My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Portland Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Portland, OR, USA
Portland Resue Mission Save My Lfe. Four years ago I came to Portland Rescue Mission from S. California where I was homeless for weeks. I never dreamed after 17 years of marriage,3 beautiful children and a life,for years,where I was active in my community and highly involved with my children and every aspect of their lives through volunteer work,which I simple loved,at the public schools and involved in my church,that anyone,not just me,could ever find themselves where I was.
There I was,defeated by the lies,that my life had spun so far out of control that there just was no other way to go except down,and down I went,to a point where I hated everything about me and I was just done.I gave up,I shut down emotionally and eventually stopped talking all together.I would duck out in allys or just keep walking,I was barefoot with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt on.I was scorched by the elements and I just did not care.Drugs and alcohol had robbed me of me,ruined my reputation,I just was so lost and humiliated I ccouldn't stand myself.However God had different plans.It was through random acts of kindness and love from perfect strangers that sustained me even once protected me from physical harm.Not that I cared,I thank God someone elce did.I finally was taken to the County Mental Institution,it was there the healing began. I still was not talking therefore I went by the name Jane Doe.I laid in bed day in and day out.There was a young lady who would come in my room and say out loud "I LOVE YOU JANE DOE!"She would even at times jump on me and hug me tight.In time I finally spoke,I got up,I was mad as heck at myself still but I said to the nurse stationed outside my door,'I have a phone call I need to make.'Well with that,she jumps up and says,'Jane Doe speaks." The whole place got happy and here I am.
As I reflect,as I so often do,I see Gods hand everywher in my life,at every turn and how he sicked the hounds of heaven on me even though I gave up on Him,He never gave up on me.
Through a chain of events,on October 30,2007,I had my interview with Shepheards Door and my tour.Afterwards I was told I could move in anytime,with that I JUMPED FOR JOY!! Two days later I moved in.For 7 months that in Helen' Perfect World,all of you and the rest of the world,could experience for yourselves.This IS 'LIFE TRANSFORMATION." What i left there with are tools that no-one or nothing can take away from me.
Right now,I am going through some difficult times,that's ok today.I have been blessed to mentor young people and reach out to the homeless in ways that only I know how to do.Yes,I have been there.Yes,I have done that,and Yes I do have the t-shirt.Nothing shocks me anymore.If there's one thing I ahve learned,it is that I have alot to learn. I freely give what was so freely givin to me and that is non-contitional love.I love to share my story of victory,and I love to hears others stories,and I do and it is hard.It's hard to walk away knowing what I know,I feel a bond between each and every person I have encountered and that is alot.It humbles me,inspires me,drives me and at time,it breaks me.I share the hope of Portland Rescue Mission all the time,planting seeds of hope is the least I can do.Portland Rescue Mission is leaps and bounds above the rest as far as I can see anyways,and I look.This is my life,and I dream of the day when homlessness comes to an end,you CAN help that happen.How/ Just get the 'Good Word" out about Portland Rescue Mission.The reality is this.Homelessness today is 'epidemic' my friends.It simply would not be such a "problem' if people would just "embrace" that fact and 'STOP" argueing about it.I find myself defending homelessness more and more at the most im-proptue moments.God has equiped me for whatever He has palnned for me and Portland Rescue Mission was definately my 'Training Ground.' Now,you may think your nobody special,I know the feeling,I want to remind you,as I often have to remind myself and that is this...There is no sin to great and it is never to late,you have not gone to far,You are beautifully and wonderfully made.God has a plan,this is part of it.God goes with me and you where-ever we may go.
God loves you and me the same way in spite of ourselves.Today I greet the day with ,'Thank you God for this day and for bringing me with it,I thank you in advance that you have prepared the way for me today that no matter what happens I don't have to drink or drug over it.PRAISE GOD!!" Last,but surely not least,in the interest of time,I could go on,I'm 52 years young and so much has happened.There's alot that hasn't happened to me to that has happened to countless other's.It is vital for people to be able to tell thier story without being ashamed.I know I can't save the world,there has to be a bigger picture.I just meet folks where they are at,I listen,I hug,smile,I really am glad to see them,my heart hurts for them,the lost and the forgotten.There's alot of hope out there however we need more.Share the Hope.There is hope and there is a place that will help and that is Portaland Rescue Mission.They saved this ship wrecked life and I am so very gateful.Thank You for taking the time to read this.I pray you would take it to heart and share the love.I,like other's, I am always available to speak and to be of encouragement.It's nothing short of a miracle that I am alive,just goes to show God is in the miracle buisness,I'm living proof.
Blessings and Much Love,
Helen J. Harris
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One of the most valuble lessons I learned and I pass on that is to 'Remain Teachable." Seek the tryth,take risks,that to try and fail is NOT to fail,to NOT try is to fail. To this day,I "try" and I have failed,I go back and try again and again,I keep educating myself by tapp ing into people smarter than me and staying informed on what is important to me,for me,that is the issue of Hoelessness and I find Portland Rescue Mission to be a valuable resource.YouTube and Facebook have multitudes od resources also.So whatever is on your heart,GO FOR IT.Be a 'Voice" ofr a cause.Be of encouragement and fight the good fight.I LOVE quoting others,like Rcik Warren,I think that's his last name,however the book,'The Pueose Drivin Life." One of the BEST books ever,he says,'If You Have A Pulse You Have a Purpose."..Enough out of me,that say's it all.Be Blessed and Be A Blessing.Thank You
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