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About the I AM CAMPAIGN

The I Am campaign focuses on the community who comes together to help address the root causes of homelessness in Allentown. If we all work together, we can end homelessness in the Lehigh Valley!

Partners, sponsors, volunteers, donors and other members of the Allentown Rescue Mission community are putting themselves forward to show their support of The Mission.


We All Have a Story

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Trezhon

Trezhon, age 24, had been homeless off-and-on since he was 18. Down on his luck with nowhere to turn, a man in a local park told him about the Allentown Rescue Mission. Soaked with rain, Trezhan rang the bell at the Gateway Center. After focusing all of his energy into our programs, he now wants to walk the life of a Christian, get his own apartment, eventually get married, and be a responsible member of the community.

He’s learning how to re-write his story through the programs and resources of the Allentown Rescue Mission.

“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” ~Matthew 25:45


Pablo

I came to the Rescue Mission after a hard life.  I found the three tools to better myself: The Holy Spirit, the strength to stop drinking, and purpose.

I work full-time for the Clean Team.  I spend my days cleaning the streets in Allentown, and I love doing it!  I wasn’t able to reach this better place without the help of the Mission.

I think about my grandchildren every day.  I try to do right by God every day.  I live and work with other Clean Team members, and we support each other.  I am one of the older guys, and I am thankful every day that I can do this.  The Clean Team program has allowed me to support myself, and more importantly, it allows me to make my small contribution to making the world a better place.


Brandon

I started using drugs at an early age.  I was following the example of the people who should have been my role models.  My bad choices caught up with me, and I found myself living on the streets.

I took the advice of a stranger, and I came to the Allentown Rescue Mission.  ‘Love’ is the only word that describes what they provided.  I wasn’t judged.  I was accepted.  I could stumble, and they would catch me.  They would give me as many chances as I needed.

I came to the Mission, and I found faith and family.  I am working on the Clean Team, and I am getting my life back together.  I hope some day to get back to working as a professional cook.  Through it all, I have the support of the Mission.