Dear Friend of the Mission,
Happy Valentine’s Day! As we head into the month of February, I am simply astonished at how gracious and faithful each of you are to the Modesto Gospel Mission and this community that we all call home. Once again, we thank you for your volunteer time and financial support as we tackle this issue of homelessness. For nearly 72 years the Mission has provided much more than shelter to the poor – it has also provided a path of transformation that occurs through Jesus in the hearts of those that we serve. Daily, we witness men and women who seek refuge only to find true restoration and love in the gospel message of Christ Jesus and His written word. It is such a joy to write this letter, sharing with each of you the impact that you have had on those that we serve through the many various programs that the Modesto Gospel Mission provides.
The Modesto Gospel Mission heads into 2020 with a vision to provide real hope to all those that walk through the doors in search of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. I wanted to give you a few updates on some of our transformative programs, such as our Freedom Road Day Center and the 18-month residential New Life Program.
Beginning this new year, we have expanded our Freedom Road Day Center to 7 days a week, which will offer many men and women a safe place to receive daytime services on the weekends as well on the weekdays, and make it possible for our evening shelter guests to stay on campus during the day. Our daily attendance of men and women that are attending Freedom Road ranges from 30-55 individuals. This program offers much more than a warm place to go during the day. In the day center, Mission staff provide case management alongside peer support to help the participants secure identification, navigate through social security and other public assistance options, explore Mission program options, assist them in searching for housing and employment opportunities. We also collaborate with other local agencies and nonprofits that may be of assistance to the homeless. Freedom Road participants also attend classes on basic life skills, Bible studies, and arts and crafts. This program is rapidly growing as positive word-of-mouth on the streets starts to raise awareness among the local homeless population. Since its inception 19 months ago, this program has grown tenfold, and has helped many men and women leave the streets. This Freedom Road Day Center is also a huge benefit right now when the days are often cold and wet.
From the backyard of a friend’s house I cried out to Jesus. Death was all around me. My appendix had burst and the infection was quickly entering my blood stream. For a week I was doubled over in pain, and now my pleading was for evil spirits to flee from me. God heard me and gave me the strength to make it to the hospital, and it was there I promised to turn my life around. Afterwards, I landed at the Mission and have been here ever since. Thank God for the Freedom Road Day Center. It’s been almost a year now and my life has a completely new beginning! A total turn around! I’ve been clean for 12 months, have a job, a car, and hope for the future! God bless the Mission, Freedom Road Day Program, and everyone involved! – Mike
The Modesto Gospel Mission’s 18-month residential and transformative New Life Program (“NLP”) currently has 68 men and women enrolled who have committed themselves to the pursuit of transforming their lives through the love and grace of Christ. These men and women are courageous as they step out of an old life and move forward on a new path built on Christ and personal discipleship. They attend a whole
program of Bible studies and classes on helpful topics such as personal finance, anger management, addiction recovery, and job skills. They rotate work in various departments to gain experience and training, and meet individually with their chaplain each week. Each of these men and women are so grateful for the possibility of a new life and each personally would love to say thank you.
I personally want to invite you to this year’s Heart of the Donor event which will be happening next month on March 14th from 9 am to 11 am at the Modesto Gospel Mission. We would love for you to enjoy a great free breakfast in our Chapel, engage with some of those that are in our New Life Program, and hear a short message from me. Be on the lookout for an invitation in the mail or kindly call the front office at (209) 529-8259 to RSVP.
Thank you again for your continuous support and prayers as we are settling into this New Year. We simply cannot do this wonderful work in our community without champions like you. Please remember that I would love to personally connect with and give you a tour of the Modesto Gospel Mission campus. Your impact as a volunteer and your financial support provides the seed that produces the miracles of lives being transformed that we are experiencing daily. Please continue to pray for this amazing ministry and please know that your hand in this ministry is vital. Thank you again for being the hands and feet of Christ as we impact our city and county in 2020.
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008
P.S. I am serious about seeing you at Heart of the Donor on March 14th. I not only get to see old friends, but there are so many of you I have yet to meet face-to-face. I hope I get that chance at this breakfast fundraiser and tour.