Each month we like to highlight an employee who exemplifies the mission, philosophy, and values of our organization.  This month we are delighted to highlight Ashley Binder as our Employee of the Month.

Ashley faithfully serves as our Events Coordinator for the entire ministry and all locations!  This means that Ashley has her hands in almost every department and guaranteed you will find her at every event, ensuring everything is running smoothly.  Because of this, Ashley has a lot on her plate but she handles it all with grace and poise and shows up every day with a smile on her face, ready to serve.  On top of her work duties, you can often find her chatting with the residents here, listening to their stories and building relationships.  She is well-loved by all and the Rescue Mission is truly blessed by her service and her heart!  It is an honor to serve alongside of you, Ashley!
Tell us a little about yourself.
My full name is Ashley Michaelina Binder. No one can ever pronounce my middle name, but it means “little Michael” (my father’s name) in German.  I was born in Huntington Beach and grew up in Orange. My family always jokes that no matter where I live, I can’t be too far away from the ocean. I enjoy kayaking, pottery and ceramics, attending art festivals and listening to Frank Sinatra any chance I can.  I also love to collect books on Impressionist art. I attend First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton.
How long have you worked at the Rescue Mission?  How did you hear about the opportunity?
I have worked at the Mission for just over a year.  I heard about the Events Coordinator position on Indeed.com. I had been job searching for about 6 months at that point and was becoming a bit discouraged. I took a step back from it because I felt the Lord was telling me to press pause and really wait on His timing. About 3 weeks later, I resumed my search and found the Events Coordinator position almost instantly. That was all God, and His mighty plan for me coming to fruition before my eyes.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the opportunity to interact with the residents and watch them grow and nurture their relationship with Christ. I have always had a heart for the homeless, but these people are not strangers – they’re family and this community is home.
How have you grown since you began working at the Rescue Mission?
I have grown tremendously since coming to the Mission. I have learned to pause and wait on the Lord, and to trust that His will for me far surpasses anything I could plan for myself. He has revealed so much to me through my obedience in Him.
Favorite verse:  
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’” Hebrews 12:3-6

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