Kansas City Rescue Mission
December 1, 2009
5 years ago I had lost my job. I had been unemployed for 6 months. I had to return my vehicle to the loan company and I was behind on my mortgage by three months. The bank was already threatening to make me homeless. We had no where to go, I had considered living in the woods under a blue plastic tarp. My story starts in July, 7 years ago. I moved out here from Wellsville, NY. A little town in the hills of the southern tier of NY where I worked for Verizon as an installer. I made good money and My wife and I lived very comfortably. As Christians we know that is when God moves in and asks us to do things. I was an associate Pastor of a small church in our town. Then I got this calling from God to come west to start a church in the holiness denom. that I belonged to.My target destination was Omaha, Neb but in route to Omaha my wife's brother had a heart attack, he lived in Belton at the time. Our course was diverted and we hauled everything we owned to Kansas City. I worked for two years at a hotel in the area to support us while I tried to start a new church. For two years I got no where, I prayed and fasted and fasted and prayed, but for some reason nothing would happen. I questioned God at times asking if I had made a mistake. We faithfully asked people to come to church at our house but we never had more than two or three show up. Then I lost my job at the hotel. I tried and tried for six months to find work. I work temp jobs for a while but never long enough to pay to many bills. I had started going to the 1st Church of the Nazarene of Blue Springs about three months before and they prayed for me to get a job and helped supply food so we wouldn't starve. But when it came to the bills we had nothing. Then one Saturday I was at a Sunday School class dinner and one of the people from the mission (Gordon M.) asked me if I had a Job yet, and half jokingly I said,"hey, get me a job where you work. That Sunday I was introduced to Joe C. I handed him my resume and cover letter, Wednesday the following week I was called to fill out an application. By the following Monday I was working. But, I still have a problem, I have no ride, and I am about to loose my home. There was no way I was going to catch up with my mortgage and I had already talked to the bank, I was at a lose. But when we see nothing God always see something, Joe C. got wind of my situation and call all of the KCRM resources to bear, Jan B.(case worker) Found money to keep my utilities on and caught up. Joe C. Put his name on the line to support a loan to catch up my mortgage, and Jan B. persuaded the bank to rethink foreclosure and give me a chance. At the same time Paul M. made sure we had plenty of food. As I settled into my new job I found family I didn't know I had. I also realized that this is what God was calling me to those years ago back in NY. Today I can pay my mortgage payment, God gave me a ride to work, and My handicapped wife received SSSI as she should, all thanks to KCRM. I still don't make enough to buy groceries every payday but I am not starving thanks to Tara R. and her kitchen staff. Since I have worked here at KCRM I have had my hands in stuff most people would shy away from, I have done things most people would not think of doing and i still love the fact that God finds me worthy enough to do his dirty work. I must admit, not all of my jobs are dirty; and being a recovered alcoholic at the hands of my Lord and Savior is one thing you will never take from this Maintenance Supervisor. I love you all and now you know the rest, of, the story.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Case management, I got help in keeping my house.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
I can give back every day.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Reach out to homeless and mentally handicapped women, That is a big need here in Kansas City, to many are falling through the cracks of our social system.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Professional with expertise in this field & I unplugged the toilets.