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And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not charity,
it profit me nothing.
And now abide faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.
I Corinthians 13:3

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What makes this special? You do! For a limited time, everyone who donates $50.00 or more to Mission Socorro will receive a free autographed Janet Elaine Smith novel. Sorry, there is no choice of titles, but they are all guaranteed to make you smile--and sometimes maybe cry a bit.

Donations can be made through PayPal (see the button at the bottom of the homepage here). You will be doing double duty; you will warm a client from the outside in, and you will get warmed from the inside out as you read them.

It's our little way of saying "Thank you for your support of Mission Socorro."

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The late Rev. Ivan Smith and his wife, Janet

Change afoot at Mission Socorro
On January 29, 2008, Mission Socorro's director and the idea behind the organization, Ivan Smith, went to be with his Lord. While it leaves a hole in the hearts of many, including his wife of 42 years, Janet, she will carry on with the work of Mission Socorro. "It is what Ivan would want," she says, as she moves to Wisconsin to live next door to some very dear friends of hers.
If you want to see the details of Ivan's life and his joyous departure from this earth, please read Janet's blog about it here. 
The work of Mission Socorro will take on a bit of a different scope, as many of the contacts will be through the Internet. This has already been active since the website for Mission Socorro was set up a couple of years ago. You will find the new address and the new phone number on the "Contact" page right here on the website. Donations can still be made through the PayPal key at the bottom of the page, and are much appreciated.
With today's economy at the bottom of the barrel, and gas prices so high some families can not even afford to drive back and forth to work, the needs are extremely critical. Thank you in advance for any of you who can help, whether it is with $5.00, $50.00 or $500.00. All donations are tax exempt and will still, as always, go directly to the people to whom Mission Socorro ministers. Remember, "Socorro" is an emergency cry of help, and there are many today who are crying. You can help ease their pain and dry their tears. 




Mission Socorro was founded by Rev. Ivan and Janet Smith in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota in April, 1972. Its original purpose was to help the Mexican-American migrant farm laborers who came to work in the sugar beets and potatoes. The name, "Socorro," was chosen so the migrants, who were largely Spanish-speaking, could recognize the organization as a place where they could find help. In Spanish, there are two words for "help." The first word, ayuda, is what you ask for if you are carrying a heavy bag of groceries into the house. The second word, socorro, is what you yell if you catch your hand in the door, drop the bag and lose all of its contents and the dog is there to lay its claims to your meals for the coming week.

After a few years, Mission Socorro outgrew its original purpose. While it continued with its work among the migrants, there were many other local people who were falling between the cracks of the established "systems," so Mission Socorro was issued the phone number of (701) 775-HELP (4357). From then on, the work has expanded greatly, dealing with people from all walks of life who need emergency assistance. No one is refused help because of race, religious affiliation, or economic status. The goal of Mission Socorro is to help people help themselves. Fortunately, Mission Socorro has very few repeat customers.

For a more complete history of Mission Socorro,

click here


Passionate Internet Voices Radio station has started a new program, "A Call to Action." The program is hosted by Mission Socorro's own Janet Elaine Smith. Each Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET, you can hear what is happening at Mission Socorro, as well as being challenged to do your part wherever you are.

You don't have to be wealthy or famous to make a difference in today's world. We all have some gift we can share with someone who is less fortunate than we are.

Please tune in each week to listen to "A Call to Action." The link below will take you there directly. Please check out the web page PIVTR has set up for Mission Socorro.

Click here to listen to "A Call to Action"


Each month, we will bring you a different "success story" here. Mission Socorro prides itself on the fact that we have very few "repeat customers." The best response we can have is no response at all; that means the client is now able to make it on their own.

It is nice that once in awhile somebody out of the past stops back in to let us know what has happened in their lives. Those are the success stories we want to share with you.

Click here to read the rest of the story

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Mission Socorro offers a hand up,
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All donations tax deductible when made payable to:
Send to:
Att.: Janet E. Smith
P.O. Box 264
Amberg, WI 54102

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