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AGRM Introduces Digital Memberships!
We told you we’d be making an announcement on May 1 regarding AGRM membership…and that missions would benefit from what we would be announcing…and it had something to do with 2X (two times).
Here’s the news: We are doubling the number of individual members every mission receives with their organizational membership by introducing digital memberships. That’s right. Think twice as many. This will allow every AGRM-member mission to get more down-line staff connecting via online networking groups, getting the immediate benefit from electronic publications (such as Street Smart) and email notices, plus access to all of the resources on the members’ side of our extensive website. The only difference between digital members and full members is that the latter will receive a hard copy of Rescue magazine and be allowed to vote in association elections.
The membership changes are set to take place in June, pending completion of software development. Mission executive directors, billing contacts, and profile managers will be notified with instructions for updating their organization profiles and member seats when the changes are live.
Convention Hotel at 114 Percent of Contracted Room Block!
As we mentioned in the last issue of Street Smart, each year, AGRM has increased the contracted room block at our convention hotel. However, even with this increase, this year’s hotel—the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion—is well over our block for this year. Fortunately, they are still taking reservations at our contracted rate (for now!). Please note that the hotel is sold out of rooms with two queen beds, and only king rooms remain.
Bottom line: Be sure to book your room quickly if you haven’t yet. Visit www.agrm.org/2017hotel, or call (888) 421-1442. The AGRM convention rate is $121 per night. State and local taxes apply.
Orlando Mission Rocked the Cowboy Hats
About a month ago, AGRM members received a “cowboy hat” in the mail, urging you to register for the annual convention. (If you tried one on, you’ll understand why cowboy hat is in quotation marks.) For fun, we asked you to send us photos or videos via email or social media.
The gang at Orlando Union Rescue Mission (Orlando, Florida) submitted a video featuring members of their staff paying homage to famous Western movies while wearing their convention hats. The video is complete with music and Western backgrounds. For their creativity, they will receive a $50 Starbucks card.
Worldwide Forum Held in London
Leaders from four U.S. AGRM-member missions and four Canadian member missions—plus one from Jamaica—were at London City Mission last week for the Global City Mission Network’s Worldwide Forum. They joined city mission leaders from five continents to network and explore the “theology of immigration” and talk about ministry to displaced people groups, whether they are from the Middle East, West Africa, Mexico, Central America, or wherever. Our colleagues at the London City Mission did a great job organizing and running the event. AGRM President John Ashmen will be sharing some of the key takeaways with all CEOs in an upcoming issue of Executive Session.
Invisible Neighbors Headed into Its Third Printing
Orders are still coming in for Invisible Neighbors, the small-group study guide written by AGRM President john Ashmen. So it’s back to the presses. The latest version will have a few updates to keep statistics fresh, plus it will have a foreword by Ron Hall, author of Same Kind of Different as Me. You will hear more about the 3.0 version just prior to and during AGRM’s Annual Convention.
Pine Ridge Update: Historic Closing of Whiteclay Beer Stores
On April 19, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission announced its unanimous decision to close the four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, by denying them licenses to operate. The stores could remain open until their licenses expired on April 30. Attorneys for the beer store owners immediately filed an appeal in district court asking for a delay in the Commission's decision and to allow the beer stores to remain open while a full appeal could be considered. A week later Judge Andrew Jacobsen overturned the Commission's decision and ruled that the Commission overstepped its bounds and ordered regulators to let the beer stores automatically renew their licenses. But just as the beer store owners and their attorneys began celebrating this brief victory last Thursday, the Nebraska Attorney General's office quickly challenged the judge’s ruling, citing a section of law that puts decisions by lower courts on hold for up to six months whenever a state agency appeals to the Nebraska Supreme Court or Court of Appeals. This allowed the Liquor Control Commission to revert to its unprecedented decision to deny renewal of the beer store owners' licenses. Consequently, the stores could only remain open until April 30 when their licenses expired.
