Desperate and homeless to hopeful

November 23, 2013 

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    • Address: 1400 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto, CA 95354

    • Phone: (209) 529-8259

    • Website:

    • How we help those in need:

    Daily meals open to the public; breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. after chapel

    Shelter for men, women, children with mothers, children with fathers

    Community distribution of clothing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m.

    Chapel services nightly from 7 to 8 p.m.

    After-school program with tutoring

    New Life Program, a residential program for men and women

    Recovery Program, open to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday

    Medical clinic open to the homeless and residents at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

    Employment and Education Center

    • Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    Every month, Modesto Gospel Mission serves 11,546 meals. We provide 158 beds per night for shelter (serving 4,750 individuals a month). We also help children through our Children and Youth Ministry Center (17 per day, 517 per month), and we serve even more in our Employment and Education Center and through our chapel services.

    • How a $10 donation helps:

    Five meals

    Shelter for one night

    One new ball for the Children and Youth Ministry Center

    • $25 donation:

    12 meals

    Shelter for two nights

    Video game for Children and Youth Ministry Center

    • $50 donation:

    24 meals

    Shelter for four nights

    3-in-1 game set for Children and Youth Ministry Center

    • $100 donation:

    48 meals

    Shelter for eight nights

    Badminton set for Children and Youth Ministry Center

    • Volunteer update:

    Volunteer opportunities include serving meals, children’s devotions, tutoring, education, medical clinic, mailing, special events, maintenance, security, yard work, youth ministry and special projects. Call (209) 529-8259

    • One last thing:

    We are celebrating our 65th year serving Stanislaus County. Open 24/7, the Modesto Gospel Mission is committed to meeting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of every person who comes for help and hope. The Mission receives no government funding and is supported entirely by individuals and groups with a heart for the poor and homeless. All programs are free.

    There is a saying that “No one comes to the mission for help on a good day.” Those that come to us for help come broken and usually with no other place to go, addicted, estranged from family, hurting, and in need of a kind word. They come for safety from the violence on the street and rest for a weary soul.

Pam Murillo had been homeless off and on for a year and a half when she turned to the Modesto Gospel Mission, where she completed a 13-month program.

“It allowed me to get the time to rebuild my life,” she said.

A year and a half later, she is happily living in a Modesto apartment, working as an in-home caregiver and driving her own car.

“I hadn’t worked in I don’t know how many years,” Murillo said. “But the Lord took care of all that.”

Murillo said she loves her job, and her circumstances in general after her time at the mission.

“I can’t believe my life, that I have a life,” she said. “My family’s happy, I’m happy and it’s great to be back in the world again”

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