Volume 12 Number 8 | April 16, 2018 | www.agrm.org  



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Annual Convention Overflow Hotel Booking Is Now Live 
Because you can no longer get a room at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center to cover all of our convention days, we are recommending that you now book at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown. It’s just one block from Wisconsin Center, and directly across the street from the Shops at Grand Avenue, an enclosed shopping mall. The Fairfield's rate of $139 per night includes breakfast!

NOTE: Please book this hotel if you are planning to go to Milwaukee for the Annual Convention and you couldn’t/can’t get into the Hilton. AGRM now has a room block at the Fairfield. Some of our convention program guests will be staying at this hotel, and morning program functions will happen at this hotel as well.

For the latest information and for links to both hotel reservations portals, please visit our convention hotel webpage.

Of course, be sure you are registered for the convention itself, which will be held at Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center June 12–15. Visit our online registration page.

Did You Watch AGRM’s First Rebranding Video?
As you know, AGRM is in the midst of a rebranding. At the Annual Convention in Milwaukee, we will announce our new name and expound on a focus that will clearly convey our calling in these exciting days. As the convention gets closer, we want to start preparing everyone for some of the things that will be announced. To make that happen, we will be sending all of our members a very brief animated video each week for the next several weeks. 

Did you catch the first video, “How We Got Here”? It provides a simple history lesson about how missions got started in North America as well as recalling the different names that our network has had down through the years. (Surprisingly, only a small portion of AGRM’s current members are versed in the association’s history.) In case you missed it, watch it here

Episode 2 of this series will be sent to you tomorrow. Watch for it.

Final Day for Media Competition Entries
You still have time today to enter your mission’s best work in AGRM’s Media Innovation Competition (MIC). The contest honors work by member missions 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.

Start the entry process by visiting the competition’s main page at www.agrm.org/MIC. But do so before 11:59 p.m. when entries will end.


Looking Down the Street…

  • Please welcome AGRM’s newest business member, Delia Martin Agency (San Dimas, California). Rod Romero is the company’s executive director.

  • Please welcome back into membership AGRM business member, SMCo Thrift (Knoxville, Tennessee). J.R. Slack is the business’ owner.


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Large Homeless Encampment Built Near Seattle’s Space Needle
Seattle has been under siege by an exploding homeless population. The city has struggled to play catch-up and is now beset with shelters at capacity and illegal encampments.

According to a report by Fox News, residents of the homeless encampment near Seattle's famed Space Needle are bragging about the practicality of their new digs, taunting local politicians: "If you can live on the street and not pay rent, then why would you pay rent?"

A city spokesperson said officials have inspected the site and will continue to monitor and evaluate it. Mental health teams are also working with Seattle officials to figure out if there’s any way to convince the people living in the camp to seek alternative shelter.

Spokesman Will Lemke added that the city has no immediate plans to remove the camp, but that could change in the future if there are problems or safety concerns.

Ways Leaders Can Manage Stress and Help Nonprofits Grow
As your organization grows, feeling stress is not an if; it's a when. Leading is demanding, time-consuming, and challenging. It can also be more rewarding than you might ever imagine. To deal with the pressures, you have to learn how to manage stress in your everyday life and create a healthy balance so you can be the best leader for your nonprofit, your team, and yourself.

According to an article in Forbes, here are three simple ideas to help you manage stress: 

Set boundaries with your team: Do not take calls after a certain time in the evening or on weekends. If something is an emergency, they can text you or leave a message. 

Take care of your body: Your body is not unbreakable. Add enough stress, lack of sleep, and not taking care of yourself, and it will crumble.

Make the time: No one is going to give you time. You have to make it. Your company is not going to fall apart if you take the weekend off. Working yourself into the ground is not only going to hurt you, it will also hurt your nonprofit. Trust the team you have chosen. They can maintain smooth operations while you go on a weekend trip with your family.

Many Doctors Lack Pain-Medicine Training 
As Congress deliberates how to respond to the surging opioid epidemic, a number of bills have been introduced to support the development and Food and Drug Administration approval of a non-opioid pain medication.

According to an article in The Washington Post, more than 200 medications other than opioids have evidence of benefit in at least some pain conditions. These range from the familiar (ibuprofen) to the surprising (gabapentin, an anti-seizure medication that is FDA-approved for certain types of nerve-related pain). Yet most physicians are not aware how many medications other than opioids have strong evidence of relieving pain.

