Civic Center, New York

New York City Rescue Mission

Providing spiritual hope, food, shelter, and clothing to the needy of NYC since 1872.

New York City Rescue Mission

90 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-6214
New York City Rescue Mission, Volunteer Services, Family and Kids, New York, New York

Serving as America's first rescue mission, the New York City Rescue Mission is a place dedicated to providing spiritual hope, food for the hungry, clothing to the needy and shelter for all homeless and hurting men and women in New York City.

Since being originally founded in 1872, the New York City Rescue Mission has has the same goal to help people in crisis seek refuge and recovery. Over the years, the mission's purpose has been centered on the vision of Jerry McAuley, a self-described "rogue and river thief."

After being spiritually transformed during his imprisonment at Sing Sing in the 1860's, he was released and married his wife Maria, who shared very similar experiences in her life. Seeing the poverty and devastation caused by the post-Civil War economy in New York City, the McAuley's founded a shelter for New Yorkers facing hardship and every night, they were the first to open their doors to the outcasts of society.

Soon Jerry and Maria McAuley befriended Alfredrick Smith Hatch who helped to donate the first Mission building to them and helped to incorporate it as the McAuley Water Street Mission. Today, there are over 300 Rescue Missions in North America and many are a direct result of the McAuley vision.

The New York City Rescue Mission accepts donations from the community as well as donations of good and materials to help those in need, including: groceries, toiletries, clothes and bedding.

For more information about how this rescue mission and shelter helps those in need, visit New York City Rescue Mission

