Amy was a local homeless Veteran who moved into her own apartment with her Veteran husband.
You make it possible for us to provide the help to restore people like Bill and Amy who dealt with the loss of good jobs and their apartment earlier this year, victims of circumstance and downsizing at their places of employment. They faced life on the streets, but a referral from the Department of Veterans Affairs to our Bridge to Life Center program helped them avoid a family disaster. Their lives began a turnaround that first day at Mission Solano when our case managers began working their residential holistic program. Today, they are living in their own apartment, restored to God, each other, their family, and their community---you!
“When I open the door to our apartment, I look back on the hot, nutritious Mission meals and the fellowship we had every day at the Bridge to Life Center,” says Bill. “That experience helped restore my faith in God.”
Often one of our hardworking Mission staff will reach out to rescue a woman, a man, or a family who has come to us, broken and hurting. Other times a volunteer may play the role of caregiver and friend. For Amy and Bill, the safety of the Bridge to Life Center community was just what they needed to accept a little help and compassion, and to believe in God’s plan for their life again.
Besides Veterans like Amy and Bill, there are hundreds more in real danger of never making it all the way home. Lonely, hurting Veterans, needing help, hope and compassion. Some are single moms and single dads with children living in their cars. Some are recently laid off and unemployed Veterans of recent Gulf War conflicts, others long-time sufferers of Vietnam War horrors. Many are stuck with the impossible decision between food or rent, living on $150 a week. Mission Solano now provides over 1,200 bags of groceries each month to keep desperate people from sliding into homelessness. Others like Amy and Bill need a helping hand to bounce back to productivity, making it all the way home…their home!
As the nation paused to honor Veterans, I invite you to come alongside men like Bill and Amy with a special gift to help the many who keep coming. Veterans day doesn’t end November 12th for Mission Solano.
Your courageous support will inspire our men, women, children, and families to motivate each other, to reach out for older homeless Veterans, and to help set them out on new career paths. Neither Amy, nor Bill ever envisioned life on the streets, but now they tell others about their experiences and their hope for an answer to their homelessness.
Together, over 40 Veterans attend Mission meals, group meetings and outreach efforts, sharing their recent struggles. Life after military service began well for both of them, but the past six months resulted in job and housing losses. Their parallel stories – and the connection to so many others with similar struggles – empower them to “pass it on” to other homeless men and Veterans.
Will you stand with us today as we prepare for the flood of homeless men and families – neighbors who fought to survive loss after devastating loss and now need us to help restore them to hope and promise?
We expect hundreds of struggling men, women, children, and families to come to us for Thanksgiving and Christmas season meals and help this year, and many, many more will come to the Mission in the winter months and throughout 2012.
Will you make a special gift to help the Mission respond and reach out to meet every need that comes to our doors in coming months?
Will you join us in reaching out to each man, woman and child, each senior citizen and each Veteran who seeks our help? Thank you for your generosity and love.
In honor of all those who have served,
P.S. Your special gift at this important time will help people counting on us for help! Please give today.
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To mail your check, address it to Mission Solano, P.O. Box 8, Fairfield, CA 94533
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