News & Views

May 10, 2015

As we reflect on mothers today, please don't forget to pray for the single moms who struggle to make it day to day and the mothers with grown children who are isolated and alone. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to listen, encourage and pray with mothers in many situations.

Tomorrow a group of 13 from a treatment center will be coming to look for clothing.  It is always amazing to see how God uses this time to bring joy, hope and love to people. We love to witness the lifting of the burdens but our deepest desire is to plant heart change.

We are grateful for the supporters of Reach & Restore who have allowed mothers and others to see God provide for them in their time of need.


February 24, 2015

"Have a heart."  We hear this saying and it really means something at Reach & Restore.

Caring about people in simple, practical and meaningful ways shows "heart".  It's not always easy and it takes practice but the best way to learn, is thinking about putting yourself in another person's shoes.

There are a few of our "swimmers" (clients) who will be getting keys to their apartments this week. They are excited to be moving out of shelters but will need help with making their own space their home.

One has left her abuser and is seeking a different life. We are encouraging and loving her without expecting anything back...a first in her life she says.

Another woman is getting out of the hospital in a few weeks.  She is in rehab learning how to walk again and will need a bed when she is released.  Reach & Restore will ease those worries with your help.  Thank you for having a heart for others!

John 13:34

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December 31, 2014

Wrapping up a very full year at Reach & Restore!  We are very thankful for our supporters who have uplifted us with prayer and provided material blessings in 2014!

As a gentleman left his clothing appointment yesterday he said to his case worker, "That was so cool."

When we hear comments like that they tell us that someone was treated with dignity, respect and love.

Someone noticed that Reach & Restore is a different place- where Christ is at the center of what we do.

This year we've given away over 31,000 items at clothing appointments!  Dozens of people are sleeping off the floor, under blankets, and eating at tables with dishes and silverware. Each person was given hope and unconditional love that Christ offers everyone.

Thank you for participating to make these differences in our community.  We are excited to serve in 2015!  Happy New Year!


November 20, 2014

Yesterday we set a record!  Fourteen individuals came from a treatment center at once to use our clothing closet! It was so much fun to see their faces light up with joy from their visit.  One woman pulled out five precious dollar bills to give back to us. We've never had a line for "checking out" before.  The whole time a volunteer was trying to do some restocking and one of the guests joined us late because he volunteered to shovel our front steps! Snow had been blowing off the roof all day. It was a great way to end the busy day!

Today there were a number of single women that just needed to share their hearts.These are their stresses...

Children acting out- threatening and hurtful behaviors-  asked for prayer as she has to make tough decisions.  Has constant pain from nerve damage in neck.

Death in the family Tuesday night, asked to come to R&R to get away for a while and get her mind off of the tragedy.

Nothing but a mattress on the floor in rental home for a month- family of 3.

Just got housed from being homeless 4 years but due to simple hospital procedure going wrong, has had complications that led to missing work and losing job- now faces homelessness again without money to pay rent or electric bill.

Had car accident last year that damaged some short term memory recall- wants to work again- used to work in a dentist office. Would love to have curtains for her garden level apartment as someone has been occasionally tapping on the windows.

Please count your blessings and pray for those who long for hope each day!  R&R is a team effort!





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