Frequently Asked Questions
Do you serve only men? We presently have two facilities, one that serves men and another, which serves women and children. The ministry aim is the same for both – to re-instate our clientele back into society through sharing the Gospel and allowing the Lord to change their hearts.
Do you provide more then “3 hots and a cot”? While the public sees our primary ministry as providing three meals and a bed for the night, we attempt to provide life-skills training to assist those who come through our doors. Additionally, we provide food assistance as well as give away clothing and household goods to those in need.
Is there really that much need in Sioux City for a Mission? The most recent statistics show that there are more than 700 homeless individuals in Woodbury County alone.
Do you accept donations other than cash, such as food, clothing, and home furnishings? Yes, in 2011, we served over 139,000 meals and gave away over $64,000 in clothing, home furnishings, personal and non-personal items, almost all of which was donated to the Mission.
Do you accept State and Federal Funding or participate in United Way? No. The Mission receives all of its support from individuals and other private sources of funding. Additionally, we do not accept funding from casinos or beer and alcohol distributors.
Are you associated with a church or denomination or Goodwill? The Gospel Mission is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). We are not a church or denomination. We are not affiliated with Goodwill Industries, the Soup Kitchen or Center for Siouxland.
How can I be sure my gift will be used wisely? The Gospel Mission has a 15-member board of directors, which provides oversight of the operations of the Mission. Additionally, a yearly financial audit is performed to verify that all accounting practices are being followed to ensure financial accountability of all gifts received. Our most recent auditor’s report indicates that less than 10% of our financial donations are used for administrative and overhead costs. We strive to be good stewards of all donations and utilize them wisely to provide the services of our mission.
How can churches get involved? We elicit support from churches to conduct gospel services (we have a service each night of the year), participate in volunteer activities (working in our warehouse, sorting clothes, performing outdoor jobs), and assist in serving meals.
How long has the Mission been in operation? Henry and Edith Plumer founded the Mission in 1938. Its history has been lined with the faithful prayers, donations, and service of God’s people, and has resulted in changed lives for many who have walked through our doors.