We give thanks to you, our Goodwill Rescue Mission community, for your support that makes our life-changing work possible. Thanks to friends like you, thousands of people in Newark have found new hope in the face of homelessness, poverty and other crises. And now, we have good news to share with you. We have a unique opportunity to redevelop our Newark campus on University Avenue to improve our services and be better equipped to help our neighbors in need.
The Mission has entered into negotiations to replace our current buildings (which are old and difficult to maintain) with a newly constructed space, purpose-built to serve the critical needs of men, women and families in Newark. This new space would allow us to offer radical hospitality for guests with meals and Day Center activities during the day, as well as residential care overnight.
Here is the plan:
- In order to accomplish this in a cost-effective manner, we expect to partner with a real estate developer on a project that would create a new facility owned and operated by Goodwill Rescue Mission on the same block where we have served since 1896.
- This means that Goodwill Rescue Mission will temporarily suspend direct services at the end of March 2020. We plan to reopen after 2 to 3 years with brand-new spaces and effective programs that will meet the immediate needs of each person coming to us for help.
We have been working to connect each of our guests with the life-transforming services of The Bowery Mission in New York. As you may recall, Goodwill Rescue Mission and The Bowery Mission joined forces four years ago. Some guests will prefer to stay in Newark, and we are referring them to other local services that can meet their needs. We want to make sure no one is displaced by these much-needed changes at the Mission.
The need in Newark is not going away, and neither is Goodwill Rescue Mission. We are building for a bright future, and we humbly invite you to join us on this journey by continuing your support and prayers for the Mission. Your gifts today to the GRM New Hope Fund will ensure care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness in Newark for years to come.
If you would like to receive updates on our progress over the next few years, please sign up below to receive emails from us. In the meantime, if you would like to donate to help us be prepared for expanded services on the block, please visit www.grmnewark.org/NewHope.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at NewHope@grmnewark.org.
Grateful for your partnership,