January 2015 Executive Director Update

Dear Friends,

This Christmas and Holiday Season is a time when your financial gifts take on a special meaning for the men here at Helping Up Mission (HUM). You are making HUM feel like “home for Christmas” for 500 men who need yet another chance at turning their lives around after years of addiction, homelessness and jail.

“Feeling at home,” means living in the HUM ambiance of 15 Christmas trees and hundreds of decorations, listening to Christmas music, enjoying turkey dinners with all the fixings, and loving the conversations with supportive family and friends. All this is happening amidst the grateful awareness of having the opportunity to experience sobriety, living off the streets, and out of jail. It’s an opportunity to learn to live on the narrow path that leads to being reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy in the life to come.

Your gifts during this season of giving are needed to provide an opportunity for men like Bryan Modecki. Read Bryan’s story (page one) and hear of all the good gifts that came to him after he was able to remain steady in his commitment to spiritual recovery. There are so many compassionate people like you who are willing to help others in their effort to change their lives.

Is that not what Christmas is all about…changing lives? Jesus came to save us all from our sins, and he never gives up on the work of saving and helping. Thank God and thank you for giving the HUM men another chance at getting life right and making their future bright!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season to you and the entire HUM family!


Robert K. Gehman Executive Director