Volume 13 Number 10 | May 15, 2019 | www.citygatenetwork.org  


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Conference Registration Rates Increase at Midnight!

You can still save some money if you get your Annual Conference and Exposition registration in today. After 11:59 p.m., full-price kicks in. The event has been filling up, week after week. In fact, our room blocks are full at both hotels (see below). The reason is simple: This is North America’s most comprehensive and enriching event for everyone and anyone working in life-transformation ministry with hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted people. And we hear this year after year from exhibitors and hoteliers (who go to/see a lot of shows): Hands down, it’s the most engaging, best-run Christian-association convention out there. If you’ve never attended, be an “impulse shopper.” Come join the crowd and see what it’s all about. You can still get some cheap flights into Southern California. To register right now, just click here.

Conference Hotels Sold Out
Speaking of filling up, rooms at our conference rates at both the Renaissance Palm Springs and Hilton Palm Springs are sold out. You still might be able to get a room at one of those two hotels, but likely at a higher rate than the one we’ve been offering. The three hotels listed below are the next closest to the Palm Springs Convention Center:

Courtyard by Marriott: (760) 322-6100 – two blocks east
Best Western Plus Las Brisas: (760) 325-4372 – three-and-a-half blocks southwest
Zoso Hotel: (760) 325-9676 – three blocks west

Please book directly with these hotels, or you can search for other lodging options at your favorite travel website.

We Can Still Fit You in at One of Our Early Seminars
If your travel schedule allows, consider adding one of our early seminar options—Exodus Exhortations—to your convention experience. These three early education tracks will follow our Exodus theme, using the context of Moses, Miracles, and Manna. Each track has three workshops that promise a deep dive into sessions on leadership, transformative programs, and resource development. And all of the speakers are excellent! These seminars are being held Monday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The cost is $104 per person, and lunch and materials are included in the price.

If you’ve already registered for the conference but want to add one of these options to your registration, contact Convention Registrar Christine Matos at (719) 266-8300 ext. 100 or via email at cmatos@citygatenetwork.org. Or if you arrive at the convention before these begin, you can check at the Registration and Information Center to see if there is still space in the intensive workshops. (Note: If you haven’t registered yet and do now, you can include these options in your online registration.)

Sign Up to be a Moderator and Get a Better Price
Okay, we just told you that “full price” starts tomorrow. But here’s a way you can still get some financial help: Be a Seminar Moderator. Moderators are hosts for the education tracks at the event. They introduce the presenters, make sure the room is comfortable, and, in general, just help each seminar in their track run smoothly. We still need a handful of folks to take on these very important roles. To learn more and see what opportunities are still available, go to https://www.citygatenetwork.org/images/2019_Moderator_Packet.pdf or reach out to Justin Boles at jboles@citygatenetwork.org.

We’re Connecting with HUD for a Special Symposium
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has sent 130 invitations to Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and other nearby major cities, calling on as many as possible to meet with Citygate Network people in Palm Springs to see how we might work together to get a handle on the exploding unsheltered homeless problem on the West Coast. 

This is historic! To have the government and the faith community working together on this is a step that has not been taken to this point. All of this came about during a meeting Citygate Network President John Ashmen and his wife, Judi, had in D.C. with HUD leaders back in February. They recognize that the numbers are going the wrong way and a joint response from government and the faith community is needed. We were even asked to consider how we might be able to provide life-transformation services for people in government housing. (Historic, indeed.) If you are in the areas mentioned, you should have received an invitation to be at the table. If you don’t remember that invitation, contact Stacie Hughes to get one.

Citygate Network Adds Additional Legal Help for Members
With governments increasingly testing the limits of religious freedom, Citygate Network members need to be galvanized against potential legal threats. In addition to our long-standing partnership with Citygate Network attorney Jon Ruybalid, members can now also take advantage of our new partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). When Citygate Network members elect to join the ADF Alliance program that we’re offering through them, they get access to document audits, consultation, and representation at a 20 percent discount. Enter code CITYGATE20 when you apply at www.adfministryalliance.org, or, to learn more about these member benefits, log in with your email address and password to www.citygatenetwork.org, then go to Resources > Contract Partners > Legal Consulting.

