Saturday, August 17, 2019

One of the greatest needs and expenses we have at Removing Dross is adequate housing for those who have been released from incarceration.
It is our desire to open a transition home called Nehemiah's House. Nehemiah's House will be a one-year-residency program that receives first-time offenders who have been released from incarceration.
Until Nehemiah's House is established, the cost is approximately $600 to place someone in adequate housing.
We are asking individuals, businesses, churches, and other not-for-profits to partner with us in seeing Removing Dross' vision come to pass. It is a Vision that sees individuals restored and become the spouse, parent, family member, and citizen they were created to be.
Will you please consider supporting us in this cause? You can give through Facebook, PayPal, or mail your contribution.

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We can not begin to express how full of gratitude we are for your support of Removing Dross and those we are helping get back on their feet.




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

An Amazing Year with Much More to Come!



It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we rented our office in downtown New Port Richey for Removing Dross Ministries.  So much transpired since we were handed our keys at the end of December 2017.  In February we received our incorporation and business & city occupational licenses, giving us the approval to begin operating as a not-for-profit organization.  It was just two months later that we were recognized as a 501c3 charitable organization, giving us the permission to receive tax-deducible donations.

Over the past year we have developed many relationships with new partners who share in the vision to see reentering citizens have every opportunity to succeed after their release from incarceration.  We have partnered with several transitional homes and programs for those who need safe, stable housing or a reentry program that will help them along the path to success.  We have met with officials in the Florida Department of Corrections and are now recognized as an approved resource to assist reentering citizens transitioning to West-Central Florida.  We established the resources to assist with clothing, food, employment, and medical care upon release from incarceration.  Most importantly, we have fostered relationships with those who are incarcerated and have been able to help them, and their support system, ensure successful transitions back into the community.

We could not have accomplished any of these things if not for you believing in Shanna and me, the Removing Dross vision, and the returning citizens who have demonstrated their repentance and desire to do whatever is necessary to take ownership for their actions and do the hard work to succeed.  Many of you have given your hard-earned resources and time to Removing Dross.  We are immensely grateful for you, and so are the individuals & families your selfless giving has impacted; YOUR actions are making positive eternal impacts.  Your sacrifices to RDM are demonstrating love, forgiveness, and grace to a segment of the population who believed such things were not afforded to them.  Furthermore, your philanthropy is helping individuals become the husbands and wives their spouses feel cherished and loved by, fathers and mothers that mentor their children well and are breaking the chains of generational curses, family members that are excitedly welcomed back home, and productive members of the community.

While much has been accomplished over the past year, there are many goals still to achieve.  We are praying to open a transitional home called Nehemiah’s House, establish relationships with local churches and businesses who will partner with us, and increase our resources to help more returning citizens to our community.

We humbly ask that you continue to stand with us into the future.  We need prayer, volunteered time, donations of needed items, and monetary contributions.  Together we will continue to see individuals become who they were created to be, families restored, and communities blessed by new, productive citizens. 

If you would like to start out this new year by helping to see the vision of Removing Dross Ministries furthered, please visit www.paypal.me/removingdross to make a monetary donation or reach out to us directly for how you can partner with us.

Please know that it has been an honor to serve alongside you throughout 2018 and we are looking forward to the future!  More so, it has been an even greater honor to serve those who are reentering society. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What the Heck was I Thinking?


A blog from the Director of Removing Dross Ministries, Scott Wright:

As many of you know I was invited to go on a humanitarian (missions) trip to Kenya in October 2018.  It was very hard for me to accept the invitation because I still struggled with forgiving myself for the mistakes of my past.  It was difficult to consider the possibility that God would want me, of all people, to be His ambassador on the other side of the world to represent Him.  I eventually pushed past my self-deprecation and accept the invitation to be a part of the team.



Ironically, one of the main responsibilities I was tasked with was speaking a message at a conference about forgiving self.  Because I still battle with self-condemnation, I had no idea how I was going to communicate a message on this topic.  The team and I went through months of preparation, fundraisers, and bonding leading up to our departure.  About a week before our scheduled departure I was finally able to start organizing a message to deliver at the conference that I was able to believe for myself.  A day before our scheduled departure the message was written, all of the funds for the trip were raised, and the bags were packed. 

