Category: Letters

The View from Above

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director When you walk into the Men’s Mission, to your right next to the check-in window is a letter board that lists all of the staff at that facility. Right at the top in big white letters it reads, “HEAD OF HOUSE: JESUS.” We often talk about the day-to-day activities around…

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Light Has Dawned!

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director I think C.S. Lewis had it right in his beloved The Chronicles of Narnia when he observed how truly depressing it would be to live in a world where it was “always winter, but never Christmas.” Winter can be bleak, cold, and dark, but Christmas breaks in to provide joy,…

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Together We’ll Go Far

An ancient African proverb says, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our guests at Bethesda Mission rely on support from others to go far in their recovery journey and so do we. Those struggling with drug/alcohol addiction find the holiday season to be particularly troubling…

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At a Crossroads

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director  Can you pinpoint a time in your life when you came to a crossroads? Did you make the “right” choice? How different would your life have been if you had chosen the other path? Often times we find ourselves facing these decisions as teenagers or young adults. And this is something…

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How Effective is Long-Term Recovery?

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director On June 21, Wilbur shared, as he graduated from Bethesda’s long-term recovery program, “I don’t want to go back where I was. I mean, I was in the gutter, but the Mission pulled me up out of the gutter. As long as I believe in Jesus, it’ll be alright –…

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“Life is starting to look beautiful to me again”

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director Bruce grew up in Philadelphia, the 2nd of 12 children. Both his mom and dad were alcoholics and abusive. In spite of that, “my dad was a hard-working man. He had dreams; he wanted to become an entrepreneur and open his own stores,” Bruce explained. At the age of 17,…

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Hope for Mothers

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director Have I ever shared with you the importance of holidays to our guests at the Mission? I’m not just talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, which tend to take center stage in the rescue mission world. But every holiday is important and provides a valuable opportunity to create memories for our…

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Because You Gave

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director You, our donors, nearly 10,000 strong, are prompted by a variety of impressions and motivations causing you to faithfully support God’s amazing work at Bethesda Mission. Consistently, the underlying theme for your giving is the impact of changing the lives of hurting men, women, and children. So, through the eyes of…

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“State of the Mission” 2018

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director The President’s State of the Union address is meant to inspire hope for the citizens of America. Yet while so intended, political posturing, re-election ambitions and long term differences among both parties across the aisle make it so difficult to discern what is truth, and what is best for this…

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This Christmas, Give a Gift to Change a Life

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director New birth; new life; counting our blessings; giving wondrous gifts; enjoying fellowship with family and friends. These are all examples of what the Christmas season can mean to many of us. But you know the other side of the story; the one we see daily of lives seemingly destroyed by…

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