Human Services

The Bowery Mission

Rebuilding Lives Since 1879

aka The Bowery Mission   |   New York, NY   |  www.bowery.org

Mission

The Bowery Mission is called to minister in the New York metro area to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

1939

Interim CEO & Chief Development Officer

Mr. James Winans

Main address

355 Lexington Avenue 19th Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-1617086

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every night in New York City, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system, or in other public places -- and over 63,000 men, women, and children spend the night within the city’s shelter system. For individuals experiencing homelessness, the ongoing burden of sleeplessness, hunger, and social isolation can contribute to psychological and physical decline, as well as distrust of others. The South Bronx and East Harlem, where our children's programs are located, are two New York City's undeserved neighborhoods. Burdened with high crime rates, poor health outcomes, and poor housing conditions, these areas pose high risks for child welfare. Growing up in poverty may disturb a child’s brain development and undermine his or her social and emotional growth.

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?

Compassionate Care

The Bowery Mission’s Compassionate Care program serves people experiencing homelessness and poverty by meeting immediate needs through emergency services in welcoming, trauma-informed environments. Meals, shelter, clothing, medical care and more are provided seven days a week, 365 days a year. Each year, the Mission provides more than 558,000 hot meals, 140,000 nights of shelter, 100,000 articles of clothing and 2,400 onsite medical and optometry exams. Each meal and every service is an invitation to residential and community programs that help clients make progress toward a transformed life of faith, community, sobriety, sustainable income and independent living. Men and women who express interest in our programs work with our clinical staff to create an Individual Action Plan (IAP) with specific, measurable goals for wellness, recovery, employment, housing and more. The foundation of all programming, the IAP provides a new level of evidence-based, person-centered care.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Bowery Mission’s Residential & Community Programs help clients make progress. Clients access comprehensive services for physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing — all in the context of a safe, supportive community. We address the needs of the whole person, inviting them to begin a customized program of activities and services. Men and women work with our clinical staff to create an Individual Action Plan (IAP) with specific, measurable goals for wellness, recovery, employment, housing and more. The foundation of all programming, the IAP provides a new level of evidence-based, person-centered care. In 2019, we served 368 adults in our residential programs. We also served 368 additional participants in the Community Hope Resource Center.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

The Bowery Mission’s programs for children provide a positive first chance to hundreds of children from under-resourced neighborhoods, in East Harlem and the South Bronx, empowering them to thrive and succeed. With the help of our volunteers and staff, children grow into adults who are spiritually grounded, economically self-sufficient, have healthy relationships and positively contribute to their communities. Year-round opportunities for enrichment culminate in an unforgettable week-long experience at our 200-acre camp in the Poconos Region of Pennsylvania, where they encounter the love of their Creator. In 2019, we served 271 children in our year-round programs and 700 children at summer camp.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
At-risk youth

The Bowery Mission’s Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs inspire graduates to sustain and grow. Through transitional housing and ongoing access to services, graduates are equipped to find success beyond the walls of our programs. Residential Program graduates are invited to stay in transitional housing to save on housing costs while working toward financial stability. We currently offer eight transitional housing beds for women. Biannually, our alumni participate in a survey to determine progress after they leave our programs. A recent survey of 122 active alumni showed 72% were still working, 79% had sustainable housing, 73% had enough income to meet basic needs, and 90% had maintained sobriety.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2015

Charity Navigator 2015

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

American Camping Association 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Compassionate Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We do not track unique clients in our compassionate care program (emergency services) because we do not ask for identification. This number reflects joining forces with GRM (2016) and NYCRM (2017).

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers increased due to joining forces with The Bowery Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission. This is a collective representation of all volunteers.

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?

The Bowery Mission's goal is to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in the New York metro area. One of the nation's oldest rescue missions, The Bowery Mission has provided basic needs assistance to New Yorkers suffering from homelessness and hunger since 1879. We aim to build trust by establishing name-knowing relationships with our guests, inviting them to choose help and transform their lives. We also serve children experiencing poverty in New York City, with the goal that they never need our services as adults. Every year we build on this legacy, driven by our desire to deliver the most effective care. In order to more effectively combat the epidemic of homelessness affecting nearly 70,000 people in New York City and to meet the needs of our neighbors across the New York metro area, New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission (Newark) joined forces with The Bowery Mission. Leveraging more than 400 years of combined service, three historic organizations have become one to reimagine the fight against poverty and homelessness.

We use four strategies to help New Yorkers in need: Compassionate Care, Residential & Community Programs, Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs, and Children’s Programs. Our overall strategy is to fill any gaps in the continuum of care to reimagine the fight against poverty and homelessness.

In order to effectively combat the epidemic of homelessness affecting nearly 70,000 people in New York City and to meet the needs of our neighbors across the New York metro area, New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission (Newark) joined forces with The Bowery Mission. Leveraging more than 400 years of combined service, three historic organizations became one to reimagine the fight against poverty and homelessness. Today, our combined organization employs 155 full-time staff, is led by a 14-member board of directors, and is supported by more than 17,000 volunteers per year.

Our criteria for success in Compassionate Care is to continue providing emergency care to men and women in crisis and poverty. Our staff track compassionate care outputs each month and aggregate them in a monthly dashboard. Each client who moves into The Bowery Mission's residential and community programs establishes an Individual Action Plan (IAP) in coordination with our clinical staff. Our goal for each client is that they would make progress toward their individual goals (such as job, housing, life skills), and that they would sustain and grow their progress after they leave our programs. All children's programming is informed by our Theory of Change, which is designed to deliver three measurable Developmental Youth Outcomes. Our goal is that at the end of the program, children and youth will have made progress in their ability to act responsibly, be productive, and connect with others.

Since 1879, The Bowery Mission has drawn on our experience working with people experiencing homelessness and poverty to inform our programs. Each year, in collaboration with New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission, we provide: 558,000 hot meals, 140,000 nights of safe shelter, 100,000 articles of clothing and 2,400 onsite medical and optometry exams.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Bowery Mission

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dwight Jacobsen

Lazard Asset Management

Summer Ellis

Gini Elmore

Henry Higdon

HigdonPartners LLC

Jamie Knauss

Pediatrician

Pamela Leggett

Charles Veth

CVM, Inc.

Vaughn Weimer

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Addison Hardy

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Allen Goetz

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Laura Woodard

Scott Stephenson

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Bryan Cho

The Related Companies, LP

Dwight Jacobsen

Lazard Asset Management

Alex Vassilaros

Vassilaros & Sons Coffee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Keywords

homeless, housing, food, shelter, drugs, alcohol, recovery, medical,crisis intervention,referrals,men,women, children, youth, at risk, mentoring, tutoring, summer camp