I am a youth leader at a church in Kentucky. I was looking for a place for our kids to do a mission project when I discovered Lexington Rescue Mission several years ago. What a wonderful experience. They made the kids feel right at home. Took us on a tour to show us their misitry before our work that day. The kids had a very eye opening experience serving meals to those less fortunate that day. I am so glad we chose to do it at Lexington Rescue Mission. It seemed to be a great organization that really cares for those they serve. We haven't physically been back since but I keep up with them on the Internet.
Volunteering is something that I have always wanted to do but never really knew how to go about getting started. Then one fateful day in 2009 I recieved a speeding ticket and entered into a deferral program which required me to complete some community service. The Lexington Rescue Mission happened to be one of the options in the program. My first time at The Mission I knew it was something special. The people there were genuine and really seemed to care for the people coming in for assistance and meals. The more I went the more I felt myself connecting not only with my fellow volunteers but also with the people coming in to The Rescue Mission for help. Every time I went in to volunteer I learned something new about programs and different ways The Lexington Rescue Mission helps those in need in our community. By the time my "community service" was completed I knew that this was not the end of my journey with The Lexington Rescue Mission. I had learned so much about how the work they do here changes peoples lives an and in turn had started changing my life and my heart. I wanted to do more and be more involved with such a great organization. Three years later I am still actively involved with the Lexington Rescue Mission not only as a volunteer but also in fund raising and other community driven activites. I would highly recommend The Lexington Rescue Mission to anyone wanting to help and get more involved in their community!
The Lexington Rescue Mission didn't even exist in my world 4 months ago. The truth is I may never had known, had it not been for a new friend that I met 4 months ago. He shared his story and the impact that the LRM had on his life. The care, the acceptance, and the love that was provided to him reached so much farther than just his physical needs. LRM (clients and their staff) touched his soul, transformed his mind, and changed his life. God's love in the true form of service and acceptance was so attractive that I had to find out for myself and see LRM in action. My first volunteer experience was one that confirmed my friend's story. People, side-by-side, serving each other's needs, to not only build up and support the body of Christ, but also to introduce others to the healing process. No matter what your story is or where you came from, there were others prepared to stand next you and help you in your story of life. I have been volunteering at the rescue center for the last 3 months and just recently, my family became donors in this great organization that truly rescues those and includes them in this great mission. When I think of the LRM and their impact on the Kingdom, I can't help to be reminded and encouraged by God's words in Matthew 25:40. Thank you LRM for allowing me to be a part of something divine and to improve my story through giving and serving.
My daughter had the opportunity to be a part of the Lexington Rescue Mission staff as a social worker in their homeless prevention progam. She came to them through the Mission's partnership with AmeriCorps. Lindsey was a recent BSW graduate looking for her first job. Not only does the Lexington Rescue Mission reach out to those in our community who are in need of help, the Mission has a history of reaching out to the young professionals who are eager to put their educational training into action. Lindsey completed her year of service through AmeriCorps and stayed another year as a paid staff member. Her professional and personal growth was inspired by the dedicated staff and volunteers of t he Lexington Rescue Mission. It was a difficult decision for her to leave in order to attend graduate school. The experience she gained working with the homeless and nearly homeless through the Lexington Rescue Mission's outreach programs were invaluable as she pursued a MSW. Lindsey speaks highly of the level of service that the Mission provides to our city and continues to maintain friendships with the staff.
I am a native Lexantonian and having lived here my entire life, I have witnessed many changes. I too grew up in Fairington Apt a subsidized housing complex. I lived there from 1979 to 1991. I had no idea really how poor we were and we always had something to eat because my mother was a genius with what we had and an excellent cook. However, times and women have changed. In won't go into those obvious details. However, Jim and Becky Connell, along with Laura have answered a calling from God. I have volunteered for Klothes for Kids, Event planning for Fall Banquet and serve @ least once a month in the kitchen with Bob and Garland as well as donating all my household items to their thrift stores. I can say that I love and find fulfillment in my work ONLY because of these people. We all have a ministry as we grow to be more like our Savior and truly he does live. We weren't meant to serve alone and with my volunteering I feel I have also been ministered to by a divine holy spirit. I thank all volunteers who act in obedience to this purpose. We have angry people in this world and when they encounter a love at this mission it will soften their heart. I pray for more ideas to satisfy the great need foreseen in the future, but mostly for God to work in the clients to live life to it's abundance. In Christ Alone