The Gospel Mission has provided shelter and meals for the homeless and near homeless of Sioux City, Iowa for the last 73 years. It was started by an old railroad worker by the name of Henry Plummer. They serve around 60,000 meals per year and provide nightly shelter for as high as 60 to 70 People. They provide these services free for anyone that is in need no matter what a person's background is. Also, they have counseling services as well as medical services. The Gospel Mission has an Outlet Store that provides clothes and furniture at an extremely low price or for free if a person is totally destitute. The Gospel Mission also has a sister work for homeless and abused women and children in a seperate building across the street from the main mission building. Thank you for your consideration of this very fine work. I would be happy to coordinate a visit for you with the administrator of this fine work.
The Sioux City Gospel Mission serves a tremendous need in the Siouxland area. Our family helps serve dinner there a couple of times a year. What I noticed about the mission is how it treats its visitors and volunteers and the general public -- the same. All are equal in their eyes. It has made a lasting impression upon my kids by showing the compassion to those that are less fortunate -- inasmuch that they serve in capacities like this on their own.
Sioux City Gospel Mission is awsome. I have been involved as a vendor and a volunteer. I have seen men end up at the mission and turn their lives around to be productive members of our society. I have also worked with men who can not be a productive member of our society, and the mission becomes their home. They are all loved and cared for equally, as far as I can see. The Sioux City Gospel mission plays a very important role in our area to reach out to those who are in need. The staff is the BEST.
I have been involved with the Sioux City Gospel Mission for the last 5 years. In that time I have seen Siouxlanders perception of their ministry move from one of "for drunk, down and outers" to realizing "they not only serve the homeless but affect the lives of whole families in this tri-state area".
I have know about the Sioux City Gospel Mission for years. Ive helped at the building over the years with construction projects and currently serve on the board. The Gospel mission works very diligently to fullfill its mission of feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, sheltering the homeless and leading them to Christ. I am always impressed to hear of the impact in mens lives that result from the great efforts of all the staff and God working thru them to lend a hand to those who need it most . The new programing recently added to help the men and women vocationally as well as spiritual mentorship will be another step in sharing Gods love for all .
The Sioux City Gospel Mission offers its hand out to groups in need across our entire community. I am active in several nonprofit organizations including Junior Achievement, Sioux City Marathon, Local Community Centers and the Gospel Mission and its staff is always willing to lend resources to further the mission of other organizations. I am particularly impressed by Vernon Meyer of the Gospel Mission for all the programs he has put in place and for his personal mentoring of the homeless. He is truely an inspiration. This last fall we were able to make a huge impact for the children of our community by giving away backpacks with school supplies to over 4,000 students. Many of these students wouldn't have been able to afford the proper supplies to start school. We were able to insure that they all started school on an equal footing with their peers. Let me share with you a quick story. Toward the end of the day we gave away the back packs a young man came up to me and said "I've been walking all day to get here. I am an Iraqi veteran. My mother died and now I have nothing. Can you help me." I helped him get enrolled so he could spend the night and get a drink of water and he was out there helping us unload the trucks. The one of the other men started to mentor him and encourage him to think of using the GI bill to get an education. A month later I stopped by the Mission to pick up some resources for JA that Vernon was loaning us for the day. I was greated with a big smile by the young man. He had started to work at the Mission and had secured another job as well. He had a plan to go out on his own in the next month. This is just one story. The Sioux City Gospel Mission is changing lives and giving people, including our veterans, the leg up they need to get back into being productive members of our society. They are doing God's work and I applaud them for their commitment. I am a better man for being involved with their efforts.