Following Jesus… Serving The Homeless

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GREAT JOB First Baptist Church of Gulf Breeze!

Thank you First Baptist Church of Gulf Breeze for sharing a portion of your summer serving at the Mission. You’ve made a difference today in the lives of our homeless neighbors!  Donations sorted, priced and merchandised today will help to provide many meals and nights of shelter for our homeless neighbors in the coming weeks.

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Hats off to the youth and leaders of White Rock United Methodist Church

 

They traveled all the way from Dallas, Texas to lend the Mission a hand!  This hardworking little band of world changers have served all across the the Gulf Coast this summer; volunteering and learning firsthand, what it means to be Christians on mission.

Their adventure began at their home church in Dallas and has also included serving with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and the Waterfront Bargain Center in beautiful Ft. Walton Beach, Florida yesterday.  Group leaders say it was all the kids’ idea.  They wanted to do something constructive with their summer and wanted to impact as many lives as possible in the process so they decided to make this year’s mission a serving tour.  WOW!  How’s that for inspiration?!

We were thankful for their hands and feet and we especially blessed by their hearts for ministry. Volunteering at the Bargain Center has taught them that there’s more to thrift stores than meets the eye.  Most, including ours, are businesses with an eternal purpose AND they are a lot of hard work!  By the end of their visit, these young people were tired but not defeated.

Who know’s where the Lord will take them tomorrow but one things is certain – THEY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE and it was a privilege getting to know them.  We’ve extended a open invitation to join us again next year.  Please pray for the safety and provision of this group as they continue to travel and serve this week.  They are an awesome bunch!

 

Girl Scouts Serve Crestview Bargain Center

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The plight of a fictional snowbound Scandinavian kingdom inspired a local Girl Scouts troop to assist residents affected by regional springtime floods.

The Waterfront Rescue Mission now has a bin of blankets, clothing and personal hygiene products to provide residents thanks to Crestview Troop 676 members.

Four of the troop’s Brownies spearheaded the project, parent troop leader Amanda Converse said.

“The idea came from ‘Frozen,’” she said, referring to the 2013 Disney film. “In the movie, the town got frozen over and people needed blankets. Our girls realized that flood victims in our own town might need help, too.”

 

Brownie Tessa Campbell, 8, placed calls to several local charities, and determined that the South Ferdon Boulevard thrift store needed donations the most, Converse said.

Brownie Kaylee Gjesdal, 7, created a flier to solicit donations while Brownie Genesis Jimenez-Chavez, 7, arranged a drop-off location at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

With the aid of older Girl Scouts and younger Daisies — girls who will advance to Brownie next year — bag after bag of donated materials tumbled into an oversized bin last week.

“They filled it up!” store manager Felicia Davis said. “I was so proud of them. It’s really great to have that community involvement.” (Story courtesy of Brian Hughes of the Crestview News Bulletin; Published: Monday, June 16, 2014)

Congratulations to our Cantonment Bargain Center for being selected ” 2014 BEST THRIFT STORE” in Cantonment!.  We are very proud of your hard work and dedication to this ministry.

 

Volunteers Share Mission Story at Scratch Ankle Celebration

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Thank you to everyone who visited the Mission’s booth at OneLove’s annual Easter Egg Hunt & Block Party in Milton on Saturday, April 19th 2014.  We enjoyed sharing the Mission’s story and getting to know you better.  Our ministry is a partnership and we are very thankful for your prayers and support.

If our guestimate is correct, about 10,000 people enjoyed the day us; courtesy of 15 local OneLove Gulf Coast churches.  It was a blessing to serve our community with such loving people.  We would also like to thank Cathy (Store Manager of our Milton Bargain Center), Carla (Staff Member of our Milton Bargain Center), Brenda (Store Manager of our Crestview Bargain Center) and Cindy (Asst. Manager of our Crestview Bargain Center), Renee (Recycling Center Manager), James and family (Retail Services Director) and Sam and Amanda (Junction 242 Church) for volunteering at the Mission’s booth!

SOSA Volunteers at Milton Bargain Center

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A “BIG” shout out to SOSA (Spouses Of Student Aviators- Whiting Field) for volunteering at our Milton Bargain Center this week.  Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for being committed to serving the “least of these” within our community by volunteering at the Mission!  Your hard work and friendly smiles helped to provide food, clothing, shelter, individual counseling and career development services “free of charge” for the Gulf Coast homeless, addicted and poor.

 

Thank YOU East Hill Christian School

East Hill School Volunteers

Thank you East Hill Christian School for volunteering at our Pensacola Bargain Center!  Your hard work and dedication to the Mission didn’t go unnoticed.  This amazing group of young people helped our Bargain Center staff to sort and process donations, straighten and merchandise the selling floor and then helped our Ministry staff serve lunch in the afternoon.  We were very encouraged and appreciative of the “hands and feet” ministry service you provided today.  Learn more about volunteering at the Waterfront Bargain Centers by visiting our Volunteer page.

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