This issue of Street Smart is sponsored by:
Best Rates for AGRM’s 2018 Annual Convention Start Right Now!
Early-Bird Registration for your 2018 Annual Convention—which will be held June 12–15 in Milwaukee—officially begins today. But we are so excited about this event that we opened registration yesterday, a day early.
Go to www.agrm.org/convention to get all the details about this important gathering. Or if you know you just do not want to miss this big event, you can jump right to the online registration page.
Tax Reform Issues Coming Down to the Wire
You Are the Featured Ministry of the Month at PureFlix.com
AGRM Member Benefit: Wholesale Items
Insurance Companies Commit to Addressing the Opioid Crisis
As Mendell explained, these eight principles aren’t new and instead essentially emerged from Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health from 2016 that included recommendations resulting from an extensive review of the scientific literature.
Tobacco Smoking Rate Stays Steady
One in five adults in the United States still uses tobacco on a regular basis, and 15 percent of the population smokes cigarettes. The smoking rate has stayed steady in recent years despite public health efforts to reduce tobacco use, notes a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to an article in the Daily Mail, as e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products become more popular, the vast majority—87.4 percent—of tobacco users still used some form of smokable tobacco.
It has been more than 50 years since the U.S. Surgeon General first officially recognized smoking as a direct cause of disease and death, yet the CDC estimates that more than 480,000 people die of causes related to the habit each year. The vast majority of tobacco users report using a combustible product such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Just 3.5 percent say they use e-cigarettes, and 3.4 percent use cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars. Smokeless tobacco—such as chewing tobacco and snuff—was reported by 2.3 percent of adults. Just 1.2 percent used pipes, water pipes, or hookahs.
Veterans Suffering from Opioid Addiction
Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates used Veteran’s Day to focus on how to help victims of the crisis.
In a report by Fox News, veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental overdoses of the highly addictive painkillers, a rate that reflects high levels of chronic pain among vets, particularly those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Government and health-care officials have been struggling to stem the epidemic of overdoses, which killed more than 64,000 Americans in the 12 months ending last January alone, a 21 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 65,000 Americans died in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Veterans Administration (VA) system has stepped up its efforts to address the crisis, having treated some 68,000 veterans for opioid addiction since March. The department’s Louis Stokes VA Center in Cleveland has also begun testing alternative treatments, including acupuncture and yoga, to reduce use of and dependency on drugs.
Mental Health Crisis Largely Invisible in Schools
Millions of American students suffer from mental health problems, and only a fraction are receiving necessary treatment, warns a brief from the American Institutes for Research.
According to an article in The 74, the prevalence of mental health problems appears to be growing. More than 60 percent of college students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety over the previous year in 2016, up from 50 percent just five years prior. More alarming still, hospitalizations for mood disorders among children ages 17 and under leaped by 68 percent between 1997 and 2011.
Building largely on government data, the study observes that up to 20 percent of Americans under the age of 18 suffer from mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders. The most common disorders include ADHD, depression, conduct problems, autism, substance abuse, and Tourette’s syndrome. Yet estimates show that almost half of all children with those emotional or psychological conditions don’t receive either medication or psychological services, and only 7.4 percent of adolescents report visiting with a mental health professional over the course of a year.
The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careersto view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Case Manager @ Rebuilding Lives Center for men: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Case Manager, Men’s Shelter: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Chief Financial Officer: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Major Gifts: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Director, Lighthouse for Women & Children: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Domestic Violence Advocate: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director: Outreach Gospel Mission, Brookings, OR
Faith Community Nurse - Guest Services: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Family Support Worker (Evenings 3 positions) : Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Family Support Worker (Overnights) : Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Guest Services Assistant - Women’s Shelter: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Major Donor Representative: Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Men’s Center Support Worker (Split Shift): Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Receiving Clerk (Elkhorn Outreach Center) : Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Sous Chef: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Transportation Specialist: Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA
Volunteer Coordinator (Kitchen) : Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Volunteer Coordinator (Street Ministry) : Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Women’s New Life Recovery Program Case Manager: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Women’s Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10, ESV).
He is making Kingdom builders. He is making us into people who bring glory to His name. He is making us into gospel missionaries everywhere we go. And also people who long for His presence.
To contribute: If you would like to write a devotional thought for StreetLight, please make it about 200 words and include at least one Bible verse or passage, and submit via email.
AGRM is a nonprofit organization committed to furthering rescue missions. AGRM provides limited space in "Market Street" for advertising opportunities, services, and products to advance the cause of rescue missions. AGRM is not responsible for the claims made by its advertisers and reserves the right to select or reject any advertising, in the sole discretion of AGRM, for any or no reason.
PRIVACY: Protecting your privacy is very important to us at AGRM. We will not rent, sell, or exchange your e-mail address with a third party for any purpose.
All Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, unless otherwise noted. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
Street Smart is sent to you as a member service of AGRM, and is published on the 1st and 15th of each month (unless those dates fall on a weekend or holiday). The content does not necessarily represent the views of or imply endorsement by AGRM. To submit items for publication, e-mail email@example.com. To unsubscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org.