All posts by Libby Adams

Why YOU Matter!!!!

I started at the Mission seven years ago as a volunteer and helped answer phones in the office. I spoke with all the people who had missed the community deadline to be adopted for Christmas. All of them were disappointed to hear they had missed the deadline.

I took every name down, in the order they called in, and carefully recorded the ages, genders and sizes of their children and their wish lists. Many of those wish lists were simple items we often take for granted—socks, underwear, a coat for a child who had no coat. I had never seen so much need—so many hungry kids and families. God broke my heart every day for the people we had a chance to adopt and encourage.

I told callers that we would help everyone—as long as donated gifts and food were available. Day after day, I talked with people who were hoping to be adopted for Christmas and every day I saw donations pouring in from our community. On Christmas Eve, after sunset and with most area buildings closed, the last mom pulled up to get the gifts for her family. We loaded her gifts in her car and apologized that the gift one of her sons most wanted hadn’t come in. We substituted something we hoped might be close. At that moment, another family pulled up and said, “Everything is closed. Where do we donate this item for a kid for Christmas?” It was the very item that little boy, in the very last family who called in, had requested. God had abundantly met every need and more. Of course, through tears, we gratefully accepted the donation and immediately sent it home with a very overwhelmed mother, who now had two gifts for her son for Christmas. I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that God was working through like this. I’m grateful God broke my heart for people who are hurting so badly—people with broken hearts who a kind word, encouraging smile and the hope of Jesus’ sacrifice for all means the world to. And I am grateful for our tremendously generous community who share gifts and food this time of year, so everyone can have a gift and a Christmas meal to eat.

We can’t help people without your help—your donations of food and money keep the doors open and hungry people fed. Our staff, who work so hard, covet your prayers—especially this time of year. Last year, partnering with the Christmas Bureau at United Way, our two organizations adopted more than 8300 people for Christmas—8300 people from this community who wouldn’t have had gifts or a warm Christmas meal at home without you. YOUR support helped make that happen.

Recently, our kitchen staff had planned to serve biscuits and gravy for a Wednesday breakfast. They scheduled that meal knowing that we had some of the supplies to serve hundreds of people a hot breakfast and understanding that we still needed more food to get everyone fed. They faithfully prayed, asking God to provide the remaining food in time for the mid-week meal.

The day before biscuits and gravy were on the menu, Westar Energy had their annual “Your Gift, Your Choice” employee giving campaign kickoff, where more than 90 charities are featured, including 19 in Topeka. At the end of the event every year, they generally donate the leftover food to help us feed people here. That Tuesday morning, just as they have for years now, they donated the leftovers and you guessed it—they had served biscuits and gravy! Their donations—combined with the supplies we had on hand—provided exactly what was needed to feed every hungry guest a hot, filling breakfast that next morning.

Through your donations, God has provided so much for the hungry and hurting of this community. We are humbled and grateful; thank you for your support.

– Mark DeGroff

Topeka Rescue Run – Early Registration Deadline Nov. 10th










2017 MKA Rescue Run brought to you by Today’s Dentistry – November 25, 2017


The 2016 Rescue Run was designated as the RRCA 5K State Championship for Kansas.  Specially designed medals were awarded to the First Overall Male and Female runners, along with the first Male and Female runners in the Masters Division (40+), Grand Masters Division (50+), and Senior Grand Masters Division (60+)

For 2017, the start and finish lines will still be located near the Topeka Tower, just as they always have.  The course will incorporate a portion of our original 4 Mile course as well as portions of our most recent 5K courses.  We will also get up close and personal with our beautiful State Capitol!  The majority of the race course will follow this years’ parade route, (the race start line is on 6th Avenue just west of Kansas Avenue) which for the first lap will track west on 6th to Harrison, south on Harrison to 8th, east on 8th to Kansas, south on Kansas to 9th, west on 9th across Jackson and onto the State Capitol grounds, continuing west on the private driveway, through the tunnel under the south steps of the Capitol and continuing west to Harrison, south on Harrison to 10th, east on 10th to Kansas, and north on Kansas back to 6th.  The second lap will begin just as the first lap did tracking west on 6th to Harrison, south on Harrison to 10th, east on 10th to Kansas, and north on Kansas to the finish line just north of 6th Ave at 534  S Kansas Avenue.  All runners will do two laps of the race course and all runners will be electronically timed.  Walkers will have the option of doing one or two laps of the course.  The race course is USATF certified, certification number KS15042KH.

Since you’ll be leading the parade, you’ll receive glow items in your packet and you’re encouraged to wear numerous lights and holiday costumes.  Bring more of your own lights and “light up the night!”   Show up, dress up, and let everyone see your holiday spirit!


All proceeds benefit Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries

Christmas Needs 2017

View Printable Copy of Christmas Needs List

WOMEN/TEEN GIRLS: Jeans, shirts or hoodies (Jr. 0 – 17, Misses 2 – 18, Plus 2 – 5x)

MEN/TEEN BOYS: Jeans (size 30 -50) (especially sizes 30-38), shirts, hoodies, socks, boxers, stocking caps and gloves, plus size clothing (2 – 5X) and sports team logo items

BOYS AND GIRLS: Educational or toys/games for ages 8-17, jeans, shirts, hoodies (5 – 20), boxers

INFANT & TODDLER: Shirts, tops, jeans, winter clothing (Newborn – 4), onesies and diapers sizes 2 – 6, pull-ups all sizes

MISCELLANEOUS GIFT ITEMS NEEDED: Bath gift sets, cologne gift sets, twin XL blankets, F, Q & K sheet sets, twin flat sheets, pots and pans, small appliances, coffee makers, toasters, 4-5 qt. crock pots, small adult gifts, bath towels, cooking utensils, tool sets, wallets, shaving bags, teen gifts, men’s gifts, hair brushes, mini flashlights, sports team logo items (Hats, duffle bags, etc.), art sets, sports balls, nice razors, any teen gifts, gift certificates for local stores

DONATION INFORMATION: As we make plans for Christmas-season activities at the Topeka Rescue Mission, we are happy to receive donations of new Christmas items for our guests and for community distribution. It would be helpful to receive Christmas gift donations by December 7th. This allows time for us to get the gift area set-up. However, we will gladly receive donations beyond this date as well. We ask that, for Christmas, gifts be new items and unwrapped. Please also consider a year-end gift to Topeka Rescue Mission.

Please bring donations to:

Distribution Center, 401 NW Norris:
Monday, Wednesday and  Friday 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Questions?  Please call 785-357-4285


Exciting News: Children’s Palace is Now Open

We are thrilled to share that the Children’s Palace has opened its doors. There are already many wonderful children, who are currently or formerly homeless, enrolled and attending daily classes. More and more little ones enroll each day. Thanks to you and this community’s support, these children are not only becoming prepared to successfully enter elementary school, they are learning every day that Jesus loves them.