We believe that poverty, at its most basic level is a lack of one or more of the 4 key relationships that enable human beings, created in God’s image, to flourish. Those 4 key relationships are our relationship with God, Self, Others and Creation.
Material poverty is experienced when our relationship to creation and work is diminished but more often than not that situation did not develop in isolation but is deeply affected or possibly even created by our broken relationships to God, Self and Others. Jesus came to fix and rule over all those relationships and He is the true and ultimate HOPE poverty alleviation. That is how he announced his earthly ministry and he invites us to join him in those efforts of bringing HOPE to all for the Glory of God and the flourishing of His people.
Team Hope is about providing the necessary support to fully implement a ministry model that emphasizes relation-based human flourishing addressing all aspects of someone’s life: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Vocational.
We must continue to engage in and grow our developmental programing that focuses on individual pathways of renewal with the goals of:
Experiencing a life altering relationship with Jesus – we desire that all those we have the privilege of serving come to know our gracious and redeeming God through his Son - Jesus
Securing Permanent Housing – in the past 12 months we were able to place more than 160 Men and Women in Permanent Housing
Attaining Living Wage Jobs – in the past year we helped place more than 215 Men and Women in Jobs which is more than 4 times the amount we placed just a little over a year ago
Achieving Healthy Living – which means a life free from addiction and bondage to life controlling circumstances.
Establishing Thriving Connection to the Church where our graduates can grow and serve together with us as valued members of our communities.
It means we can grow our outreach and aftercare programs to better serve our graduates and community. That means the provision of new opportunities like our coming Men’s 1212 Community Home located at 1212 SW Adams where our program graduates can continue to grow and develop as they prepare for permanent housing.
It means we can enhance our Growth Classes, Personal Counseling and Client Advocacy so we can collaborate with our clients to create transformational pathways toward sustainability and significance.
Human flourishing is about sustainability. The goal of the innkeeper was to nurse the traveler back to full health and the ability to sustain that health himself. The goal of the Good Samaritan was to enable that to happen.
Unsurprisingly, over the course of Peoria Rescue Ministries’ history we have found the distinct needs in the lives of our neighbors that require this type of partnership. We’ve experienced that partnership success as we’ve begun implementing programs that have shown a great deal of promise if brought about on a much larger scale. The programs we have both in place and in development lead to pathways of transformation and renewal which can only happen through the good news of Jesus and his kingdom.
Help that may hurt
Some help, although full of good intentions, can actually undermine the potential for human flourishing. While many of our programs begin with compassionate crisis care, if we provide only that level of care, the transition and Christ-centered renewal of key life relationships (God, Self, Others and Creation) will not happen.
A Team bringing HOPE for human flourishing to our community and our neighbors in need can transform and renew lives toward sustainability and significance through the good news of Jesus and His kingdom.
If we wish to make a real impact on poverty and turn a net negative impact to a net positive we must address the whole person and develop pathways toward that human flourishing. Estimated average costs of someone experiencing chronic homelessness are $40K annually. With the recent drop of homeless of more than 100 individuals that’s an annual impact of somewhere in the neighborhood of $4M. TEAM HOPE MAKES economic sense.
From Transaction to transformation
The reality is this: transactional, relief-focused efforts are not sufficient to address human flourishing and bring about sustainable outcomes. A new relational, developmental focus is needed to bring about transformation.
Teaming up with Jesus who came to bring good news to the poor, proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, release the oppressed and to proclaim that the year of the Lord’s favor is the very core of that transformation.
At Peoria Rescue Ministries we have spent the last couple of years making significant adjustments to our culture and ministry so that we are now ready to call on the Church as a Community to come and partner with us in bringing about human flourishing for the glory of God and for the transformation of our community. This means:
Partners committed to seeing God at work renewing and restoring our community and substantially alleviating poverty among us by:
Supporting PRM financially on a consistent basis – either monthly or annually
Based on the cost of relational – life of life ministry we would ask that you consider supporting at a $40/month or $500/ year basis but know this – if you want to be a part of TEAM HOPE and can’t give $40 /month but are willing to give some or other types of support – we want you to be a part of TEAM HOPE
Supporting PRM prayerfully that God will be glorified
Supporting us relationally – either as a Neighbor or engaging in an event
Supporting us “recruitmentally” actively recruiting others to join TEAM HOPE and make an impact on our community.
Offering Jesus our small amount of Bread and Fish so that he can miraculously multiply that and bring blessing to thousands more.