Volume 14, Number 16 | August 17, 2020 | www.citygatenetwork.org  


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News from Today’s USICH Call
Citygate Network continues to participate in the weekly U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) COVID-19 Task Force—which includes representatives from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following points were made this morning:

  • The situation “on the ground” continues to improve every week. The COVID-19-related hospitalization rate in the homeless community is now at its lowest level in 18 weeks.
  • With more and more homeless service providers trying to return to normal operations, the number one area of concern (and transmission) surrounds congregant feeding. Even now, food service for anyone other than stationary (not coming and going) residents who have tested negative should be packaged meals (food boxes and food bags) taken and left at the doors of those in isolation, quarantine, or rule-out areas. The same should be provided for drop-in guests in need of food. Cafeteria lines and table arrangements continue to be problematic. Having guests eat outside is fine, as long as they are distanced from each other. (Contact Citygate Network if you need more information regarding this.)
  • Much attention in the days ahead will be given to providing fall flu shots to the homeless population. The goal is to reduce the number of homeless people contracting the regular flu with COVID-19, all that represents, still causing issues.
  • FEMA specifically mentioned Citygate Network this morning, talking about the members they have recently helped in pursuing funds for their collaborative community efforts.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased the number of hand sanitizers that are deemed hazardous—potentially fatal—to one’s health. The agency is warning consumers not to use these “1-propanol-contaminated” products and has recently expanded the list of do-not-use hand sanitizers on their site.


HUD Officials Visiting Citygate Network Members
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has been/will be in Michigan today at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, and then Kalamazoo Gospel Mission in Kalamazoo. Just as Street Smart was launching, he was holding a press conference in the Mel Trotter cafeteria. You can listen to a Secretary Carson radio interview here, given just prior to his visit. At 1:30 p.m. local time he is scheduled to be in Kalamazoo. On Wednesday, HUD Director of Faith and Opportunities Initiatives Rich Youngblood will visit and tour Refuge of Hope in Canton, Ohio. Citygate Network had a hand in setting up these visits.


The REVIVE! Event Is a Go!
After lengthy discussions with numerous parties, the decision has been made to proceed with our member gathering in Naples, Florida, September 1 – 4. The schedule has been somewhat revised to accommodate guidelines from the CDC and the Collier County health department, plus Citygate Network’s own protocols. The first event will now start at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. While many have had to drop out due to travel restrictions imposed by their governors, we surprisingly still have more than 150 individuals anxious to participate in the 20 workshops and five plenary sessions, plus all of the in-person networking (from a safe distance). Some have signed up as recently as this past Friday, now that the “second wave” has subsided and some of Florida’s travel restrictions have been lifted. If you are thinking you might like to join us, there’s still time. We have room for a few more under our revised arrangements. You can find REVIVE! registration on our website, and reservations are available on the hotel page. If you have questions about anything, email Lisa Miller or call her at 719-266-8300 x107. Watch for a special announcement about REVIVE! at the end of next week.


Facilitator Training for Acclaimed Abuse Recovery Program
Beginning August 26, ARMS (Abuse Recovery Ministry Services) will provide instruction and certification based on their nationally recognized Her Journey course. Over 13 weeks, you will be trained to facilitate a life-changing abuse and violence recovery program in a group setting, helping victims and survivors find their way to healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of God’s love for them, on the journey to accept their own value. There’s still room—register here for your special Citygate Network discounted rate.


FINDINGS FROM OUR SURVEY: Ladies Are on the Move
Our major survey is yielding a wealth of information. Some of the basic demographic info will appear in the next issue of Instigate. Here is tidbit from that publication: It wasn’t all that long ago that when a female in executive leadership was mentioned, the old men would look over their glasses at you like Chuck Schumer looks at Mitch McConnell. As recently as four years ago, we had just over 30 women in corner offices. Now, women make up 18 percent of all CEOs. We are approaching the point that one CEO in five is a woman. Way to go ladies. Citygate Network is hosting a Zoom call for all women CEOs TOMORROW at noon Mountain Time. If that describes you, but you somehow missed the invitation, email Alice Gifford for the sign-in link.

