• Light in a Dark Life

    geoffAfter enduring the dark and difficult side of life for more than 50 years, Geoff Walters found purpose at the Mission. Geoff’s personal growth, while serving honorably since October 2013, speaks to the reason the Mission exists.  But, Honor is a word that would not easily attach to his life before the Mission.

    Geoff grew up in Flint, Michigan, the sixth of eight children to a single mother. His father was never in the picture. Even working two jobs, his mother could not support her family. “When I was six my mother put me and my younger brother up for adoption.” The rejection and personal turmoil he suffered while living in 16 different foster homes left him mean, angry and rudderless.

    By the age of 12 he’d been a regular smoker for two years. Geoff recalls he was “running wild in the streets, obnoxious and rebellious”. By 14, he was using heroin. By 18, he was in prison for burglary. And for the next 17 years, until 1990, Geoff was either in prison or on parole.

    Geoff’s health has suffered as well. Fifty years of smoking has taken its toll. He was a cook for 43 years before COPD disabled him. “I cooked graveyard at the TA Truck Stop on Motel Blvd until emphysema made it impossible to continue. I came to the Mission because I was broke and sick.”

    Geoff serves as Men’s Supervisor. In that role, people have come to know him as generous, tolerant, and a calming influence. People talk to him because they trust him. “I like helping people. I like my life at the Mission. I am content”.

    His tough life has taught Geoff to be direct. “People complicate simple stuff. God has put me where He wants me to be. If I didn’t think so, I’d be somewhere else. When I leave the Mission, it will probably be feet first in a gurney.”

    Life in a homeless shelter is stressful. And, though he’s available 24 hours a day, Geoff disappears at times to listen to God. Those quiet times give him peace. Randy Smith, Shelter Director and Geoff’s boss, says “Geoff has stress Teflon. Nothing bothers him.”

    Geoff’s early, dark days stand in stark contrast to the light that now guides him and the light of his experience he shares with others at the Mission.

  • LCPD Visits the Mission

    lcpd-visits-the-missionDeputy Chief of Police, Justin Dunivan, visited the Mission on 26 September 2016. Topics discussed included ways the Mission and LCPD can expand and improve their partnership.

    Police patrols now respond to calls for assistance from the Mission and the Mission takes in those that patrol finds on City streets who have no safe place to stay.

    The relationship is now moving to a new level.

    In August, the Mission installed an extensive security camera system which, in less than three weeks, proved useful in solving two thefts and the destruction of property. “The camera images are very high resolution,” said Deputy Chief Dunivan who thanked the Mission for their community support.

    He offered the Mission a forum with with patrol officers to describe how we serve the most vulnerable in the community without enabling their behavior. “The Mission holds its clients accountable for their conduct. I think that is very important.”

  • Horny Toad Race

    horny-toad-raceOnce again this year, the Gospel Rescue Mission sponsored the great desert Horny Toad Race, organized by the Mountain Bike Club.

    So, very early on Sunday, 11 September 2016, Robert Ramos and Wesley Collins delivered and set up tables and awnings to support the race. Each year, the Horny Toad Race attracts hundreds of cyclists from all over western US and Mexico.

  • Moose Never Forget

    On 14 September, the leadership of Moose Lodge # 2081 donated $1000 to the Mission.

    moose-never-forgetMoose have not forgotten that it is the Mission which entirely relies on private donations from civic organizations like BPOE and uses no tax dollars to fund its services.

    Pictured here are L-R: Treasurer Billy Lucero, Administrator Darryl Gerber, Senior Regent, and Prelate Willie Apodaca.

  • Vol. 14, Issue 5 – September – October 2016

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  • Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Nights – Aug 8th 2016

    Come out for dinner and help support LCGRM Monday August 8th from 4pm to 10pm.

    Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

    Very Important:

    1. Print the attached flyer for the night you plan to go, either the Aug. 1st or Aug. 8th flyer.
    2. Give the flyer to your server at dinner at the time of cashing out so that they will know you are in support of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Fundraising Night. *If the flyer is not present they cannot count your contribution.

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    **The purchase of alcohol will not be counted toward the donation total.

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  • Roger’s Second Chance

    Roger CobbRoger Cobb came to the Mission in the summer of 2014. He was on probation and had been addicted to painkillers for 10 years. He immediately impressed the Shelter staff will his work ethic.

    No task was too hard, too messy, or too stinky for Roger.

    “Let Roger do it” became the Shelter Director’s solution to most every job that needed the attention of a dedicated, intelligent and willing servant.

    Reflecting on his two years at the Mission, Roger responded in his quiet, understated way: “They’ve been tough years, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing because the Mission gave me an chance to get off drugs and find a second chance at life”. He said his time at the Mission showed him how his pride had damaged his life, and what to do about that.

    Over the last two years, evaluating his circumstances and committing to change his self-destructive behaviors one small step at a time, Roger came to embody the Mission’s ideals of selfless service.

    For the last year, he has been the Mission’s Bedbug Czar, taking a personal interest in introducing the pests to the hereafter as efficiently as possible. Today, there is no material evidence of bedbug activity at the Mission. Roger did that. For those who enjoy the snappy and amusing quips on our Amador sign, thank Roger.

    By the time you read this, Roger will be back in Phoenix a changed man. One who found his faith in Christ, his confidence to be self-sufficient and his sense of self-worth at the Gospel Rescue Mission.

    He recently spent about 6 hours into the early evening one day scouring the stains off two 25 year-old toilets. For that Roger received a Mission challenge coin and a gift card. But that’s not the real story here.

    These two toilets now sparkle like new. Just like Roger.

  • Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Nights – Aug 1st 2016

    Come out for dinner and help support LCGRM Monday August 1st from 4pm to 10pm.

    Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

    Very Important:

    1. Print the attached flyer for the night you plan to go, either the Aug. 1st or Aug. 8th flyer.
    2. Give the flyer to your server at dinner at the time of cashing out so that they will know you are in support of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Fundraising Night. *If the flyer is not present they cannot count your contribution.

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    **The purchase of alcohol will not be counted toward the donation total.

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  • A Volunteer’s Story

    A Volunteer's Story1 Like so many Mission donors, Kirk Scoughton would visit occasionally to drop of clothing.

    In June he became a volunteer as well as a donor.

    One day, while dropping off some donations, Kirk noticed our garden boxes had gone fallow. “I asked the white haired guy (Geoff Walters, our Men’s Supervisor) if I could work the garden. He said OK.” So, Kirk planted some tomatoes and peppers.

    Also, he started bringing his younger brother Kelly along.

    On a recent visit to water and weed, he noticed that Garland Pegg’s memorial tree had died. At his expense Kirk bought and planted an apple tree.

    A Volunteer's Story2Kirk and Kelly join more than 2500 Las Crucens who donated almost 40,000 volunteer hours at the Mission in 2015.

    And thanks to volunteers like Kirk and Kelly who bless us daily, the Mission has been able to bless the lives of countless others over the past 43 years.

  • United Healthcare Resource Fair

    United Healthcare Resource FairOn 11 June from 11 am to 3 pm United Healthcare sponsored a resource fair at the Mesilla Valley Mall.

    These events are opportunities to tell the Mission story by distributing newsletters and information pamphlets.

    Tara Blyler, Valerie Chronister, Allison Moore and Jody Burns volunteered to operate the Mission table.