I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m grateful for my staff and their commitment, for my board of directors and their wisdom, for all of our volunteers who sacrifice their time, and for our donors who bless us financially. So, I just want to take some time to say thanks to all of these people that care about serving and helping societies less fortunate. Without all of you Souls Harbour Rescue Mission simply couldn’t provide the programing and the services that we do!

The work we do isn’t easy and there will always be challenges. Sometimes our resources and our encouragement comes in ways we just don’t expect. As I prepare the budget for the next year, and as I reflect on this last fiscal year, the hard days and the good days, and all of the things that happened over the last 11 months (our fiscal year ends June 30) I thought I’d share a few notes that helped ‘make our day.’

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Moments like the day I seen a photo copy of a cheque from an inmate in a federal penitentiary, that Kari our Finance Office Manger, had decided to pin up on her office bulletin board. I don’t ever remember seeing a donation from someone in jail. I think that says a lot about who we serve and what we do!

And the faithful support of a monthly donor who donated $60 per month with the instruction to use it wherever we needed to. That’s someone who believes in what we do and who trusts us to be good stewards of their gift. That means a lot to me. And then there’s Nathaniel who at 4 years old knew what it was like to have a bad day; and for him it was a good day if he didn’t bite or hit someone. His note made me laugh!

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So I say it again, to all of you who help inspire and encourage all of us here at the Mission in so many different and unique ways, Thanks for being there for us time and time again!

P.S. In my last blog I wrote about a horse called California Chrome. Well, as it turns out he won the Preakness too! I’ve always rooted for the underdog, funny thing is now the underdog is the favourite. Only the Belmont Stakes remain, but it’s the toughest and the longest of the three Triple Crown races. Now I’m hoping he wins it all!

 


Joe Miller – Executive Director

Joe Miller is the Executive Director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. After working in the manufacturing industry for many years, he felt called to move from 'building things' to 'building people.' He has a passion to see the people that walk through the Mission's doors, get the help they need; whatever their situation may be. He enjoys fishing and the outdoors and often finds God in the stillness of nature. He writes here his thoughts on poverty, society, faith, and his reflections on life.