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Springfield Rescue Mission, Inc.

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Causes: Addictive Disorders, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Programs, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: The purpose of the Springfield Rescue Mission since 1892 is 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!

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization on several occasions in the past. I have been thoroughly impressed by their care for the people that they help. They not only give them a place to sleep and a meal, they provide a chance for a new life. If a meal and a bed is all that the person is looking for they can provide that, but they are offered so much more. Counseling, fellowship, work, skill development, spiritual guidance, job placement, and the list goes on. The staff are truly sincere in their desire to help the people that come through the doors of the Springfield Rescue Mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteerd serving during the holidays. I’ve never seen the kids happier. They have smile on their face its like they’ve never seen gifts in their lives the small things put a smile on those tiny faces. It gives me great joy to serve a meal during these times of need to anyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doing good things in our community in the name of Jesus!

ritac49

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the Mission because I believe in their "mission" to help men bring positive change to their lives. They rehabilitate them spiritually and help reeducate by assisting them in learning new skills. They also help the homeless by feeding and housing them when necessary and especially in bad weather.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful resource for the community helping the homeless and the hungry every day of the year

1 Ejmousey P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2002 n 2004 I was homeless and hopeless and I was just trying to get a chance to be in the mindset of being able to survive with nowhere to go I was trying to end my life but instead God had other things in mind.....I graduated in may of 2006. But in 2004 I was chosen with 4 others to open the SRM Shelter on Taylor street in Springfield mass where I lived until April 2006. Now back in September I had to give up my Apartment due to landlords selling the property and the new owner wanted to raise the rent.....so I gave it up n I would of been homeless again if not for the SRM SHELTER's director I am again living in this place n volunteering in the kitchen serving the Homeless men in the Community GOD'S WORK IS NEVER DONE IN THE WORLD TODAY

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Springfield Rescue Mission does more than give people a hand out. They give them a hand up! They provide food, shelter, medical care and clothing to the residents who live at the mission free of charge. They have an open breakfast 6 days a week for anyone, including women and children. The residents are able to work on their educational needs with their up to date computer classroom. They not only receive book learning but practical day to day living classes. Some of them have never had to clean up after they eat, or do laundry or even share. The councilors and staff show the love of Jesus Christ in all their interactions with all who come to the Rescue Mission. They are always prepared to go the extra mile for all, residents, volunteers, homeless and hurting people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you sort these reviews by "volunteer", you will find mine from 2011. Nearly 7 years later (and 17 years volunteering in total), my heart with the SRM more than ever. I thank God I'm still able to help whenever I can. Please visit the website at www.hope4springfield.org and see for yourself how this wonderful Christian organization helps our area's homeless, hungry, addicted and the poor! God continue to bless the Springfield Rescue Mission.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Technically I am a client served via the Capitol City Rescue Mission of Albany, NY, however this opportunity to offer my support of a sister mission is a great one.
My name is Anthony McCann. I lived in and was a member of the "New Life Christain Disciple Certificate" program at the Albany rescue mission in 2009-10.
The many services that my mission and indeed all missions across the country provide are essential to the sustaining of neighborhoods where they are located. Principal services that allow one to regain a sense of order and direction (hope) is readily provided and necessary.
My experience allowed me to become a truste member of the mission and to work as a intake desk volunteer on Weekend evenings. needless to point out all things happen from 4pm - midnight at the mission. My training and spiritual advancement enabled me to offer hope and encouragement to men of all walks of life. I grew and God's development of my spiritual purpose on earth has been identified and now I live to serve.
Perhaps $5000.00 doesn't appear like much to those who are gainfully employed, however to aid in the furtherance of the missions statement and purpose, this is a fortune. I thank God daily for my landing in th Capitol City Rescue Mission and I thank all administrative and general staff, esp. my pastor councelor, Rev. Don Lyons. to God be the glory for the things He has already done in the lives that rescue missions touch.
If I can be of further assistance, please contact @ (860) 913-3136 or via email: anthonymccann2000@yahoo.com
Blessings!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time donor and volunteer, the Mission is very close to my heart. I have a family member that could benefit from the Mission, but unfortunately, he is not in the area. I admit to starting my volunteer work and financial support for selfish reasons - it simply made me feel as if I were helping my Brother. I soon came to realize the joy it brings me to work with the staff in this ministry. I have seen first hand the transformation of many of the men that have gone through the 12 month program - and will continue to support this Christian organization in any way I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a local area Pastor of Music & Worship and I have had several opportunities to serve at the mission. They are an have been an example of faithfulness and generosity through the years and their recovery program is well run and thorough. They have made a major impact for good not only on the men who regularly find shelter and healing from life's storms but also on the community at large with their Thanksgiving meals, Operation Sunshine runs (which distribute food to needy family within Springfield) and their program to collect school materials packed in a backpack for underprivileged children beginning their school year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for two years serving dinner once a week at the Springfield Rescue Mission. This Mission has a staff, especially Mr. Willoughby, that clearly cares about all the residents in every way. Their goal is to assist the residents with finding jobs and being prosperous and contributing members of society. The wonderful work this Mission does for the community is also amazing. I have also gone on Operation Sunshine trips where the Mission serves lunch to the homeless and hungry people on Springfield Streets I recommend the Springfield Rescue Mission without any hesitation,

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2 Meagheanne D.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar