Course 307 - Rescue Mission Operations I.

Overview

This course has two sections.  In the first part, we will look at the legal, health and safety issues that impact the operation of rescue missions. 

The second part deals with the theoretical and practical approaches to maintenance of buildings and equipment. Topics include:

 

Course Objectives:

 

Introduction

Clifton Gregory opens Chapter 7 of Unto the Least of These with the response of a church women's group to their tour of a local mission. In this story he illustrates important matter of how the appearance of a ministry facilities affects donors and potential supporters. The image of a sloppy, dirty, poorly maintained mission facility is sure to negatively impact its ability to raise support in the community. Meanwhile, a well-kept facility shows good stewardship to the mission's supporters, while projecting an image of order, responsibility and dignity to its clientele. Therefore, every effort must be made to ensure that the mission's facilities and equipment are properly maintained. This concept is at the bottom of all the assignments of this course. Because most of the mission's property is acquired with donated dollars, we must honor the Lord and those who support our work by giving careful attention to how we handle and care for our buildings, vehicles, and equipment.

Most rescue missions provide housing to the individuals who look to them for help. This provides the ministry with a ready-made pool of personnel for the essential tasks necessary for the upkeep of its facilities. At the same time, this gives the clients an opportunity to be involved in meaningful work. We must remember that when depending on mission clients to do maintenance and housekeeping, it is essential that we have carefully written, detailed lists of the of very specific tasks that they are expected to perform. Additionally, besides ensuring that we have proper supervision and staff oversight of these tasks, a system of accountability, such as checklists that are completed when jobs are done, must be established in order to ensure that tasks are completed in a satisfactory manner.

In this course, we will go beyond daily cleaning chores into the area of "preventative maintenance." This means going beyond the "if it ain't broke, why fix it" mentality into a consistent strategy of keeping property and equipment in good working order and anticipating repair needs before they happen. This takes a little creativity and a lot of discipline. Yet, the rewards can be great. Waiting until a situation becomes desperate is sure to end up costing much more and, possibly, may lead to accidents or cause a disruption in services. The old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is especially important at the rescue mission where money is so often in short supply.

As you work through these assignments, feel free to contact your instructor with any questions you might have.

 

Activities at the Rescue Mission

Staff Member Interviews

Documents, Information & Other Activities