If you have been homeless in Adams County, if you have helped someone in a crisis, if you have recycled something or if you have shopped thrift stores on a tight budget, you probably know about the Adams Rescue Mission (ARM) east of Gettysburg on the Lincoln Highway. You may not know the soft-spoken leader behind the helping agency, Bruce Dietrick, who has guided the growing ministry for four decades.

Now, in his 40th year of leadership of the Adams Rescue Mission, Dietrick looks forward more often than backward, but the view over his shoulder is quite the success story. And his recently announced intention to retire triggered a lot of appreciation for the road he has traveled.

John Spangler may be contacted at jrspanglerjr@outlook.com.

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