What could the founder of the first rescue mission have in common with kitchen workers using umbrellas to keep food dry in the Topeka shelter kitchen and a man who thought he was 600 years old? They all experienced difficult and unpleasant circumstances that were endured over a long period of time, leading to restoration for themselves and those who served them.
In upcoming video podcasts, In Darkness, A Light Still Shines, you will learn about Jerry McAuley, the founder of the first Rescue Mission. He spent time in Sing Sing prison for robbery and after his release fought drunkenness and homelessness for years. Another episode will highlight early days at the original shelter on Kansas Avenue when TRM had few resources and kitchen volunteers peeled potatoes with spoons, used the kitchen stoves to heat the mission and kept food dry from the leaking roof with umbrellas. Additionally, learn about a Mission guest and World War II vet, who thought he was 600 years old and wouldn’t allow shelter staff to help him regain independence for three decades.