Springfield Rescue Mission, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 19 Bliss Street P.O. Box 9045 Springfield MA 01105 USA

Mission: The purpose of the Springfield Rescue Mission since 1892 has been to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor by introducing them to Christ and helping them apply the Word of God to every area of their lives.
Target demographics: the hungry, homeless, addicted and poor
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 6,500 men women and children
Geographic areas served: the Greater Springfield area
Programs: Emergency Shelter, Rehabilitation Program, Transitional Living Program, Emergency Service Programs: Give Away Center, Public Breakfast, Operation SONshine mobile feeding program, holiday meals - all free of charge!
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

9 years ago I got a letter in the mail from the Mission that prompted me to donate. Since then, I have suffered alcoholism, financial hardship, and depression, but I never stopped donating what little i could to the Mission, since they provide programs for people exactly like me. There are not enough rehab programs in the state of MA to serve the needs of people who suffer from this disease, but I'm proud to say I can help one that does. I am not a person of any organized religion but I do believe that generosity and love beget generosity and love and THAT is all that matters. The Mission is clearly doing that.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Mission has been a fantastic resource for the folks who need help in physical ways, but also emotional, especially after the June 1st tornado that ripped through the Greater Spfld area! So many people affected - thanks for all those volunteers who were "on the streets" bringing food, water and comfort to those who lost property, to the security folks and construction workers. Wow - keep up the good service! I will continue to support these folks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing lived changed. Men who have been in the rehab program come in broken or lost - they go through a transition and eventually have direction in their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a brand new building that is bigger to serve more people. Also, more "Operation SONshine" vans!

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We appreciate the work of the Springfield Rescue Mission. We exist in a partnering relationship with them. When people come to our Church with lives controlled with addiction, we have the resource of the Mission to connect with. We have sent several men to the Mission.

Some men in the Mission program, in transition living at the Worthington St. facility, or newly out on their own have made our Church their church.

We are grateful for a partner able to provide quality service to those beyond our ability and expertise. We financially support the work of the Mission.

Jeff Chandler
Pastoral Team
Cottage Hill Church
Springfield, MA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing men go into the program and participate in the life of our Church.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage a tighter bond with churches. Follow up on inquiries and responses to their offer to make a presentation in timely manners.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am not only a donor, but I have volunteered at the mission, I have attended one of the graduation services, and I have toured the mission.
What a phenomenal ministry. The fact that they offer meals, overnight lodging at the mission is great, but they also go out into the streets and offer food (which I did), and other items like Hope Totes and Back Packs for school.
The one year program that the Springfield Rescue Mission offers to men to help them find a place in the community is beyond what I could imagine. To witness these men graduating at the end of their one year was so meaningful and to hear their stories how they have (in some cases) reunited with family brought tears to my eyes.
I don't have enough words to describe what a great job the Springfield Rescue is doing in the Springfield area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed the graduation and I saw and heard how lives had been changed because of the Springfield Rescue Mission

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more money so they could do more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Although I no longer live in Springfield, I know of the good work of the Springfield Rescue Mission from friends that still live in the city. I am happy to donate to the Rescue Mission because of the testimonials I do receive from those friends, one of whom once resided briefly at the Mission but is now not only employed but a business owner who is himself an employer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot help with this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

These are the folks that we sent the bulk of the Little Drummers' Winter Coat Drive donations to. They were, hands down, the friendliest and most organised people we worked with. We will be happy to donate in the future, even though we live an hour away, just because they were SO pleasant! They are really great people doing wonderful work. Kudos to them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

only one situation where they were extremely polite, courteous, and very grateful!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of meeting the staff at the Springfield Rescue Mission and have taken a tour of their facilities. I was overwhelmed by how much they care for the people they serve and it was a truly humbling experience. I have been there several times since to make donations of various kinds and every single time I have gone there, no matter what time of day I have always been greeted with a smile and offered help to unload the car. They always say "Thank You" and have a great attitude. I absolutely love going there because there is a feeling of hope and everything they do and teach is centered around God. The Springfield Rescue Mission is actively helping those that most people will walk by and not give a second glance at. I have invited staff and residents from their program into our Church to share their stories and it really touched everyone. This is honestly one of the best non-profit organizations I have had the pleasure of working with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met residents that have successfully completed the program and have moved on to a more productive and frutiful life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing, I think it is amazing the way it is.

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Rating: 4 stars  

An organization that fulfills its true mission and responds to the needs of others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing their charitab;e works

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing -- they are selfless in responding to others

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lucy
I have being donating clothes, goods and money to the Springfield Rescue Mission for over 12 years. My experience with them have being awesome. Not only they are grateful for anything you can provide. They are also very polite and pleasant. When they see me park my car they go out of there way to help me with my bags. A couple of times when I forget to get my tax deductable paper, I just make one phone call, and within days I receive it in the mail. They have welcome me to see for myself were my donations are going. Something unique compare to other organizations. They also talk to my kids in a friendly cordial way. I have recommend this organization to my friends and family. Since I find them to be genuine and honest in wanting to help those in need. It does not matter the time of day, they always receive me with a smile on there face. This for me is priceless. Since it makes me feel that a to make a difference.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Mission Statement of the Springfield Rescue Mission "to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor" is definitely what the mission does. The men the mission serves receive help to get back on their feet and become regular contributors to society. SRM truly gives "hope to the hopeless".
Our church has been able to serve alongside the mission through donation drives such as the hope totes and underwear drive. Our church youth have been able to learn about service to the needy by being involved in preparing meals and serving meals at SRM. I am thankful to the Lord for their much needed ministry and I am thankful to be part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I have been able to feel that my donations are going to get to those who need them most. I have also seen how our church youth have been able to grow from volunteering their time there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make changes.

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