Stories From The Mission

December 08, 2014

Valentino's helping take the Hunger out of the Holidays


This year Valentino’s is teaming up with the Peoples City Mission to make sure people who are homeless get a wonderful meal on Christmas day!

WOULD YOU CONSIDER DONATING A FEW FOOD ITEMS FOR THEIR DINNER? 

 • Turkey (financial contribution)
 • Green Beans (for Green Bean Casserole)
 • Mushroom Soup
 • French’s French Fried Onions
 • Stuffing Mix
 • Canned Sweet Potatoes
 • Marshmallows
 • Mashed Potatoes Mix
 • Pumpkin pie filling
 • Whip Cream 

You can drop off your donations at any of the 12 Valentino's restaurants in Lincoln!
Click here to see a list of locations. 

~ Give a gift this season that makes a real difference. ~

 

December 01, 2014

From the desk of Pastor Tom: Christmas


 

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” 

What good news! God loves humanity and has given us a most precious gift in the form of a little child. One who has come to save us all. As we enter this season, the People’s City Mission wants to wish you and your family for a very merry and joyous Christmas!!

We also want to thank you for the love and support you have extended to the poor and homeless in our community. Just know we deeply appreciate your faithful partnership with us. 

I wish you could hear the stories of people who have been touched by your generosity. It has made a difference in the lives of so many people. God bless you for that.    

Some of most heartwarming stories come from children staying with us. I am always amazed at their seemingly unbreakable spirits. When I ask them what they want for Christmas their responses are often eye opening. Instead of requests for toys, clothes and other things I hear: “to get a home of my own,” or “for dad to come back.” A few times I have even heard “not to be hungry anymore.” 

Just know we want to make this Christmas season a wonderful experience for everyone staying here, especially our kids.

We may not be able to make all of their wishes come true, but we can encourage them, pray for them, feed them well, make merry and ensure they get a present or two on Christmas morning. 

Perhaps you have noticed the enclosed response card. The fact is we really need your help. Right now more than 350 men, women and children are depending on us for food and shelter. Over the next several months I expect these numbers to increase even more. Your gift, large or small, is very important to keeping them safe.

Above all, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We know God is good, and that His heart is for the helpless and hurting. We believe yours is too.

 

His blessings on you!


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October 01, 2014

From the desk of Pastor Tom: Domestic Violence, A Growing Issue


In June, Rachael became another statistic to domestic violence. She had been married for almost twelve years trying to make the most of an increasingly abusive situation. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Things finally became too difficult to manage and she was forced to leave home with her six-year old son. They ended up at the People’s City Mission. 

We are working hard to get Rachael back on her feet and into a place of her own. However, it is not easy. With only a high school education and limited work skills she is finding it difficult to get a job. She is despondent at times and very afraid of the future. 

Did you know that over 150 women and children will stay with us tonight and the prevailing reason for them being here are abusive relationships? Sadly, they are not alone. According to the federal government, one in four women across the United States suffer from some form of domestic violence. In Lincoln, that statistic translates to over 30,000 women. If children are included, this number is much higher.  

It is important to realize domestic violence is a growing plague on our society. It even impacts a large number of men coming here. Many of them struggle with drug or alcohol addictions partly because of some type of abuse in their past. And, there are not enough available resources in our community to effectively deal with this problem.   

Just know the Mission is very committed to helping these victims turn their lives around. The first thing we do is to try and make staying here a positive experience. Also, we let them know there are people in our community who care deeply about their situation. And we assure them this crisis is not their fault. That God loves them and will care for them as they move forward.

But I am asking you to help in our efforts. The cost of running Lincoln’s only large homeless shelter has increased significantly in the past several years and we really need additional financial support. Any size gift you can give is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your kindness and partnership with us. Together we can make a difference in the lives of many hurting people! 

God’s rich blessings to you!


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