Volume 14, Number 23 | December 1, 2020 | www.citygatenetwork.org  

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We Just Hit 300!
It’s official! Citygate Network now has 300 member organizations with dues current. This is a first for the association, at least in modern memory. Goodwill Rescue Mission (Newark, New Jersey) came back into membership, after being out for a period of time, to be the 300th. A gift certificate is on its way to The Bowery Mission (New York, New York) for making this happen. How much further can we go before the end of the year? We might be able to squeeze out a few more gift certificates if you can help us keep this upward membership trend moving. Let Sam Edwards know if you have a member prospect that you want him to contact or you are willing to sponsor for the first year.


Member-Wide Zoom Call This Thursday, December 3
Given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, we have scheduled another network-wide call with John Ashmen and Justin Boles, plus experts at USICH and the CDC. Here are a few of the things that will be on the agenda:

  • Current numbers and how we’re doing as a broad community
  • Where the weak links now are in the prevention chain (protocols)
  • Possible changes in quarantine recommendations (from 14 days to 10 days)
  • Thanksgiving event modifications and preparing for safe Christmas programs
  • COVID-19 vaccine scheduling and how to get ready

Please register to receive the link to participate. Mark your calendar and include as many as you would like from your organization.


Baltimore Registrations are Coming In
With a strong reliance on vigilance and prayer, we are moving forward with our plans for our Annual Conference and Exposition in Baltimore this coming June 2 – 5. Obviously, many of you are too because registrations are starting to come in under the Early-Bird plan. This discounted sign-up opportunity is good through end of business on December 17. You can register your team without risk until February 28 because everything is fully refundable without penalty through that date. To learn more about the event and to sign up, see our Early-Bird brochure online or in our November/December issue of Instigate. Start talking now about which of your staff will attend this comprehensive event for rescue mission and kindred ministry leaders.


Final Webinar in HHS Mental Health Series
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will wrap up the six-part spirituality and mental health webinar series spearheaded by the Partnership Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives on December 8 at noon ET with Spirituality and Community-wide Crisis: Building Systems to Support Connection and Recovery. Register here to watch presentations about the impact and importance of spirituality in the face of community trauma and hurt. Research demonstrates that programs that engage spirituality and spiritual communities can be highly effective and include individuals across diverse faith traditions and beliefs. This webinar highlights examples of these interventions and their effectiveness, as well as the differences and similarities between trauma and the collective healing process that can be experienced in a community at large. The previous five webinars in the series are available to watch or share through the Partnership Center’s YouTube channel.


Strategic Response to Mental Health and Suicide Issues Caused by Pandemic
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has launched the Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19, mobilizing key partners in federal agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and non-governmental organizations. This effort attempts to accelerate actionable solutions in response to the mental health challenges and suicide risks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and avert a long-term mental health crisis.


Ripple Effect Still Getting Great Reviews
Citygate Network’s top-rated program for ministry boards and CEOs, Ripple Effect, was recently offered again via Zoom. The online event included expert instruction on governance, inspiring meetings, the board and money, godly decision making, succession planning, and more. Instructors included Bob Andringa, Reid Lehman, Al Lopus, Ed Morgan, and others. Ripple Effect participants also receive access to an online repository of governance resources and personalized coaching, provided either on-site or virtually. About 90 percent of the 30 participants rated the content as "Excellent," with the vast majority indicating the program will have a positive, permanent effect on their ministry's board governance. More than 70 member organizations have already taken advantage of Ripple Effect. If you missed the fall cohort, the program will be offered again in early 2021. To learn more, email Ripple Effect Program Director Ed Morgan or call him at (917) 576-6604.


