Why we’re here… … To obey the Lord, who says, “For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother; to thy poor; and to thy needy, in thy land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11) It is the goal of Friendship Mission to engage in charitable and benevolent work necessary to minister to the needs of the homeless, needy, and less fortunate persons in the River Region area by providing lodging, food, personal counseling, transportation, aid with prescription purchases, and educational activities. It is Friendships goal to maintain facilities and equipment necessary to provide to homeless persons and others in our community temporary and extended-term lodging including but not limited to sleeping accommodations, including bedding, restrooms, and supplies needed for personal hygiene. Friendship also intends to operate kitchen facilities for the storage of food and the preparation of meals, and the equipment necessary to serve these meals to our clients and the needy of our community. And as Friendship Mission is a non-profit organization under the 501(c)(3) regulations of the IRS Friendship makes the declaration that we will distribute all material donations to the needy in the community without charge or recompense. Friendship Mission will serve the community without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or any other discriminatory circumstance.
Where we are… … Eight years ago, Friendship Mission moved into the new facility on 7-acres located at 3561 Mobile Highway. The facility houses a Sanctuary, kitchen and living space for up to 50 homeless men. Friendship assist the residents with their physical needs, providing food, clothes and hygiene products. … The shelter’s dining hall is open to the public at noon and 4:45 p.m. to provide a good meal to homeless and poor men, women and children. Approximately 2,000 plates of food are given out each week. ...Friendship is in the process of opening the new single women and women with children's shelter located at 312 Chisholm Street. This facility will house upwards of 50 women and children that are experiencing homelessness. The facility will allow the residents a one year stay while the women work to gain education and work. This will enable them time to prepare for transitioning back into the community ready for independent living. … Various ministers and laymen teach God’s Word twice daily to all who come to our shelter. We hold 10 Bible Studies each week, and on Sundays we have three services: Sunday School from 9-10 am.; Worship Service from 11 am -12:30 pm; and Sunday night from 5-6:30 pm Also on Sunday, we provide breakfast, lunch and supper.
Where we’re going ...Friendship Mission is in the process of opening a new shelter to house single women and women with children that are experiencing homelessness. …Friendship Mission would like to one day build a gym on the property of the men shelter. This would allow our men somewhere to work out some of the anger and stress that they experience during their struggles to regain their independence.
Luke 6:38 New King James Version 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.