Click to Read a Message from Executive Director Joe Colaizzi
Food, Sleep, Love
British author E.M. Forster wrote, “The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.”
When I read this quote, I can’t help but see food, sleep, love bracketed by birth and death. Those middle three facts highlight very well what Kansas City Rescue Mission is all about.
We offer food and sleep to the hurting and homeless so that we may have the privilege of meeting an even greater need … love.
Love is the not-so-secret ingredient at KCRM. More than a lofty ideal, love is in the listening, the laughing, the crying, the accountability, the goal-setting, the teaching, the counseling … and yes, even in the cooking and serving.
Nothing can help someone change course like unceasing, unwavering love.
And just like the family table, love and friendship forms at dinnertime at KCRM. It’s around these tables that a staff person or a volunteer will begin to forge a friendship with someone who is lost and hurting. And that connection can change a life forever.
There’s a joke around the Mission that when a man joins the resident recovery program at the Men’s Center it won’t take long for him to put on a few pounds from the good food served in our dining hall. They laughingly call it the Mission Condition.
A couple weeks ago, Terrence* was speaking in the Friday afternoon chapel as we celebrated his graduation from KCRM’s Christian Community of Recovery. He told how dramatically his life had changed in the six months he had been living at KCRM … how anger and self-protection had given way to joy and love.
Then he mentioned the Mission Condition and everybody chuckled. But what he said next really hit home: “The real Mission Condition isn’t an expanded waistline. The Mission Condition is an expanded heart.”
I am so thankful that you and I together can provide such basic, vital needs as food and sleep to people living in homelessness and poverty, and in that process we can offer the greatest necessity of all, love.
Thank you for helping us offer food, sleep and love every day.
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