New York City Rescue Mission90 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Serving as America's first rescue mission, the New York City Rescue Mission is a place dedicated to providing spiritual hope, food for the hungry, clothing to the needy and shelter for all homeless and hurting men and women in New York City.
Since being originally founded in 1872, the New York City Rescue Mission has has the same goal to help people in crisis seek refuge and recovery. Over the years, the mission's purpose has been centered on the vision of Jerry McAuley, a self-described "rogue and river thief."
After being spiritually transformed during his imprisonment at Sing Sing in the 1860's, he was released and married his wife Maria, who shared very similar experiences in her life. Seeing the poverty and devastation caused by the post-Civil War economy in New York City, the McAuley's founded a shelter for New Yorkers facing hardship and every night, they were the first to open their doors to the outcasts of society.
Soon Jerry and Maria McAuley befriended Alfredrick Smith Hatch who helped to donate the first Mission building to them and helped to incorporate it as the McAuley Water Street Mission. Today, there are over 300 Rescue Missions in North America and many are a direct result of the McAuley vision.
The New York City Rescue Mission accepts donations from the community as well as donations of good and materials to help those in need, including: groceries, toiletries, clothes and bedding.
For more information about how this rescue mission and shelter helps those in need, visit New York City Rescue Mission.