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.

With the help of our community’s generous donations and volunteer efforts, Waterfront Rescue Mission saves taxpayers approximately $3.5 million annually by helping homeless individuals also become tax-paying, productive citizens. Services provided are dependent upon the public’s continued support via monetary gifts, donated resalable goods and volunteers. Every dollar invested into Mission programs returns $7 in services.

Many people think of Waterfront Rescue Mission as just an overnight shelter, feeding and housing the homeless. Others know us from shopping in our Thrift Stores. Waterfront Rescue Mission is much more than that. We work hard to address each person’s specific issues by providing personal, local solutions such as rescue, and recovery, as well as respite 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.


Waterfront Rescue Mission serves two populations – the homeless (rescue) and the addicted (recovery), which are often one in the same. The Mission serves hundreds of men, women and children each week through its Day Resources by providing important services including:

  • Showers
  • Meals
  • Laundry Services
  • Counseling
  • Computer use for job searches
  • Access to veterans’ services
  • Medical care (Community Health Northwest Florida)

* Overnight shelter and additional program services are available to men experiencing homelessness and/or desiring to overcome addictions. Waterfront Rescue Mission is primarily a men’s recovery program though we strive to provide comfort and resources to anyone in need through the Mission’s Day Resource Center in Pensacola.

Waterfront Rescue Mission, in partnership with Community Health Northwest Florida, provides medical services for more than 5,000 individuals each year; saving local taxpayers $4-5 million annually.