The 2021 Media Innovation Competition, for items produced and distributed during 2020, recognized member rescue missions and ministries that are making valuable progress in innovative print and online offerings. The awards highlight some of the most effective media created by Citygate Network members.


NEWSLETTERS/MAGAZINES
Budget category: More than $5 million

Award of Excellence: The Mission: June 2020

Vendor/Designer: VisionLynk
Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ


Award of Merit: How we help your younger generation RISE UP

Vendor/Designer: Frederick Printing Dustin Groeneman
Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Honorable Mention: Heart of the Mission

Vendor/Designer: Nashville Rescue Mission
Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN


NEWSLETTERS/MAGAZINES
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: Lighthouse Outreach Center Newsletter

Vendor/Designer: Linda Radaker
Lighthouse Outreach Center, Bartlesville, OK


Award of Merit: Flourish, Spring 2020

Vendor/Designer: Dave Ballew (in house) & Ramsey Mediaworks
Watered Gardens Ministries, Joplin, MO

Honorable Mention: CONNECT

Vendor/Designer: Delia Martin Agency
Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO


GENERAL BROCHURES
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: You Are Not Alone

Vendor/Designer: Zealot Branding
John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa, OK


Award of Merit: Why Can't I Sleep?

Vendor/Designer: Frederick Printing Dustin Groeneman
Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Honorable Mention: Empowering People

Vendor/Designer: Durham Rescue Mission
Durham Rescue Mission, Durham, NC


GENERAL BROCHURES
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: Ask Me About My Mission

Vendor/Designer: In House
Modesto Gospel Mission, Modesto, CA

Judge's comments: The "Imagine" theme carries to every spread, and the images allow interested donors to see not only what their money will build, but also the lives the new facilities could change.


Award of Merit: Forge Center for Virtue and Work

Vendor/Designer: Dave Ballew (in house) & Ramsey Mediaworks
Watered Gardens Ministries, Joplin, MO

Honorable Mention: There is hope for all who enter here.

Vendor/Designer: Amy K B Creative, LLC
Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO


ANNUAL REPORTS
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: Windows

Vendor/Designer: Mike Minnick Notion Box Creative
John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa, OK

Judge's comments: A new take on a traditional theme, the John 3:16 Mission provided an unexpected element in the die-cut frame on the cover. This technique brilliantly invites the reader to look through the window into the inner workings and even the hearts of those in Tulsa.


Award of Merit: A Seat At Our Table

Vendor/Designer: EPrint Solutions Alexandra Carullo
Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Honorable Mention: Rockford Rescue Mission 2020 Annual Report
Vendor/Designer: Rockford Rescue Mission
Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL

 


ANNUAL REPORTS
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: Seeing the Unseen

Vendor/Designer: Jen Li
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Judge's comments: The strength of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission shines forth in this classically designed annual report. Bright colors, a solid understanding of design balance, and the inclusion of a non-traditional font lend a sense of whimsy and excitement, causing the reader to want to turn the page.


Award of Merit: Watered Gardens Ministries Annual Report 2019-2020

Muskegon Rescue Mission, Muskegon, Michigan


VIDEOS: COMMERCIALS/PSA VIDEOS
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: The journey out of homelessness is possible

Mel Trotter Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI

Scott Allen Creative

Judges Comments: Mel Trotter Ministries captured their vision and approach clearly and professionally through intentional scripting and beautiful cinematography.


VIDEOS: COMMERCIALS/PSA VIDEOS
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: COVID -19 at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Tolsma Productions
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Judges Comments: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission created an informative and powerful piece. The resilience of this organization shines through!


VIDEOS: EXTENDED
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: Hannah's Story

Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA

Thread Creative

Judges Comments: Water Street Mission presented their story in such a beautiful, timeless, and compelling way. They uniquely highlighted their work from different perspectives (both the person serving and being served). The heart behind what they do radiated through this piece, and I was deeply moved.


Award of Merit: The Same Thanksgiving Meal

Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
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Watch "The Same Thanksgiving Meal"


VIDEOS: EXTENDED
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: Out of Compassion Watered Gardens' Promo

Watered Gardens Ministries, Joplin, MO

Dave Ballew & Ramsey Mediaworks

Judges Comments: Watered Garden Ministries presented a great discussion on empowering vulnerable people, and demonstrated beautiful cinematography and intentional story crafting.


Award of Merit: Organization Overview Video

Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Digital Consulting
Watch "Organization Overview Video"


PHOTOGRAPHY
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: Do You Care?

Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ

Photographer: Scott Streble

Judges Comments: Through a masterful use of leading lines, this photo immediately draws the viewer into the subject's face and pulls you into his story. The orange tones throughout the image make it feel cohesive and rich. There is a certain look to the subject's eyes—both of speculation and grief, which encourages the viewer to look beneath the surface to find out more.


