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COVID-19 Reporting Criteria Changes
Are You Experiencing Increased Pushback from Local Government?
Citygate Network Board Meets Next Week
Ripple Effect Goes Online this November
Practical Information About the Eviction Moratorium
Looking Down the Street
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Administration Advocates for Awareness in Critical Areas
An additional Proclamation from the administration designated October National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, renewing their commitment to breaking the grip of alcohol and drug addiction while acknowledging that the isolation caused by the pandemic has had a negative impact on mental health, and the misuse of legal and illegal substances. The Proclamation specifically names a number of initiatives, along with “actions taken by state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders, including faith-based organizations” to help families and communities save lives “by engaging young people most at risk of developing a substance use disorder.”
Governor Warns Religious Institutions to Comply or Be Shut Down
Housing Project Morphs
Resources Providing Financial Hope Amidst Pandemic
Elderly Homeless Crisis
More Support Available for Canadian Workers
Food Banks See Noticeable Increase in Usage
Teaching Children to Stand Up Against Racism
Recalibrating Commemorative Spaces
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Program Officer - Men, Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
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, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, Toledo, OH
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Food Service Support, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Grants Administrator, Stability First, Inc., Martinsville, IN
Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Infant /Toddler Lead Supervisor, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Maintenance, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Member Support Manager, Citygate Network, Colorado Springs, CO
Men's Shelter Support Staff, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Operations Manager, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Advisor, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Program Director: Justin's Place Women, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
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
Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Vice President of Programs, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
VP of Recovery Programs, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Women's New Life Growth Manager, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Don’t Get Distracted
Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm…
Over the last seven months, we’ve witnessed a vast range of human emotions and behaviors. Under stress and pressed outside our comfort zones and routines, humans can expose some less-than-endearing qualities. Our emotions linger right beneath the surface, more prone to bubbling up. We’re edgy and more likely to implode or shatter at the slightest provocation. We experience fear and feel ill equipped to face the unknown.
Extreme circumstances often cause us to re-evaluate our priorities. Much like a terminal patient whose focus on the most important issues becomes laser sharp in their last days, the Coronavirus has had the same effect.
Unfortunately, it can lead to further division and discord. Rather than practicing grace and softening our criticism of others who choose and prioritize differently, we pounce and pick each other apart, widening the divide between “us” and “them.” When we feel threatened or compromised politically, relationally, and/or spiritually, our instinct is to erect a defensive wall, to protect ourselves and barricade others out.
So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you.
Our heightened state of emotions through the pandemic, the racial unrest, and the impending elections, gives the devil an open door to wreak havoc by capitalizing on fear and insecurity. Like the Grinch, he voraciously watches, eager to bask in the chaos his mean-spirited meddling could generate. He loves the volatility and disconnectedness that stress brings on because it undermines our faith and confidence in a sovereign, loving God. He stirs it up and distracts us from pressing in to shine an otherworldly light on a population reeling with anxiety and panic.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.
Written by Alice Gifford, Citygate Network
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