Volume 12 Number 7 | April 2, 2018 | www.agrm.org  



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Convention Filling Fast; Hotel Room Block Closing
All signs are pointing to this being another high-energy, packed convention for AGRM—one you and your team will not want to miss. The entire event will be focused on gospel-powered life transformation. We’ll have great speakers, excellent seminars (including an entire new track on clinical counseling subjects) a full exhibit hall, and a city-wide street festival right in front of our hotel.

Speaking of hotels, one night of our hotel block is sold out. You can still stay at the Hilton, but not the entire time. We are negotiating with two other hotels for an overflow room block, right across the street. We’ll have more information on that by the end of the week. In other words, at this point, you can still get into the convention, but you might not able to stay at the convention hotel—but you can stay a block away. But register for the convention now, before that fills up, too! To get yourself and your staff signed up, visit www.agrm.org/convention for details and to register.

2018 Annual Convention Reminders 


Harley Dress-Up Contest
Just last week, we sent an email to AGRM members announcing a contest to dress up and snap a selfie. But we don’t want you in your Sunday best. Instead, we mean denim, doo rags, shades, and leather. Once you’ve put on your best biker gear, snap a selfie, or even make a video with a bunch of your staff and send it to us; you could win a Harley-Davidson gift card! Post your pic or video on the AGRM Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AGRMNews. Tweet it using the hashtag #AGRMBikerGang (and tag us at @AGRMNews). Or you can plain old email it to us at editor@agrm.org.

Basic Counseling Course for Credit Offered at Annual Convention
AGRM also recently announced a unique five-session basic counseling skills course that will be offered during AGRM’s 2018 Annual Convention. The course will focus on the importance of providing effective, healing relationships to those in need, and fostering an understanding of how to apply spiritual gifts and interpersonal skills. 

Five counseling areas will be covered: Healing relationships, trauma, personality styles, addiction, and criminal thinking. 

Credits will be given for free for all completed classes. Participants who complete all five courses will receive a basic counseling course certificate of completion. Even for those who are not in the counseling field, this certification can be used to demonstrate their efforts to think through the basic relationship issues that they encounter regularly within the mission setting. For answers to questions about the content or credits, contact Adam Hulstrand at ahultstrand@pacounseling.com.

Media Awards Contest Submission Deadline Is April 15
You still have time to enter your mission’s best work in AGRM’s Media Innovation Competition (MIC) in the following categories: annual report, general brochure, newsletter/magazine, website, PSA/commercial, extended video, social media, logo, and photo. An Award of Excellence, an Award of Merit, and up to three Honorable Mention winners will be presented in each category for each budget size group. AGRM will honor winners at the 2018 annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The entry deadline this year is April 15. Start the entry process by visiting the competition’s main page at www.agrm.org/MIC. If you have questions, feel free to contact Director of Communications Brad Lewis at blewis@agrm.org. As we do each year, we are excited to honor the great print and electronic media work member missions are doing!


Annual Snapshot Survey Results Soon Available to Participating Missions
Results from AGRM’s Snapshot Survey—a one-day count of individuals being served at member missions—will be on their way soon. Count coordinators and CEOs of participating missions will receive information about how their local results compare to association-wide results. Participating members will also receive a local news release to showcase the survey’s results, as well as the services they provide to their local communities.

On a continent-wide scale, AGRM will distribute news of the survey through public relations channels. This year, 109 member missions participated in the survey, interviewing more than 19,500 individuals.

Secretary Carson’s EnVision Centers Plan Shaking Things Up
If you haven’t already devoured the information that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has put forth, you should do so now. The EnVision Centers plan is something AGRM members can certainly get behind. Secretary Carson wants to measure success not by the number of people that are placed into government housing from the streets, but by the number of people who get out of government housing into stable housing for long-term residency. His four pillars approach are right in line with AGRM’s refocusing and rebranding. You’ll be hearing more on this from AGRM President John Ashmen and others from HUD in the days ahead.

A Series of Short Videos Is Coming Your Way
As AGRM moves into the final stages of its refocusing and rebranding initiative, the association will be producing five short animation videos that all members will receive. They are created to walk members through the “why” aspect of the changes that will be announced in Milwaukee. The first creative video will come to you a week from today. Watch for it!


Looking Down the Street…
AGRM has a slew of new business members, including many that will be exhibiting at this year’s annual convention in Milwaukee. Our business members work hard to provide products and services to AGRM member missions. Please welcome the following new business members to AGRM:

You can find more information on these and existing business members at www.agrm.org > Locate > Business Members.


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Utah Legalizes Free-Range Parenting
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a law that legalizes a childrearing method called “free-range parenting," which encourages children to be independent.

The idea of the law is giving children the freedom to develop self-sufficiency. The law states that children must be mature enough to handle each situation—though it does not specify an age. The bill determines situations that children can engage in that would not be considered parental neglect: traveling to and from school or recreational facilities, playing outside or sitting in a car unattended, provided safe conditions.

According to a Fox News report, Utah lawmakers were prompted to pass the law after witnessing cases in other states where parents were investigated or had their children removed because people reported seeing kids walking to school alone or playing sports without parental supervision.

FDA May Consider Over-the-Counter Regulation for E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes could one day be regulated as an over-the-counter drug. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said recently that the agency is considering this option: “Right now, we're looking very actively at could we bring e-cigarettes into the over-the-counter regulatory pathway, which would give us many more tools to look at both safety and benefit, and study whether or not an e-cigarette actually does promote smoking cessation and also give us many more tools to actually study the toxicology associated with it and see what effects it might have on the lung.” 

