Boston Rescue Mission, Inc.

Boston, MA   |  www.brm.org

Mission

To offer resources that prevent and end homelessness. To support the recovery, health, faith, and independence of those who have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness. To raise awareness about the root causes of these life risks. To serve everyone with respect, integrity, and grace. To continue to learn, grow, and excel in our services. To be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our supporters. To reflect the teachings of Jesus and the love of God in all we do.

Ruling year info

1932

Principal Officer

Reverend John Samaan

Main address

PO Box 120069

Boston, MA 02112 USA

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Formerly known as

Merrimac Mission

EIN

04-2104726

NTEE code info

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Our programs

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Residential Recovery Programs

Within our Residential Recovery programs we provide comprehensive services to formerly homeless individuals with a history of substance abuse, criminal activity, and/or unemployment.Our program has a low program member-to-staff ratio to build program members' self-esteem and equip them with the tools and skills they need to achieve permanent self-sufficiency. Clients receive substance abuse treatment, mental health services, anger management treatment, employment assistance, job training, housing assistance, and financial management assistance. Program members also participate in classes on living independently, repairing broken relationships, and improving social skills. On average, there are 50 men and women being served through the Residential Recovery Programs every day. The length of our Post Detox Program is 60 days, however residents can transition into the Life Growth, New Directions, and On the Jobs Programs and stay at the Mission up to one year.

Population(s) Served

The Safe Haven program is a ten-bed, short-term transitional housing program for veterans with current substance abuse and mental health issues located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. This is a pilot program and one of only four throughout the country.Safe Haven provides a low-demand and non-intrusive environment designed to re-establish trust in the chronically homeless veteran and engage the veteran in needed treatment services. The ultimate goal is to facilitate a safe and healthy transition for the veterans into permanent housing within six months of admission.The Safe Haven program is administered by the Veterans Administration (VA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) and the Boston Rescue Mission. Program candidates are screened extensively by the VA and referred to Safe Haven as space becomes available. The facility has been filled to capacity since it opened in September 2011.

Population(s) Served

The Safe & Healthy program is an overnight shelter program providing a first step to leaving street life. Services include hot meals, toiletries, bathroom and shower facilities, access to case management services, and referrals as needed.

Population(s) Served

The Outpatient Counseling program provides individual and group counseling to individuals struggling with substance use disorders and dependence on an outpatient basis. Individuals are provided with clinical and support services to address issues pertinent to maintaining sobriety. These services include the following:- Day treatment services- Individual, family, and group counseling- Case management and referrals to address personal needs- Client education related to sobriety, medical and mental health- Client education related to transmission of infectious diseases (i.e. TB, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs)- Client education related to smoking cessation- Client education related to anger management- Aftercare/transition planningThere are currently three participants in the Outpatient Counseling Program; however, the Rescue Mission plans to eventually have the program operating with fifteen clients. Outpatient clients commit to a four week program (Monday-Friday,) with three meetings a day.

Population(s) Served

After homeless persons receive medical treatment in a hospital, they are usually released to the streets trying to recover in unsafe conditions. The Mission, in partnership with Boston's Health Care for the Homeless, launched a Stay-in Bed Respite program in September 2014 to help.This program serves hospitalized and recovering homeless individuals who do not require 24 hour care in a medical facility, but.do require further health care services and whom are not ready to be discharged to a normal program or the streets,The program provides care and services for 2 weeks. Guests receive room and board and accessible services for disabled guests. Nurses visit our facility 5 days a week and perform regular checkups. Doctors visit twice a week and evaluate the progress of patients. Clients may participate in Mission programming and apply for other Mission or outside services. During those 2 weeks case managers work with clients to help them find an appropriate and safe transition.

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Affiliations & memberships

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The ultimate goal of the Boston Rescue Mission is to prevent and end homelessness for our residents and guests. We strive to transform and strengthen the lives of adult men and women, leading to rebuilding broken families and bring healing to struggling communities. When we see sober women and men graduate our programs with steady jobs, reconnect with families, and continue to lead sober and productive lives, we know we have achieved meaningful change in individuals and in the greater community.

By providing meal programs free of charge to our residents and guests, we are giving people a break. A break from searching for their next meal; a break from choosing between rent, food, utilities, or medical needs. Nutritious food is also a stepping stone to other resources the Mission can provide for those in need. Providing safe beds at no charge allows people a chance to focus on other personal needs, be they legal, medical, spiritual, or otherwise. Our caring, accountable environment helps to guide people through the difficult work of relating to people in a healthy way. People deep into alcoholism or drug addiction can become isolated from family, friends, and eventually everyone. There is tremendous therapeutic value in having community members surrounding one another to share common experiences in a healthy manner. Intensive programming and case management guide program members along their journey of transformation. Mission graduates return and share their successes, providing motivation and hope to continue the process. Our spiritual offerings, while optional, provide a strong anchor for successful program completion. Program members may attend bible studies, church services, one-on-one counseling, and other events that meet people where they are on their faith journey. Little by little, women and men find bits of success. They grow within, share their successes with others, and build a network of support that can guide them after graduating from their program. They transition to permanent housing or other programs, and their homelessness ends.

Our greatest organizational assets are talented staff members, some of whom have served for 10 years or more. Our leadership team includes MBA, MSW, and LICSW degrees, as well as more than 75 years of human service experience. Our careful budgeting protects Mission programs against major changes in levels of public funding, which can change even within a fiscal year. During the recession in 2008, we were able to keep Mission programs in place, continue to treat people in need, and even acquire another facility thanks to long term measures that ensure fiscal discipline on an organization level. We partner with many community organizations to provide services, including Boston Health Care for the Homeless, United Homes for Children, Cardinal Medeiros Center, Greater Boston Food Bank, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), Father Bill's, Pine Street Inn, Project Place, Saint Francis House & Boston Public Health Commission to name a few. The individual expertise of these and other providers create a strong network of services that combine to bring many opportunities to those looking for help in greater Boston.

We've had success with a respite program for women and men who need regular (sometimes daily) medical care, but not enough care to warrant an inpatient hospital stay. Though this program is of very short duration, it's another bridge that provides time for people experiencing an episode of homeless to reach their next step in housing. For those who find themselves seeking medical care often, but haven't had experience with programs like ours, we offer another chance for people to transform their lives. Last year, we served 171,000 meals and provided more than 36,000 safe bed nights. Up to 70% of program members complete their programs successfully. When people find recovery and healing at the Mission, they become stronger. Stronger people become better citizens, reuniting with families and paying taxes. They graduate and move on, ending their homelessness, and become examples of success to others at risk of homelessness. As we continue to serve this challenging population, it's clear that people need services to address the root causes of homelessness. Simply housing people first, without critical services to address root causes of homelessness, simply moves problems from one place to another. The more attention paid to treatment, the more positive transformations we can see in the lives of women and men who are homeless.

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Boston Rescue Mission, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/15/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Elizabeth Keeley

Women's Lunch Place

Term: July 2013 - June 2016


Board co-chair

Mr. Scott Sargis

The International Entrepreurship Center

Term: July 2013 - June 2016

John Samaan

Boston Rescue Mission

Pamela Feingold

Eastern Bank

Mark Hargrave

Panther Property Investment

Jeffrey Kinney

Wells Fargo Bank

Anthony Dabney

No affiliation

Scott Sargis

The International Entreprenuership Center

Debra Brede

D.K. Brede Investment Co., Inc.

Garth Greimann

Berkshire Partners, LLC

Elizabeth Keeley

Women's Lunch Place

James Westra

Advent International