“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36
Waterfront Rescue Mission believes that caring for the poor and homeless is not an option; it is a mandate from the Lord. Since its founding in 1949, the Mission has been a place where those who have nothing left can find hope and experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ. What began as a refuge for wayward fishermen has grown into a full-service network of Missions that provide faith-based rescue and recovery programs that are lifting people out of homelessness, poverty and addiction. Waterfront Rescue Mission operates 10 locations throughout the Gulf Coast, including seven Thrift Stores.
HISTORY OF THE PENSACOLA RESCUE MISSION
For more than 60 years, the Waterfront Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope for thousands of hungry and homeless men in Pensacola, Florida. Each night up to 150 homeless men come to the Mission, and are greeted with a nutritious meal, a warm shower, a clean change of clothes and a caring counselor who listens. Many of these men are at the end of their rope; the Mission is a knot that they can hold on to. Waterfront Rescue Mission is determined to provide compassionate help, individual attention, a plan for success, and most of all, knowledge about the Gospel.
In April 2011, Waterfront Rescue Mission began construction on a new Rescue Shelter in Pensacola, Florida. Just over a year later, the new 32,000 sq. ft. shelter opened, providing nearly four times more space for sheltering and feeding the homeless, as well as beds for respite care and veterans who are waiting for placement by the VA. The new Herman Street property also houses a 7,200 sq. ft. Day Resource Center which offers a safe place for homeless men, women and children to come during the day for assistance. These updated and expanded facilities allow the Mission to provide more and better services for the homeless and addicted and meet their growing needs.
Waterfront Rescue Mission has served thousands of hungry and homeless men since its founding August 1, 1949. The Mission meets the basic physical needs of the men who come off the streets for a place to sleep. The Pensacola Men’s Emergency Shelter served over 255,000 meals and provided over 95,000 nights of shelter in 2016 alone.
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