The survey findings are fascinating. We will share much more of that with you in the days ahead. By the way, the Amazon gift certificate winners were Jason Bull, Medford Gospel Mission; Steve Sparks, Wichita Falls Faith Mission; Tom Clapsaddle, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission; and Rosolyn Eatman, San Diego Rescue Mission. The iPhone 11 went to Jeffrey Dashner, Mel Trotter Ministries.


Members Weather the “I” Storm
Hurricane Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) charged up the East Coast earlier this month, producing dangerously high winds and heavy rain. Although it tore through a number of communities where Citygate Network members serve, felling trees and causing power outages, no facilities suffered substantial damage and no staff or guests sustained injuries, praise the Lord.


DOJ Awards Grant Money for Human Trafficking Victims
The Attorney General joined Ivanka Trump to announce that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), awarded $35,104,338 in grant funding to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking. The grants will go to 73 organizations who provide transitional or short-term housing assistance for trafficking victims, including rental, utilities or related expenses like relocation costs, and to help victims locate permanent housing, secure employment, occupational training, and counseling.


Public Reading of Scripture for Member CEOs
Citygate Network has partnered with Grace & Mercy Foundation to initiate a monthly Public Reading of Scripture session via Zoom for all member ministry CEOs. During the first 20 minutes, participants listen to clearly read select passages of Scripture, accompanied by soft music and sound effects, allowing the Holy Spirit to do the interpretation. The next 20 minutes allow for response to the Scripture and sharing among the CEOs. This powerful time of holy connection will take place on the 4th Tuesday morning of every month. Watch for an email invitation TOMORROW regarding the next session, scheduled for August 25.


Special Census Weekend to Count Homeless
Between September 22-24, specially trained census takers will visit shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food vans, and other locations where people are known to sleep outdoors, in order to count those experiencing homelessness for the 2020 Census efforts. We encourage you to plan ahead and facilitate their efforts so that your guests can be accounted for in this critical once-a-decade event.


Looking Down the Street

  • Wenatchee Rescue Mission (formerly Hospitality Ministries in Wenatchee, Washington) has welcomed a new CEO to assume leadership of the organization. Those of you in the Evergreen District could reach out to Phil Schultz, whose resume includes more than 24 years with various rescue missions. (Phil previously served in missions in Pennsylvania, New York, and Kentucky.)
  • Bob Rogers, Former Senior VP of Ministry at Waterfront Rescue Mission (Pensacola, Florida), has been selected by the United Way to receive the distinguished Rayell Irish Award. Bob was honored in a ceremony on August 14, in recognition of his 30 years of significant service to the homeless and addicted along the Florida Gulf Coast, as well as his collaboration with other nonprofits and organizations serving the most vulnerable.
  • The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) has provided critical lifesaving, healthy-living services on Skid Row for almost two decades, and recently collaborated with the Los Angeles Mission (Los Angeles, California) to offer 50 transitional beds to L.A. CADA participants enrolled in Outpatient Treatment and to utilize services at the Los Angeles Mission for up to six months, as long as they remain actively engaged in treat¬ment for their substance use or co-occurring disorders.


TELL US: Do you have news to share with other network members? Send a blurb to Alice Gifford. Include as many details as possible. We’ll handle the editing.

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Lending Programs Extended
The U.S. Federal Reserve will extend several lending facilities through the end of 2020 since various state authorities have decided to close businesses again or halt reopening as the country continues its battle to control the spread of the virus. The extensions apply to those facilities listed here whose programs would have expired on or around Sept. 30: Primary Dealer Credit Facility, Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility, Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility, Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility, Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, and Main Street Lending Program. These lending facilities were all designed to keep credit flowing to businesses and households in order to stave off long-term harm to the economy.


