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How Short Stays Led to Life-Long Change.
Hope Gospel Mission was founded with the vision to save and transform the lives of the poor, the broken and the homeless in western Wisconsin. Since our opening in 1998, we have grown to become an effective leader in the fight against hunger, poverty and homelessness in our area.
Men and women come to Hope Gospel Mission from a variety of backgrounds, life situations and needs. In a similar way, the Mission offers a choice of programs—a Short Stay Program as well as a holistic, long term program. To those in need of short term care we offer compassion, guidance and resources such as shelter, clothing, food, and case management. The purpose of our Short Stay Program is to provide immediate help for individuals while assessing and planning the next step in their lives. Each person entering the program must be at least 18 years of age and must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Short Stay Program is essentially for those who say, "I don't have a lot of in-depth issues like serious addictions, long-term joblessness or chronic homelessness, I just need a chance to ease the trauma of homelessness and re-establish myself in a healthy way."
Those who come to us for help may have a secure job, but they have lost their place of residence and need to collect enough paychecks to obtain an apartment. Or perhaps they lost a job, which often leads to homelessness, and need a place to stay until they can find their next job. Sometimes people come to us needing to be away from their family due to serious marital problems or an abusive or unhealthy relationship. We offer them a safe place to heal, get back on their feet, save some money and receive personalized guidance and encouragement to go in a positive direction in their life.
The Short Stay Program is also a good introduction to the many other services provided by Hope Gospel Mission. Men and women in our Short Stay Program interact with the residents in our Renewed Hope Program and experience being a part of a healthy community. Our Renewed Hope Program is a 12-18 month program that helps each resident address eight key areas of a healthy life including academics, addiction counseling, finances, life and vocational skills, spiritual care, mental health and nutrition. The Renewed Hope Program gives men and women a complete makeover and equips them to be employed and self-sustaining.
Many of those in our Short Stay Program come to realize they need longer term help and transition into our Renewed Hope Program. In doing so, they are saying, "I have serious issues in my life that I'm still struggling with and can't overcome on my own." After a few weeks experiencing compassion and positive change in their lives, they see how Hope Gospel Mission cares about them and has the resources they need to get their lives on track.
Bob stayed with us a little over thirty days. He received an extension so he could collect one more paycheck to bolster his savings to get an apartment. Bob's story, before coming to the Mission, was dominated by his struggles with alcohol and picking up numerous DUIs along the way. For a while he was able to stay sober and things seemed to be going well. However, he started down that old road again, got another DUI and was locked up in jail. Bob wanted sobriety. He had a young daughter in the Eau Claire area and wanted to be near her so he could be a part of her life. When he arrived in Eau Claire, he was just out of jail with very little money and no place to stay. He applied and was accepted into our Short Stay Program.
While he was at the Mission Bob was able to secure employment. It was a good paying job doing janitorial work at a local factory. Bob held that job and was consistently able to save money. He had over-due child support payments that he was now able to make. The last we heard from Bob was that his employer was looking to promote him to a supervisory position.
While he was with us Bob shared that he liked the structure of Hope Gospel Mission because it kept him moving and gave him focus. He said he needed that focus to stay sober, reconnect with his daughter, and get a job. He benefited greatly from the structure of Hope Gospel Mission's Short Stay Program.
Those who do well in our Short Stay Program apply themselves in looking for work, getting a job and maintaining steady employment. While they stay with us at the Mission they help out by doing the things we ask of all our residents. By living and working together they experience a sense of participation and community. As residents near the end of their allotted time, they may need and be allowed to stay longer, depending on their needs.
All residents, no matter which program they are in, are provided with their basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene items plus the guidance, instruction and training included in the programs.
And it is all at no charge.
Paul found himself without a job and without a home. He also had health issues related to diabetes.
When Paul came to Hope Gospel Mission he was undecided whether he needed the Short Stay Program or the Renewed Hope Program. After meeting with our staff Paul decided to enter the Short Stay Program. He ended up staying with us for almost fifty days.