Award of Merit: I Feel Better

Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Photographer: Natanya van Heerden
Preview "I Feel Better"

Honorable Mention: Together Again

Orange County Rescue Mission, Tustin, CA
Photographer: Jason Vorck
Preview "Together Again"

Honorable Mention: Mom Playing with Kids

Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Photographer: Bryce Bedinger
Preview "Mom Playing with Kids"

 


PHOTOGRAPHY
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: Family Smiles

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Photographer: Jeremy Montgomery

Judges Comments: From the moment the viewer glances at this portrait, they are immediately drawn in by the genuine warmth and openness in the subject's eyes. While there is a sense of context in the background, the "fill-the-frame" composition allows the subject of this photo to really shine. This photo evokes feelings of hospitality and sincerity. .


Award of Merit: Nothing Stops Us

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, Asheville, NC
Photographer: Rebecca Gardner
Preview "Nothing Stops Us"

Honorable Mention: Hope at Washington Family

Watered Gardens Ministries, Joplin, MO
Photographer: Dave Ballew (in house) & Ramsey Mediaworks
Preview "Hope at Washington Family"


WEBSITES
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence: nashvillerescuemission.org

Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN
Web Designer: Speak Creative

Judges Comments: The combination of imagery and copy makes finding my place within the Nashville Rescue Mission story easy and joy-filled.


Award of Merit: phoenixrescuemission.org

Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ
Web Designer: One&All
Judges Comments: The website design feels unique and bold. The colors are warm and exciting!
Visit phoenixrescuemission.org

Honorable Mention: wsm.org
Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA
Web Designer: Sparrow Websites/Water Street Mission
Judges Comments: Lots of great imagery and history that helped me to connect to your mission.
Visit wsm.org

 


WEBSITES
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence: www.lexingtonrescue.org

Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Web Designer: Eric Novak, Kristen Jones, Kim Livesay, Laura Carr

Judges Comments: This website is one of the most missionaly clear I've encountered. The imagery and copy was incredibly compelling and I would get involved in what they do in a heart beat!


Award of Merit: www.victorymission.com

Web Designer: Josh Veach
Judges Comments: The mission was clear and the statistics were helpful and attention-grabbing. There's no room for confusion or a lack of clarity!
Visit www.victorymission.com

Honorable Mentions: sundaybreakfast.org
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
Web Designer: Griflan
Judges Comments: I loved the brand and how stories are represented. Very visually appealing!
Visit sundaybreakfast.org

 


TWITTER
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence

Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN

Social Media Manager: Laura Thomson

Judges Comments: Strong communication of mission: in word and deed. A great balance of telling the stories and asking for involvement. I would come serve with them!.


Award of Merit: Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ

Social Media Manager: Ryan Brown
Judges Comments: Phoenix Rescue Mission did a great job of informing me about the needs in their sity that they set out to meet. They gave me plenty of ways to serve whether with them directly, or in my day to day life!
Visit PRM Twitter

Honorable Mentions: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Social Media Manager: Bryce Bedinger
Judges Comments: Open Door Mission showed a strong focus on the people they directly work with. I apprciated their celebratory spirit!
Visit ODM Twitter

 


TWITTER
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Social Media Manager: Slice Communications

Judges Comments: A clear representation of the Sunday Breakfast brand, ease of navigation, and calls to action no matter where you land. The stories told draw you right in. Well done!.


FACEBOOK
Budget category: More than $5 million


Award of Excellence

Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE

Social Media Manager: Bryce Bedinger

Judges Comments: Their Facebook feed is overall uplifting and positive. It builds trust that they do what they say they do, and enjoy it every step of the way!


Award of Merit: Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA

Social Media Manager: Genevieve St. Martin
Judges Comments: Their branding is fresh and fun which I think can really appeal to younger audiences. I love their focus on personal stories which helped me build a connection with their brand and mission.
Visit UGM Facebook

Honorable Mention: Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN
Social Media Manager: Laura Thomson
Judges Comments: Great imagery and resources! I wished I saw more of that and less of the posts about hiring.
Visit NRM Facebook

 


FACEBOOK
Budget category: Up to $5 million


Award of Excellence

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Slice Communications

Judges Comments: Sunday Breakfast has done a great job of representing their brand, mission, and needs. Every post drives you to their website where people can learn more or begin helping. Very well done!.


Award of Merit: Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO

Social Media Manager: Annel Rice
Judges Comment: The brand representation across their Facebook page was very clean. With every post, you knew exactly who you were looking at!
Visit ShelterKC Facebook

Honorable Mention: Victory Mission + Ministry, Springfield, MO

Social Media Manager: Jessie Pulliam
Judges Comments: Loved their use of video story telling which helped me connect with their people and mission.
Visit VM+M Facebook

Honorable Mention: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD

Social Media Manager: Cara Paige
Visit WRM Facebook