Humanitarian Prize Awarded to LA Organization
Los Angeles’ own Homeboy Industries is the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, offering training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women for over 30 years. The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest humanitarian award, goes to a nonprofit organization every year and their 2020 $2.5 million gift will go to Homeboy Industries. Representing the Foundation, Peter Laugharn said their selection “speaks to the power of standing with people who have been systemically marginalized, creating space for them to heal and invest in their future, with the intention of ending the socioeconomic inequities that impact communities.”


Churches Help with Altered School Scenarios
From Connecticut to Hawaii, some congregations have begun looking for ways to support families struggling to manage their children’s learning during the unprecedented changes brought on by the pandemic. Underutilized church buildings could host students during online classes and/or provide study hall space for independent work that requires internet connectivity not available at home. Church leadership seeks to help reduce the acute stress they sense in their communities, especially among parents who can’t work from home and/or supervise their children’s learning. Some churches have received mobile hotspot devices from their local school district to offer service in “internet deserts,” where connectivity is unreliable or unavailable. Some of the issues under discussion in these communities include whether school buses could bring kids to and from the sites, whether or not schools would provide staffers to supervise remote learning or leave supervision to church volunteers, and whether the churches can receive compensation from the school districts in exchange for their collaboration.


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Study Shows COVID-19 Infection Rates Higher Among Minority and Low-Income Children
A newly released study from a testing site in Washington, D.C. found that of 1,000 individuals aged 22 and under who were tested during a 5-week period (March 21 – April 28), only 7.3 percent of the positive tests were white children, while 30 percent were Black and 46.4 percent were Hispanic. Physicians referred youths to the testing site if they had mild symptoms, known exposure, high-risk status, or required testing for work. Based on demographic information collected for all the patients, of the 207 positives, just under 10 percent fell into the highest income bracket, while 37.7 percent came from the lowest income bracket. Approximately one third of the patients tested were Black and a quarter were Hispanic. Researchers cautioned that results may not be generalizable to other geographic locations since these results all came from one test site and more research was recommended to find the cause for the discrepancies.


Gallup Poll Reveals How Americans Feel About Current Police Presence
In spite of the social unrest sparked by several incidents of egregious police behavior around the country, a recent Gallup poll found that more than 80 percent of Black Americans favor maintaining at least the current level of police presence in their area. Twenty percent of the blacks polled actually said they would prefer an increased police presence, while 19 percent voted for a decreased presence. However, only one in five Black Americans expressed confidence that they would be treated with courtesy and respect if detained by the police, compared to just over half of White Americans. "This could either stem from Black Americans' own negative experiences with the police or from their familiarity with people who have had negative encounters with law enforcement," the poll said. "It's not so much the volume of interactions Black Americans have with the police that troubles them or differentiates them from other racial groups, but rather the quality of those interactions."


New Tool Tracks How Recession Affects Households
Nearly 15 million adult renters (1 in 5) were behind with rent payments at some point this summer, and up to 17 million children live in households that can’t afford enough food, according to numbers from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. A new tool from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documents the recession’s effect on food, housing, and employment. The tracker will receive regular updates and provides state-by-state facts, figures, and graphics revealing how the economic downturn has affected Americans, especially households of color and households with children.


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Montreal Camp Forms in Response to Scaled Back Services
The Coronavirus pandemic caused some of Montreal’s biggest shelters to reduce their capacities in order to implement social distancing and avoid an outbreak among the homeless population. To accommodate the changes, some services moved outside, and emergency shelters were set up in alternative places like hotels and arenas. Working with shelter directors like Welcome Hall Mission’s Sam Watts, the city and province opened 140 new beds at the old Royal Victoria Hospital. But as the number of cases has begun to drop and restrictions loosen, emergency services have scaled back, leading to the formation of a homeless encampment of about 45 tents, overlooking the Port of Montreal. Although the city threatened to shut the place down last week, police have chosen to tolerate the camp because it poses no threat to public safety or order.