Just a Few Spots Remain for May Sessions of ARMS Webinars
Want to bring new hope to the women of your ministry and help raise their self-esteem? There are just a few spots still available in the ARMS Abuse Recovery Certificate Program that begins May 22. The ARMS certificate program prepares facilitators to present the life-changing abuse and violence recovery program called Her Journey. The certificate program provides high quality training that meets industry standards in working with victims of abuse and violence. Once you become a certified facilitator, you’ll be able to lead small groups of women through the lessons of Her Journey where victims and survivors of abuse can find their path to healing. The 13-week ARMS certificate program begins on May 22. Space is limited, so register here today.

Shout Out to Top Convention Sponsors
All of our mission members have a broad need for products and services and are continually searching for partners that will best enable them to serve their communities. In our upcoming annual convention, we will have a host of quality business partners such as our Title Sponsor, Brewer Direct, and our three major sponsors, Milwaukee Direct Marketing, One & All, and TrueSense Marketing. We have great business partners such as these that boost the capacity of missions to bring life transformation to people who are hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted. If you get a moment, please thank these and our other sponsors while in Palm Springs at this year’s conference.

New Emerging Leaders Coordinator Named
Matt Hustad, vice president of finance and administration at Milwaukee Rescue Mission (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) has agreed to serve as Citygate Network’s volunteer Emerging Leaders coordinator for the next couple years. This is a group of key leaders of tomorrow ages 39 and under who gather at the Annual Conference and keep in touch throughout the year for mutual encouragement and interaction. You can meet Matt in Palm Springs where he will oversee several gatherings of the group at this year’s conference. If you want to contact Matt, email him at matt.hustad@milmission.org.

CEOs: The Envelope, Please?
A few days ago, we sent every CEO in membership a packet with our “Widen the Gate” membership material enclosed to pass on to another local ministry that is doing life-transformation ministry with poor and powerless people. We’re talking about ministries with perspectives and methods that closely parallel or complement those of our members. Our goal is to not just build the network, but to seek solidarity and collaboration in order to avoid needless duplication of services, gain insights on practices, and most importantly, achieve even greater effectiveness of Kingdom purposes. And here’s the good news: It’s already starting to happen. So, let’s Widen the Gate together. (And if you need more packets, just let us know.) 

“Taste and See” Option Offered for Annual Conference
As part of the “Widen the Gate” membership campaign, if you can identify a valid membership prospect, we’re encouraging you to invite the CEO to “taste and see” what we’re about by joining us in Palm Springs. We’ll waive the 40 percent non-member add-on rate for the Annual Conference and Exposition and offer them the Early-Bird rate of $489.That’s a savings of $280 over what a non-member would have to pay today. (Accommodations and travel would be their own responsibility.) Additional help may be available from Citygate Network’s districts. If interested, or you want to point a local non-member organization our way, contact Convention Registrar Christine Matos at (719) 266-8300, ext. 100 right away. 



San Francisco Bans Credit-Only Stores
San Francisco officials voted Tuesday to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a growing paperless practice that critics say discriminates against low-income people who might not have access to credit cards. In many ways, the legislation was an easy call for San Francisco officials, who strive to make life more equitable in a city with an enormous wealth gap. According to an article in Fox Business, high-paid tech workers who flock to San Francisco to work for Facebook, Google, Uber and Airbnb may like the ease of paying by credit card, debit card, or smartphone. But many low-income people, including more than 4,000 who sleep on San Francisco’s streets every night, likely don’t have money to sustain bank accounts.

$15 Million Planned for Nonprofit Security in California
California governor and presidential hopeful Gavin Newsom said the state will spend an additional $15 million to help with security at what he called “soft targets” such as houses of worship and nonprofits at higher risk due to ideology. According to an article by The Nonprofit Times, the money would be included in the state’s general fund budget proposal slated to be submitted to the state legislature later this month. The state already spends $500,000 on such projects around the state, down from $2 million in 2017. Religious leaders in California want the state to spend the funds on security guards, reinforced doors and gates, high-intensity lighting and alarms, and other security. The announcement came two days after the shooting at the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California. The state was observing Holocaust Remembrance Day at the time of the attack.

