• Letter from Henry – Family Housing

    I was recently rebuked (gently) about not telling all who read the newsletter stories that the author was myself, Henry Young, the Executive Director. In the future, we will do as the newspapers and give credit for all printed material.

    With that information out of the way, let’s move on to the article for this month. We are suddenly in near crisis mode for housing in the family area. When the current building was erected in the early 1990’s there was little need for family rooms or single parents with children. Society has changed drastically since those days and the need for more facilities has begun to rise very quickly. Please allow me to give you a few figures to help you understand where we are at this point: from 2015 to 2016 our total bed nights on the women’s side had risen by 1,000 and that is not a clear picture of the need because we were not tracking the number of families separately. Through November of 2017 we are 33% higher than we were in 2016 (approx. 2,200 more bed nights) and we are still not tracking families separately. Starting on the first of the year we will have a new tracking for single parents with children.

    It has become evident to us that we need to do something very soon. We have already run out of family rooms twice this year and there is still a lot of cold weather to come before spring. To put the entire need in perspective, let me give more information. We (the people of the Las Cruces area) have a battered woman’s shelter where they can go for a limited amount of time, the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope which would be very hard for women with children, and us the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

    So what can be done to mitigate this problem? We would like to do one of two things. The first solution is to build a new building on our existing property. We would propose a three-story totally finished on the exterior and finished as finances allow on the inside. I saw a picture that grabbed my attention but is not what we are proposing, just look at the equipment and construction in progress. The second option is to have someone donate (or sell low) property with an existing functional building on it. This option would increase our expenses in several ways, one of which is more paid staff. Please keep this need in prayer and let friends and family across the country know about our need. This is a cry primarily to help women and children.

    Thank you
    Henry Young

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  • Vol. 15, Issue 6 – Nov – Dec 2017

  • 2017 Thank you for your help

    This is the last newsletter for the year and I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for all you have done for us this year. This has been my first year as the executive director, but you (the donors and volunteers) along with my staff and the board of directors have made it a great experience.

    Let me review some of the things that have gone on this year.

    In the area of staff improvement, we have had a successful time of making things better for our homeless guests. Myself and two other staff went to a convention where we had extensive training in certain phases of mission operation. This was beneficial to all because we have more knowledge and better tools for use in the mission.

    One example is an ongoing reorganization of the complete shelter program which is controlled by our shelter director. He is doing a great job of putting the right people in various positions and adopting procedures which have increased both proficiency and accountability.

    A second example is the fact that I am now writing a succession plan for the mission. This plan will be a guide for the manner of finding successors for the top three positions of our mission. This document will then be reviewed and revised by the board before approval.

    We have an aging physical plant that is beginning to need more constant care and maintenance. We have completely redone one bathroom this year and may need to do more in the future. We would also like to build another facility that would house more women and children and provide more offices. I would also like to have a fully equipped and staffed nurses room.

    Thank all of you once again. I know that our vision is never going to be beyond God’s ability to provide.

  • Staff Stories – Larry Tunnell (Treasurer)

    Larry Tunnell (Ph.D., C.P.A.) has served on the LCGRM Board since 2015.

    Larry has been a faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at NMSU since 1994, and currently serves as Department Head.

    Larry is honored to be able to serve God by helping with the desperately needed work of the Mission.

     

  • Staff Stories – Miguel Torres (Director)

    Miguel Torres has been a resident of Las Cruces since 1999.

    He graduated NMSU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science.

    He is the assistant to the Worship Pastor and Deacon at Sierra Vista Community Church.

    He joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

    He is married and has three crazy and wacky children.

  • Staff Stories – Benito Dutcher (Director)

    Benito Dutcher joined the Board in 2017.

    He is a proud father of a 9 year old boy Zen and a 7 year old girl Emmy Dutcher.

    He has been a resident of New Mexico all his life.  He has lived in Las Cruces for the last 10 years.

    He attended New Mexico Military Institute where he graduated 3rd in his class and received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award from then President Ronald Reagan.

    He received a Bachelor of Arts from University of New Mexico in English/Philosophy.

    He attended the United University Methodist Church where both Zen & Emmy were baptized.

    For fun he currently teaches yoga classes at Indigo Yoga and in El Paso at Om Shanti Yoga.

  • Staff Stories – Gilbert Bishop (Director)

    Gil Bishop is from the Detroit suburbs.

    He started Gil Bishop Roofing 30 years ago in Las Cruces.

    Gil has the second longest tenure of the active Board Members. He has been on the board 25 years.

    We are thankful for people who have been serving for a number of years, Gil helps to provided needed information concerning the overall operation of the Mission.

  • Staff Stories – Ulli Dunn (Vice Chair)

    Not only a board officer, Ulli is also one of most frequent volunteers around the mission.

    She wears both hats well and has been known to be involved in both capacities in the same day.

    We are always glad to see her.

  • Staff Stories – Steve Sears (Director)

    Steve Sears has served on the LC-GRM Board since 2016, having just entered remission from late-stage throat cancer.

    He viewed this opportunity to serve the Lord since he was given less than an even chance to survive his cancer, and figured God had more plans for his Earthly life.

    Steve received his MBA from Pepperdine University and his undergraduate degree from NMSU in 1975.

    His career was centered in law enforcement and the judiciary prior to his retirement from the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office in 2012.