Why do so few doctors recommend non-opioid pain treatments? Stanford University psychologist Beth Darnall, notes that doctors literally get less pain medicine training than veterinarians. 

Better training of physicians could help doctors expand their repertoire beyond opioids. Augmenting insurance coverage for physical therapy and pain-related psychotherapy could also help by stimulating more individuals to practice in those fields, which cannot meet the high level of patient need.

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Survey Reveals Many College Students Don’t Have Enough to Eat
College students have a lot to worry about. They need to keep their grades up, fill their résumés, and get by on razor-thin budgets.

According to a CNBC report, some of these stressors might be even more intense than previously understood. According to a survey released this month by researchers at Temple University and the college affordability-focused Wisconsin HOPE Lab, more than a third of students are struggling with basic needs such as food and housing.

Researchers surveyed 43,000 college students at 66 schools and found that 36 percent of students on U.S. college campuses are considered food insecure, meaning they do not get enough to eat. The study found that 42 percent of community college students were food insecure. On private four-year college campuses, just 14 percent of students were considered food insecure. As the number of poor students on college campuses increases, so does competition for on-campus and low-wage jobs, making it more difficult for students to support themselves.

Anthony Abraham Jack, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, tells The Washington Post, "There has been an uptick in low-income students on campus, but there hasn't been a corresponding change in university policy to welcome and prepare for these students."

Making Cigarettes More Expensive Could Extend Lives
Tobacco currently kills more than 7 million people each year, making it one of the world’s most significant threats to public health, according to the World Health Organization. But the best intervention may be rooted in economics.

According to an article in Fortune, doubling cigarette taxes in 13 middle-income countries across the globe could save almost 450 million years of life and $157 billion in averted medical costs. Researchers used existing price elasticity data to estimate how raising cigarette taxes could influence the habits of the 490 million male smokers living in 13 different countries.

They determined that a 50 percent price increase would correspond to a 20 percent downturn in smoking, encouraging millions of men to quit. Those in the lowest economic brackets would be especially likely to quit in the face of price increases, the data says.

Opioid Statistics Continue to Grow
The U.S. is among the largest consumers of opiates, representing 81 percent of the Percocet market and almost 100 percent of the Vicodin market. In 2010, prescription opioids represented 82.8 percent of the deaths caused by accidental overdose. 

According to an article on Globe News Wire, almost 91 percent of those in the recovery stage from addiction will experience a relapse. The same study discovered that at least 80 percent of those who used opiates would relapse within a month after completing a detox program, and 59 percent of those who experienced a relapse would do so in the first week of sobriety.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to relapse at least once. A relapse is a normal part of the recovery process and can help one determine their triggers as well as learn techniques they didn’t know before. People who relapse experience negative feelings and thoughts that can reinforce old patterns of substance abuse behaviors. Re-engaging with a proper treatment program can help them learn something new about their addiction and themselves, which will improve their ability to remain sober and clean. A person can return to a treatment center multiple times before enjoying permanent recovery.


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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.


Program Manager - Homes for Life: Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc., Greenville, SC

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

Chief Development Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Children's Advocate: Raleigh Rescue Mission, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Children's Ministry Supervisor: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI

Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, CA

Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS

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

Director of Men’s Ministry: The Scott Mission, Toronto, ON


Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

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

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

Executive Director: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

Program Director: Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ

Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

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 Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

Women/Children Shelter Supervisor: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI

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Living to Worship

Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God (Daniel 3:28, ESV). 

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace is a favorite Bible story of many. In this story, we find the contrast between worshiping an idol and worshiping the one true God.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are faced with the idea of having to worship a golden image made by Nebuchadnezzar or face death. In reality there was a third and more powerful choice; to worship the one true living God. They chose to worship God even at the risk of losing their lives. At the end of the story, we read how their faith and devotion to God saved their lives.

Like these three men of God, we face the same challenges of either worshiping idols or worshiping God. Our worship of idols today might not look like a 90-foot high and 90-foot wide golden statue. And our worship of idols today might not have the same immediate results of being thrown into a fiery furnace.

Still, as Christians, we must ask ourselves on a daily basis if we are going to live this day in total devotion and worship to God.

Are we eager to be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were willing to die rather than worshiping anything other than the one true living God?

May God teach us to live in total devotion and worship of Him.

Devotional by Reid Wood; used with permission of Daily Devotionalswww.shortdailydevotions.com.

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