Grocery Store Sales Boom During COVID-19
The Canadian Press reports that Metro Inc., the Canadian grocery and pharmacy store retailer, saw profits rise about $41 million last quarter, with sales up 10 percent due to the number of Canadians staying home to cook because of the pandemic. The increase in profit amounted to $1.04 per share, up from 86 cents per share a year ago.


New Homelessness Numbers and Plans
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) commissioned a new survey which reveals that five percent (about 1.6 million) of Canadians have experienced homelessness themselves, while another 31 percent know someone who has been in that situation. These numbers are higher than previously reported and rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eleven percent of renters acknowledged that they had experienced homelessness at some point, and 25 percent expressed concern about coming up with rent for the next month. The ongoing economic instability could create a new wave of Canadians experiencing homelessness. In July, CAEH released its Recovery for All plan to solve homelessness within the next 10 years by targeting some of the federal government’s economic recovery dollars towards creating affordable housing units and up to 500,000 jobs. More than 80 percent of Canadians say they would at least somewhat support investing in those solutions.


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Market Street

Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA

Business Operations Director, Kitsap Rescue Mission, Bremerton, WA

Camp Bennett Maintenance Manager, Central Union Mission

Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

CEO/President, Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA

Chief Administration Officer CAO, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL

Chief Operations Officer COO, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL

Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS

Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA

Director, Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY

Director, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA

Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY

Director of the Women & Children's Center, Helping Up Mission, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY

Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH

Executive Director, Stability First, Martinsville, IN

Executive Director - Gospel Rescue Mission, Bridge Street Mission, Abbotsford, WI

Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Food Service Support, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA

Guest Relations, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA

Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS

Men's Shelter Director, Great Falls Rescue Mission, Great Falls, MT

Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO

Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Program Manager, Jubilee Ministries, Lebanon, PA

Recovery and Addictions Pastor/Lead Instructor, Cookeville Rescue Mission, Cookeville, TN

Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Resource Advocate, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Safety Coordinator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Safety Team Member, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Shelter Monitor, Kitsap Rescue Mission, Bremerton, WA

Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA

Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Tech Support/Student Services (work from home), Techmission/City Vision University, Kansas City, MO

Women's New Life Growth Manager, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

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Patient Persistent Pursuit (The original PPP!)

I’m thinking “pre-Rock” Peter probably cursed. I bet he had a temper to match his impetuousness. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had a reputation for spouting impassioned opinions among his fellow fishermen, and his wife likely weathered her fair share of rants. I wonder if the other disciples had begun to learn his triggers and tiptoe around some of the hot buttons to avoid potential fireworks.

All of us interact with people who challenge us – sometimes it’s a family member, a spouse, or a child; sometimes it’s a friend or co-worker. Do we respond by getting irritated and letting them know it? Do we pull back and withhold our love when they don’t measure up? Or do we follow Jesus’ example with Peter?

How did Jesus not get frustrated with Peter? Did he ever roll his eyes or heave a large sigh in response to Peter’s words or actions? Throughout their time together, Jesus patiently continued to love, encourage, and pour into Peter in spite of the brash or rude behavior he continually displayed. He certainly didn’t coddle Peter, and often challenged him to “man up,” but never in an exasperated way that indicated he wanted to give up.

Even knowing that Peter would doubt, disappoint, deny, and desert him, Jesus looked beyond the rough “pre-Rock” Peter and saw the solid Rock he would become. Sometimes it might seem easier to just quit on someone whose behavior doesn’t measure up. But what if you practice looking beyond the irritating conduct to see the man or woman as Jesus does – redeemed and restored, whole and complete – and just keep pouring in?

Love is large and incredibly patient.
Love is gentle and consistently kind to all.
It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else.
Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.
Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor.
Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong.
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.
Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 TPT

Written by Alice Gifford, Citygate Network

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