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The Mission Celebrates it’s 7th year of service

What is The  Mission

The Mission is a local faith-based, non-profit, 501c3 outreach whose purpose is to provide for those in poverty, build meaningful relationships, and give those who desire the skills necessary to move from the streets to their own homes or apartments, all without governmental assistance.

Who Founded The Mission

Founded in 2013 by two U.S. Marine Veterans, Richard and Robert Myers, along with Mark Aldridge. Their purpose was to serve the Lord by serving the poor and homeless of St. Mary’s County. Their motto was to offer whatever folks needed when they walked in the door. This led to the food pantry, showers, computers, transportation, Sunday breakfast, and many other services.

Who Funds The Mission

Funded almost exclusively by its three founders for the first three years (2013-2016), the brothers did not seek donations (although if the Lord led people to give, they gladly accepted).  They firmly believed that anyone who starts and runs a ministry must be willing to support that ministry financially.  In late 2016, with less than $200-$300 in The Mission bank account, both Rob and Rick as their friends call them, began to solicit donations. The outpouring was so great that within 45 days The Mission had raised over $40,000. This was followed by the First Annual October Fundraiser Dinner, first held in Oct of 2016, which  raised $80,000. As of today, The Mission continues to be entirely privately funded, with expenditures around $171K in 2018. All the members of the Board of Directors donate monthly to The Mission. We are also committed to transparency; stated, Richard who is  The executive Director of The Mission, our books are open to anyone who wants to see where the donated funds go.

What Does The Mission Offer

The Mission offers more than handouts and warm showers. Their services allow  relationships to be established, we start conversations. Through these relationships, we offer encouragement and counsel to improve people’s physical and physiological conditions.

We train and equip those struggling to become competent, self-sufficient individuals who can break the cycle of homelessness. The Mission will soon offer job training and currently offers basic computer skills. In the future, we plan to offer vocational programs to teach trades. We also provide support for those who need to break substance abuse patterns.  However, the one need we currently cannot meet is a place for those dedicated to changing there lives a place to sleep. We needed some way to get them out of the woods, so for the last five years that has been our prayer.

Job-Training Center
The Mission is called to serve the poor in our community by providing both temporary housing and job training. Since 2013 we’ve wanted to offer temporary or emergency beds for single men and women. In 2018, in honor of her late husband, Ms. Renee Kessler donated a property, The Steve Kessler Care Center.  These three separate buildings and five individual units will be used for both temporary emergency beds and classrooms.  In January 2019, with the help of St. Mary’s Roofing and Home Improvement, Christmas in April,  Lowes, and folks from various churches across St. Mary’s County, we began the process of rehabbing these buildings.

Budget Classes

In 2017, when St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services asked the Mission to develop a budget class, “we jumped at the opportunity”, Barbara Svenson, who is on The Mission Board of Directors, and manages the classes, held on various Mondays at The Social Services building in Lexington Park off of Great Mills Rd. Classes started once the course was developed and approved. Although attendance in the beginning was minimal, St. Mary’s County later made the classes mandatory for all county residents who requested emergency funding or who enrolled in a special program which allows person to rent to own their own home.  This program has been highly successful with other agencies now asking for the class.

Who Operates The Mission

Currently The Mission has one full time employee (Jean Harmon) who has a degree in social work and worked previously at Three Oaks Center for 10 years, and the Walden Youth Runaway Shelter and Group home for 7 years. Jean, who is more like a mother to those who come to The Mission. For over 30 years Jean has been counseling the homeless, drug, and alcohol addicted, including those who have a mental disability.  Jean runs The Mission and counsels the many people who come in daily.  Many other people and organizations, including Walden, Pathways and Southern Maryland Community Network asses and help 3 days a week for substance, mental health and job services. Many others volunteer their time to help Jean run the 365-day operation. These dedicated helpers wash towels, clean showers, and put on the Sunday Breakfast which is free to the public. I’m so blessed to be able to serve our community through the work done here.

 

The Mission 4th Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Currently The Mission’s 4th Annual Fundraiser and Silent Action is being held on Thursday Oct 24, 2019 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept from 6-9pm. This 5-Star semi-formal event, which includes live music is open to the public.  


Please go to http://www.Themissionevent.org or http://www.seekingshelter.com for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.  To see the many happenings at The Mission, visit their Facebook page. Their FB page has info on the many things currently happening at The Mission.

Check out  one of The Mission’s past fundraising event video’s made for the event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLvBPaMvKi4&feature=youtu.be

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