• Vol. 15, Issue 2 – Mar – Apr – 2017

  • Richard Hardy – One Day at a Time

    Richard grew up in Southern California as the youngest son of Midwest parents who migrated to California in the 1950’s looking for a better life.  Richard’s father was raised an orphan in the 1930’s.  He was an abusive man full of rage, especially toward Richard.   Richard’s mother, also a child of the 1930’s, was in complete denial of the physical and psychological damage her husband would inflict.  This set the stage for a roller coaster of a life for Richard.

    Richard joined the Navy out of High School and used alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with life.   After leaving the Navy, Richard had a positive period in his life.  He stopped using, graduated college on the G.I. Bill and decided to return to the military as an officer in the Air Force.

    After leaving the Air Force after a few years, Richard’s life took a turn for the worse when his symptoms of PTSD began to manifest. They would eventually undermine his success for the remainder of his life.  “I would work for a while, mostly office and paperwork, then crippling anxiety and depression would eventually overwhelm me.  I never worked more than a few years anywhere in my life”.  He left a trail of failed relationships, failed finances and defeat behind him.

    Recently, a long time friend recommended Richard come to Las Cruces and stay at the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.  He had heard good things about their services and thought Richard might benefit from staying there.  “Fortunately, I heeded his advice”, says Richard.

    Richard began volunteering at the Mission after being there a week.  He enjoyed working at the Mission and saw the positive changes his stay was making in his life.  “The staff and the volunteers have become my family for real.  The truth is helping others also helps me”.

    Richard reports that Jesus Christ has become an important part of his life.  “I’ve had some good times and really bad times in my life.  At some point I reached the end of myself.  The mission has help me realize Christ’s forgiveness in my life.  Fortunately, we have weekday bible studies and access to chapel services every day to learn and reinforce God’s Word”.

    Richard’s plans for the future are still undetermined.  “I can only take life one day at a time, like everybody else.  All I know is that when I lay my head down on the pillow, I thank God for another night at the Mission.”

  • Thrift Store Winter Clearance

    Winter Clearance!  50% Off on Households.  Leather jackets are buy one at $40, get one Free!

    Please come by and check our specials and help us support the Mission through the Thrift Store.

  • Share the Warmth

    Please help the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room.

    Biggest needs now, besides volunteers – blankets, adult coats, men’s shoes, any warm items.

    Come join us – we are a friendly group who just want to help our fellow citizens.  Maybe your civic group, church group, club or school organization is looking for a project.  You have found it HERE.

    Visit us at 1416 S. Solano Monday – Wednesday or Friday 9-11am or call Wylene Saunders at 575-642-9619 anytime for questions, answers or a tour.  Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Volunteer Fair

    ALL VOLUNTEERS, please save this date on your calendar.  On Saturday, April 8th 2017, bring your family and friends (that have not been volunteers) to the Plaza de Las Cruces on the downtown mall for the volunteer fair.

    There will be over 50 non-profit organizations who are looking for volunteers.

    The Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission will be there also.

    The city will bring one of its fire trucks so that the children can learn about it, codes will also host a bike rodeo to teach children about bike safety.

    You can also enjoy the Farmers & Crafts Market.

    See you there from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

  • Tell Your Friends about the LCGRM Clothing Room

    The Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room gives clothing and some household items free to anyone in our community.  People can get assistance once every 30 days.

    Visit us at 1416 S. Solano Monday – Wednesday or Friday 9-11am or call Wylene Saunders at 575-642-9619 anytime for questions, answers or a tour.

    Looking forward to meeting you.

  • How You Can Help

    Looking to help others?  Don’t know where to do this?  There is a place for you at the clothing room!

    In order to help those in need we need volunteers to sort clothing, put them on hangers, display them and assist people with their selections.

    Come join us – we are a friendly group who just want to help our fellow citizens.  Maybe your civic group, church group, club or school organization is looking for a project.  You have found it HERE.

    Visit us at 1416 S. Solano Monday – Wednesday or Friday 9-11am or call Wylene Saunders at 575-642-9619 anytime for questions, answers or a tour.

    Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Men’s Shower Makeover

    The shower area in the men’s area has been in need of repair for some time.  The screws that held the handles onto the shower valves had become enlarged over the years to the point that most would not even stay on the valve.

    After examining the area, it was decided that we needed to do a complete makeover of the entire room.  With the help of Maddox Plumbing, the showers have been replaced and all are in working order.

    In a few days we will also have new lavatories (to replace those that were cracked or broken) as well as a new countertop.

    Our residents are thankful for the repairs and have vowed to keep them in good working order.

  • Prayer support

    It is good to know that people around the nation are partnering with us in prayer for our mission.

    I recently received a card from the Brother Bryan Mission of Birmingham, Alabama.

    It was signed by each staff member and said that they had prayed for us as a staff.

    Our mission and city are blessed by the fact that others are praying for our efforts to meet the needs of the homeless.

    – Pastor Henry Young

  • Moose Lodge 2017 donation

    When the day started (1/31/2017), I was given an estimate for the men’s shower area makeover.

    The price was rather high even though we have good plumbers who help us as much as they can.

    Within two hours a group from the Moose Lodge came in and gave us a check that will cover one third of the makeover cost and they had no idea we needed this work to be done.

    See how God provides in time of need!

    – Pastor Henry Young