Human Services

Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Inc.

Fighting poverty from the inside out

aka Bridgeport Rescue Mission   |   Bridgeport, CT   |  www.BridgeportRescueMission.org

Mission

Bridgeport Rescue Mission fights poverty from the inside out as we embrace the urban poor and addicted, offering hope and healing for a changed life.

Our vision is to excel in the provision of food, shelter, clothing, education, job training and counseling for the urban poor and addicted.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Rev. Terry Wilcox

Main address

Bridgeport Rescue Mission 1088 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06605 USA

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EIN

06-1362705

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides essential services and life-changing recovery programs to economically and socially disenfranchised individuals so they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community. BRM is committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished and homeless individuals who are experiencing a short- or long-term crisis. BRM's programs are designed to address the problems linked to poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse, which are often preceded by issues related to lack of education, dysfunctional family history, economic stress, domestic abuse, lack of employable job skills, and no life purpose. The Mission reaches out to ALL men, women, and children, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed or economic status, providing all services and programs free of charge.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food, Shelter & Recovery Services

ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE TO ANYONE WHO COMES TO OUR DOORS. Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM) is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, nonprofit organization established in 1993 to respond to the needs of the working poor and homeless in coastal Fairfield County. The Mission started on the East side of Bridgeport feeding hungry neighbors out of a station wagon and today, BRM operates four campuses and two Mobile Kitchens. Our mission is to demonstrate the love of God as we embrace the urban poor and addicted, offering hope and healing for a changed life. Our vision is to excel in providing food, shelter, clothing, educational opportunities, and job training to all, regardless of faith, ethnicity, or economic status. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity as we feed the hungry, clothe the needy, shelter the homeless, and restore the addicted. Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides essential services and life-changing residential recovery programs to economically and socially disenfranchised individuals so they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community. BRM is committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished and homeless individuals who are experiencing a short- or long-term crisis. BRM’s programs are designed to address the problems linked to poverty, homelessness, trauma and substance abuse, which are often preceded by issues related to lack of education, dysfunctional family history, economic stress, domestic abuse, lack of employable job skills, and no life purpose. The Mission reaches out to ALL men, women, and children, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed or economic status, providing all services and programs free of charge. S U M M A R Y O F P R O G R A M S Food Outreach Program: Bridgeport Rescue Mission is the largest provider of food assistance in Coastal Fairfield County (Bridgeport and South Norwalk) and provides more than 560,000 meals a year to the working poor and homeless in our community. This includes: • Breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Mission’s Main Campus dining room; more than 375 meals daily • Two Mobile Kitchens that visit 9 sites weekly in Bridgeport and South Norwalk providing between 100 and 150 meals at each site to low-income families. • Pantry (free grocery store) open five days a week for impoverished and food insecure families. Annually provides over 19,000 non-perishable food bags and access to a vast selection of fresh produce and dairy products. • The Mission’s Great ThanksGiving Project provides over 3,200 families with a frozen turkey and bag of fixings so that each family can prepare their own Thanksgiving meal. A warm winter coat is also given to each family member, along with winter hats, scarves and gloves. • BRM also provides 360 children participating in South Norwalk’s Summer Meals program, breakfast and a home-made bagged lunch for 9 weeks each summer since 2009 and partners with Urban Impact’s youth mentorship program XLR8 to provide 2,600 warm dinners to kids annually. Emergency Shelters for Men, Women, and Mothers with Children • Annually provide more than 37,960 nights of shelter along with a hot meal, clean clothes and a warm bed to men, women and children in three separate facilities. The Guest House for Women & Children Provides clean, safe room and board to homeless moms with young children. The highly skilled Guest House staff provides case management, counseling, and job and life skills to the moms, and case management for the children’s health and educational needs. New Life Residential Addiction Program • BRM has two separate campuses that offer a 6-12 month long New Life residential addiction recovery program that utilizes a body-mind-spirit recovery model. The New Life program includes life and job skills to help empower long-term sobriety. Supportive Housing Program The Supportive Housing Program provides room and board along with case and recovery management to help individuals new in sobriety continue in their transition to educational goals and finding full-time employment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Homeless people
Budget
$5,775,000

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2011

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Management Association (CMA) 2002

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) 1993

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Broaden and deepen our Christian witness through the services we provide.<br/>2. Build a Care Center to streamline and expand operations in our food and clothing services.<br/>3. Continue to increase the number of men and women who graduate from our year-long New Life Discipleship Program for those dealing with life-dominating issues such as drug and alcohol addictions.<br/>4. Continue to support our New Life graduates in our Supportive Housing Program.

1. Launch a Capital Campaign to build new Care Center.<br/>2. Strengthen programming in New Life Program to increase number of graduates.

Food Outreach Program - providing 600,000 meals each year.<br/>Emergency Shelter for Men, Women and Mothers with Children<br/>Great ThanksGiving Project - providing 4,000 families with a turkey, bag of fixings and a winter coat for any member of the family that needs one (approximately 15,000 coats distributed each year).<br/>New Life Discipleship Program for Men & Women - graduating approximately 50 men and women each year.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission quantifies and evaluates our programs by:<br/>- Through Spero we count the number of recipients of our meal programs, our food pantry program and our clothing program.<br/>- Tracking the number of individuals successfully completing our New Life addiction recovery program.<br/>- Tracking the number of individuals successfully remaining in our supportive housing program and finding new housing and employment or completing education.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission has:<br/>- Increased the capacity and productivity of our kitchen with a renovation and upgrade of refrigeration units.<br/>- Deepened the reach of our Food Program by 1) increasing the number of children receiving meals through our Summer Lunch Program. 2) Adding a stop to our Mobile Kitchen routes.<br/>- Added and renovated bedrooms in our Women and Children's Program to increase the number of homeless mothers with children that we serve.<br/>- Added a Supportive Housing Program to our New Life addiction recovery program to strengthen the recovery of our graduates.<br/>- Commenced work on our Care Center project.

Financials

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Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/23/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joy Topazian-Moore

Carroll Curseaden & Moore, LLC

Term: 2018 - 2020

Joy Moore

Carroll, Curseaden & Moore, LLC

Lydee Hummel

Halstead Property/Country Living

Philip Sherringham

New Ground Capital

Joan McKenzie

Bridgeport Diocese School Corp.

Dan McCandless

Black Rock Congregational Church

Dave Anderson

Deloitte

Peter Miles-Prouten

McKinsey & Co.

Ed Gillespie

BizMark

Donald Hannibal

UIL Holdings Corp.

Stacey Cardenas

Mark Curtis

Splash

David Rowe

Greeenfield Hill Congregational Church

Kerry Stratton

Keywords

Homeless,free, food,shelter,women,men, children, drug & alcohol rehab, Christian