Homeless Encampments Along California Levees May be Weakening Them
Thousands of residents in Northern California may be threatened by flooding in the future by levees weakened not by weather but people living on them. Homeless encampments that have popped up along the sides of levees in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties are creating damage to the flood control structures, as some residents dig into the slope to create a flat surface to put their tents up. But those cuts into the earthen levees may ultimately end up compromising the structural integrity of the mounds when floodwaters rise, according to a report by Fox News. The Reclamation District 1000 board voted Friday to send letters to several law enforcement agencies asking for their help solving the problem and the Sacramento City Council plans to have a hearing about the problem about the encampments in the levee districts.


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Division Street

Fundraising Report Highlights How First-Time Donors Come Back
A new report from the online fundraising firm Classy takes a close look at the behaviors that lead to return donations. According to a report in Associations Now, the report states that while it takes nearly a year on average (349 days to be exact) for a one-time donor to give again, nearly one in five donors returns much more quickly—and are much more likely to keep giving. In the report, Ben Cipollini, the company’s head of data science, says effective engagement is what ultimately leads donors to recur “and, over time, develop a meaningful relationship with your organization.”

Millions of Older Americans Struggle to Find Enough Food
Hunger among senior adults is in many ways an invisible crisis, but the troubling reality is that 5.5 million older Americans are skipping meals or going entire days without eating anything. With more Baby Boomers leaving the workforce every year, the problem is getting worse, even with a strong economy. According to an article by Patch, the states with the highest rates of food insecurity among senior adults are Louisiana with 12.3 percent , Mississippi with 11.8 percent, and New Mexico with 11.5 percent. 

Eating Well and Exercising Do More Than Pills in Reducing Alzheimer’s
If you want to save your brain from the ravages of dementia, keep the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than relying on vitamins or other pills, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization. About 50 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, and nearly 10 million new cases arise each year, WHO said in a report issued Tuesday. The cost of caring for people with dementia is expected to reach $2 trillion per year by 2030. Although age is the top risk factor, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of aging, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The new guidance includes getting enough exercise; treating health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; having an active social life; and avoiding or curbing harmful habits like smoking, overeating, and drinking too much alcohol. Although there isn’t strong evidence that some of these actions will help preserve thinking skills, they’re known to aid general health, the WHO report says.              


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Market Street

Advancement Assistant/Communications Coordinator: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalmazoo, MI

Assistant Executive Director:Sunshine Rescue Mission, Inc., Flagstaff, AZ

Breakfast Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Chief Development Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Chief Financial Officer: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Community Living Assistant (Men's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA

Community Living Assistant (Men's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA

Community Living Assistant (Women's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA

Construction Project Manager: Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Fairbanks, AK

Development and Database Coordinator: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX

Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Development Director: Evansville Rescue Mission, Evansville, IN

Director of Behavioral Services: Eugene Mission, Eugene, OR

Director of Emergency Shelter Services: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Director of Women's Ministry: John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa, OK

Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

Executive Director: Campus of Hope, Conroe, TX

Extended Care Program Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Human Resources Director: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

Major Gifts Director: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX

Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Men's Ministry Night Manager: Good Samaritan Mission, Jackson, WY

Partnership Relations Officer: New York City Relief, Elizabeth, NJ

Program Administrator: Bridge Street Mission, Inc., Wausau, WI

Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Senior Marketing and Communications Manager: Light of Life, Pittsburgh, PA

Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Vice President of Development: Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO

Volunteer Engagement Specialist: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Weekend Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Women and Children's Program Manager: Hope Gospel Mission , Eau Claire, WI

Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH

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Steet Light

Vertical to Horizontal

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3:7–8, ESV).

We can often get caught up in the relationships of our lives. They might be with a spouse or loved one, maybe a good friend, or even someone we disciple.

Should these relationships be the most important things to us? From the verse we have for today, probably not.

Our goal in life should be knowing Christ above everything, and from there letting Jesus affect our relationships. In essence, we should first work on our vertical relationship and then let the love of that relationship influence the horizontal relationships we have with those around us. 

Here are a few questions for you to ask yourself as you meditate on this verse today:

Spend some time answering these honestly today.

Devotional used with permission of Daily Devotionals, shortdailydevotions.com.  

To contribute: If you would like to write a devotional thought for StreetLight, please make it about 200 words and include at least one Bible verse or passage, and submit via email.

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