For those who won’t be home for the holidays this year – including many who are experiencing homelessness for the first time – the Jimmie Hale Mission and dozens of other organizations across North America are providing help and hope to those who need it most.

According to the Snapshot Survey conducted by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), 84% of those surveyed are currently homeless, and more than 1 in 3 people find themselves homeless for the first time.

The Jimmie Hale Mission is providing help and hope to those who need it most. 

We count it a blessing to be able to provide much needed assistance to men, women and children this year and every year,” said Tony Cooper, Executive Director of the Jimmie Hale Mission ministries.  “The generosity of our community has meant that we are able to offer real help and hope during the holidays, which can be very difficult time of year for many people.”

The survey showed little change over the last three years in age, gender, and ethnicity.  Half were Caucasian, a third African American and just over 10 percent were Hispanic.  Among the people surveyed 86% were single individuals.  The largest group of homeless were between the ages of 46-65 years of age – at 42 percent of those surveyed, a slight increase from the 2013 survey.  Those between 36-45 years of age were the second largest group at 22 percent – the same as last year.

Every year, faith-based ministries that are members of the AGRM such as the Jimmie Hale Mission serve approximately 50 million meals, 25 million night’s of shelter, distribute more than 30 million pieces of clothing, bandage wounds of hundreds of abuse victims, and graduate close to 20,000 men and women from addiction-recovery programs and into productive living.