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We are Jon and Crystal. Our story is perhaps different than most. We are at the Mission because we had nowhere else to go. Through a variety of circumstances, our kids were taken away from us, and now we are fighting to get them back. Now that we’re here at Holland Rescue Mission, we feel we have a better chance of being reunited with our family.

Your donations and Christian giving are giving us a home...Thank you for your kindness

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know how it would feel not to have those you love with you. We used to live in a nice house, and things were going pretty well for our family. But life caught up with us, and we are now reliant on the generosity of others.

We know our family will be together again soon

Jon is legally blind and totally deaf in one ear, but he enjoys singing, especially Gospel music. Whenever he sings, I can see how relaxed he becomes. I do know he misses his guitar, and hopefully he will get another one soon. People often ask me what it’s like to marry someone who is blind. I can just tell you when you love someone, even something like blindness doesn’t bother you. We love each other, and we love our kids. Not to have them with us is painful, but we know we will be together again soon. The Mission is great
for both of us in so many ways. In fact, I have even been taking a GED course, and by the time you read this, I should have a high school diploma.
I don’t have words to describe how much we appreciate what you do for
the Mission and for us specifically. You give us the clothes on our backs,
nourishing food and shelter that is safe. I wish we could pay you back for your
kindness, but right now all Jon and I can say is thank you.

“. . . when you love someone even something like blindness doesn’t bother you.”

Now when I see trouble coming my way…I know God is always there to help me

My name is Travis. I thank God I came to Holland Rescue Mission. I’m young,
but in some ways I’ve already lived many lives — most of them wrong. I’ve been to jail too many times. I was always on a drinking spree, a stealing spree, a pot-smoking spree and a deceiving spree. I’d lie to people who were nice to me, and I didn’t even care. I think most of my friends would say I’m a good person who just keeps making stupid decisions. I had a street mentality, eager to manipulate anybody to get my way. I was a con and an expert at trickery.

This Program is difficult…but I know I must complete it

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I tell you all this so you can see what God has to work with. And He is working in my life in ways I never thought possible. The program here at the Mission is difficult, but I know if I want to change, I have to stick with it. And I plan to do just that. Today, when I see trouble coming my way, I ask God to help me. Most people on the street don’t see a way out. Like me, they feel lost, with no one to reach out to them. I think I’m finally beginning to live my life with the right motives — and one of those motives is to reach out to others, just as you are reaching out to me. I want to thank you for all you do to give me good food, shelter, clothing and Christian counseling. You lift my spirits up, and that means a lot to me. Here at the Mission, I’m washing dishes, and I volunteer at other times to help prepare meals. Each time I see someone we serve, I am reminded of where I once was. I know I could easily backslide. That’s why I need a Savior. Every day.


I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail.

My name is Heather. I should not be alive today. Were it not for the grace of God, I would be dead. I had 15 years of hard addiction. I started at 19, when I thought it was a lot of fun. In the end, it was not fun at all. At age 21, I was introduced to cocaine. And while I did that drug, I kept drinking. I would often take my paycheck, go to a bar and spend the entire $500 in one sitting. The next day I felt horrible. And still, I wanted alcohol and other drugs all the time. There was no ending the madness. If anyone needed a transformation of heart and spirit, it was Heather.

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I finally gave up and let God take over 

One night I was so drunk I couldn’t drive home. So I got a ride with a designated driver. On the way home, I was raped. Just another part of my life that was going south fast. I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail. There would be no middle road. That’s when I told God I was ready to do whatever He wanted me to do. I made that decision here at Holland Rescue Mission.

In less than six months, God has restored almost everything in my life. I think I may even get my daughter back. I went to dinner with my mom not long ago. These are things I never thought would happen. One of the great joys of my life is to be on the prayer team at church. I have been invited to help serve communion once a month, and before long, I will even have a seminary degree. So if you don’t believe in miracles, you and I need to have a little chat. I was once in a black hole. I didn’t care about anything. It didn’t bother me I was breaking God’s heart. Now, I finally have purpose in my life. Thank you for the role you continue to play in helping me rise from the dead to live a life that honors my Savior and Lord.