Paul felt he could be successful on his own once he had some stability in his life. Our program staff worked with him a little longer than normal, which gave him an opportunity to gain employment with a local business. Paul was at the Mission during the cold winter months and started work each day at 5:00 a.m., before the city buses started. He had received a free used bicycle through our Bargain Center and he rode his bike across town to work. It was a 15 to 20 minute ride, longer when there was a fresh snowfall. That's dedication! In time, Paul was able to save enough money to move into an apartment. Thankfully, it was located closer to his workplace. Paul took advantage of the help we provided and, by applying himself, became self-supporting.
These are just two of the many thousands of people who have received help from Hope Gospel Mission since 1998. How thankful and encouraged we are to see men and women transformed, becoming the people God created them to be! We express our gratitude to all who help make this possible by donating used items to our stores, shopping in our stores, making financial donations, volunteering and, above all, praying for this ministry. All these life-saving, life-changing services would not be available without your support!
Your Support Makes a Difference!
Hope Gospel Mission exists because of generous donors like you – regular people who join us in rescuing, rebuilding, and renewing lives in our community. Here are three ways you can donate:
- By mail. Send a check to Hope Gospel Mission, PO Box 1127, Eau Claire WI 54702.
- Online. Click here to make a secure gift with your credit card.
- By phone. Call 715-552-5566 #1300 M-F from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM and we will help you make a credit card donation over the phone.
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Tuesday, October 24, 12:00 pm
Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center Conference Room
RSVP: Rob Gerber 715-552-5566 ext. 1303
Join us for a light meal, connect with mission representatives and hear resident stories. Capture the vision of the mission and learn how you can use your time, talent and treasure to make a difference.
September 29, October 27, 6:00 PM
Celebrate the progress our residents have made at this FREE dinner at Salem Baptist Church in Eau Claire. See firsthand how your prayers and gifts are making a difference at the Mission. All are welcome!
Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner
Thursday, November 23
Our annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be held at our downtown location, 8 South Farwell Street in Eau Claire. Individuals and families from all over the Chippewa Valley are invited to join us for this FREE community meal as we celebrate Thanksgiving at the Mission.
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our work at Hope Gospel Mission. If you'd like to help our residents find renewed, restored lives, click here and fill out a volunteer application today. Current opportunities include:
- Administrative Assistant,
- Bargain Center Team Members,
- Building Hope Team Members,
- Mid-day Shuttle Driver,
To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, visit HopeGospelMission.org/volunteer.
Hope Gospel Mission has been serving the homeless, hurting and addicted in the Chippewa Valley and western Wisconsin for 18 years. We're grateful to you and the many members of our community who have been a vital part of this important work.
We invite you to consider partnering with us by including Hope Gospel Mission in your estate planning so we can continue to rescue, rebuild and renew the men and women who will need help in the future.
Talk to your financial planner or estate planning attorney today, and learn how you can leave a lasting legacy through a gift to Hope Gospel Mission.
Direct your Choice Dollars and Plan an Action Team
Are you a Thrivent member? Do you know that you can direct support to Hope Gospel Mission through your Thrivent Choice Dollars? For information to direct your Choice Dollars, contact your Thrivent Financial representative, go online to www.Thrivent.com/thriventChoice or call 1-800-THRIVENT.
There are many Action Team opportunities at Hope Gospel Mission. For more information contact John Ailie at 715.552.5566 ext. 1305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fresh Produce
- Ground meat (beef, pork, turkey, chicken)
- Postage stamps
- 80-inch long twin sheets
- Bath towels
- Shower shoes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cough drops
- Copy paper
Items may be dropped off at the House of Hope, 8 South Farwell Street, Eau Claire at any time.
Thank you to the following organizations for your support:
- Andersen Corporate Foundation
- AnnMarie Foundation
- Eau Claire Community Foundation
- Feed My People
- Rutledge Charities
- Thrivent Financial®
- Xcel Energy
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- Lucy Murray, Raymond Murray
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- Brad Tripp, Timothy Kobernat
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