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The trusted leader in homeless Rescue and Recovery services since 1949

Homelessness is a complex problem with many contributing factors, including addiction, poverty, unemployment and personal tragedy. 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.

Read Tony’s story to see how the Mission’s programs are helping to lead people out of homelessness and into meaningful, productive lives.

Day Resources gives homeless men and women a safe place to rest and enjoy recreation during the day.

Services Offered at Day Resources:

  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Mail and Phone services
  • Storage lockers
  • Homeless ID’s
  • Water and refreshments
  • Lunch at the Mission
  • Library
  • Bible study
  • Spiritual counseling with on-site chaplain
  • Recreational activities
  • Rotating community service providers
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Personal meeting rooms for community service providers

Waterfront Rescue Mission washes more than 126 loads of laundry every week. Volunteers and donations of laundry supplies are in constant demand and always appreciated.

Day Resources services, located at Waterfront (348 W. Herman Street, Pensacola) are available Monday through Friday 8-11 a.m.

Click HERE to learn more about donating laundry and cleaning supplies.

The Mission’s Learn to Read program works to help homeless men reap the benefits and increased opportunities that come with gaining this valuable skill. Men who are in our Extended Stay program and are interested in learning to read are paired with personal tutors.

Click HERE to learn more about volunteering as a tutor or mentor.

Many of our community’s homeless are discharged from hospitals with no place to go. Waterfront Rescue Mission’s Recuperation Dorm provides guests a safe, clean and quiet environment while they recovery from illness or injuries. The Mission offers 10 medical-grade beds in a semi-private dorm. Clients must be ambulatory and able to self-care for admission.

What happens to the homeless 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 hard at work 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. I was homeless, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to reach my camp in the woods in a wheelchair.”

Luckily, the hospital knew about the Waterfront Recuperation Dorm. Here sick and injured homeless men like Robert have a safe, quite 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 bathe themselves unassisted.

Extended care services can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars and are not available to those without insurance. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Waterfront is pleased to offer Recuperation Care services.

“I don’t know where I would have gone if it wasn’t for the Mission,” Robert said.

Recuperation Care is available at the Waterfront Rescue Mission in both Pensacola and Mobile.

Robert is one of hundreds of sick and injured homeless men who come to us each year.

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On average, 14% of Mission clients are U.S. veterans. Waterfront Rescue Mission works closely with representatives from the Veterans Administration to help guests and program clients secure additional earned benefits and services.

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 twice weekly, interviewed John and discovered that he was eligible for assisted housing through Volunteers of America. They helped him through the application process, and now John has his own apartment.

“I’m so grateful to be off the streets. Now I don’t have to live out of a backpack. I can come home.”

The brave Americans in our military make unimaginable sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Military veterans account for 7 percent of the nation’s homeless population, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. At the Mission, veterans account for 13 percent of those we serve. At Waterfront Rescue Mission, we are proud to serve those who risked their lives to serve our county.

At the Mission’s Veteran’s Care Program, homeless veterans work with a representative from the local VA to secure eligible benefits such as pension, housing, and medical assistance. But getting benefits takes time. Once they enter the program, veterans who are eligible for VA benefits can stay up to three months at Waterfront.

Each year, more and more veterans like John seek help at Waterfront. If you would like to help homeless veterans achieve the dignified life they have earned, a donation of just $17 will provide a day off the streets, and $119 will provide a week of care the Mission’s Veteran’s Care Program.

“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.”

Click HERE to make an investment into our community by investing into the lives of others.