I no longer live in fear because I know the Lord is Always at my side

My name is Mike. One week before I came to Holland Rescue Mission, I tried to kill myself. I wanted to be creative, so I set up a pulley overhead and threaded it with a length of rope to which I tied a shotgun. I then drank half a gallon of drain cleaner and jumped off the chair, assuming that would end it all. Well, the gun went off, but it hit the rope and shattered it as I fell
unceremoniously to the ground. As it turns out, the drain cleaner must have been old and flat, because it had no effect on me. So there I was lying on the floor not dead, but thinking to myself . . . okay God, if I’m not gonna die I better go to the Mission. My life was so messed up I couldn’t even kill myself.

“ My TV and I were best friends. In fact, the television set was my only friend.”

My Christ-esteem is improving and I’m glad I didn’t, because here at the
Mission I’m discovering who I am in Christ. It’s not my self-esteem that’s improving; it’s my Christ-esteem. For the first time in a long time, I no longer feel broken or angry. I once had a home-based business where I was earning a
yearly income of six figures. I figured with all that money I didn’t need the Lord. Well, that was crooked thinking. That’s when I needed Him most. Now I’m back in the fold, reading my Bible, praying, and being grateful to God, the Mission and to you who give so much of yourself to make this place available to me.

In the past, I was so timid I’d stay in my cabin and have my groceries delivered. I didn’t want to see or meet anyone. My TV and I were best friends. In fact, the television set was my only friend. Today I can talk to people, interact with them and live a much more normal life. Well, that’s my story in a nutshell. Thank you for listening — and thank you for being a hope provider for me today and for the better days that lie ahead in the New Year.

Your Friend,


The good news is God is keeping us together… and that’s the definition of a miracle

We are Bob and Sharon, and we want to express our thanks to a loving God, to Holland Rescue Mission, and to you who give so much to help give us a new life.

Bob’s alcoholism for 20 years was difficult for me. I was angry at him all the time, and I kept wondering if things would ever improve. The good news is we are still together, and Bob is now sober.

The good news is God is keeping us together . . . and that’s the definition of a miracle

At first he didn’t want to go to any of the Mission’s programs, but then suddenly it clicked, most notably when God’s Word began to take hold of his life.

For me, the Mission is a refresher course on the Bible. I’m so encouraged by everything I read in the word of God, and I am especially grateful to a Mission staff that is always available to reach out to me when I need help, and I often need help. It’s amazing what the Christian walk is doing in our lives. And this Mission? Well, if you’ve ever been here, you know that it’s nicer than a college dormitory. It is clean, well run and a good place to call home for this time in our lives. We are confident God has great plans for our future.

“You are giving us a chance we feel we don’t even deserve.”

I also want to say a word of thanks at this Thanksgiving season to you who help people you don’t even know. You are giving us a chance we feel we don’t even deserve. But by God’s grace, you are always there with your donations and so many other acts of Christian service. Bob and I cannot thank you enough. I also want to leave you with a verse that has become our motto for living . . .

Jeremiah 29:11 . . . “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Bob and I praise God for the encouragement that comes from that word of Scripture.

Your friends,
Bob and Sharon

Through all my trials and tribulations I have finally found joy in Jesus Christ

My name is Paul. I’ve blown to and fro for many years, with the exception of pausing once in a while to put my life in order. My addiction to alcohol took me places I didn’t want to go. I was messed up for way too long. When I heard about the Mission, I came here planning to spend only a couple days. I thought I would just give it a try.

Through all my trials and tribulations I have finally found joy in Jesus Christ

But it didn’t take long for Jesus to take hold of my heart. He altered my thinking about me and life itself. No longer do I consider leaving the Mission. This is the right place for me at this time of my life. I used to live only to use drugs. Today, God is my life and my only focus is on the person of Jesus Christ. Whenever I think about walking out these doors, I’m reminded by the staff not to leave before the miracle happens. Well, that miracle has happened and it happens every day I’m here at Holland Rescue Mission.

Thank you for giving me back my self-worth

I am so grateful for the good food, the safe shelter and clothing I receive on a regular basis. I don’t have the words to express my gratitude to so many who’re helping me. I’m especially thankful for you and how you give so much of yourself to help keep these doors open for someone like me.

“Whenever I think about walking out these doors I am reminded by the staff not to leave before the miracle happens.”

You are helping me regain my self-esteem and my sense of worth. Now, it’s my desire to give back to others so they don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made in my life. It’s also great working at the Mission’s thrift store, where I’m able to meet  so many caring people. It’s always a privilege to give people a kind word. Perhaps I will meet you one day in the store as well. God bless you and your family during these summer months.

