Our Mission

Waterfront Rescue Mission strives to demonstrate God’s goodness by providing rescue and recovery services in Jesus’ name.

Who We Are

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 full-service Missions in two cities that provide faith-based rescue and recovery programs that are lifting people out of homelessness, poverty, and addiction.


Meet Darin

By BDI Web Support | May 16, 2024

Darin was heartbroken when his beloved father passed away, but there wasn’t time to grieve. He had to be strong…

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Kevin and Jennifer Grant

Meet Kevin and Jennifer

By BDI Web Support | February 15, 2024

Kevin and Jennifer were at their son’s bedside as he lay dying from his addiction. “We both promised Mitch that…

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Meet George

By Sarah Patton | December 5, 2023

Before I came to Waterfront Mission, I had one foot in church ministry and my other foot in hell –…

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Our History

A Legacy of Hope

Since 1949, Waterfront Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope for thousands of hungry and homeless individuals in Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. 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. We are determined to provide compassionate help, individual attention, a plan for success, and most of all, knowledge about the Gospel.
Waterfront Rescue Mission has served over 80,000 hungry and homeless individuals since its inception in 1949. The Mission meets the basic physical needs of the men who come off the streets for a place to sleep and collaborates with numerous community partners to connect guests to vital services, such as physical and mental health care, women’s services, life skills, job opportunities, Veterans’ services, and permanent housing. Waterfront’s goal is to meet each guest as a friend and to help determine the next steps to help them on the path to healing and restoration.

Our Financials

Together, we are making our community a better place to work and live – one restored life at a time! Read our annual and financial reports to learn how your contributions are making a difference.


Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, and speaks with final authority concerning all matters of belief and conduct. [John 5:37 – 40; Romans 1:1 – 2; 2 Timothy 3:14 – 17; 2 Peter 1:16 – 21] For purposes of Waterfront’s (WRM) faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is WRM’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He is the Maker of all things, both visible and invisible. [Matthew 3:13 – 17; Matthew 28:18 – 20; 1 Corinthians 12:4 – 6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:1 – 2; Genesis 1 – 2; Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 104; Jeremiah 10:10 – 12; Acts 17:22 – 31]
  • We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus the Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory. [Isaiah 9:1 – 7; 53; John 1:1 – 18; Matthew 1; Romans 1:2 – 4; Philippians 2:5 – 11; Colossians 1:15 – 20; Hebrews 1:1 – 4; 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 11]
  • We believe that lost and sinful individuals are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. [Ezekiel 36:25 – 27; John 3:3, 5; 5:1; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:4 – 5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3]
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer, enabling him or her to live a godly life of obedience towards spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness. [John 14:17; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 6:8; Romans 8:4 – 6, 12 – 16; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 3:3, 5; Galatians 5:22 – 23, 25; Ephesians 2:22; 4:3; Philippians 2:1 – 2]
  • We believe in the resurrection and judgment of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation. [Daniel 12:2; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18; Revelation 20:12 – 13; Matthew 12:36; 26:31 – 32; Acts 17:31; Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25: 34, 46; Luke 16:26; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 14:11; 21:6, 8; 22:14, 15; John 14:2; Revelation 21:1 – 3]
  • We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across race, gender and class differences, and that together they form one body, the church. This unity does not negate our creative distinctiveness as male or female, but underscores our oneness with God’s family as unique children. [Romans 3:24; 5:15 – 21; 12:5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 5:19; 15:22b; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 1:22; 2:17; 3:28; Ephesians 1:4; 2:12; 3:6; 4:32; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16]
  • We believe that God created every person in His own image as male or female. This sexual distinction and complementarity establishes a normative connection between biological sex and gender. The fall of mankind has corrupted this order, brought about brokenness and confusion regarding gender issues. God’s Word continues to affirm the sanctity of one’s biological sex. Because of this reality, the Bible affirms that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman for life. Marriage is thus the only proper context for sexual desire and behavior. [Genesis 1:26 – 27; 3:1 – 7; Romans 3:9 – 18; 5:12 – 17; Mark 10:1 – 8]