Looking Down the Street

  • City Rescue Mission (Jacksonville, Florida) is bidding a fond farewell to CEO Penny Kievet at the end of this month. Penny groomed Paul Stasi to step into her role on January 1 and lead CRM forward in the years ahead.
  • Likewise, Fay Ternan has led the Lewis County Rescue Mission (Chehalis, Washington) since 2014 and will retire at the end of 2020. Patricia (Tricia) Ziese will become the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. She has served as Associate ED since the first of November to gain experience and familiarity for her new role.
  • An electrical fire shut down the Community Outreach Center and administrative offices at Lexington Rescue Mission (Lexington, Kentucky) on November 14, but thankfully, no one was hurt. By the grace of God, the Men’s and Women’s centers are located elsewhere and thus were not affected. Repairs to the damaged facility will take approximately 6-10 weeks.
  • The Christian Shelter (Salisbury, Maryland), led by CEO Anthony Dickerson, has organized a collaboration with three other shelters in the area to better serve the community and those experiencing homelessness in their area, learning from the strengths of each other’s organizations and partnering to cover more bases.
  • While still adhering to COVID-19 protocols, Welcome Hall Mission (Montreal, Quebec) staff and volunteers were able to collect more than 7,000 age-appropriate toys for children of families most affected by the pandemic. They will distribute the gifts from their mission grocery store as they have since 2004.

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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Public Workspaces Adjust to Accommodate Altered Needs
The rise of remote work has spelled disaster for WeWork. Now the company is trying to carve out a niche in the future of work by making office space available on demand. They piloted the program in New York over the summer and have expanded the concept to 160 other locations in 11 cities since then. Using the app, anyone can book a desk in a shared workspace for $29 a day or reserve a private meeting room starting at $10 per hour. The company plans to expand to several more locations nationally and internationally by next year. WeWork says they'll follow social distancing guidelines, mandate masks, and require users to provide information for contact tracing. They have also upgraded ventilation systems in all their facilities.

CHP Evicts Squatters
The day before Thanksgiving, California Highway Patrol (CHP) forcibly removed a number of homeless people who had taken up residence in a stretch of publicly owned homes in El Sereno, California. Sixty-two people received citations before being released. Officials claim the houses have been deemed uninhabitable, but about 20 families chose to seek shelter in them because they couldn’t secure any other accommodations as Coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the city. Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community, a local housing activist group, had written a letter to Governor Newsom and staged a news conference to plead for support, explaining that these “squatters” need somewhere to shelter in place.

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The End of the Year Means the End of Federal Aid for Many
Many pandemic aid programs will expire at the end December, leaving millions without the support that has kept them afloat through the shutdowns and economic instability. Bloomberg reports that the cutoff for two federal unemployment-insurance programs will affect about 12 million people. In addition, measures that froze student-loan payments, offered mortgage forbearance, and halted evictions, all have a year-end deadline. This situation will have a dire effect on a U.S. economy that’s recovered faster than anyone expected, although jobs still lag 10 million behind February levels. More than 14 million Americans have little or no confidence they can pay next month’s house payment or rent.

Companies Shift to Agile Workspaces
A hybrid workforce has become quite common across North America as the pandemic has caused many employees to split time between working from home and working from the office. According to a Colliers International survey, leaders seem to be listening to indicators that most workers prefer this split over exclusively working from one or the other. Eighty-six percent of managers and decision-makers at the almost 80 companies surveyed expressed their intention to have employees work from home between one and four days a week. Defined by flexible schedules and shared spaces, the hybrid workforce means many companies will redesign or downsize their office space. Employers like Cisco, Google, Starbucks, and Ford have begun creating landscapes that offer a variety of hybrid models incorporating a workplace ecosystem comprised of offices, houses, and third spaces like cafes, libraries, and coworking spaces.

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Canadian Flu Season Exceptionally Low So Far
The Associated Press reported that the number of recorded flu cases around the country had reached only 17 by mid-November, much lower than the 711 cases recorded by the same time last year. In spite of the higher rate of testing this year, due to COVID-19, far fewer Canadians have lab-confirmed cases of the flu in 2020. Projecting from what the Southern Hemisphere has experienced to this point, since they get hit earlier, flu infections in New Zealand and Australia were down 99.8 and 93 percent, respectively. All signs suggest a similar trend for Canada. Credit generally goes to the public health measures in place mandating things like handwashing, social distancing, and mask-wearing, as well as the dramatic drop in travel. Canada has also made a stronger push for the flu vaccine, ordering 25 percent more than usual, and still struggling to keep up with the demand.

