Volume 12 Number 9 | May 1, 2018 | www.agrm.org  



Staffing Addition Bolsters Association’s Service to Members
AGRM is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Edwards, joining AGRM’s team as director of education and engagement. In this dual role, which began yesterday, Sam will work to expand the offering of quality member education services through events, webinars, toolkits, and more, but he’ll also connect with prospective members and help existing members get the most out of membership.

Sam brings a wealth of experience to the association, having previously served as senior director of shelter and connection programs for Springs Rescue Mission (Colorado Springs, Colorado). Before that, he was the president of poverty reduction for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and then division director of volunteerism for the American Cancer Society. He and his wife, Meari, attend First Presbyterian Church in downtown Colorado Springs. You can reach Sam at sedwards@agrm.org.

While AGRM Vice President Justin Boles will continue to oversee all aspects of member services, the addition of Sam will enable Justin to develop and guide new initiatives, such as the national health insurance program and other strategic ventures.

Sam’s hiring is related to some other changes as well. Selena Hayle, who served as director of engagement, will now be AGRM’s member care specialist. In this position, she’ll focus more on resourcing new missions and spearheading key ministry projects, such as AGRM’s work with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Finally, AGRM has also hired college student Tori Schroeder as a part-time receptionist at AGRM’s newly acquired future home on the west side of Colorado Springs.

Convention Registration Rates Increase May 19
In just six weeks, we’ll be gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for AGRM’s 2018 Annual Convention. The event, held June 12–15, promises all the education, inspiration, networking, worship, and other hallmarks you’ve come to expect from AGRM’s conventions. But we’ll also have a lot of “extras” this year, including:

  • Walk in Wisdom Workshops with four hours of content and lunch.
  • New Mission Mentor Match-Ups.
  • Emerging Leaders Breakfast.
  • Five-session counseling course with CEUs.
  • Dinner and tours at the one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Museum®.
  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle giveaway.

Rates will be increasing $30 per person from your mission beginning May 19. So, take advantage of the current rates and register yourself and others from your mission. Click here to register now!

Here’s What You Need to Know About Convention Hotel Rooms
Our main convention hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, may or may not have rooms available. Our original room block sold out, but as the Hilton processes cancellations, rooms for the entire length of the convention may become available. If you haven’t yet booked a room, it doesn’t hurt to start with the Hilton. 

As a next option, AGRM reserved an overflow block at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown. That block sold out quicker than anticipated. So just today, we committed to another block of rooms at the Fairfield at a rate of $159 per night. Even if you haven’t registered for the convention yet, you might want to grab your rooms now. 

When these rooms are gone, you are on your own to select a hotel that works for you and your group. Options very close to the Wisconsin Center include: SpringHill Suites (4th and Wells), DoubleTree (6th and Wisconsin), and Hyatt Regency (3rd and Kilbourn) 

NOTE: For the latest information and for links to the reservations portals for the Hilton and Fairfield, please visit our convention hotel webpage.

Have You Caught AGRM’s Rebranding Videos?
As you know, AGRM is in the midst of a rebranding. We will soon announce our new name and expound on a focus that will clearly convey our calling in these exciting days. As part of that process, we want to start preparing everyone for some of the things that will be changing. To make that happen, we have been sending all of our members a very brief animated video each week. 

Have you seen the first three videos? In case you missed them, catch up by following the links below.

Episode 1: How We Got Here 
Episode 2: What We Did Once We Arrived
Episode 3: What We Are Doing More of These Days

Episode 4 of this series will be sent to you tomorrow. Watch for it!

Save the Dates for AGRM’s CEO Summit
AGRM’s annual CEO Summit is headed to Nashville this year. The event will be held August 28–30 at the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown. CEOs: It’s more important than ever for you to network with your peers, so set aside those dates (plus travel days) to make sure you can attend.

Watch Street Smart and AGRM’s Events Calendar online for additional details.


Looking Down the Street…

  • Boise Rescue Mission (Boise, Idaho) was honored as the #7 Best Place to Work in Idaho in an annual statewide competition. The mission won in the “Large Business” category, representing businesses with 100-199 employees. Mission employees were anonymously surveyed to rate their work environment as it relates to being friendly, supportive, and conducive to a satisfying work experience.

  • Please welcome AGRM’s newest business member The Lukens Company (Glendale, California). Account Director Melody Scott is the main contact for AGRM members.

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Advocates Seeking to Raise Age for Cigarette Sales to 21
One day soon, if local health advocates in Cincinnati get their way, the age to buy cigarettes, vaporizers, or other tobacco products will rise to 21.

According to an article on cincinnati.com, making tobacco a little harder for young adults to buy could go a long way to improving overall health, the advocates say. Setting the purchase age at 21, they say, can save lives by bringing down the infant mortality rate, reducing the risk of cancer, and improving heart health.

Columbus, Cleveland, and eight other Ohio cities have already raised the tobacco-purchase age to 21. Nationally, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, and Oregon have raised the purchase age statewide, and Maine follows suit in July.

The Institute of Medicine has found that raising the purchasing age for tobacco to 21 will cut the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who start smoking. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every day more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarettes.

