Investing in Our Neighbors
As a ministry of Inner City Mission of Springfield, ReNew Consignment & Thrift exists to promote the alleviation of poverty. We do so through Stability for Life, the relationship-based recovery program developed and successfully practiced at ICM. Once the ReNew store pays its bills, all proceeds are funneled into this program.
We provide relational and physical resources to persons and families struggling with poverty in an environment steeped in the love of God. This is an “investment” in the sense that we look for dividends–we don’t want to sustain persons in poverty, we want to see them use that assistance to move out of poverty, finding a stable place in life where they can experience joy and peace and encourage others as they have been encouraged.
Donna Lomelino, our director of ministry is an example of this. She was homeless before entering Inner City Mission and participating in Stability for Life. Now, the investment made in her pays off as she helps others in similar circumstances.
Persons requesting assistance from the ministry center receive a store voucher at minimum. Those interested in Stability for Life will be able to enroll with a Stability Coach to discuss their situation and look at options that may or may not include financial assistance.
Our Approach to Giving
One drawback of charitable giving is that often it fosters dependence. The idea behind ReNew Ministries is that persons receiving help will demonstrate a willingness to move out of poverty by taking positive steps, such as completing Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace,” or a study out of Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free,” or by volunteering hours at the store. Each case is different.
Stability for Life is designed to encourage growth, overcoming not just the circumstances of poverty, but the behaviors and attitudes that lead to it. It is an investment into a person’s life based on observable behaviors of the individual, not a handout. Those interested only in what they can get may walk away from ReNew disappointed.
Our resources are obviously limited. We choose to use them for those willing to help themselves, rather than giving blindly and hoping for the best.