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    2016 Campaign of Thanks Kicks Off with Church Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

    It takes a village to care for the poor, vulnerable, and needy among us.

    Ministry to the homeless is not a solitary endeavor, but a collaborative effort from people with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Whether rich or poor, student, working, or retired, from homes or institutions, the hearts and hands of volunteers bless our residents and guests every day of the year.

    An overwhelming number of volunteers come to the Mission either inspired by the church ministry or on behalf of their churches. Since 1899, we've helped connect people of faith to those in need.

    On Thursday January 28th, the Mission will host a breakfast event for all the churches in the Greater Boston Area. As part of our 2016 Campaign of Thanks, the breakfast event will be a chance for church representatives to share food, fellowship, volunteer experiences, and opportunities to serve. Through this campaign, we hope to strengthen existing church relationships and build new connections with church members pursuing social justice. As a part of this campaign, we also look forward to hear suggestions from church representatives about additional volunteer opportunities that they would like to see offered at the Mission.

    If you would like to join our breakfast event with members of your church, please RSVP by Jan. 21 to either (617) 338-9000 ext. 1230 or volunteer@brm.org. We would love to see you there!

    Extreme Hike is Latest Fundraiser for Homeless Advocate

    About every two years, Scott Bosley embarks on a grand challenge. In 2007, he cycled from Boston to Kennebunkport and back the same day. Two more cycling trips followed on odd years. In 2013, he braved hurricane force winds to complete the Presidential Traverse in one day.

    In June, Scott completed his most ambitious trek yet. The Pemi Loop in New Hampshire, rated by Backpacker Magazine as the second hardest day hike in the lower 48, features 32 miles with a 9,000 foot incline over craggy peaks. Here are a few of his notes:

    I was encouraged when I saw in my devotional reading on Thursday morning the key heading for the day “Get thee up into the high mountain” from Isaiah 40:9. On Friday, we got up around 2 AM and after a big breakfast and preparation we were hiking at the Lincoln Woods trailhead in the dark with our lights by 4:10 AM.

    The overnight slight mist was mostly subsiding and we were in store for what was to be an amazing day of hiking with temperatures in the 60s and a slight breeze on the summits. We crossed 10 named peaks which included Flume, Liberty, Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, West Bond, Bond, and finally Bondcliff before descending over 9 miles back to the car for almost 32 miles total and over 18,000 feet of up and down elevation change. It was 8:29 PM by the time we popped back out of the woods into the parking lot for what totaled a 16 hour and 19 minute “walk in the woods”.

    Here are three very short video segments from Lafayette, Garfield and Bondcliff. It really doesn’t quite capture the true essence and joy of the experience, but it will give you a little bit of a feel for what we were seeing. It truly was an incredible day on all levels and again my thanks go out to everyone for all the support.

    To support Scott's summer trek, visit his fundraising page. 100% of your donation will go to life-transforming Mission programs. Thank you!

    Mayor Menino: Mayor, Public Servant and Friend of the Mission

    Mission President John Samaan presents Mayor Menino with an apron signed by Mission residents and guests.

    Boston’s beloved and longest serving mayor, Thomas M. Menino, lost his battle to cancer and passed away on October 30th, 2014. Mayor Menino was devoted to combating homelessness in the city of Boston and was a dear friend to the Mission. Each year he was in office, Mayor Menino and his wife Angela uplifted the spirits of homeless and recovering addicts by serving warm Thanksgiving meals and sharing a message of hope.

    Mayor Menino’s commitment to supporting homeless men and women did not stop there. Each year he would hit the streets of Boston in the dead of winter to help with the annual homeless count. He also was a part of the new “Bringing Boston Home,” initiative that addresses some of the root causes of homelessness, including providing permanent housing, temporary shelter,and other critical services to those in need. The Boston Rescue Mission would like to thank Thomas Menino for his dedication to homelessness and honor him for all his years of friendship and service.

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