Chasz. Parker is the executive director of the Rescue Mission. He helped unveil the Mission's 125th anniversary celebration.
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continued “We do a lot more than just help the homeless,” Parker added. “We try to help the isolated and alone people reconnect with the community.”
Parker added that with the new district, the Mission’s visibility is set to increase by a lot.
“For me, any way we can share about what the Rescue Mission is and does,” he said. “I think about the lives we touch everyday. I think that’s what got me into working with the homeless.
“This is a way to put it top-of-mind for people.”
What he and the Mission would like to see is more people from the community get involved in one of the many ways available.
“I would love for them to engage,” he added. “The real idea is to do something with the Mission, whether it’s volunteer, help serve a meal, maybe clean out your closets and make a donation. Go to our website and learn about what the Rescue Mission does. For 125 years, we’ve been part of the community and there’s been so many lives touched, families touched. Because someone in the family may have used the services of the rescue mission.”
The celebration will continue throughout the entire year, with events lined up. On March 21, many local restaurants will donate between $1 and $2 per meal served to the Mission.
On a date to be announced in May, the Mission will have Movie Night, with the theme being inspiration tied to the Mission. Throughout late spring to the end of the summer will be the Great Cupboard Campout to end Homelessness, where participants will seek out donations in exchange for camping out all night in a cardboard structure as a way to see what some homeless people go through.
On Sept. 12 there will be the 125th Anniversary Luncheon, complete with a keynote speaker. Two days later will be Mission Alfresco, which will meet at a specific location that will remain unknown until it is announced that day at 4:45 p.m. via social media and text messaging. And on Sept. 15 will be the Mission District Block Party, a day of family fun, complete with games and activities and tours of the Mission Campus.
Neil Benjamin Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.