A P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E C O A C H E L L A V A L L E Y R E S C U E M I S S I O N HANDS Across the Valley T H A N K S G I V I N G 2 0 0 9 “My Life Was Going A Message from Darla Burkett Making A Real Difference Dear Donor Name, Nowhere Fast!” As the holidays draw near, more people like Eric will be coming to the Coachella T hough he worked as a warranty rep for an air conditioning company here in the Coachella Valley for while, and sometime around Christmas, I got a DUI and lost my license. Then I got pulled over for driving on a Valley Rescue Mission for food and shelter. We love seven years, Eric considered himself suspended license and lost my car!” that, because it means more “homeless.” “I lived in Desert Hot “My life was going nowhere fast, opportunities to make real Springs, but the territory I covered and I didn’t know what to do. I needed changes in their lives through was very large, so I basically moved some stability, so I decided to commit our New Life Program and from hotel to hotel to be on-site to do myself to the New other programs. Not everyone is ready to warranty work,” says Eric. Life Program at the take that step. But for those When the company lost a couple of Mission. Being as who are willing to let God major contracts in September of 2007, old as I am, I’d work in their lives, our door Eric was laid off, and just two days later, never opened a is always open. was hit by a drunk driver! “When I got Bible in my life Some have a real passion out of the hospital, I stayed with friends until I got here. I for change – you can see it in their eyes. We believe that and in cheap motels. Then there was had no spiritual spark is the presence of God; a mix-up on my disability, so I wasn’t foundation, but a God who has always been getting much money – I was in dire lots of room to with them, regardless of how straits.” grow!” desperate their lives have Eric’s dad had died in 2004, but Eric has become, and a God who will continue to stand by them and he got in touch with his stepmother nothing but strengthen them as they take who had a friend who knew about the praise for the difficult steps necessary to Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. overcome the problems that brought them to us. We thank you for standing “I put my last $20 by them, too. Your support makes a real difference in the in the gas tank and lives of those in need. drove to the Mission.” Yours in gratitude, With a roof over his head and the Mission’s New Life Program. “It’s nutritious meals, Eric’s life might have done me a world of good. Now I have Darla Burkett Executive Director gotten back on track. But his problems focus and direction and Jesus Christ in didn’t end there. “I bounced around for a my life.” 4 7 5 1 8 Va n B u re n • P O B o x 1 0 6 6 0 • I n d i o , C A 9 2 2 0 2 - 2 5 6 4 • 7 6 0 - 3 4 7 - 3 5 1 2 • w w w. C V R M . o rg Here’s my special Thanksgiving gift m $XX.XX to feed and care for X people m $XX.XX to feed and care for X people m Bill my credit card m $XX.XX to feed and care for X people m VISA m MC m AMEX m DISC m $_________ to help as much as possible _________________________________________________ m I would like information about your CREDIT CARD # CIV/SEC # Help and Hope Club. _________________________________________________ EXP. DATE PHONE # Donate online at www.CVRM.org, or call 760-347-3512 Donor Name Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Donor Address P.O. Box 10660 Donor City, State Zip Indio, CA 92202-2564 S E R V I N G T H E L E A S T , T H E L A S T , T H E L O S T S I N C E 1 9 7 1 Visit Our Website! If you are not a member of this special club, we invite you to join. As a Help and Hope Club monthly supporter, your gift will help us W e would like to give special thanks to our Help and Hope Club members. Because of respond quickly to every call for help. Your gift will also help provide the stable funding we need to continue your faithfulness in supporting us and expand this vital work. To learn monthly, you have provided so more about the many benefits of our G et to know us better, learn about volunteer opportunities, read about the much. Food for the hungry. Shelter for the homeless and needy. Ongoing Help and Hope monthly giving club, check the special box on the reply slip, latest news and events and help and hope for those who want contact Greg Fisher at (760) 347-3512, donate securely at to put their lives back together. It all ext. 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.CVRM.org. starts with YOU. www.CVRM.org. Upcoming Holiday Events Thanksgiving Eve Meal Appreciative, Grateful, Thankful Nov. 25, 11am to 4pm Thanksgiving Breakfast T hanksgiving is a national holiday our nation has set aside to give thanks for all the blessings Nov. 26, 6am to 10am Thanksgiving Dinner we have in our lives. Here at the Nov. 26, 4pm to 6pm Coachella Valley Rescue Mission we Project Wishbone are reminded daily of how grateful Toy Giveaway we are to share with those who are Dec 21, 10am to 2pm less fortunate. We feed hundreds of Christmas Eve Lunch individuals and families which have Dec 24, 11am to 4pm been beaten down by the storms of life and we are so appreciative for individual who comes to our door and Christmas Breakfast Dec 25, 6am to 10am your continued support! to be an extension of Christ in our On November 25 and 26 we valley. will serve traditional Thanksgiving For information on how you can Operation Drumstick meals to hundreds of very grateful donate or volunteer, call Linda Garland Needs List men, women and children. It is our at (760) 347-3512 x 221 or visit Breakfast desire to satisfy the hunger of every www.CVRM.org. Bacon Sausage Pancake Mix Syrup Close Your Eyes and Make a Wish! Butter Paper Goods Plasticware Dinner P roject Wishbone is an annual event here at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission where we If you would like to share in the fun by Turkeys Boxed Stuffing fulfill thousands of underprivileged giving financially, Mashed Potatoes children’s wishes through our toy organizing a Rolls Sweet Potatoes drive and giveaway. Santa comes toy drive or Marshmallows here to CVRM and families line up volunteering to be Canned Vegetables to choose a toy in our cafeteria. It one of Santa’s Jellied Cranberries Brown Sugar is heartwarming to participate and helpers, please contact Linda Pies sense the excitement in the room and Garland at (760) 347-3512 x 221 or Whipped Crème Grocery Store Gift Cards see the wide eyes and wider smiles! visit www.CVRM.org. Serving Those in Need is Serving God Himself T here’s no doubt that the past 12 months have been a tremendous challenge for us all. In addition to to our capacity – because He knows what we possess; and according to our attitude – because He knows the the fire here at the Mission, our state of our hearts. neighbors, our community and our Please continue to make an country have all faced more than their immediate and lasting difference in share of difficulties. the lives of men, women and children Despite these hard times, many in need in Indio and the Coachella of our supporters have given gifts that we give thanks! And we believe that Valley through your gifts. To find out they might have used to make better God will weigh these gifts with a how you can help or to give securely lives for themselves. For those who measure that is beyond that of our online visit our website at have been faithful beyond measure, world: He will measure according www.CVRM.org. Thank you!
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