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Still Learning After All These Years
A lot has changed at KCRM since this photo was snapped in the mid-1950s. The clients we served then were usually white and always men. Most had a problem with alcohol while others were simply “down on their luck” as they used to say.
If you look closely, you’ll see a sign above the pulpit reading “How Long Since You Wrote to Mother?” That was a major recovery strategy back then, nudging men to write a note home to Mom and reminding them of the values with which they’d been brought up. Preaching was almost exclusively how we encouraged men to give up the bottle and get back on the straight and narrow.
Today, sharing the Gospel continues to be KCRM’s priority. Our vision is that “People served by KCRM are able to live in community in balanced and interdependent lives with Christ.” But both the people we serve and the methods we use have changed as the problems our clients present become more and more complex. That means that, though we’ve learned a lot in the past 66 years, we still have a lot to learn!
The men and women we serve today are a beautiful mix of culture, ethnicity, language and background. No longer only a chapel service, meal and bed, the ministry of KCRM includes clinical counseling and case management, health services, life-skills training, educational opportunities, Bible training, resident recovery programs, support groups and vibrant worship — all in addition to the appetizing meals and safe comfortable beds we’ve always provided.
KCRM’s staff is well trained and many are certified in their areas of expertise. We strive to learn and grow … and to continue to improve in all we do.
That’s why in the Spring issue of CONNECT you’ll read about our Steps to Success program, an innovative program growing in popularity at the Men’s Center. And you’ll learn about our plans to expand our Women’s Center program to include fitness and education.
What hasn’t changed since 1950 is the joy and privilege of watching God bring freedom and hope to our guests and residents. We’ve learned a lot and changed a lot over the years, but one thing that never goes out of style is the power of listening, praying and loving … one person at a time.
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