Boise Rescue Mission relies on all donors to help homeless, hungry

Credit: Eric Turner/ KTVB

Boise Rescue Mission relies on all donors to help homeless, hungry

Print
Email
|

by Scott Evans

Bio | Email | Follow: @ScottEvansKTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:53 PM

BOISE -- Community Cares Day is right around the corner. It's a day when the community comes together to help four very deserving charities.

One of those charities is the Boise Rescue Mission. It’s an organization that is out to help the homeless and the hungry.

"I like a quote that's attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Preach the gospel at all times and use words if necessary,’" said Rev. Bill Roscoe.

Actions, not words, are how Reverend Bill Roscoe runs the Boise Rescue Mission.

"To me it means we preach the gospel in a plate of spaghetti at the Rescue Mission tonight, we preach the gospel when we hand out a warm coat to a cold person," said Rev. Bill Roscoe.

Every year the Rescue Mission serves more than 306,000 meals and provides beds to more than 113,000 people. They do that with a budget of just over $4 million, money raised from a donor base of 16,000 people. People like 8-year-old Jordan Jenkins.

"I'm helping them because I would like to help the rescue mission," said Jordan Jenkins.

She's helping sell Christmas trees and has also donated school supplies to kids in need.

"If you help other people that need help, then you're also helping the community too," said Jordan.

Her family taught her to give. Her grandpa Jim Jenkins donates to the mission as well.

"It makes me feel good of course, but it makes me feel like I'm giving back to my community," said Jim Jenkins.

He gives depending on the need, from turkeys to working in the Zamzow's sponsored garden.

"I don't think you can look at giving large donations or small. I think every little bit helps."

Steve Fredriksen believes that as well. He started donating 10 years ago.

"Sure we donate clothes and things like that, or food if it happens to be what we have, but it's mostly money," said Fredriksen.

Roscoe calls Fredriksen a major donor.

"As we look around town, all the opportunities to help out, the Rescue Mission just seems to get more done," said Fredriksen.

He says he donates monthly, quarterly and even more during the holidays.

"I can't imagine anybody goes out and helps an organization or a person and doesn't feel sort of good about it. It's just rewarding, it really is," said Fredriksen.

These are just a few of thousands of people who give to those in need. And like every year at this time, the need grows. That's why for the Rescue Mission, Cares Day is so important to its mission.

"I've never seen anything like it. I've been in Rescue Mission work for 21 years in four or five different communities. I've never seen anything like this Cares Day event. It's phenomenal," said Roscoe.

The fifth annual Cares Day will take place December 8, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

KTVB will broadcast live and accept donations at the Idaho Center in Nampa, KTVB Studio in Boise, and Fred Meyer stores in Twin Falls and Eagle.

All donations will be split among the Idaho Foodbank, Salvation Army of Ada County, Nampa, Caldwell, and Twin Falls, Jubilee House, Boise Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Rescue Mission, and City Light Home for Women and Children.

We will be accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations to help Idaho families in need.

If you cannot make it to the event but would like to help, you can make a secure $10 donation by texting 7CARES to 50555 from your mobile phone, click here to choose an amount to give online, tap on Cares Day in any of KTVB apps, or go to our Facebook page.

Print
Email
|