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!

The Mission exists to change lives. Through God’s grace and the generosity of our donors, we provide nourishing meals, safe and clean shelter, addiction recovery programs, as well as clothing, groceries, and job-skills training, to those grappling with real-life challenges. For me, one of the most precious things is to see people, desperate and hopeless, begin to transform, begin to dream again. It is my great joy and honor to serve as the CEO at Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

I’ve worn several hats in the non-profit world for over 20 years now. I served at World Vision International, where I advocated at the United Nations and worked in the field in the Caribbean and Africa. I served previously as Chief Financial Officer at The Bowery Mission in New York City. Here at the Mission, our entire team works to empower those who are suffering and marginalized, starting first on our knees in prayer and then engaging in the transformative work God is doing in our midst.

Today, the needs in Coastal Connecticut are only growing as the income gap widens. The Mission is keenly aware of the suffering in our community and is even more resolved to fight poverty from the inside out, every day and in the coming decade.

Thank you for partnering with the Mission to help men, women, and children experience a genuine restart from devastating circumstances. I look forward to expanding the Mission’s life-changing services in Coastal Connecticut with you!


All the best,

Frank Williams

Chief Executive Officer


Welcome Friends!

The Mission exists to change lives. Through God’s grace and the generosity of our donors, we provide nourishing meals, safe and clean shelter, addiction recovery programs, as well as clothing, groceries, and job-skills training, to those grappling with real-life challenges. For me, one of the most precious things is to see people, desperate and hopeless, begin to transform, begin to dream again. It is my great joy and honor to serve as the CEO at Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

I’ve worn several hats in the non-profit world for over 20 years now. I served at World Vision International, where I advocated at the United Nations and worked in the field in the Caribbean and Africa, and served previously as Chief Financial Officer at The Bowery Mission in New York City. Here at the Mission, our entire team works to empower those who are suffering and marginalized, starting first on our knees in prayer and then engaging in the transformative work God is doing in our midst.

Today, the needs in Coastal Connecticut are only growing as the income gap widens. The Mission is keenly aware of the suffering in our community and is even more resolved to fight poverty from the inside out, every day and in the coming decade.

Thank you for partnering with the Mission to help men, women, and children experience a genuine restart from devastating circumstances. I look forward to expanding the Missions life-changing services in Coastal Connecticut with you!


All the best,

Frank Williams

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Our Story

Bridgeport Rescue Mission started in 1993 to help those experiencing hunger, homelessness, and addiction in Coastal Connecticut. While some are very rich in our community, 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 partnering with us to fight poverty from the inside out, restoring hope and dignity to men, women, and children right in our neighborhoods.

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 MAKE THE 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 MAKE THE 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