It is more important now than ever that rescue missions engage the U.S. federal government and help them see your perspectives as they consider public policies with serious consequences for all rescue missions and the men, women, and families you serve.
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It's also important for you to be equipped with information as you engage government officials. For much of our history, we've heralded the role of gospel rescue missions in addressing issues related to homelessness, but we've done so without much concrete data. That's changing. AGRM spearheaded an effort in collaboration with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion to assess the role of gospel rescue missions and other faith-based organizations in addressing homelessness. This effort began with researching 11 cities, and the first report was presented at the National Press Club in D.C. The research says what we've instinctively known: Among many other contributions, faith-based organizations shoulder the lion's share of sheltering across the U.S. This information, along with other data contained in the report, is turning heads in Washington. You can view the report at http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/ISR-Homeless-FINAL-01092017-web.pdf. In 2017, we hosted a webinar to train mission members on how to effectively and accurately present the study's findings. You can review the recording of this webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfprXc5RDE0.
AGRM continuously works behind the scenes by contacting elected officials, giving input into proposed legislation, having attorneys review laws that are important to you, and advocating on your behalf. Being a part of the association means that you're "in the know" and that you'll be prepared to handle whatever comes your way from the halls of government.
If you become aware of proposed legislation that could affect AGRM member missions, please let us know by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.