President Signs Controversial Anti-Sex-Trafficking Bill
A few weeks after passing both the Senate and House with an overwhelming majority, the controversial Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) has been signed into law.

According to an article on Tech Crunch, in spite of just becoming official, the bill has already begun to have a profound impact around the Web. Craigslist notably shuttered its personals section here in the U.S., and Reddit adjusted its own rules in an attempt to brace for the coming law. The Justice Department also began cracking down on sites—late last week, Backpage was seized by the DOJ and its owners were hit with a staggering 93-count indictment.

In spite of overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, the bill has been a controversial one, both among sex workers and internet rights advocates. In a post from late February, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called the potential bill “a disaster,” noting that the onus for policing content would fall exclusively in the hands of sites hosting third-party content.

Anti-Poverty Software Faces Resistance
Propel is a smart phone app that lets food stamp recipients easily look up how much money is left in their accounts, rather than call an 800 number or keep paper receipts. A million food stamp participants currently use Propel’s app, and the start-up has added features such as links to food coupons, healthy recipes, budgeting tools, and job opportunities.

According to an article in The New York Times, Propel has begun to experience speedbumps in its dealings with Conduent, a major government contractor which handles the food stamp networks in 25 of 50 states. 

Propel users have begun to experience frequent outages or unavailability in states managed by Conduent, often for weeks at a time. While only maintaining 50 percent of states in number, those states’ collective population makes up 60 percent of Propel’s user base, including those in New York and California.

Bonus Item: New EU Privacy Law s
The European Union is expected to implement sweeping new data privacy laws in May. Known as the General Data Protection Regulation, they will restrict how companies collect, store, and use personal data from people across the EU—as well as require companies to clearly explain how they plan to use personal information. For more information, read this Q&A from Stanford Law School.

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Hunger and Homelessness Widespread Among College Students
As college students grapple with the rising costs of classes and books, mortgaging their futures with student loans in exchange for a diploma they're gambling will someday pay off, it turns out many of them are also in great financial peril in the present.

According to an NPR report, researchers at Temple University found that more than a third of college students don't always have enough to eat and they lack stable housing. Overall, the study concluded 36 percent of college students say they are food insecure. Another 36 percent say they are housing insecure, while 9 percent report being homeless. 

The 2018 numbers are even higher when broken out to include only community college students; 42 percent indicated they struggled the most to get adequate food, as measured by the researchers' scale. Also, 9 percent said they had gone at least one day during the last month without eating because they lacked the money, while 46 percent said they had difficulty paying for housing and utilities.

Childhood Poverty Cost U.S. More than a Trillion Dollars Per Year
Childhood poverty cost $1.03 trillion in 2015, about 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product of the United States, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

According to an article on Science Blog, these costs are clustered around the loss of economic productivity, increased health and crime costs, and increased costs as a result of child homelessness and maltreatment.

Researchers estimate that for every dollar spent on reducing childhood poverty, the country would save at least $7 with respect to the economic costs of poverty. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government spent $3.7 trillion in 2015, meaning that the annual cost of childhood poverty represented 28 percent of the entire federal budget that year.

Exercising Can Reduce the Risk of Depression
Keeping fit can slash the risk of depression by a third, research reveals. According to an article in the New York Post, the benefit comes from hitting the National Health Service (NHS) target of 150 minutes of exercise a week. It can include brisk walking, taking the stairs, cycling, and gardening. Experts claim it reduces stress and inflammation, both of which are linked to depression.

Researcher Brendon Stubbs, head of physiotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our robust analysis of over a quarter of a million people found consistent evidence that people who are more active are less likely to develop depression in the future.”


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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

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

Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS

Development Support/Outreach Coordinator: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI

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

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

Director of Operations: Wyoming Rescue Mission, Casper, WY

Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

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

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

Information Systems Technician I: San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego, CA

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

Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Manager Grants & Legacy Giving: San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego, CA

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

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Being Perfected

Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? 

(Exodus 3:10–11). 

Why did God choose Moses when he was 80 years old? He could have used him, say, 40 years back when he was still in Egypt and was brave and confident. But at 80, Moses had none of his earlier capabilities. In fact, he had a feeling of inadequacy. How could this octogenarian impact the mighty Pharaoh?

But let’s look at some qualities Moses possessed at 80 that he didn’t have when he was half the age:

  1. He knew how to handle sheep. Moses tended to his flock diligently, and after so many years he knew everything there was to know about shepherding. If he was going to be the leader, he needed to have good shepherding skills.

  2. He knew the deserts inside out. In order to lead the Israelites out into the wilderness, he needed to know basics of desert life.

God had been perfecting Moses for 40 years, and now he had good leadership skills. Many times, we think that we are too old or not strong enough for God’s purpose. Sometimes we feel frustrated and often we feel inadequate. However, God is perfecting us. He doesn’t look at our age or how strong we are. He isn’t bothered about whether we are able, capable, suitable, or notable. He only wants us to be available when He calls us and speaks to us. He wants us to fulfill His plan and purpose in our life.

Devotional by Paul Preetha; used with permission of Daily Devotionalswww.shortdailydevotions.com.

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