Mission: 1. To change the world, one heart at a time, by sharing God's message of hope and salvation through Jesus and following His example of love and concern as found in the Bible.
2. To provide assistance to the needy both spiritually and physically. Our members frequently work with local organizations to bring food, supplies, comfort, help, and encouragement to people suffering hardship. We also offer a variety of programs through visitation of hospitals, orphanages, prisons, and juvenile detention centers.
Results: Our Work in Southeast Michigan
The Family Missions has been operating throughout Southeast Michigan since 1993. Over the past ten years, our work in this area has increased due to the growing needs of the community. Many businesses, companies, and individuals, who make our effort possible, have responded generously in order to meet the demand.
The last few years have been especially challenging for many people here in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press recently stated, "Fifty percent of households in Detroit are considered low-income and extreme poverty for some families and individuals has resulted in unprecedented levels of homelessness. There are 4,000 beds in shelters, but some estimate as many as 15,000 are homeless in Detroit, more than 40 percent of whom are women or families with children." There have been record amounts of home foreclosures and massive job layoffs recently resulting in large numbers of people facing homelessness, hunger, and want.
In response to this important need, we have done regular weekly deliveries and the distributions of basic necessities. Each month, on average, 40,000 lbs. of food is distributed through our ministry. Outreach East, in Davison, and The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, in Detroit are some of the places that benefit from these weekly donations. We have also worked with Grace Centers of Hope, Haven, Gleaners, the Detroit Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Emergency Services, and Matchan Nutrition Center.
These and other local organizations and charities accomplish a tremendous job throughout the community and we are very privileged to work alongside them.
Those on the receiving end of our donations have expressed their appreciation and reliance on our continued help. Autrey Gutierrez, the Volunteer Coordinator of Grace Centers of Hope, commented, "As a result of your efforts we are able to continue to affect a positive impact on those around us whose lives have been devastated by addiction and domestic violence."
"Thank you so much for your continued support. We reach over 1,000 people daily and this would not be possible without the help of others like you," mentioned Alisa Dubose, Volunteer Relations at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Many recipients also appreciate the personal touch and encouragement that we offer along with the donated items.
"Many people come and drop off food or toys, but you guys also stay around and talk with us! You make us feel like family. Thank you!"
Target demographics: To share God's love in a tangible way by serving our fellow man.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7 different charities throughout Metro-Detroit that feed the homeless, encourage rehabilitation from drug and substance addiction, shelter women and children from domestic violence, and shelter people with special needs and mental disabilities.
Geographic areas served: Southeast Michigan
Programs: One of our main programs in assisting the needy is the distribution of donations of food, clothing, toys, and other essential items to local homeless shelters, food kitchens, women's shelters, and needy families.