated in these areas. Many charitable organizations operate “Rescue Missions” to help such destitute and homeless people.
The nature of “Rescue Mission” organizations:
These “rescue mission” programs are not-for-profit initiatives of religious associations of the county or city. In fact, most of them are Christian organizations, founded by people belonging to the Christian faith. These organizations serve any person who falls in the purview of their “rescue mission” programs without making any distinction on grounds of race or faith. Their programs take care of the needs of the poor and the homeless, which involve providing food, medical care, housing, education and job training among other voluntary services. Each of these organizations has multiple programs aimed at addressing specific needs of beneficiaries. These missions are constantly in the need of volunteers to carry out their programs.
Who can volunteer in “Rescue Mission” programs?
If someone else’s helplessness moves you to a strong desire to help them, and you can make time for such community service programs, you have the making of a volunteer in a Rescue Mission program. These programs require people from all walks of life – old and young, often with some specialized skill for specific services to help them achieve their vision. Organizations dedicated to community service need people in all capacities – administrative, accounting, medical, educational, and public relational – to speak of broad categories.