Hi, I'm Deb Chambers.
I am Vice President of Development and Partnerships.
The people that we serve at the mission
haven't had anybody catch them.
They've fallen through the cracks - just made one too many mistakes,
ruined one too many relationships. And, they're falling.
And that's what we do. We catch them.
At the mission over the years, I've seen lives changed.
You'd see people come in, downcast and sad, and depressed, without hope.
And then after a few weeks and months, you'd see their countenance change,
and they became carefree, they became encouraged, and they'd start to smile.
I arrived here on January 22, 2019, and I was introduced to the Restoration Transformation Program.
They welcomed me with open arms, and I was accepted immediately into the program,
and it began right away. The last phase of the program is called the work therapy phase,
where the mission gives you a part-time job.
They assigned me to the front desk. It was a perfect fit,
and it was also an opportunity for me to be able to give back,
interacting with gentlemen who were homeless and were experiencing some of
the difficulties that I experienced, as well.
Just being able to be a part of that process,
that rebuilds and restores and individual, just apealed to my nature.
I was offered a permanent position at the front desk, which I accepted.
I can honestly say, it's the second time in my life where knew beyond all doubt
that I was where I should be and doing what I should be doing.
The first time was being a father.
Being here and the experience that I've had and the life-changing effect
that the program had on me - there's no better feeling that one can have
to know from within that you're doing exactly what you should be doing.
The life-changing support that the mission offers is possible because
of the generous donations of others.
Back to Deb Chambers:
The donations that we receive through the CFC sustain our ability to change lives.
We are privately funded.
Not only do we provide emergency shelter for people that are homeless,
we also have opportunities fo them to learn.
Opportunities to get a GED. To have housing assistance.
To have employment assistance.
One of the workforce development programs we operate is something we call Mission Muffins.
It's an on-site bakery. And, we train men, who are formerly homeless,
to make muffins, and cookies, and scones, and learn a skill set to help them be able to find a job.
And find employment. Self sufficiency.
One of the guys in the bakery is Jerry. Jerry spent 60 years in prison.
When he was released from prison, they sent him here, to the mission.
After he went through one of our programs, he joined the bakery.
And now, that's what he does for a living.
He's fully employed by the mission and bakes goods.
He has his own apartment. He has his own life. It was his first job.
I remember, I saw him in the elevator one day, and I said:
"Jerry, I hear you're doing a great job." And he said, "Really?"
I said, "yeah!" And he said, "Thanks. I'm glad. It's the first job I've ever had."
It's surprising how a little bit can make a difference.
Every dollar that's donated will help to care for people in need.
And so the donations that we receive through the CFC are critical to success.
They make the difference.