‘Mission Integration’ outreach event a success
Recently more than 70 men from The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis came to the Brooklyn Park Salvation Army for breakfast and worship services during an event titled “This is my story.”
The goal of the event: Encourage men in recovery to share their life stories with members of the local Salvation Army, in order to foster a greater sense of support during and after their inpatient treatment has ended.
“As a church community, we want to be intentional about reaching out to people,” said Auxiliary Captain Josh Polanco (pictured), leader of the Brooklyn Park Salvation Army. “We want men at the rehabilitation center to know that we value them and that we desire to share in their journeys for the long haul.”
Men at the rehabilitation center receive six months to a year of meals, housing, counseling, spiritual guidance, and other transformative support – all of which is funded by sales at Salvation Army Stores in the Twin Cities.
The rehabilitation center’s program administrator, Envoy Trudi Canfield, attended the event and was thrilled by its outcome.
“Integrating these men into a church outside of the one in our rehabilitation program gave them a broader view of The Salvation Army and allowed them to see what ‘regular’ church is like,” Canfield said. “It was a great experience for these men as they get acclimated to seeing what living a healthy, positive, Christ-centered life looks like.”
The Canfields and Polancos are committed to their ongoing partnership in mission integration through quarterly events that build healthy relationships and support structures for men at the rehabilitation center.
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