We boarded a flight in Tampa, landed in Washington DC, took off to Frankfurt and finally flew from Frankfurt to Nairobi, Kenya.  As the plane touched down on Kenyan soil my eyes filled with tears as the gravity of where The Lord had just brought me settled in.  I was blown away that The Lord’s forgiveness and restoration had brought me, of all people, to this place to share His message of forgiveness, restoration, hope, and most importantly, His love.  It was genuinely surreal when my feet stepped off the staircase that led off the plane onto Kenyan soil.  Walking from the plane into the airport terminal was one of the most elating walks I have ever taken.



After I breezed through the customs and immigration checkpoint it became real: I was in Kenya!  Not only was I in Kenya, but I was there as a forgiven, redeemed, and loved child of The Living God about to be a testimony of Jesus’ sacrifice and the power of the cross.

All of a sudden I heard a loud voice and rapidly approaching footsteps behind me.  Startled, I stopped and turned around to see the customs officer who just cleared me through trying to get my attention.  When he reached me he simply asked me to come back to the customers counter so he could. “verify some things.”

The next 30 minutes were a whirlwind.  I ended up in a customs office and was asked several questions about why I was traveling to Kenya.   After being in the office for a short time, the customs officer matter-of-factly said, “We are placing you back on the plane you arrived on.  We are not allowing your entry into Kenya.”  I humbly asked why, but the answer was always the same, “We are denying your entry into Kenya.” 

In that moment the crushing weight of all of my past sins came upon me.  No longer was I feeling like a testimony of the forgiving power of the cross of Christ Jesus.  The work the Lord had started in me that convinced me that His forgiveness and redemption was available to me was, in a moment, null and void.  The message I had just prepared 48 hours ago about The Lord’s forgiveness for all sin, and the necessity to forgive oneself, could not have been further from truth in my life. 

I spent the next 36 hours traveling back to the United States weeping when I could get away with no one seeing me and fully embracing every thought that told me how stupid I was to think that forgiveness and any semblance of redemption was available for someone like me.  For not the first time, I allowed the weight of my past sins to develop a shame so deep that I did not want to face anyone who knew me.  When I finally arrived back to Florida I essentially locked myself away for days.  I was ashamed to face anyone, my family included.  Sadly, I allowed the enemy to steal from me about a week of my life while I hid my face in shame over sins that God had long since cast into the sea of forgetfulness.

Thankfully, The Lord is relentless in His pursuit of those He loves.  The Holy Spirit worked around the clock to counter every thought that was contrary to His truth.  He used individuals to pray and speak life and truth to counter the voices that had been telling me to stay down and be quiet.  Fortunately, after losing several days of my life to self-loathing, pity, and entertaining the darkest of thoughts, His truth conquered.   

The truth is, I have no idea why God orchestrated this event in my life and it is a futile effort to try to figure it out.  When I was denied entry into Kenya I instantaneously forgot that He is God and I am not.  I forgot He is the Sovereign One.  I forgot how He has demonstrated to me His forgiveness, love, mercy, and grace 2,000 years ago on the cross.  I forgot that it is nothing but pride to think that my sins are more powerful than God. 

God told me to go to Kenya and I went.  Not only did I go, but I was blessed with the privilege to stand on Kenyan soil.  Maybe God is asking you to do something that makes no sense.  Maybe you do exactly what you believe God asked you to do and it did not turn out remotely how you thought it would.  There is blessing in the obedience and we may never know the answer to, “Why God?”  I will tell you some truths that have become more solidified in me over the past few weeks:  There are no transgressions that the cross of Christ Jesus can not cover.  When we chose to confess and repent, those sins are remembered no more by The Creator of The Universe, the only One Who matters.  We can not allow the consequences of our sins, the voices of those who do not represent the forgiveness of The Lord, and the wisdom of the world to keep us in bondage to condemnation and lack of forgiveness of self. 

I am glad to be back from Kenya, though it was a short trip, because it is time for the next chapter in my life.  A chapter that points people who have no hope to The One who offers love, grace, forgiveness, encouragement, redemption, mercy, and restoration who throw themselves down at the feet of Christ Jesus. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Books for Inmates

From time to time we are able to send in books to individuals who are incarcerated that touch on topics specific to their life and situation. The attached picture is a couple boxes of books that are going out to inmates.

Please know that your support in Removing Dross Ministries is making a huge difference in the lives of many people who are currently incarcerated. The resources we are able to send in to those who are incarcerated, because of your contributions, are having trajectory-changing impacts on lives!

Please consider contributing to this life-changing organization at Donate to Removing Dross

Friday, April 27, 2018

Would you like to partner with Removing Dross or know of someone who could use our assistance?











