• Human Interest Story: Jayson Bawcum

    In October, 2014, after 3 years of struggling to come to grips with the unsettling diagnosis of a rare life-threatening blood clotting disorder, I found myself in a psychiatric institution. Scared, alone and wishing for the end to come…I was truly lost.

    This was far from my first time in a facility of this nature as I had suffered the devastating effects of Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD and contemplations of suicide since early adolescence.

    This time around was different in that I was over 200 miles away from my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico and separated from an environment full of faces and places which had become constant reminders of years of strife, turmoil and great loss.

    Having recently lost my fiancé to a life-long battle with Lupus as well as my Mother, Grandfather, Aunt, and cousin within one year of each other I was at a breaking point.

    After years of not being able to hold down a long term job due to more than 40 in-patient hospitalizations, I had become homeless and was on the streets of a city which had become one giant trigger for my anxiety, depression and chronic addiction to alcohol and drugs. I had indeed reached my “rock-bottom.” Having been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for about 14 years, I had become aware that my addiction stemmed from an inability to cope with “life on life’s terms” and my failure to maintain a meaningful and effective personal relationship with the God of my understanding.

    Having been raised in the Catholic Church, believing that Jesus Christ was my direct connection to God and having the presence of Holy Spirit in my heart, I yet had lost the contact with the very thing that would and could deliver me from my misery. Upon release from the hospital, I immediately sought out the local AA clubhouse and the comfort it could offer me. There, I was to learn of the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission and decided to check-in as a guest.

    With discharge papers in-hand, I was welcomed at the Mission and allowed to remain on property during the day. This afforded me the chance to seek housing assistance from local agencies. The Mission provided me with safe and secure shelter, healthy meals to rejuvenate my body and pastoral services to nourish my soul. After a few weeks and a couple more hospital admissions for treatment of serious internal bleeding episodes caused by the potent blood-thinning medication I was prescribed, my housing assistance came through on the day of my 40th birthday.

    For the next couple of years. I had secure housing until I again found myself hospitalized with life-threatening internal bleeding and blood clots. During my hospital stay the housing program I was in fell apart due to lack of funding and I was homeless again. All money that I had managed to save was spent on motel rooms until all funds were exhausted and I was on the streets once more. Sleeping in a run-down abandoned apartment building with no water, heat or working facilities, my depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation returned with a vengeance.

    Due solely to my connection with my savior, Jesus Christ…I survived this stretch and was re-admitted to the psychiatric unit. Upon discharge I returned to the only place that I knew would be able and willing to help me, the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission. I quickly asked to be part of the New Life Recovery Program. I had learned through prayer and meditation that in order for me to realize my potential as a child of God, I needed to be of humble service to others.

    As a member of the program and working at the front desk, I am granted the opportunity to have contact with my brothers and sisters in Christ on a daily basis. The Gospel Rescue Mission continues to provide me not only with the basic necessities of shelter, clothing and food for mind, body and soul, but also graces me with a sense of purpose, a sense of direction and a reason for being…all of which come together to form the greatest gift of all, HOPE!

    I thank the good people at the Mission for welcoming me as a member of their loving family and encouraging me to rely upon God, our Father, rather than upon earthly things in order to have happiness, peace of mind and a sense of fulfillment for the first time in a long while.

    Once again I feel loved and appreciated and am able to feel and express the same for my fellow man. I am truly grateful for the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission and my new found family!!!

  • 2017 Back to School

    The mission clothing room is the only entity in Las Cruces that gives out new clothes and shoes for underprivileged school age children.

    Please keep this in mind if you would like to donate clothes or money for the annual Back to School week in July.

    It is not too early to start donating for this event.  Call the mission at 523-7727 and leave a message for Wylene or drop by the clothing room on Solano.

  • Clothing Room Floor Resurfaced

    Thanks to fourteen hard working LCGRM programmers we now have a resurfaced floor at the Clothing Room!

    Programmers worked for five days moving clothing from the clothing room floor, stripping all of the old wax and dirt, mopping and rinsing the floors, laying down 5 coats of new wax and buffing it!

    Way to go team!

    Thank you to our programmers attending:

    • Brett Strickland
    • Missy Strickland
    • James Shaffer
    • Matt Rhodes
    • Roxanne Rhodes
    • Ken Herlein
    • Jennifer Hasemann
    • Lorene Craft
    • Felicity Forbes
    • Wesley Collins
    • Jayson Bawcum
    • Mary Gibson
    • Rhonda Hollovoet
    • Ron Roberson
  • Adopt a Friend!

    Since the mission is all about helping the homeless, we are always looking for different ways that our volunteers can help.

    How about this idea; we have a group who are working to change and improve their lives and I would like to have some volunteers who could take them (small groups of 1 to 5) to a movie or to shop or come up with your own idea!

    Getting away for a short time is something that we all like and need.

    Consider this as a way to help our program residents.

  • Toss No Mas City Cleanup Event

    Saturday April 8th our programmers participated in a City Cleanup event with Toss No Mas to Beautify our neighborhoods, parks and schools by picking up litter, painting over graffiti, painting murals or planting trees and shrubs.

    Programmers were left in great spirits as they attended the closing ceremonies and picnic at the Walmart on Walton Dr.

    We understand the importance of serving our community in any way we can!

     

    Programmers attending:

    • Robert Ramos – Mission Driver
    • Brett Strickland
    • Ken Herlein
    • Humberto Garcia
    • Matt Rhodes
    • Roxanne Rhodes
    • Amanda Taga
    • Rhonda Hollovoet
    • Thomas Hollovoet
    • Ron Roberson
    • Richard Hardy
    • James Shaffer
    • Wesley Collins
  • 2017 Volunteer Fair

    The mission participated at the Volunteer Fair at the downtown mall Saturday April 8th to recruit volunteers for the shelter, clothing room and thrift store.

    We will also be involved in a national volunteer week later in April, again to recruit volunteers.

    We would like to thank our friends and neighbors who support us so graciously with your time.

    Remember, volunteers are always needed.. Please let us know how you can help!

  • Exercise is Key!

    We have been able to furnish a workout room for our residents through donations of some great equipment!

    It is important to work on improving the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of our residents in a uniform manner in order to improve lives.

    We thank the community for their help in providing for the needs of the homeless in Las Cruces.

  • Thank you to all community supporters and friends!

    A few years ago a truck was donated to the mission for use in picking up donations, delivering items to the thrift store and many other uses as needed.

    Of course this vehicle has had to have maintenance of various kinds over the years.. we would like to thank Pic Quik Stores Inc. who has graciously paid for many of those repairs and it is our pleasure to thank them for their support.

  • Not an April Fool’s Joke

    On April 1 (not an April fools joke), a food truck vendor gave back to the homeless community in a big way.

    Willeto’s Steel Grill set up in front of the chapel at the mission for a free lunch for the homeless.

    He had decided to take the first $500 of tips that his business got and turn it into free lunches for the homeless of Las Cruces.

    When you see him around town, stop and give him some business.  Thank you!!

  • Vol. 15, Issue 2 – Mar – Apr – 2017