Your friend,

God is teaching me something that is transforming my life

My name is Anthony. When I look at my past, I see nothing but utter chaos. I was doing drugs, fighting with my ex-wife, had a daughter who died in her crib, while all the time I just stayed addicted. I needed help and I needed it fast. When I first came to Holland Rescue Mission I was ashamed of this place.

God is teaching me something that is transforming my life

Now, I realize I was really ashamed of myself. I went to church until about the fourth grade, but that was about it. I remember how my mom would give my brother and me marijuana for Christmas. That’s when we were in junior high. Not a great way to start a life. That was a long time ago, but what you do early in life has a ripple effect for a long time. And even though I needed help, I still didn’t want to come to the Mission. But I’m glad I’ve stuck it out, because without this place of rescue I’d either be dead or in prison. I refused to live on the streets, so those were my only two options: death or getting locked up.

I now have hope for a new life

I have so many people to thank that I hardly know where to start. But I do know your donations are making a world of difference in my life. Some people say the homeless don’t want to change.

“I remember how my mom would give my brother and me marijuana for Christmas.” 

That may be true for some, but not true for me. Every day, God is doing something to transform my life. When I go to chapel, I take in what I hear, and I do my best to put it into practice in my daily life. At this Easter season, I’m especially grateful that God is giving me a new life and hope for a better future.

Your friend,

God is using you and your donations in miraculous ways…

My name is Jose. I’ve always been a person who played by the rules. That’s why I’ve waited so long for my green card. I cannot work here in the United States, but one day I know God will provide a way for me. Before I arrived in this country I worked for 10 years in a bank. I studied law and I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Meanwhile, my wife and children were already here in the US. But for the time being, it’s difficult for me to see my children.

God is using you and your donations in miraculous ways...

When I can see them, I try to be a good example to them as a father and as a human being. I’m a devout Christian and I also teach Sunday school. However, I had no place to stay. That’s why I’m so grateful for Holland Rescue Mission. I don’t know what I would do without the help of a loving God, a donor like yourself and my counselors here at the Mission.

You are so generous and I am so grateful

I’m also learning so much in the program here. I’m studying how to apply God’s principles to my life. The classes are practical, and every day I’m gaining a greater understanding of how to be God’s person. Many people you help at the Mission face challenges with drug and alcohol addictions. For me, I just needed to have a special place where God could restore my life.

“Every day, my heart rejoices in the Lord . . . because his ways are always perfect.”

I’m also learning so much in the program here. I’m studying how to apply God’s principles to my life. The classes are practical, and every day I’m gaining a greater understanding of how to be God’s person. Many people you help at the Mission face challenges with drug and alcohol addictions. For me, I just needed to have a special place where God could restore my life. And this is all happening day by day. Sometimes I wonder if you can possibly realize how much God is using you and your donations to help us who are in such great need. Every day, my heart rejoices in the Lord, because the ways of the Lord are always perfect. May God bless you at this Easter season.

Your friend,

I am now hopeful for my future… because I know God has great plans for my life

My name is Jane. I’m discovering life can be a joy when things are done the right way. But doing it the right way is not always easy. Unlike some of the men and women at the Mission, I am not addicted to drugs and alcohol. My addiction is shopping. I’m a shopaholic. On any given day you could find me in some store spending my life away.

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I was a dental technician for 22 years, so I had money. Trouble was that my money kept burning holes in my pockets. But after I lost my job, became homeless for three years, and had nowhere to go and no money for shopping, I knew I needed help. I’m grateful for the day that God directed my steps to Holland Rescue Mission.

God and this Mission are helping me become  spiritually stronger. 

Here I’m learning how to get closer to God and to serve Him. Everything about my classes is so practical. And  nothing is more practical than the Word of God. The  biggest change in my life, I believe, is how I think. My attitude is better, and I’m certainly spiritually stronger. The freedom I have in Christ is setting me free from my past. If you asked me what my poorest choices in life have been, I would have to say there are so many I would not be able to tell you. There were so many. But I can tell you the best choice I ever made was to come to Holland Rescue Mission, where I’m finally allowing God to take control of my life.

Thank you for the food, clothing, counseling and safe shelter I receive here. I don’t think the Mission could survive without the generosity of someone like you. It’s my prayer that you and your family will enjoy a wonderful holiday season.


“I am not addicted to drugs and alcohol. My addiction is shopping. I’m a shopaholic.”