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Final Webinar in HHS Mental Health Series
Strategic Response to Mental Health and Suicide Issues Caused by Pandemic
Ripple Effect Still Getting Great Reviews
Looking Down the Street
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Public Workspaces Adjust to Accommodate Altered Needs
CHP Evicts Squatters
The End of the Year Means the End of Federal Aid for Many
Companies Shift to Agile Workspaces
Canadian Flu Season Exceptionally Low So Far
Canada Limits Drug Exports
Creating Lasting Change
Encouraging Diversity at Universities
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
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.
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.
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.
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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