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This is how it happens. You lose your job. You lose your home. Then you’re homeless. Just like that. And it happens every day — to people who don’t think it could ever happen to them. Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Panama City is $1224 per month. Average per capita income for Panama City residents is $25,194. But if you make minimum wage ($8.10 per hour), you earn $16,848 – once taxes are …

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Recent PCRM Recovery Program graduate, Heather Morgan, has succeeded in getting back on her feet with the guidance and ministry PCRM offers to those who find themselves often at rock bottom and in need of recovery. Sober now for more than a year, Heather has worked through PCRM’s recovery program with perseverance and faith. “The Rescue Mission let me be me and grow into a Godly woman,” Heather said. “They give me a lot of love.” …

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Healing begins with good food. You can’t minister to an empty stomach. Food insecurity and poor nutrition are among the most detrimental issues that limit quality of life, economic productivity, and overall health among the poor and homeless populations in our community. As a Christian ministry, we want to feed people spiritually, but, first, we must feed them physically. Chef Chris Carson, Kitchen Manager for the Panama City Rescue Mission, has brought his passion for …

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The Panama City Rescue Mission celebrates its 45th Anniversary in April 2017 with a long history of restoring lives in Bay County. There have been a lot of changes over the years but the one thing that remains constant is the vision to help people in need through a ministry of love and the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the days before Panama City had a rescue mission, many commercial fishermen would struggle while in …

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As times change, so must the Panama City Rescue Mission (PCRM). The demographics of our clientele and their needs have changed over the last 20 years. “We are no longer just a soup kitchen,” said PCRM board member Alan Graham. “We are a transformational program helping people find a way out of their circumstances to live productive and happy lives.” One of the biggest contributing factors to poverty and displacement is addiction, which leads to …

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You can make a difference in someone’s life! Engage The homeless often face contempt and resentment just for being in this predicament. People are people, regardless of their circumstances. Be kind to them. Homelessness can create a sense of isolation that diminishes a person’s self-worth. A smile from you or a word of kindness can make a big difference. Ask their names and talk to them. When you take time to hear someone’s story, you …

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In honor of September being National Recovery Month, we want to help increase awareness about addiction recovery and how it changes lives. Addiction is one of the biggest contributing factors leading to homelessness, and recovery programs are essential to overcoming addiction. Treatment is effective, and people can recover from substance use disorders. At the Panama City Rescue Mission, our ultimate goal is to end the cycle of homelessness and help improve the lives of those …

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After 15 months in the addiction recovery program at the Panama City Rescue Mission, Jim Downs will leave at 7 a.m., Feb. 1, 2017, to embark on an eight-month hike from the front door of the Panama City Rescue Mission to Canada via The Appalachian Trail. Big Jim’s Walk will be filmed for a documentary by Leesa Robinson Productions out of Biloxi, Miss. The documentary will follow Jim’s hike along the Appalachian Trail and also …

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