Rescue Mission Facts
The Organization:Purpose: Rescue, rehabilitation and restoration for people in crisis.
Core Values: Christ-centered; compassion; restoration; enrichment; excellence; leadership.
Governance: Local Board of Directors (not part of any national organization)
Charity Status: Non-profit corporation, IRS 501(c)(3), registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Religious Affiliation: Christian, non-denominational
Clients: Adult men
Average age: 46 years
Number Served in FY 2013: 778 individuals, some of whom were served by more than one program
Facilities: 355 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, PA
- Four 100-year old buildings
- 117 beds: 66 emergency shelter beds, 51 program beds
- 50 seat dining room
- 56 seat worship center
Gateway Center (Emergency Shelter)
- 66 beds for homeless men
- Free services include nutritious meals, personal care items, beds, clothing, shower facilities, referrals/placements and chapel services
- Referrals and placement with other agencies, if needed
- Provides opportunities to enter the Mission's long-term programs to help resolve the problems causing homelessness and to end it permanently
- An average 15-day stay limit to encourage guests to seek employment and strive for self-sufficiency
- Open 3:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Christian Living and Values Program
- Residential program for self-sufficiency and permanent recovery from homelessness
- Case managers help clients manage life skills so they can find permanent housing and stabilization
- Many clients are employed, unless unable due to physical or mental disabilities
- Clients are encouraged to worship and to fellowship in a local congregation of their choice
- Weekly Bible study, daily devotions with staff, evening chapel with local church groups
- Helps clients acquire new job skills, stabilize their mental or physical health
- 30-day progress review on clients
- Individualized case management plans guide and measure progress in achieving goals
The Clean Team
- The Clean Team is a project employing clients who are working their way out of homelessness. It gives them a start on becoming productive workers. It is also a training program, teaching them how to be prompt, safe, attentive, cooperative and productive. Using litter pickup as a platform, Clean Team workers learn workplace skills so they can succeed in almost any work environment.
Range of Services:Ending Homelessness: Assisting clients with finding available, permanent housing.
Restoration: Provide stable living situations through our Christian Living and Values Transitional Program.
The Ministry Experience: Staff provides morning devotions, evening chapel, Bible study and prayer.
Rescue from the Streets: Emergency shelter, meals and clothing.
Counseling and Case Management: Professional guidance in resolving life issues.
Transportation Assistance: Bus tickets, driving clients to appointments or to work.
Medical Tests, Medication Assistance: The Mission pays for medical needs not covered by welfare or third-party services.
Medical Care: In partnership with DeSales University, medical services are provided to homeless men and program graduates.