Click to Read a Message from Executive Director Joe Colaizzi
A Time to Renew
Happy New Year! May 2016 bring peace, good health and fulfilled hopes to you and your loved ones.
There is a pastor here in Kansas City who recently told his congregation about a tradition he and his wife have each year on their anniversary. They go out to dinner and talk about the year they have just concluded and then they ‘sign up’ — as he calls it — for another year together.
When I heard this, I’ll admit I was shocked. I mean, the marriage vow is “til death us do part,” right? But then I took a more in-depth look at what they are doing. Each anniversary, they look back at the laughter and tears, the ups and downs, then renew their commitment all over again. Not shocking at all! In fact, it’s pretty wise.
Few partnerships can rival that of marriage, but there are commitments we make that are worth examining and signing up for again. The commitment many of you have shown KCRM and the poor and homeless we serve is a good example.
You’ve helped enrich the health and hope of your neighbors in need through KCRM in the past, and I’m sure you’re not surprised I would write and ask you to continue your support in 2016. But as you consider that renewed partnership, I’d also like to learn more about why you give and how KCRM can be a better partner with you as an extension of your compassion.
So, would you take a few moments to participate in a very short survey of KCRM’s donors? Please click here to take a moment to tell us why you give to KCRM, how we can improve our service to you, and your thoughts about how we might improve our services to the homeless men and women who need us so much.
When you complete the survey, would you also consider renewing your partnership with KCRM for 2016? Regardless of what you can give, just knowing you are standing with us with your gifts and prayers provides immeasurable encouragement to every staff member and every guest at KCRM. Giving online with KCRM is always safe and easy. Simply click the red “Make a Gift” button at the top to begin.
Together we are impacting hundreds of men and women in transformative ways! Again and again, I see guests who come in for a meal or a bed and end up with more than they ever imagined.
Like Maurice! Maurice came to the Mission to get off the street but found so much more available to him. He found a place that encouraged him to get serious about change, and provided the tools to turn hope into reality. At 52, Maurice earned his high school diploma and began to tutor his son and renew his relationship with his family. As I write this, I’m learning that he is moving back in with his wife for a fresh start!
We are looking toward 2016 with anticipation of the new friends we’ll make and the opportunities we’ll have, together with you, to bring comfort and renewed hope to our neighbors in need.
I’m hoping you’ll continue your journey with us this year … we need you!
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