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In May of 2003, River of Life Christian Fellowship of Port Huron Incorporated, with that the vision of what is today called the Blue Water Area Rescue Mission or B-WARM.  As River of Life grew and the members saw the needs of the community to help those that were less fortunate, Helping Hands Ministries emerged. Helping Hands Ministries Incorporated in January of 2008. Helping Hands Ministries is a faith based non-profit organization focused on meeting the needs of people in the local community in order to share the love of Jesus Christ. Helping Hands Ministries assumed the name of  Blue Water Area Rescue Mission in the summer of 2010 when became part of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).

Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me” Matthew 25:35-36.

With the bad economy, high unemployment rates, loss of jobs, and home foreclosures’ at an all time high, B-WARM partnered together with the faith based community  and community service agencies to work together to end homelessness.  In the summer of 2009 a local mission program closed, and with that 60 individuals were immediately left with nowhere to go. With the closing of that mission program there was a possibility of 90 – 100 or more left homeless with nowhere to go during the cold winter months. The community service agencies did find other mission programs, housing, or means of moving them back home to another state for some of them. 

With times as tough as they are, Pastor Arnold Koontz and his wife Debbie set out to launch a full service overnight emergency mission program.  There were 8 original faith based organizations and 14 local community agencies that partnered with Helping Hands Ministries to provide the mission program starting in the Fall & Winter season of 2009.  B-WARM provided a safe, clean, warm environment for 72 individuals in a 12 week period. Before that first season would end on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, several other churches and local community agencies came on board, witnessing the success of the first  year.  Pastor Arnold Koontz together with his wife went on to develop guidelines, organize congregation volunteers and of course plan for the first full year of service beginning November 1, 2010.  The mission represents many different Christian denominations across St. Clair County.  In February of 2010 an official application for 501c3 status recognizing Helping Hands Ministries a charitable entity was granted. Today, B-WARM provides an emergency shelter and mission program 7 days a week for 365 days a year for the homeless of St. Clair County. B-WARM also has a Discipleship Program for those that are looking to make life changes.

Mission Statement: To glorify God by proclaiming the gospel and demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ to the homeless and hurting of the Blue Water Area, through Christ-centered programs. 

Vision:
To lead people to transformed lives in Christ thereby alleviating homelessness in the Blue Water Area, one life at a time.

Core Values:
We believe that a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is the basis for bringing people to dependence upon God and interdependence within society. Therefore, we affirm the following core values: ·      

Biblically-based Programs and Services ·       
Compassion and Grace as our Model ·       
Responsibility and Authenticity in Relationships
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Service to the Church and Partnership with the Community
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 Integrity in Practice and Stewardship of Resources 

You can reach us at 810.956.0768 or  by fax at 810.824.0342. We are looking forward to hearing from you. You can also contact us at our e-mail address: debbie@b-warm.org.

If you are not familiar with our company and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.



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