Announcements & Events from New York City Rescue Mission
Where There's Life, There's Hope, Manhattan, New York
Yesterday I took my lunch break in an unusual place- a cemetery. I had business that took me downtown near Trinity Church, which stands next to one of the oldest cemeteries in the co...read more
We Welcomed Your Mother to Come Inside Out of the Blizzard, Manhattan, New York
As I write this, it is snowing like crazy outside. The politicians on TV are encouraging all of those listening to go home, or stay home. Trains will be shutting down, roads will be...read more
The Homeless Who Never Made it Home, Manhattan, New York
Earlier this week I was at the Google New York corporate offices to support our lead chef Pedro Rodriguez who had been chosen to be the Google“ Guest Chef”, preparing lunch for 1000’...read more
Dreading the Cardboard and the Cup, Manhattan, New York
Most New Yorkers encounter a homeless person everyday- on the subway, in a park, on the street or in a train station. Many times it is not a comfortable encounter. We see the cardboa...read more
I Did (a little) Time at Riker's, Manhattan, New York
Riker’s Island. Long before I moved to NYC, I knew about Riker’s- largely through NYC police oriented TV shows and movies. Riker’s is where the NYC “bad guys” were taken upon arrest....read more
This fall I received an honor I never saw coming. I graduated from high school a long time ago. I was the kind of student that just blended into the background. C student. Not on the...read more
Who do you see when you come across a homeless person sleeping in a storefront? Who do you see when you encounter someone drunk or strung our on drugs? Who do you see when you step i...read more
Why volunteer? For 142 years people all over the city have partnered with us to make a difference. Watch this video to find out why. #HopeLivesHerehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udA...read more
As we are finishing up the final touches on our building expansion at the New York City Rescue Mission, we have to make decisions about art work on the walls. That is not my forte- a...read more
The novel A Tale of Two Cities opens with the words, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." For two NYC mom's, that pretty much describes this past Mother's Day.On Su...read more
You never know when your alarm goes off, rudely awakening you to a new day, what lies before you. Last Thursday, I never imagined that just a few hours later I would watch ABC World ...read more
Have the homeless become invisible? Would people notice if their own relatives were living on the street? Watch the experiment we did to find out. Please share this video with friend...read more
Have you volunteered at the NYC Rescue Mission before? If so, you're invited to our celebration night on Friday, May 9th! On this night we will be premiering our brand new 3 floors, ...read more
The words Good Samaritan are taken from an ancient parable told by Jesus, but they have managed to find their way into the vocabulary of modern culture. It’s a compelling story about...read more
When I was in college, the miniseries “Roots” captivated America with its portrayal of slavery. It was gripping drama, exposing the shame of an awful chapter in our history- one many...read more
One time Jesus observed people coming into the temple giving money. He saw that there were quite a number of rich people who put in large sums of money. And then a poor widow came al...read more
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This is what greeted me when I left my apartment for my morning commute to the NYC Rescue Mission- more snow! The normal winter snowfall in NYC through February 13 is about 15 inches...read more
I’ve been to a lot of Super Bowl parties over the years. Having grown up a Detroit Lions' fan, I never saw my team in the big game. The parties have always been less about football f...read more
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What is Souper-Bowl week at the NYC Rescue Mission? It is the week prior to Super Bowl Sunday where we serve a delicious soup, hand crafted by a guest chef each night, to our homeles...read more
For four years I volunteered with my wife and a group of friends, mostly from our church, Communitas, serving the dinner meal at the New York City Rescue Mission. Over those many mon...read more
Under what conditions can you imagine a New Yorker paying $100 for an ordinary cup of hot chocolate? New Yorkers are typically shrewd and good with decision-making regarding their mo...read more
Did you make any New Year Resolutions? If so, you have lot’s of company. Nearly 50% of Americans make them every year. However, it turns out that only 8% actually achieve their goal...read more
Do you often pass homeless and desperate people on the street and feel unsure of how to help? During this holiday season, consider giving to an organization that DOES know how to hel...read more
All I need is about 6 minutes of your time.I'd like to introduce you to Charmain. She is an amazing woman, a fighter really, who has has battled homelessness for some time. In this v...read more
It's that time of year when we all rush around to find that perfect gift for a loved one. In New York City, shoppers fill the city streets as we purchase more clothes, gadgets, jewel...read more
The numbers of homeless the past few years have been on the rise. This is not limited to adults as there are growing numbers of children on the streets. The New York Times and other ...read more
We have Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday, and now… Giving Tuesday. Never heard of it? Neither did I, until yesterday. Perhaps it does not fit the spirit of the season which is...read more
This year is a big one for the New York City Rescue Mission. We are currently building three more floors in order to provide shelter for women, to house more men and to expand all of...read more
Kathy Lee, Hoda Kotb and Miss America celebrate 15 years of hope at the New York City Rescue Mission, alongside our sponsors Starbucks and Disney! We are kicking off "Season of Hope...read more
Bless those in need during this cold and often lonely season with a much needed gift. Shop through our Christmas catalog below! Know that every one of these items will be used and wi...read more
Finally- it was in my sight. The finish line. I was exhausted and in pain, but I had to pull out my phone and capture what I had been focused on for more than 3 years. I was pretty c...read more
"What a joy to have the health and resources to train for a 26.2 mile run. When I contrast it with the broken lives and often bodies of the poor I see daily at the mission, I realize...read more
My train arrived at Penn Station after midnight. It’s about a mile from Penn to my apartment and I knew the busses ran very sporadically at that time. I’m too cheap to take a cab, so...read more
A recently released Forbes list of the most expensive zip codes in the United States has 10013 at the number 7 spot. The study was based on median home prices. For 10013 that number...read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:The New York City Rescue Mission Hosts A Night of Comedy at The Stand NYCNew York, NY – October 16th, 2013 – The NYC Rescue Mission and The Stand NYC are workin...read more
This is one of our Outreach Cards! These cards are a great solution to help those asking for your change - hand them a card with directions to the mission. Here they can find a hot m...read more
“Is there an app for that?” That’s a question often asked, and one that would not have made any sense 10 years ago. Now we have weather apps, news apps, sports apps, apps for anythin...read more
On October 30th The Stand is very excited to present a night of comedy in celebration and support of what the mission does! The show starts at 8pm, but we encourage you to come betwe...read more
The NYC Marathon is a month away. Here I am once again in the thick of the hardest part of the training- 18 and 20 miles runs. Last year I vowed (and promised my wife) I would never ...read more
There are well over 50,000 homeless people just in NYC, 20,000 of those are kids. It's time we brought them hope. Please support our CEO in running his first marathon in order to rai...read more
On September 6, Jeffrey Babbitt was attacked in Union Square by a homeless man. He eventually died from his injuries. Just a few days later, on September 9, local NYC radio 1010WINS ...read more
It is said that some people live to eat, while other people eat to live. If there are only these two categories when it comes to food, I am definitely in the second one. While I enjo...read more
I was in a hurry to get to the train to New Jersey, and the long line at the check-out was making things tight. I was only after a cold bottle of Diet Coke, which was hardly worth mi...read more
The New York City Rescue Mission has big plans to expand operations in 2014, guided by new renovations that will help the rescue mission improve its programs.Originally founded in 18...read more
The subway doors close and as the train pulls away from the station, the speech starts: “Sorry to trouble you, ladies and gentlemen. I am homeless and am just asking for a little hel...read more
Recovery is never an easy path, especially for those who have been victims of homelessness and hunger in New York City. Therefore, at New York City Rescue Mission it has been a longs...read more
The 4th of July is supposed to be hot… and this year it was. Hot and steamy! For most of us, the summer holiday is about finding ways to escape the heat- beaches and shaded parks and...read more
Yesterday in the late evening I made my way to the Mission to check in and see how everyone was holding up. We are in the second week of brutal heat and humidity, and a building unde...read more
A couple of weeks ago, over 1000 people gathered in Phoenix for the annual convention of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). This group meets every year for encourageme...read more
Saturday I took a group of guys who are in the recovery program at the New York City Rescue Mission for a morning of hiking at Bear Mountain. I opened it up to all of the 30 men curr...read more
This week I was interviewed on WNBC Channel 4 New York. I knew the topic of discussion was to be mentoring. That was all I knew. So as I sat on the stool with 4 cameras staring at me...read more
When I moved to NYC in 2008 I was told that one of the keys to survival in the concrete and urban jungle was to make a habit of getting out of the city on a regular basis. I had move...read more