We did this last summer and stepped it up a bit this year. Brothers Butcher shop in Maple Grove gave a steep discount on 200 burgers and 200 hot dogs. Six volunteers showed up to cook and serve. All men that came into the shelter Tues, Sept 1 had the choice to enjoy some BBQ, chips and a bottle of water. Thanks to those who helped, T2NL providing the funding and to a holy and merciful God that meets and loves us right where we happen to be at in life.
Combat Wounded Veteran Gets Wheels
Through several connections, our ministry provided a car to our client Tyrese. He was wounded in the Gulf War but isn’t content to live on disability. As a matter of fact, he seems not to recognize that he has one. Regularly Tyrese holds down two or three jobs including running his own one man cleaning service.
When the transmission went out in his last vehicle, we launched into action. Through several connections we met Annette at Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (http://www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org/). She put the word out in their network and located a generous donor willing to part with their car for the cause.
What a blessing! I never get tired of seeing how God works and enables His purposes to be fulfilled. We’re grateful to Annette and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon as well as the donors for the heart to give. Tyrese was elated and hopes someday to give back as he has been given to.
Three Generations Share a Home
Brenda is on disability and lives in a modest apartment with her daughter and grandchildren. Her daughter works and between this and the disability payments they can usually make their financial obligations. Brenda has really taken to the time at home as she watches the kids and works to have a positive impact in their lives. She asked for, and we obliged, bibles and covers for the children as she wants to teach them about Jesus. T2NL provided some rental assistance during a brief shortfall. We really love Brenda and how she’s working to make her house a home.
Relationship over time
A nice young mom of two boys has been with us for about six months now. She works full time and the boys attend middle school. We first came to know her when she needed coats for her sons last winter. Then, during a move, we provided some funding for a storage locker, which we then moved her stuff out of and into her new apartment (side note – thanks to the GRACE MEN’S GROUP for helping with the move!). Once in her new pad, we discovered she had no beds for the boys, so we provided beds (graciously provided by a donor) as well as a set of new sheets. God wants to be in a long-haul relationship with us, so we hang with our clients as He does with us.
Back into college
We found a young man staying at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis that received a full ride college scholarship at a small college out east. The ‘gap’ was a need for assistance to get re-enrolled and pay the application fee. We paid the small fee, he did the paperwork and received his acceptance letter AND confirmation of his scholarship this week! Sometimes its the small things we do that make the biggest difference in someone’s life.
Four Families Spared from Homelessness
Leon is Grateful
Here’s the text Leon sent after we met last night. He is working two jobs, getting caught up on his debt and living within his means. He has a nice apartment that is VERY organized. T2NL provide a matching grant to help Leon get caught up on his rent – he paid 1/2 and T2NL paid half:
“You folks are so totally awesome. I wish that I could have met you sooner in life. But by the grace of God he allowed both you and you wonderful wife in my life and I am so grateful for that. I want to thank you for what you have given me. And that is your time of day. Again I thank you.”
What a kind a gracious note! We’re grateful to God for providing the means to see Leon through this ‘gap’!
So….how we doin’?
This ministry completed its first full year of operation in December 2014:
Served 33 named clients, 23 with specific financial support
– Rental assistance (rent, security deposits and application fees) – Food / Gift Cards – Clothing (basic needs and interview clothing) – Basic household items – Bus passes – Utility payments – Storage locker fees – Gas cards – Two vehicles including doing repairs and full safety check
Also provided to hundreds of others in need were:
– Backpacks, socks, hats, gloves, jackets, shoes, clothing, personal care kits cases of soap, shampoo, McDonald’s gift cards and faith-based reading materials
In the eight weeks since January 1, 2015:
– Fielded five (5) referrals for housing needs (rent assistance, security deposit and application fees), provided one (1) lead on an apartment, researched utility grants for two (2) clients, covered storage fees for one (1) client, provided transportation for grocery shopping for one (1) client, job interviews for two (2) clients and job training for one (1) client.
We contribute to this ministry and serve with our time because we were first served and loved by Christ. During this Easter season, we contemplate the love He showed by His sacrifice on the cross and all the events leading up to this. He did all this while being both man and God. Feeling the pain, anguish, feelings of separation from God and his friends and yet did this for you and me. He loved us that much. So we serve and give because He did first.
See our website for more information at www.threshold2newlife.org and to donate go to https://threshold2newlife.org/donate.html
We serve in His love,
The Threshold to New Life Team
Young man gets needed rest
Mom reached out for help from Grace Fellowship and was referred to T2NL. We’ve recently placed a few beds – why ‘beds’ are the thing right now, who knows? She needed a bed for her son who has a medical condition requiring constant monitoring. Our beds were already placed, so we had nothing in inventory. We put the word out to our friends and followers and wouldn’t you know it, no bed donation, but two very generous people stepped up to split the cost of a NEW bed, box spring, frame and 10 year warranty! We give the glory to He who is so deserving for connecting us to people that love to share with those who have less. Thank you!
Tim survived a heart attack earlier this year. He is physically no longer able to work. He and his wife have assistance to help financially however their car failed recently. We had a GENEROUS donor step up and provide a nice van for them. T2NL provided funding for the vehicle check along with some small repairs. Thank you to all who support us in our efforts to share from what we have with those having less!