PROVIDING SUPPORTIVE & EMERGENCY SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS
Homelessness is a complex problem. The circumstances that bring people through the Mission’s doors are nearly as diverse as the people themselves. Some have lost everything, including their dignity. Some have endured abuse and violence since childhood. Some have succumbed to depression and addiction.
We work hard to address each person’s specific issues by providing personal, local solutions such as rescue, recovery, recuperation, and veterans’ care.
While the issues that bring people to us vary widely, at its root, homelessness is hopelessness. With the support of generous donors like you, Waterfront Rescue Mission is able to offer them hope and more. Because of your support, we can provide the services, encouragement, stability and care they need to get back on their feet and onto a life of self-respect and self-sufficiency.
Imagine you’re on the streets with no money, no home to go to, and no one to help you. Where will your next meal come from? Where will you sleep tonight? Who can you trust?
People fall into homelessness for many reasons. For some, it’s substance abuse, but many others who work hard become overwhelmed by an unexpected illness, loss of employment, or simply the rising costs of living.
We believe that everyone needs a safe, warm place to sleep, and Waterfront Rescue Mission has provided such a place since 1949. Every night, hundreds of men seek refuge at one of the Mission’s shelters. Each year, Waterfront provides more than 50,000 nights of shelter to homeless men in our community.
Waterfront Rescue Mission has two men’s shelters:
“I have everything to look forward to because of the love, care, and compassion that Waterfront Rescue Mission has for those who are lost in this world. I am living proof.”
EXTENDED & SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
Waterfront Rescue Mission has a variety of emergency, preventive, and extended-stay services to assist each homeless person’s unique situation.
Our goal is to connect men, women, and children with community resources or offer specified care to provide the tools needed to lead a life of stability and self-sufficiency.
What happens to homeless men when they are discharged from the hospital after an illness or injury? Often they are too weak or ill to recover on the streets, but they have nowhere else to go and no one to help them.
Robert was working as a painter when his ladder slid out from under him. He fell 20 feet, breaking both of his heels.
“I was worried about where I would go to heal,” he said. “I was homeless, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to reach my camp in the woods in a wheelchair.”
Thankfully, the hospital knew about the Waterfront Recuperation Dorm, where sick and injured homeless men like Robert have a safe, quiet place to heal and regain their strength. Our Recuperation Dorm has medical-grade beds and a handicap bathroom that includes a wheelchair-accessible shower, allowing men to care for themselves.
“I don’t know where I would have gone if it wasn’t for the Mission,” Robert said. He is one of dozens of men served in the Recuperation Dorm each year.
What happens to veterans when they have no one to come home to, no one to help them deal with the emotional and physical trauma of war?
John served in the Army and was homeless for many years. Facing numerous medical conditions related to his service, he didn’t know where to go to get help.
“The Mission welcomed me with open arms. They will give anybody a chance. If you are willing to do something with your life, they will keep you and help you.”
The Veterans Administration, who sends representatives to the Mission weekly, helped John secure benefits, including housing.
“I’m so grateful to be off the streets. Now I don’t have to live out of a backpack. I can come home,” John said.
The brave Americans in our military make unimaginable sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Military veterans account for 11 percent of the nation’s homeless population. At Waterfront, veterans account for 14 percent of those we serve.
In the Mission’s Veteran’s Care Program, thousands of homeless veterans each year work with a representative from the local VA to secure eligible benefits such as pension, housing, and medical assistance.
“When you give to the Mission, you’re offering someone the chance to have a better life. I look at my life now…I can never thank them enough,” John said. “Give from your heart because it works.”
“I’m just grateful that I could come here and find food, shelter, clothing, and financial help all in one place. The Mission has been a really big help to me. I’m thankful God opened the door for me to come, because if I hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t have made it.”
Together, we are making our community a better place to work and live — one restored life at a time! Make an investment into our community by investing into the lives of others.