This will be more than a review of the Cookeville Rescue Mission. There are too many personal details to cover in this format; so, I'll cover the main points. This is my story; and it's not unlike the hundreds that pass through these doors each month.
On June 5, 2014 I was released from prison; only knowing that going back to Knoxville was not an option. My plan consisted of no more than going to Nashville on a hope and a prayer. Upon my arrival at the Cookeville Greyhound station; I learned there were no buses for Nashville until the next morning. The TDOC driver's supervisor told him to drop me off at the mission. Fate would have it that Kim England just "happened" to be standing at the front door of the mission office. I instantly felt a connection to Mrs. England and we had a lenghty conversation. I decided that night to make Cookeville my new home.
As a resident of the mission you are given everything a person may need: food, clothing, hygiene items and most of all a Bible. There are church services and twice daily devotions; headed by caring and obviously devoted staff and volunteers. If you have the drive and ambition to change your life; the Cookeville Rescue Mission just may be, the manna in the wilderness, for you. The staff may at times be spread thin; however, they do care and will do all they can for those leaning on Christ while helping themselves.
There so much potential for the growth of this ministry; and, the programs/services it offers. With the current leadership and staff support; I see no reason that Cookeville and the entire region can benefit from this ministry. This mission would fail if weren't for the continued prayers, financial support; and, donations of food, clothes, and household items from the community and surrounding area and people like you. Matthew 25:35-40
I'd like to thank God for His many blessings seen and unseen. A special thank you to Kim England and Roger Minard for the opportunity to serve, learn, and grow. Not only in my Christian walk; but, also in my calling to social work.