Whiteclay saw widespread media coverage on April 30 to record the historic day. However, the owners did not open for business on their last day. As of today, alcohol sales in Whiteclay are now at a halt. Lawyers on both sides agree that the appeals process could take between six months and two years. The stores also face allegations from the Attorney General's Office that they sold alcohol to bootleggers and violated other state liquor laws. A hearing on those citations is expected to take place in coming months.
Opportunity to Further Capitalize on Baylor-AGRM Study
Assessing the Faith-Based Response to Homelessness in America, the study conducted by Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion, confirmed that in some communities rescue missions and other faith-based organizations are often hindered in their ministry efforts from opposition to the ministry approach to assisting homeless people in their communities. The report looked at 11 sample cities across the United States—all cities where ARGM-member missions participated in the study and play a significant role in addressing homelessness.
William and Alfreda Wubbenhorst, consultants from Harvest Home Institute, LLC and Social Capital Valuations, LLC (SCV) and co-authors of the Baylor study, will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at this year’s convention. AGRM members are invited to ask questions about the report and discuss ways SCV can help local rescue missions leverage the study’s findings and develop data specific to their program outcomes, including estimated taxpayer ROI (Return On Investment). SCV’s unique methodology, called Expected Value Return On Investment (EV-ROI) is a tool that faith-based organizations can use to highlight or defend their significant contributions in their communities.
Looking Down the Street…
AGRM Member Benefit: Sample Documents
New App Helps Businesses Curb Food Waste and Fight Hunger
Millennials Feel Good about Ministry Donations
The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Accounting Assistant: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Director: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Bridge Program Administrator: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Case Manager, Men's Ministries: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Data Analytics Coordinator: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Development Assistant: St. Matthew's House, Inc., Naples, FL
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Development Director: Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development: Union Gospel Mission of Salem, Salem OR
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development Operations: St. Matthew's House, Inc., Naples, FL
Director of Emergency Services: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Donor Services Associate: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Driver, Food Pantry & Distribution Center: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Executive Assistant & Office Manager: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Finance Director: Open Door Mission, New York, NY
Full-Time Truck Driver: Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Men's Night Shelter Manager: Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Inc., Fairbanks, AK
Ministry Development Officer: St. Matthew's House, Inc., Naples, FL
Ministry Director: Campus of Hope Rescue Mission, Conroe, TX
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Program Director/Associate Director: King's Gospel Mission, Hanford, CA
Recovery Program Coordinator: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Regional Representative: The Merriam Agency, Schenectady, NY
Rescue Mission Director: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Resident Assistant, Center for Women & Children: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Senior Director Of Women's Ministries: Downtown Rescue Mission, Inc., Huntsville, AL
Senior Director, Programs: Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN
Senior Grant Writer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Senior Video Producer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Shelter Desk Manager: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Thrift Store Supervisor: Central Coast Super Thrift, Santa Maria, CA
VP of Advancement :Water Street Ministries, Lancaster, PA
Women's Night Shelter Manager: Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Inc., Fairbanks, AK
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
Of course you do. You might wake up feeling discouraged. Like the world is against you, and you are overcome with feelings of “nobody really likes me.” Sometimes you might get discouraged because of past regrets, while other times you can get discouraged because God so clearly has not answered your prayers and cries for help in the time and way you want Him to. Or maybe you get discouraged when you put too much trust in people and expect them to do or say something that you’ve been longing to hear.
Discouragement is a real feeling, and it’s a real tool of the enemy to come against the child of God. If you let it sink in, discouragement will press you down, and it can hinder you from doing what the Lord has called you to do.
What do you do?
One simple idea is to find Bible verses that encourage you in the Lord. Find out what God says about any given situation and then trust His Word. It has power to give life if you let it penetrate your heart.
If you are discouraged today, may Jesus lift your spirit and whisper truth in your ear. He knows your pains; He cares and he will answer!
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