Mission serves to offer hope
A tour of the Roseburg Rescue Mission revealed that it truly offers “a beacon of hope” in our community. According to the mission’s executive director, Lynn Antis, the men’s and women’s facilities serve approximately 275 meals per day and have never turned anyone away due to a lack of accommodations. This feat is quite impressive, considering the mission operates solely on private donations.
Surprisingly clean and orderly facilities provide three meals, shelter, showers, and beds daily to all who are willing to conduct themselves reasonably. Each facility, much like many homes across America, has rules in order to function well. Such rules include curfews and disallowing guests who are disorderly, pose a threat to others, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
There are several programs offered at the mission. A certain amount of individual accountability and church service attendance may be required, depending on the program. It’s not necessary to spend the night. The mission’s day rooms are open and available to anyone. A person may use the restrooms, shower, shave, launder, receive clothing, just relax, use the phone, or speak with staff regarding other community services.
Because the mission relies solely on private donations, it is afforded the liberty to focus on its main objective to help mend lives through leading men and women to Jesus Christ. According to Mr. Antis, the mission’s goal is to help people become spiritually and physically healthy and independent. Mr. Antis said, “Each person’s spiritual needs are so diverse and deep that it is only God that can meet each individual spiritual need, and that the mission simply tries to lead them to him.” The mission appears to perform excellently to meet much need as it truly does offer “a beacon of hope” to our community’s needy.