Some endings are necessary and good. Achieving a goal, graduating to the next level, leaving the past behind. These are all good things, but rarely painless and not done without great investment and effort. That about sums up life at Visalia Rescue Mission for both our staff and residents.
One ending that is upon us, is the presence of Rescued Treasures in Tulare. Three short years ago the Lord opened a door of opportunity on Cross Street in Tulare. The board and staff walked through that door not fully knowing how it would turn out. We learned and benefitted a lot! During that time some of our most successful graduates and some of our (now) senior leaders on the staff at Visalia Rescue Mission first came to us by working in the Tulare store. The revenue we gained also helped support our Life Change Academy and shelters. Last year even more blessing came our way when we had the opportunity to expand our Simply Chic Boutique in downtown Visalia. But with new opportunities change often follows close behind. It became clear that the Lord was leading us to the decision that our season in Tulare was coming to a close. On December 31, 2018 Rescued Treasures in Tulare will permanently close. Rising minimum wage costs, rising rental costs, fuel and distance costs all contributed to the decision to close the Tulare Store. We loved our time in Tulare and treasure the relationships we built with our customers. We hope you will still come to visit us in our Rescued Treasures store in Visalia and at the expanded Simply Chic Boutique on Main street!
It seems hard to believe that 2018 has gone by so quickly. But with good endings also come hopeful and new beginnings.
We are looking forward to the future at Visalia Rescue Mission. Our first and primary goal is always to see changed lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Food, shelter, counseling, services, training, are all just tools to help desperate people see despair and hopelessness come to an ending. To be able to lift your head and look up and have confidence in the future is an indescribable feeling! The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old, Behold! I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth! Do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert!” These refreshing “streams in the desert” are the reason we persist in this ministry. The value of seeing a life change before your eyes is almost incalculable!
Historically, Visalia Rescue Mission receives between 60 and 70 percent of its annual support revenue between the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the calendar year. When you financially support Visalia Rescue Mission you are investing in the “New Thing” that alters the trajectory of the lives of our guests and residents. Our goal is to see then “become God-dependent contributing members of their community.” The greatest blessing is when they experience a change in life and then come back to serve at Visalia Rescue Mission and give the same gift to those who are coming behind them. When you support Visalia Rescue Mission, you give us the tools and personnel to help this ministry accomplish good endings and new beginnings! As 2018 fades in the rear-view mirror, the Staff and Board at Visalia Rescue Mission wishes you a blessed, prosperous, and generous new year!
With a grateful Heart,
Visalia Rescue Mission