Faith with its Sleeves Rolled Up
Faith with its Sleeves Rolled Up

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Topeka Rescue Mission

Stories of Hope

Finding the ONE Thing

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Broken.   Homeless.    Lost. Alone.   Fearful.     Angry. These are just a few words that could describe the thousands of people who come through the doors of the Topeka Rescue Mission every year. Every face is different and each story is unique, just like yours and mine. Yet there is something each one of us has in…read the rest


What Love Looks Like:

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The Stories Behind the Numbers Most of us have heard the greatest commandments: love God, love people (Matthew 22:37-39). It sounds easy enough, but what does love really look like? At the Topeka Rescue Mission we have been exploring that question and asking God to help us extend His love more and more to the…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


“The Miracle of a Mended Heart”

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Christmas is known as a time of celebration, joy and good tidings. Yet for some, it can be the most difficult time of the year. Doc resided, later worked and then died as a part of the Topeka Rescue Mission family. He endured much pain throughout his life but in the end he discovered the…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


trans-for-ma-tion – Seeing the Process Unfold: Kelli’s Story

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Kelli came to the Mission’s Hope Center dirty, helpless and confused. Her mind wandered fiercely leading to a constant state of delusion and torment. Few wanted to come near her as she wore multiple layers of soiled clothing and seldom bathed. Those who took the risk, found it nearly impossible to have a conversation. Aside…read the rest


Walking in HIS Steps

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Hundreds of dedicated staff and volunteers have served humbly and sacrificially at the Topeka Rescue Mission over the years. Each one is unique in their personalities and ministry, but each share the common trait of compassion and love towards those who are homeless and poor. While it would be impossible to pick just one who…read the rest


The Realities of Life on the Streets

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Since the release of “In Darkness, a Light Still Shines,” many readers have voiced that they had been unaware of the harsh realities that so many people who are homeless daily face. The book is just a taste of what went on over a course of time in Topeka, KS.  Sadly, new stories of the…read the rest


Celebrating Freedom: One Man’s Chapter

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In America, July marks the month in which we celebrate our nation’s independence. Patriotism rings loud as flags wave high and fireworks light the sky. But it’s not just our nation that celebrates victory. The Topeka Rescue Mission is privileged to celebrate the victory of individuals once bound by the prison of homelessness released into…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


Thank You for Keeping Me….a Tribute to Mothers

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We never know for sure how today’s actions will influence tomorrow. Sometimes it’s not until years later that the impacts of our decisions are fully understood… Over the years I have had numerous opportunities to speak to students ranging from elementary school to college. Many times I have been approached afterwards by a student expressing…read the rest


A Father’s Story – Pressing Fearlessly Onward

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Jose’ is one of the many fathers who have passed through the doors of the Mission and gone above and beyond to provide for his family. After experiencing devastation in their life, he, his wife and their five children came to the Mission for support. Without hesitation, Jose’ began his search for work. He found…read the rest


Leaving a Legacy: Leonard Johnson (1925-2013)

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It hasn’t been long since the Topeka Rescue Mission said goodbye to a longtime servant, friend and Board member of 54 years. Leonard Johnson passed from this world into eternity on February 14th, a day that was filled with much sorrow for those left behind but also much rejoicing in the knowledge of a life…read the rest


Tamara

Tamara as a Child

Tamara came to the Topeka Rescue Mission with her mom and sister as a small child. Though the reasons behind their stay are still unclear, she knew her mom was having difficulty raising her children on her own and making ends meet. While she doesn’t have a lot of memories of her stay, she does…read the rest


A Former Guest Reflects

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Dear Rescue Mission, I lived in the Topeka Rescue Mission for about six months when I was a little girl, probably six or seven years old. That would have been about 20 years ago. What I remember about my experience is not much. I do remember happy, cheerful people that smiled a lot. There was…read the rest


A Personal Encounter with a Hungry Child

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Studies show that over half (52%) of Shawnee County students qualify to receive free and reduced lunches. For some, the meals served at their school are the only ones they receive… One morning, while preparing to leave for work, a Mission staff member spotted a young boy in obvious distress. Mark walked down the driveway…read the rest


A Mission Love Story

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A Love Story Tim and Peggy came separately into the Mission when they were in their fifties. Both had spent the majority of their lives feeling unworthy and unloved. There was nothing impressive about Tim. He had a slender build but the rest of his appearance was far from ordinary. His tattered clothes always sagged,…read the rest


The Face of Homelessness

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Childhood Poverty Increasing in Shawnee County Childhood poverty is at an all-time high, both nationally and in the state of Kansas. Out of the 105 counties in our state, Topeka/Shawnee County is ranked at 96, with 1 being the least severe and lowest rate of childhood poverty. Sadly, leading experts from around the country are…read the rest


The Best Christmas!!!!

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The parsonage my wife and I lived in during Christmas 1980 was cold and drafty. It was also located in a rough, impoverished and crime ridden area of Kansas City where we knew no one. In all of our lives, I’m not sure we had ever felt so alone. We had little income, no food,…read the rest


From our Family to Yours

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Each year, hundreds of individuals call the Topeka Rescue Mission “home” during the Christmas season. As a staff, we do everything we can to try and make the season special. While we cannot solve everyone’s problems, we hope to always give each one the gift of love, joy, peace, and the recognition of the reason…read the rest


Beauty and the Beast

I first met Bobby and Sue on Thanksgiving Day-my first at the Mission. I had no idea what this day was supposed to look like but I did know that we had no money for any extras. A turkey to feed the 30-some guests we were anticipating had been donated and I asked the guys…read the rest


Breaking the Mold: Working Together

Five years ago, I received a special invitation to meet with some well-intentioned leaders of our city. When I arrived, they were quick to the point. New developments for potential redevelopment of the North Topeka area were being explored. Sadly, a homeless shelter centered in the middle was not part of the blueprint. To them,…read the rest


Where Can I Be Safe

The summer of 1986 was a hot one, but not as extreme as the temperatures that we have faced this year. It was my first summer at the Mission and I could never imagine someone in need passing up the comforts of shelter and air conditioning. I had just walked out of the old Mission…read the rest


Saving Lives … A Letter from Jordan

     My name is Jordan and I lived at the mission for about three months. I ended up at the mission by choice, a decision most 18 year old girls would not condone. But my mother was living there, and I wanted to be close to her. So I packed up all of my personal…read the rest