As winter gives way to spring, area agencies that help the homeless are gearing up for some important and entertaining fundraising events. This month’s ICM e-News highlights a few of these that are near and dear to us, including one event that honors members of our own staff!
Paynes to be Honored at Red Cross Breakfast
If you visit the Inner City Mission lodge and ask for the “executive director” or the “regional communications director,” you might get a quizzical look. Ask for Scott and Connie, though, and everyone knows whom you mean. Scott and Connie Payne provide a rudder for Inner City Mission, working with staff and residents to apply Biblical principals in a loving way to bring stability to the lives of the homeless.
That is why we were thrilled to hear that the “first couple” of Inner City Mission will be honored alongside some other truly inspirational folk at the 8th Annual American Red Cross Illinois Capital Area Chapter Heroes Breakfast April 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
“We take this as a great honor,” says Scott, speaking for himself and Connie, his wife of 32 years. “Especially coming from the Red Cross.
“There are many types of homelessness. One that can strike anyone at any time is the loss of a home due to fire or natural disaster, and at the same time that family may be grieving the loss of personal belongings and records, treasured memories, or even the lives of family members. The Red Cross specializes in this sort of situation, and the work they do is invaluable.”
8th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast
April 19 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield
On the front lines when disaster strikes is the American Red Cross. The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross serves 13 counties in Illinois, including Sangamon County. Seldom does a week go by that we do not hear news reports of this agency rendering assistance in disasters large or small by providing food, clothing, and shelter. This event honors local heroes and also raises funds for disaster relief. For directions to the event, click here.
BMIC/Rob Isringhausen Charity Golf Classic
June 1, 2013 - Piper Glen Golf Club, Springfield
Business Men in Christ is an all-volunteer Christian men’s organization operating in Springfield and Decatur that focuses on helping men to become better fathers, husbands and citizens. Funds raised from the annual Saturday morning outing go to support Inner City Mission as well as In His Hands Orphans Ministry, Lifetime Pregnancy Center, Free outdoor Christian concerts & Entertainment, and Iron Sharpens Iron Springfield.
Community Hope Center Banquet
April 25, 2013 - Cornerstone Church, Bethalto
This is a bit far from home for most of us, taking place at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto, Illinois, but worth the drive. The Community Hope Center is a friend of Inner City Mission that does much to alleviate poverty in southern Illinois. For directions, click here.
Helping Hands Annual Auction
May 18 - Christ of Kings Parish, Springfield
Helping Hands shelters and otherwise assists homeless men. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Helping Hands provides its clients with the basic necessities.
Helping Hands has long shared space with Contact Ministries, and is in the process of choosing a new Springfield location. The hope is that they will be able to serve a greater number of area homeless, and we offer our prayers for this effort. For directions to the auction site, click here.
Contact Impact 2013
May 20 - Rail Golf Course, Springfield
Contact Ministries strives daily to serve the greater Springfield community by providing food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance, referrals, and life skills education & training through Christ's love and compassion. They also shelter homeless women and children in the Springfield area.
Contact Impact features a raffle and some great prizes. Click here for directions.
Inner City Mission’s print newsletter, Lifeline, comes out 3-4 times a year, packed with content not included in ICM’s E-News. Click here to sign-up to receive Lifeline by mail. Here is an excerpt from the March edition….
After a lifetime of doing things my way... I’ve finally decided to follow Jesus
“My name is Kristy. I grew up in Alton, Illinois, and the image that best describes my former life is: I was in a small boat in a big ocean. It was always dark. I was drowning and I had no life jacket. That’s how I existed for too many years. I was abused by my kids’ father . . . addicted to heroin . . . and raped by two men who ganged up on me. I kept asking myself: how much of this can I take? I tried suicide, but I wasn’t even successful at taking my own life….”
Read more here...
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