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Vaccinations Have Begun
Last Call for the Early-Bird Deadline
Federal Program Acknowledges Citygate Network for Important Role in Saving Lives
In another segment of the ceremony, Citygate Network member Helping Up Mission (HUM) in Baltimore, Maryland was recognized for their innovative engagement in the area of mental health and trauma-informed care. The award was presented by Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Bob Gehman, HUM CEO, and Dr. Denis Antoine, Director of the HUM Cornerstone Clinic, staffed by Johns Hopkins University, accepted the award on behalf of Helping Up Mission.
Equal Participation Rule Just Updated
“While rules like this look good on paper, we know they are not always followed on the local level. For decades, despite the scope of work our members undertake, because we are faith-based, in many cities we’ve been treated like Cinderella: Stay in front of your scrub bucket, do the work, and don’t ask for anything. In recent years, as Secretary Carson just mentioned, we’ve been recognized and appreciated. We’ve gotten to ride in the carriage and dance at the ball. But even now, we are encountering some situations that make it feel like we are being handed the broom and ushered back to the fireplace. If we feel that, despite this final version of the Equal Participation Rule, our members are not getting a fair shake, who do we turn to in the days ahead. In other words, who will be looking out for us to make sure this rule is enforced as intended?”
The response was that these offices should be accessed: 1. The Office of Civil Rights in the appropriate department; 2. The Office of General Council in the appropriate department; and 3. The White House Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (or whatever it will be called going forward). Citygate Network is still going to bat for members in several states who have been denied an emergency shelter grant because of faith-related positions they have taken. You’ll be hearing more about this.
Push for Charitable Tax Deduction Continues
COVID Relief Bill Coming Soon?
Denver Mattress Comes Through Again
Quiet Yourself for 45 Minutes to Join Next Tuesday’s Public Reading of Scripture
NAE Releases 2020 State of Giving Report
Abuse Recovery Training for Your Staff
Her Journey is a 13-week course to train and equip those working with women who have suffered abuse. Learn more or sign up for the next online facilitator training beginning in January 2021.
ManKind is a faith-based program designed to help men understand controlling and abusive behaviors and work through the beliefs, views, and opinions behind them. (Prerequisite: Her Journey) Learn more or sign up for the next in-person training scheduled February 22-26, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Looking Down the Street
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Sheltersuits for Those Experiencing Homelessness
Interfaith Network Builds Tiny Home Community for Youth
CBPP Announces New President
Study Gives Encouraging News About Donor Allegiance
More Americans Have Needed Emergency Housing Than Ever Before
Canadian Provinces Considering Ways to Encourage Vaccination
Canadians Seeking Shelter on Public Transportation
Biden Chooses Several Minority Cabinet Members
LA Rams Players Collaborate on Behalf of Social Justice
Accounting Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Addiction Counseling Online Adjunct Faculty, Techmission/City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Admin Assistant (Remote Work) Paid MBA Fellowship, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Ambassador (Major Gift Officer), Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA
Bookkeeper, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Business Development/Partnerships Director: remote, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
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
Development/Fundraising Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Director of Development, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Reno, NV
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director of Recovery Programs, Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
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, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Executive Director, Union Gospel Mission, Portland, OR
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
Health and Wellness Nurse, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Homeless Shelter Manager, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
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
Online Marketing Coordinator (remote work), 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
Have you ever stopped to think how many times we read about interruptions in the Bible? In Numbers 22, the donkey interrupted Balaam’s journey, in Exodus, the burning bush interrupted Moses’ routine. A violent storm and large fish interrupted Jonah’s escape. A voice in the night interrupted Samuel’s rest. A haircut interrupted Samson’s calling. Forty years of wandering interrupted the Israelites possession of the promised land. The list goes on, but particularly of interest during the Christmas season, what about the angel and the newborn who interrupted Mary’s engagement and plans?
2020 has certainly brought its share of interruptions to our daily lives and habits. Whether you have experienced an interruption in your job or financial situation, your interactions or your health, your plans or your anxiety level, I can assure you that none of these circumstances has surprised God. He has a well-earned reputation for accomplishing His purposes in unexpected ways, and you can count on the fact that He always has good intentions for you and your development, not only in spite of the interruptions, but often as a result of them.
Embrace the curveballs. Don’t bury your head in the sand or run away in the hopes that the unexpected challenges will go away. Instead, ask the Lord what you can learn and how you can grow through the interruptions.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.
Written by Alice Gifford, Citygate Network
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