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Correction to Published Annual Report

Please note that in 2013, we served 275,157 MEALS from our kitchen, distributed FOOD BASKETS that supplemented 115,936* MEALS, and supplied food to partner agencies which supplemented an ADDITIONAL 147,203 MEALS to hungry individuals throughout Topeka, resulting in 538,296* TOTAL MEALS. If food needed to be purchased, the estimated cost would have been $3.00 per…read the rest


Expansion Snapshot

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Two years ago, we thought we had the expansion plan for the Topeka Rescue Mission figured out. We made the necessary announcements and began forging ahead. Yet in doing so, we continued to seek the Lord for guidance and found that revisions from the original plan were necessary. While our initial plan was good, what…read the rest


How You Helped in 2013

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Many men, women and children came through the doors of the Topeka Rescue Mission in 2013. Each one carried with them a unique story that brought them to our doors. Whether it was through the provision of shelter, food, clothing or other support, we were grateful for the opportunity to meet their needs to the…read the rest


2013 Summarized in One Word: Stretched

Indeed 2013 was a year of STRETCHING for the Topeka Rescue Mission in many ways. Not only did the number of individuals coming to us in need continue to climb, along with the increased need came an emotional and spiritual stretching that was necessary to successfully embrace the needs before us. Directional stretching also came…read the rest


Thanks for a GREAT Christmas

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Thank you once again for helping our Christmas season to be a blessing to numerous individuals in our community! One of the things that continually challenges me is the reality of suffering and despair that surrounds so many in our community. Regardless of it comes from an illness in the family, a lack of heat…read the rest


Ministry Spotlight: Servants In Training

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SIT Class The concept of Servants in Training (S.I.T.) began in 1986 through a program called the “New Life Program.” Over time, it has been redesigned to meet the unfolding needs and understanding of how to empower and transform the lives of people who are homeless. In 2005, it transitioned into a long-term one year…read the rest


Rescue Run

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Thank you for your participation and support! Thank you so very much to each of you who participated in the 8th Annual Rescue Run which directly benefitted the Mission! It’s always a joy to see the community come together for such a memorable event and show their support! For race results and additional photos from…read the rest


Unique Gift Ideas: A Donation, A Gift, A Book

A Donation: Give a gift of a donation to the Topeka Rescue Mission in someone else’s name. They will receive a lovely gift card that they can hang on their tree and you will be assisting those in need that come through the doors of The Topeka Rescue Mission. Mail your gift and request to…read the rest


Ministry Spotlight: The Christmas Project

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For the past sixty years, the Mission has always tried to do something extra special around Christmastime to make the season a little brighter for individuals in need. While this started out as just a simple meal it has since transformed into what has become one of the largest gift distributions in our community. Countless…read the rest


Rescue Run November 30th

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Registration Costs: Adults: $25 until November 14 $30 until November 28 (Late registrants not guaranteed t-shirts) $35 on Race Day (Late registrants not guaranteed t-shirts) § Youth (aged 16-19): $20 § Youth (aged 11-15): $15 § Youth (aged 10 and under): $10 § Armed Forces Members Only – Active or retired, may take a $5…read the rest


Ministry Spotlight: Operation Street Reach

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Operation Street Reach (OSR) is an outreach ministry of the Topeka Rescue Mission. It was created in 2011 to meet a growing need within the community to reach individuals who are unsheltered and homeless. Though the Mission shelters over 2,000 individuals annually, there are still a number of people who are homeless but will not…read the rest


Ministry of the Month: Distribution Center

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Everyone knows that the Mission provides shelter to homeless guests but many are extremely surprised when they take a tour of our facilities and visit our Distribution Center (DC) for the first time. Occupying a large warehouse at 401 NW Norris, the DC houses a number of ministries which provide support to individuals and families…read the rest


Expansion Update from Executive Director Barry Feaker

Dear Friends, I am certain that many of you have been wondering about where things are in regards to expanding our shelter capacity here at the Topeka Rescue Mission. In February 2012 we announced the Mission was going to undertake a plan to expand beds to the homeless due to the fact that we had…read the rest


Ministry of the Month: Topeka Rescue Mission Kitchen

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What began as a small storefront serving only 20 individuals a day in 1959 has rapidly grown into an expansive hunger relief program that has occasionally served over 1,000 on any given day! Director of Food Services, Mike Shinkle, who has been with the Mission for 12 years, says he is amazed by the power…read the rest


Planning an Event or Fundraiser

Planning an event or fundraiser for the Mission? We’d love to know about it! The Mission is blessed on a regular basis by the generosity of so many in the community who are willing to give in unique ways. To ensure that we know about your activity, please contact us for endorsement before launching your…read the rest


Rescue Run Save the Date


Back to School Fair: One of the Ways You Make A Difference

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The Mission will host its annual Back-to-School Fair on August 7th, 9th and 10th. Children residing at the Mission as well as families in need from the community will benefit from this great endeavor. Last year a total of 656 children were helped! Backpacks loaded with school supplies will be provided again Children at the…read the rest


NET Reach Update: Introducing Sally Zellers – What God is Doing in Hi-Crest

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This past June, Sally Zellers was welcomed onboard as the new Director of Hi-Crest NET. The Hi-Crest neighborhood is the first area being targeted for neighborhood transformation through NET Reach. She shares that coming more closely alongside with the ministry of the Mission through NET Reach has been an incredible opportunity.  She has worked with…read the rest


Estate Planning: A Unique Way to Give

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Gifts given through estate planning have blessed us throughout our history and allowed numerous individuals to leave a legacy of compassion, resource and hope to the thousands who come through the doors of the Mission on any given day. If you are interested in giving to the Mission in this invaluable way, there are various…read the rest


Save the Date: Topeka Rescue Mission Benefit and Gala

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Rescue Run: Still Time to Save on Registration

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There is still time to save on the Registration Fee for the 5K MKA Invitational or the Traditional Rescue Run. Between now and July 31st registrants can save $10 off of the $30 race day registration fee. The Rescue Run is in it’s 8th year and is held in conjuction with the Miracle on Kansas…read the rest


Creation of the Empowerment and Transformation Center

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For quite some time, we have been talking about the need for further expansion at the Topeka Rescue Mission. While our initial plans centered on the creation of additional intake shelter space, we now recognize that this in and of itself is not the sole solution to the dilemma at hand—though increased capacity and more…read the rest


NET Reach: Another Way TRM is Reaching Out to the Community

For a number of years, the Topeka Rescue Mission has been examining why hunger, homelessness and poverty has been increasing in Topeka/Shawnee County. In doing so, we have discovered that there are significant areas of the community faced with these concerns. In an attempt to address the causes of hunger, homelessness, poverty and community safety,…read the rest


NET REACH: Addressing the Continued Increase in Homelessness, Poverty and Hunger

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As the Mission continues to expand, we are recognizing the need to reach out to some of our neediest neighborhoods.  The purpose is to bring about increased quality of life, as well as homeless, poverty and hunger prevention.  In a partnership with Topeka Public Schools and Community Resources Council, the Topeka Rescue Mission has created…read the rest