Hello Friends,

It’s starting to begin…the busiest seasons of the year at the Modesto Gospel Mission. Fall is here, with winter just around the corner. Can you believe next month is Thanksgiving already?

For the staff at the Mission, our Gala is in the rear-view mirror, and we have started to prepare for one of our two large holiday events. The Great Thanksgiving Banquet & Bundle Up will be happening this year on November 27th from 11am to 2pm. This time of the year is when those that are fighting the reality of poverty and homelessness can have a place to call home during the holiday season. For many, the Modesto Gospel Mission is a place of refuge and recovery that brings love and hope in a season where so many feel loneliness and hopelessness. Today, you have a chance to bring hope in so many different ways as we head into Thanksgiving.

First, we would love for you to volunteer and enjoy the blessing of participating in our Banquet for Thanksgiving. There are opportunities to serve in the kitchen and dining room, as well as giving away coats, scarves, hats, and gloves to the hundreds of men, women, and children in need who will come through the line at the Mission that day. It is truly rewarding to see their gratitude for the traditional Thanksgiving meal and warm winter clothes. We would love for you to join us as we provide “Thanksgiving” to those that have very little during this holiday season. Volunteering at this event is simple: just email jennifer@homelessmission.org and inquire about the opportunity to serve on this day.

Second, we are in need of donations for this event. We need new and gently used coats as well as warm winter beanies and hats, gloves, and scarves for men, women, and children of all sizes and ages. We also need items for the Thanksgiving meal such as turkeys and stuffing.

Finally, during the holiday season we need your financial support. The holiday months seem to have the most desperate need as days turn dark and cold, food and shelter are in greater demand, and depression and hopelessness are high. Your financial support helps us meet pressing tangible physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. As more men, women, and children crowd into the Mission, your generosity helps combat the effects of poverty and homelessness, creating a safe place to experience the holidays, and generating a spark of hope, faith, and love.

I personally love this time of year when the nights get a little bit colder, the winds tend to pick up, and something in the air changes. But for many on the streets, this is a time of year they dread the most. The Mission is here for times like these. We are the only truly local non-profit organization that exists to serve the needs of our impoverished and homeless neighbors. This is “our mission.” But this truly is your Mission because without you,the Mission cannot meet the needs of the increased population of men, women, and children we serve in the fall and winter.

As we (already!) move toward the end of the year, I pray that you will continue to join us as we strive to reflect the love of the Father towards the “least of these” in our community. I would request that you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly partner of your Mission by visiting our website at www.modestogospelmission.org and clicking the “Donate” button at the top and then check the box that confirms you want to make a monthly recurring donation. Thank you for caring, praying, giving, and volunteering, all as part of transforming lives through the power and the love of Jesus Christ.

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his
wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and
fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9

Jason Conway, Executive Director