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Who We Are

Fighting Poverty, Restoring Hope. Sharing God’s Love.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is dedicated to fighting poverty from the inside out. We provide vital services to men, women, and children dealing with hunger and homelessness, enabling them to return to the community healed and whole.

Fighting Poverty, Restoring Hope. Sharing God’s Love.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is dedicated to fighting poverty from the inside out. We provide vital services to men, women, and children dealing with hunger and homelessness, enabling them to return to the community healed and whole.

Our Mission

To fight poverty from the inside out as we embrace the urban poor and addicted with the compassion of Christ, offering hope and healing for a changed life.

Our Vision

To excel in providing food, shelter, clothing, education, job training and counseling for the urban poor and addicted.

Our Vision

To excel in providing food, shelter, clothing, education, job training and counseling for the urban poor and addicted.

Homelessness in Coastal Fairfield County

Many families today describe themselves as living on the edge. A medical bill, job layoff or other
unexpected circumstances can result in an immediate plunge from poverty to homelessness.

0+
people on any given night, are homeless on the streets of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.
0%
of children in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
0%
of families in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
0%
of individuals in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.

The Federal Poverty Level for a family of four in Connecticut is $24,600.


Welcome Friends!

It’s my great honor to welcome you to our website. I encourage you to explore these pages and learn about the work of Bridgeport Rescue Mission. We are dedicated to fighting poverty from the inside out and restoring hope to hurting people.

Since 1993, Bridgeport Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope in our community for people struggling with poverty, addiction and homelessness. Our services are offered freely to anyone in our community seeking to overcome these life dominating challenges.

Because of our generous supporters and volunteers, we offer: food, clothing, shelter and recovery to the poor of coastal Fairfield County. Our recovery programs for men and women offer a clear path forward to those who need guidance out of desperate situations, which have resulted from personal choices and circumstances created by others.


All the best,

Terry Wilcox

Whether you’re looking for a hot meal and a safe night’s rest, or looking for an opportunity to serve others in need through volunteering or donating, you’ll find the information you need to get started on the pages of this website.

As you have questions about our programs or service opportunities, I invite you to reach out to our staff using our Contact page. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about our ministry to the community and the opportunities available to you.


Welcome Friends!

It’s my great honor to welcome you to our website. I encourage you to explore these pages and learn about the work of Bridgeport Rescue Mission. We are dedicated to fighting poverty from the inside out and restoring hope to hurting people.

Since 1993, Bridgeport Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope in our community for people struggling with poverty, addiction and homelessness. Our services are offered freely to anyone in our community seeking to overcome these life dominating challenges.

Because of our generous supporters and volunteers, we offer: food, clothing, shelter and recovery to the poor of coastal Fairfield County. Our recovery programs for men and women offer a clear path forward to those who need guidance out of desperate situations, which have resulted from personal choices and circumstances created by others.

Whether you’re looking for a hot meal and a safe night’s rest, or looking for an opportunity to serve others in need through volunteering or donating, you’ll find the information you need to get started on the pages of this website.

As you have questions about our programs or service opportunities, I invite you to reach out to our staff using our Contact page. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about our ministry to the community and the opportunities available to you.


All the best,

Terry Wilcox

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Here’s Our Story

Bridgeport Rescue Mission was founded in 1993 to address the issues of hunger, homelessness and addiction in coastal Fairfield County – the area currently known as The Gold Coast. We are rich in many ways, yet there is a growing population who, for a variety of reasons, fight to simply survive. We invite you to learn more about Bridgeport Rescue Mission and consider how you can partner with us to fight poverty from the inside out, restoring hope and dignity to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Jim and Tammy Watson establish Bridgeport Rescue Mission. They cook meals in local church kitchens and distribute them from the back of their station wagon. Jim preaches while Tammy sings gospel music accompanied by a karaoke machine.

The Mission converts an old RV into a Mobile Kitchen. Staff and volunteers dispense food, the Gospel, and prayer to hungry men, women, and children. Later that year, the Mission acquires the Fanny Crosby Memorial Home on Fairfield Avenue and relocates its men’s shelter there.

The Mission establishes an addiction recovery program for women.

Rev. Mickey Kalman becomes executive director, instituting physical fitness programs, adult education and 12-step support programs for those struggling with addictions.

Rev. Terry Wilcox accepts the position as executive director. He and his staff developed and strengthened the core program by implementing the New Life Program.

The Mission purchases and renovates a three-story Victorian house on Barnum Avenue and opens a shelter for homeless women. This is now the current Women’s Center where women in our New Life Program reside.

The Mission distributes 81 turkeys from their Main Campus during the holiday season.

As the recession of 2008 bears down on the working poor and homeless, the Mission is challenged to meet alarming increases in assistance while also growing in operational efficiency to ensure income levels meet the needs.

In June 2011, the Board of Directors approves a strategic plan that includes the expansion of services in South Norwalk, where there are significant pockets of unmet needs, especially among children. Our Mobile Kitchens begin delivering meals to sites in impoverished neighborhoods. The distribution of coats, turkeys, and Food Pantry Bags is facilitated at Grace Baptist Church. 

The Mission expands and enhances its programs to meet the needs of women with children. In February the Mission acquires Bethel Recovery Center, now known as the Guest House for Women and Children, providing lodging, food and clothing to these vulnerable members of our community. Due to the increased need in the community, the Mission provides turkeys, fixings, and coats to more than 3,000 families in need and names this annual outreach the Great ThanksGiving Project.

In January the Mission launches a Men’s Supportive Housing Program and Women’s Supportive Housing Program, providing men and women who graduate from the New Life Program – as well as from other Christian programs – with transitional housing, case management, and in-house apprenticeship positions to assist them in their transition to independent living.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Join Bridgeport Rescue Mission in helping the homeless right here in Coastal Fairfield County. Because each person, family and situation are unique, we meet all whom we serve at his or her point of need and offer solutions to help fight poverty from the inside out.


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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Join Bridgeport Rescue Mission in helping the homeless right here in coastal Fairfield County. Because each person, family, and situation are unique, we meet all whom we serve at his or her point of need and offer solutions to help fight poverty from the inside out.


DONATE
VOLUNTEER
GET HELP NOW