Raymond Abercrombie was giving thanks for a lot of things Wednesday as he sat down for a Thanksgiving lunch with his wife and two children. Abercrombie, who is a part of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission's New Creation Discipleship Recovery Program alongside his wife, hadn't seen his family while they stayed at the group's separate men and women's shelters. They said they both have been working to get closer to God and work through the disasters that brought them to the mission.
Shelters in East Texas are all in agreement that just because you don’t have a home doesn’t mean you won’t get a Thanksgiving meal. The Highway 80 Rescue Mission started their Thanksgiving yesterday and continued it today. Wednesday they had more than 50 volunteers serving and preparing since they were open to the general public, but today it was just open to their guests who are staying at the facility.
The West Erwin Church of Christ Benevolence Center was a busy mix of servers and cooks as people took their seats to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. In its fifth year of putting on the meal, the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission expected to serve about 200 people on Wednesday, a day before the actual holiday. Read the full story here.
Morris was the "black sheep" of his family. "I had no direction. I was a wild kid. I was just what I shouldn't be." He started smoking pot at 14 and using meth at 20. “I was running around with nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to. I was so angry,” he says.
Once upon a time, the Mission welcomed in two Shawns and a Sean to our Recovery Program... each of them leaving behind a past of destruction, and searching for a future of hope. These three men are alike in name, yet have very different stories... MEET SHAWN M.
Most of us take everyday things for granted. Food. Clean clothing. A shower. A place to sleep. Friends to encourage us. Tonya learned just how precious these “little things” can be after her mother died.
If you ask Jonathan what life was like before he came to the Mission, he’ll tell you that what he had really couldn’t be called a life. “Every day was a struggle. It was all about getting the next fix.”
Carole was at the age when most people are ready to retire and take it easy. But she was still working, and sending money to Texas to support six family members.
A LeTourneau University student has helped raise more than $5,200 so far for Hiway 80 Rescue Mission by encouraging fellow students to donate leftover money on their university meal cards. Senior Drew McCoy is teaming with Corner Café's food vendor, Bon Appetite, to purchase food for the mission at wholesale prices with the donated funds from students' Flex money.