inside the Mission

The Critical need

Our present Rescue Mission facility is over 85 years old and can no longer adequately meet the needs of the people we serve. It is costly to maintain, rapidly deteriorating and too small to serve the hundreds of women, children and men who need shelter and a warm meal.

In order to continue the work of The Mission, we need a new, modern, energy-efficient building.

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A Solid Solution

The Move Our Mission Capital Campaign will turn our dream of a new Rescue Mission facility into a reality. We have already made a strong beginning:

We Have the Land

The City of Youngstown has deeded a 17.5-acre property on the South Side to the Mission that will be home to our new building, outdoor play areas and more.

A Building That Works for All

Our new building will accommodate expanded food and shelter programs for those in immediate need, and also our many educational and personal and professional development programs.

We Need Your Help NOW!

Your pledges and gifts are needed immediately. Thank you for giving.

Woman looking out Rescue Mission window with child
Group photo of Mission employees

Frequently Asked Questions

How many individuals and families does the Rescue Mission serve on a regular basis?

Our normal overnight capacity is 101 men and 67 women and children, a total of 168. Our emergency capacity (30 cots and sleeping bags) brings the total to 198.

Why can't the Rescue Mission continue to operate from its present facility?

We have reached the limits of our ability to serve the community's needs in our current location. Our building is operating at near capacity, and there is no room to expand it. It is deteriorating rapidly, to the point that continued maintenance is too expensive, repairs are no longer cost-effective — and many areas are beyond repair.

Wasn't there a previous campaign to build a new Rescue Mission facility?

Yes, in 2008. We had the property in hand, and a design had been completed. But the financial collapse of the economy put the project on hold, and we didn't do any solicitation for funding beyond the immediate Mission family.

Will local companies and suppliers be used for this project?

We have already received hard estimates from local building material suppliers and contractors. A deliberate effort will be made to employ local contractors and suppliers.

What will happen to the present Rescue Mission facility?

There are several possibilities. We are investigating Historic Tax Credits, which may help facilitate a repurpose sale. We could also sell the building as is to the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority. Or, if there is no sale, we could vacate the property to a city or county land bank.