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Meyer passed away after more than a decade of service to the Mission.

Meyer passed away after more than a decade of service to the Mission.

Outreach Coordinator Mike Meyer passed away on March 10

The Mission has said goodbye to one of its most loyal supporters. Outreach Coordinator—and Life Recovery Program graduate—Walter “Mike” Meyer passed away on March 10.

Mike came to the Mission through the Survival Outreach Services (SOS) Shower Program in 2012. He was long-unsheltered and in need of sobriety. For the first time in many years, he said he felt welcome, and a seed of hope was planted in his heart by Mission volunteers and staff.

Mike then knew he needed to enter the Life Recovery Program, so he did, and the Mission was waiting with open arms. Upon completion of his time in the program in 2013, Mike accepted employment with the Mission as Outreach Coordinator.

“Mike was my first hire as the brand-new director,” said Mission Director Bill Edwards. “Mike was a brother, fellow servant, and a personal hero for me, because of his amazing testimony.” Mike held the position until his passing.

Mike had battled health issues recently with courage. We are grateful that he now is fully healed and with Jesus.

“He will be missed by us all,” said Dawn Quigg, Community Relations Coordinator at the Mission. “His love for Christ, his all-important desire to serve others and share the good news of the Gospel, his wry sense of wit and humor, his impeccable logistic abilities, his humility, and joyful desire to follow the path that his beloved Savior Jesus Christ set before him.

“What a beautiful promise for us all as the gift of God is eternal life. Honor Mike today by doing a loving act of service in Jesus’ name.”

In addition to his daily acts of caring at the Mission, he leased an apartment 10 years ago and provided housing for several Life Recovery Program Graduates. (Employees) Jeremy George and Timothy Tardie were among those who lived with Mike. When Timothy, now our Men’s Life Recovery Program Chaplin, bought a home this past year, Mike was his roommate and valued brother in Christ.

“All of us loved him,” Dawn said. “Mission staff and volunteers were blessed to serve with Mike. We will miss him so … but we all know we will see Mike again. That will be a good day for he will welcome us with open arms.”

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over little; I shall set you over much; enter the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:23

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