The In-N-Out Burger Foundation may keep a low profile on its generous charitable giving, but speaker Howard “August” Booker of the In-N-Out Burger Foundation,  was a big hit at our graduation Sunday night!
For more than two decades, our friends at the In-N-Out Burger Foundation have provided support to the Rescue Mission’s programs. This year, this even expanded to include a visit from the In-N-Out food truck every other month!
Howard has been with In-N-Out since 1999 when he started as a freshman in college, working on his Business and Communications Degree. The first lessons he learned while working for In-N-Out were very different than what he was learning in college. His in-store education focused on how to take care of customers and how to treat people, rather than how to upsell and market. After four years in stores and four years in the customer service department, he began working with the foundation, impressed by the company’s history and moral grounding.
As Howard shared his wisdom and experience with our fall graduates, he encouraged them to be constantly ready for battle as they left the Rescue Mission and headed into this new phase of life.  Using Ephesians 6, Howard reminded us all to “prepare yourself for battle daily” by putting on the Armor of God.  The graduates will face trials, temptations, and challenges, but through God’s strength and the skills they learned throughout their time at the Rescue Mission, they can walk confidently forward.

Howard’s speech was inspiring and encouraging not only to the graduates, but to all of the staff, family, friends, and guests in attendance.  Thank you, Howard for presenting this message to our graduates and for sharing your personal story! We are blessed to have you and In-N-Out Burger Foundation as friends of the Rescue Mission.
And a huge congratulations once again to our 23 graduates! To Aja, Daniel, Edgar, Elizabeth, Gary, James, Jennifer, Julie, Karen, Kelly, Kenny, Leticia, Michael, Rajan, Sarah, and all their children: we are so proud of what you’ve accomplished and the changes that you have made for the good of your families.
Go with God and be “Ready For Battle!”
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