Canada Limits Drug Exports
On November 30, a new U.S. rule would have gone into effect, allowing the distribution of certain medications from Canada. However, anticipating a surge in demand for prescription drugs, the Canadian government announced that they will block bulk exports in order to safeguard the country's drug supply. The Trump administration had expected the rule to cut out middlemen who drive up prices, allowing states, wholesalers, and pharmacies to import drugs directly from Canada, potentially cutting drug prices in half. But the Canadian government has decided not to comply if such sales could cause or worsen a drug shortage. Canada has experienced 42 shortages already in 2020, compared to just 10 in all of 2019.

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Creating Lasting Change
The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) invited Carla Harris, vice chairman and director at Morgan Stanley, Wes Moore, CEO at the anti-poverty nonproft Robin Hood, and Dalila Wilson-Scott, vice-president and chief diversity officer at Comcast Corp. to participate in a panel discussion about the role of companies and philanthropic organizations in addressing racial and social justice in the workplace. Many organizations have launched or expanded diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives over the last six months. The discussion included this tough question: Is this moment symbolic for companies to feel better about themselves, or will this become sustained change? Harris believes the changes taking place will last because young people have become fed up with the status quo, and like-minded communities have been empowered through social media. Wilson-Scott added that strong, intentional leadership, accountability, hard work, and collaboration will play a key role in keeping the pressure and focus on DEI efforts.


Encouraging Diversity at Universities
Dr. Eli Jones, dean of the Texas A&M Mays Business School, and his colleagues at The PhD Project are leading the charge to get more people of color in significant academic roles. Beyond student enrollment, leadership positions at colleges and universities also need to become more inclusive. It starts in the classroom and makes its way into MBA, masters, and Ph.D. programs. The PhD Project aims to diversify business college leadership and change the makeup of leaders in the corporate world by increasing the number of people of color in classrooms and academic leadership. Their status and leadership can inspire young, under-represented minority students to attend class, enroll in programs, and pursue academics. Since its inception in 1994, The PhD Project has seen the number of minorities who have completed a Ph.D. rise from 294 to 1,500+. The group currently guides >300 doctoral students and >1,300 professors of color and boasts a 90 percent success rate in Ph.D. program completion, far above the 70 percent median rate.

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Market Street

Bookkeeper, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY 

Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA

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

Chief Program Officer, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Charlotte, NC

Controller, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC

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

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

Culinary Food Truck and Catering Instructor, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS

Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA

Director of Development, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Reno, NV

Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY

Director, Lifespring Ministries, Wayside Cross Ministries, Aurora, IL

Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA

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

Empowerment Coach / Case Manager, New Life Mission, Melbourne, FL

Executive Director, Union Gospel Mission, Portland, OR

Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY

Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH

Facilities Manager, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

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

Grants Administrator, Stability First, Inc., Martinsville, IN

Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Health and Wellness Nurse, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Maintenance Technician, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC

Major Gifts Officer, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS

Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY

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

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

Outreach Specialist (Seattle Area), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

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 Team Member, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Search and Rescue Specialist, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Security Team, 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 People Services, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Vice President of Programs, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO

VP of Recovery Programs, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Women's Recovery Counselor (CADC I), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Women's Transition Specialist (Live-In), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

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Keep on Keeping On

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.
Hebrews 10:32–33 ESV

Because of their faith, the early Christians were publicly persecuted, suffered, and experienced trials. And when they weren’t being persecuted, they didn’t stay in their comfy, persecution-free cocoon! They were “partners with those so treated,” and supported other believers being persecuted. This was a church on the move—doing the things you do every day as you minister to the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted. Remain dynamic, active, and undaunted by opposition. The writer of Hebrews shares a reminder about the why of suffering.

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
Hebrews 10:34 ESV

Do you know the root of the word “compassion?” It comes from the Latin meaning “to suffer with.” Compassion isn't simply a feeling of pity—it's the willingness to suffer with others! That certainly describes the work you do on the front lines, day after day, walking alongside those you serve.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
Hebrews 10:35 ESV

Remembering God’s faithfulness, look forward. Let your faith drive and motivate you. Lift up your eyes from your surroundings and focus on the promises of God. This will produce endurance—and what could be more valuable (especially in 2020!)?

Adapted from www.shortdailydevotions.com and used with permission.


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