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|Jefferson County Rescue Mission, Inc.|
|"Bringing Help, Hope and a Future to Hurting People" Our Mission Statement |
The mission of our organization is to provide food, clothing and shelter for the needy who come to us from Jefferson County and a portion of St. Louis County, Missouri. We serve the homeless and other hungry people, the unemployed, victims of abuse, children, the elderly and dysfunctional family members. The hurting people who come to us are clearly in need of more than the obvious food, clothing and shelter which they may be lacking. Some seek a refuge from violence. Some want help finding assistance in overcoming drug or alcohol abuse. Some seek referrals to educational assistance or job training. All who cannot help themselves turn to us, and we have never turned away a call for help. But, because the calls for help are coming in ever-increasing numbers in our part of Missouri, we often cannot help our clients to the full extent that their needs demand.
The Jefferson County Rescue Mission never uses gimmicks or solicits funds from door to door or makes phone calls asking for money. Neither do we place canisters in businesses for the purpose of collecting money. We do not automatically send out our newsletter without the reader's permission. We never assume a donor wants a newsletter unless he or she requests it. We do not buy mailing lists and use them to send out our bimonthly newsletters. Public Relations firms are not hired to help us raise money to operate the Jefferson County Rescue Mission. By faith we believe and depend on monetary gifts from our newsletter readers, local churches and organizations, and from people who hear and see our free public service announcements. It is our belief that people will give if they see that it's a worthy cause. In essence, that is how we raise funds to operate this mission.
Referrals are made to us by local police, the Sheriff's Department, Missouri Division of Family Services, Family Preservation, Ministerial Alliance, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, State Highway Patrol, churches and other organizations and shelters. We receive NO AID from the United Way, federal or state governmental agencies or government-sponsored welfare programs. The mission is totally funded by individual donations, local churches, Charitable Foundations and Corporate Grants and certain other service organizations such as the local Lions, Optimists, Rotary and Kiwanis Club.
|Key Benefits |
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|Executive Directors and Founders|
Michael & Louise
Michael Sardo was born in Laurelton on Long Island in New York and grew up in Brooklyn. He attended Columbia University in New York for a short time, and subsequently had a thirty-year career in retail furniture sales and management.
As one of the two executive directors, Mike is responsible for all public relations, community affairs and fund raising. He produces a bi-monthly newsletter, which goes out to about 1,000 individual, churches, other missions and organizations. He writes appeal letters and assists the volunteer grant writer in compiling information for various foundations. Mike solicits funds, goods and services for the operations for the Mission and makes appearances for the Mission at various organizations, service clubs, etc.
"For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 NLT
Louise Sardo was born in the Bronx in New York City and grew up there. She is a graduate of the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind in the Bronx. Later, she worked as a film splicer for a photography company, worked as a sewing machine operator in a sheltered workshop and also worked for the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has also transcribed for Ediphone court cases and operated PBX machines.
Louise is a co-founder of the Jefferson County Rescue Mission with her husband Michael Sardo. They started the Mission in 1978. As one of the executive directors, Louise oversees the complete internal operation of the Mission. She directs the staff, volunteers and residents. Louise sets up the work schedules for all Mission personnel, both paid and volunteer. She interviews all of the clients seeking help and makes determinations regarding food, clothing, assistance and shelter. She also counsels residents and staff. Louise speaks at churches, clubs and other organizations regarding the work of the Mission.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
|Project Renovations Coordinator|
Terry Lexa has been a volunteer for over 25 years. He has been a help at the Mission. When it was first established in Herculaneum. Besides being a Board Member, Terry is our Project Renovations Coordinator.
| Planned Giving Opportunities|
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Our need for food is ONGOING.
The Mission is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Please help us to help the needy.
For more information, call Louise at (636) 475-3030.
|JEFFERSON COUNTY RESCUE MISSION, INC.|
8943 Commercial Blvd., P. O. Box 211 Pevely, MO 63070-0211
phone: 636-475-3030 fax: 636-475-3030