According to a CNBC article, the FDA will soon put out guidance documents that address toxicology of e-cigarettes and what additional endpoints it could use to allow products to claim they aid in smoking cessation and smoking reduction.

Second Wave of the Flu Virus Strikes
Flu season is winding down, but the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says B-viruses are being reported more frequently than the A-strain that had been dominant recently.

During the week ending March 17, nearly 58 percent of all confirmed cases of the flu were caused by the B-strain. A CDC spokeswoman says B-strain flu viruses tend to be more severe for younger children.

According to a report by WDBJ7, it's possible for those who've already been sick with the flu to fall ill again with a different strain later in the season. They recommend everyone who is unvaccinated get a flu shot while strains are still circulating. However, experts say there is no need for patients who've had the flu shot this year to get another one.

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When Gentrification Becomes a Mental Health Issue
Gentrification can be hazardous to your health, according to a team of New York City researchers. Their recently published study finds that hospitalization rates for mental illness—including schizophrenia and mood disorders—are two times as high in displaced people versus those who remain in their neighborhood. It is one of the first U.S. studies to quantify the hidden mental health consequences of gentrification.

According to a City Lab article, the potential public health implications are significant: Nearly a million people are at risk of being priced out of their homes in New York City alone. National numbers reveal that gentrification is greatly accelerating. Since 2000, 20 percent of low-income neighborhoods gentrified in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. (compared to 9 percent in the 1990s) with the highest number of gentrifying census tracts located in New York City.

The study examined which mental health conditions were driving displaced persons to New York City hospitals and emergency rooms most often. The top four were alcohol and substance abuse, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety. 

Conditions Limit Work Opportunities Before and After Incarceration
More than 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States and more than 620,000 are released from prison annually. Approximately one-third of those released will return to prison at some point in their lives. Moreover, research shows that individuals with criminal records are less likely to be employed, worsening economic disparities and increasing recidivism.

In the Work and opportunity before and after incarceration study by the Brookings Institute, researchers used IRS data to examine the labor market outcomes and economic characteristics of the incarcerated population.

They found that three years prior to incarceration, only 49 percent of prime-age men are employed, and, when employed, their median earnings were only $6,250. These men don’t fare any better after leaving prison. In the first full calendar year after their release, only 55 percent of those previously incarcerated have any reported earnings and the median earnings of those that do are just above $10,000.

However, the conditions that lead these individuals to incarceration may begin long before this window. The study found that boys who grew up in families in the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution—families earning less than about $14,000—are 20 times more likely to be in prison on a given day in their early 30s than children born to the wealthiest families (those earning more than $143,000). The study authors estimate that almost one in 10 boys born to lowest income families are incarcerated at age 30 and make up about 27 percent of prisoners at that age.

Nearly a Million People out of Workforce Due to Opioid Addiction
Almost a million people were out of the workforce due to opioid addiction in 2015, according to a new study from the American Action Forum. The research highlights the economic costs of the opioid epidemic, in addition to the direct toll of deaths and addiction.

According to a report by The Hill, 919,400 people of prime working age were not in the labor force in 2015 because of opioid addiction. Furthermore, that decline in work resulted in slowing the country’s economic growth rate by 0.2 percentage points per year, the study finds. That translates to $702.1 billion in lost output from 1999 to 2015.

The recent decline in the labor force participation rate of prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54) is a major factor restricting long-run economic growth, and research suggests that opioid dependency is a principal reason these individuals are leaving the workforce.


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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.


Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Case Manager, Women and Children's Ministries: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

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

Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL

Director of Major Gifts: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL

Director Women & Children's Ministries: Raleigh Rescue Mission, Inc., Raleigh, NC


Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

Executive Director: Lewis County Gospel Mission, Chehalis, WA

Executive Director: Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Klamath Falls, OR

Executive Director: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Executive Director: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL

Food and Beverage Driver: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA

Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA

HR Manager: Montana Rescue Mission, Billings, MT

Kitchen Ministry Coordinator: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Major Gift Officer: Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles, CA

Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Men's House Coordinator: Washington City Mission, Washington, PA

Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI

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

Senior Director of Development: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Shepherd's Door Program Manager: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Transportation Specialist: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH

Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

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Unlikely Leaders

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Exodus 4:10–12, ESV). 

Moses is one of history’s most noted leaders.

He led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Then he served as a priestly leader. He shared God’s will, prayed for them, and even plead their case before God (Exodus 32:11).

We need more leaders like Moses in the Church. Is it possible they are already here, but have never gotten a chance to step up?

Moses was not a gifted speaker. He was reluctant to trust God when He told him he would lead the Israelites (Exodus 4).

If Moses was alive today, who would he look like in the church? Would he be the person sitting next to you who doesn’t appear to have a “leadership bone” in his body? In fact, could it be you?

The key to Moses’ great leadership was his anointing and ordination; not the “perfect packaging” of his personality.

Notice how the Lord assured him, “I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Exodus 4:12). He wasn’t naturally someone who possessed the leadership goods, but the Lord worked through him mightily on numerous occasions.

Chances are, Moses would be someone considered weak by the world’s standards. Fortunately, we serve a God who chooses “what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Remember, it’s not in ourselves we find our competency for God’s call, but through His Word that we may be “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

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