Do you know someone who is about to be incarcerated, is incarcerated, or is about to be released from incarceration?  If you believe we may be able to help that person in any way please either reach out to us or pass our information on to them.  It would be an honor for us to try to help in any way we can.

Do you know of a family who is trying to figure out how to navigate life in the absence of their loved one because they were incarcerated?  Or maybe you know of a family who is about to receive a loved one after being released from incarceration and they are not completely sure how to handle that transition.  Please feel free to pass our information on to that family or have them reach out to us directly.

If you are someone who believes in the mission of Removing Dross Ministries and would like to partner with us there are several ways to do that.

·     We need financial assistance for the day-to-day operations at Removing Dross Ministries. While all of the staff at Removing Dross is currently volunteer based, there are many expenses we accrue in helping families.  If you would like to partner with us with a one-time gift or a monthly donation we would be honored to receive your gift to help continue in our mission to assist the incarcerated and their family.  
·     Material donations.  We are in need of office supplies, postage, office furnishings, an up-to-date computer and printer, as well as many other material items to further our vision.  
·     Volunteer partners.  There are many day-to-day tasks that we need to accomplish at Removing Dross.  There are many phone calls to be made, envelops to be stuffed, and general office duties that must be completed.  We also need people who are willing to handle some of the personal correspondence with those who are incarcerated and their families. 

While the above items are not an exhaustive list of the ways in which we could use assistance, it gives a general idea of how we could use help.  Please feel free to reach out to us for additional information or to talk about partnering with us.

Office:
Removing Dross Ministries
6234 Grand Blvd  Suite 202
New Port Richey, Florida 34652


Main website: Removing Dross Ministries, Inc

Email:  removingdross@removingdross.org

Telephone: 727.277.4065


Link to donate with PayPal / credit or debit card:  www.paypal.me/removingdross





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What is Removing Dross Ministries?

In the summer of 2010 a dream was birthed in the heart of Scott Wright.  It was the dream of a ministry that exists to help those who are, or have been, incarcerated, who need help understanding their worth, and need assistance reintegrating back into the community. A ministry to come alongside those who have made some significant mistakes in life but deserve another chance. 

In the beginning stages of the dream, the name Removing Dross was echoing in Scott’s spirit.  The name came from a Bible verse; Proverbs 25:4. The scripture reads: “Remove the dross from silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel”. 

Dross is the impurity found in precious metals that must be removed so the metal can be used to create a thing of beauty.  It is important to understand that the metal already has significant value before the dross is removed, but it’s removal reveals the true value of the precious metal, which can then be molded into something of beauty and purpose.

The Bible uses this metaphor of a silversmith removing the dross from silver as an illustration of our own lives.  We all have dross in our lives that must be removed in order to reveal our true value and purpose, so we can be molded into the thing of beauty we were created to be. There is no dross, no matter how ugly, that cannot be removed through this refining process.  While it takes much work, and is painful to go through, the refiner’s fire produces a result that is well worth it!

Removing Dross Ministries, Inc. (RDM) was officially born in January of 2018 as a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in downtown New Port Richey, Florida.  While at the time of this writing RDM is still in its humble beginnings, our dreams are HUGE!  Here are some of the things we are envisioning for the future:

·      Partner with those who are currently incarcerated to bring encouragement and assistance with moving into a life of personal freedom.
·      Partner with those who are about to be released from prison to assist with their reintegration back into the community (understanding how to navigate probation / registration requirements, finding housing, getting basic necessities, finding a church family, assistance with finding employment, etc.)
·      Partner with the families who have an incarcerated loved one to navigate life pre, during, and post incarceration.
·      Establish Nehemiah’s House, a transitional facility that will help those released from prison to become productive members of society.

Ultimately our goal is to see restoration in the life of the person who is, or has been, incarcerated; restoration with their family, restoration with society, and most importantly, restoration with The Lord.

While this writing is very brief, it gives a small snapshot of what RDM is all about. 

If you know someone who is, or has been, incarcerated and needs assistance, or know their loved ones who could use an understanding ear and some advice on how to navigate the many challenges of having a loved one in prison, then please reach out to us!

If you are interested in partnering with RDM in our cause, contact us!  

Feel free to check out a video of from the director of Removing Dross:


Main website: www.removingdross.org
Email:  removingdross@removingdross.org

Of important note:  While our organization is built firmly on Christian principles, one does not have to ascribe to this belief system for RDM to assist them.  We genuinely have a heart for all people who have been incarcerated, as well as their families, and want to do all we can to help them, regardless of demographics or religious beliefs.