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Goodwill Rescue Mission

  • About

    Goodwill Rescue Mission ministers to those suffering in the hopeless cycle of poverty, homelessness and dependencies and to bring renewal, hope, joy and victory to their lives through the transforming grace and power of Jesus Christ. We do not seek or accept city reimbursement or government funding that would compromise the Bible-based foundation of our ministry.

  • Mission Statement

    Goodwill Rescue Mission will enable the poor, homeless, and addicted of Newark to encounter Christ through compassionate care that meets their immediate needs encouraging many to dare to hope for a life of dignity made possible through the Mission’s spiritually rich and vocationally focused program of sustainable comprehensive life transformation.

  • Vision Statement

    Goodwill Rescue Mission will be the most effective provider of compassionate care and comprehensive life transformation services to the poor, homeless, and addicted of Newark, enabling the hurting and lost to dare to hope that they can be fully restored in the dignity of their humanity as they embrace a lifestyle committed to being a productive member of their community.

  • History

    Founded in 1896, Goodwill Rescue Mission began its operation as Industrial Home For Men, a reflection of the founder’s conviction that a positive work experience is key to successfully restructuring lives. The Mission’s priority was—and is today—to share the love of God in Jesus Christ with the needy of northern New Jersey by providing food, clothing, shelter, spiritual guidance and instruction to those whose lives have been nearly destroyed by alcohol, lack of work and other circumstances.


    Early enhancement to Mission programs included extensive outreach to families and an accredited medical facility. Then the Mission faced severe financial pressures during World War I, and God used two successful fundraising campaigns in the 1920s to ease the Mission’s debt.


    Much of the credit for the turnaround and subsequent growth of the Mission is credited to Rev. Lawrence Sutherland, who served as the Mission's executive director for 38 years. Under his able leadership, the Mission moved from being a struggling institution to one with a nationwide reputation for excellence in rescue ministry.

    As massive poverty and devastating unemployment shook America during the Great Depression, the Mission responded in faith and action. Although eligible for aid from the federal government’s National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Mission chose to ensure its independence as a faith-based institution by continuing to rely on private donations.


    During World War II, the Mission continued to serve an ever-increasing number of needy men, women and children. The post-war period of the late 40s and early 50s was a fertile time for evangelism, and the Mission participated in a number of evangelistic crusades held in Newark during that time.


    During the 60s, widespread experimentation with mind-altering drugs, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the sexual revolution, “white flight” from the nation’s urban centers and other trends meant change for the nation and the Mission. An adoption ministry was established in 1962 to help mothers who were unable to care for their children find loving homes for them. Throughout the 80s, the Mission continued to shelter the homeless, and unlike government-sponsored shelters, provided good spiritual “food” for the hunger of the soul as well as the body.


    During the past two decades, the world has become computerized and interconnected on an unprecedented scale. To equip our residents, the Mission initiated a computerized learning center in 1991—one of the first in rescue missions in North America. Today, Mission residents pursue instruction in basic math and literacy, GED preparation, and the computer skills critical to success in today’s workplace.


    Though Goodwill Rescue Mission has seen many changes in the last century, one thing remains the same—mankind’s need to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ and to live lives that please Him. Now we look forward to another century of challenge and blessing:  The challenge to take advantage of opportunities for ministry God sends our way, and the assurance that if we are faithful to Him, He will bless us and those we serve more than we can even ask or imagine.

  • Leadership Team

    • David P. Jones, President & CEO

      David P. Jones was named the President and CEO of The Bowery Mission in 2015 and has refocused the entire organization on its stated goal to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City.

      Toward this end, Dave reorganized the Mission’s programs around a clearly articulated theory of change and continuum of care. Dave launched a new shelter program for men, a gateway residential program for women, a second City Camp program for at-risk children in East Harlem and the first Community Hope Resource Center in East Harlem.

      Dave centralized core services in a relocated headquarters office, freeing resources for future program innovations including women’s shelters, a reimagined Men’s Center on Avenue D, an expanded summer camp and a Compassionate Care Center at the Mission’s flagship Bowery location. Dave also serves as the Chair of the NYC Rescue Alliance, a collaborative network of faith-based organizations serving the homeless.

      In 2016, Dave was named one of the “Power 50” most influential leaders in Manhattan by City & State magazine.

      Dave joined The Bowery Mission after an interim role as Executive Director of Newark’s Goodwill Rescue Mission. The Bowery Mission is now managing Goodwill’s operations, extending key services to poor, homeless and addicted residents of Northern New Jersey.

      Previously, Dave enjoyed a twenty-six year career at KPMG, one of the “big four” global accounting and consulting firms. He served in various client service and leadership roles as a tax, corporate transactions, and risk management partner in the New York office of KPMG, and retired as a partner in 2010.

      For six years, Dave served as co-Pastor and Elder of Byram Bay Christian Church, a nondenominational church in Hopatcong, New Jersey. Dave serves on the boards of the CarePoint Health Foundation, East Harlem Fellowship and Africa Potential, and also serves on the President's Council of New York City Relief.

      Dave earned a BS in Accounting from Florida State University, an MBA from Columbia University, an MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a ThM Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

      Dave lives with his wife, Kathi, and his daughter, Kate, in New York City.

    • Gerald Manning, Site Director

      Phone: 973-621-9560 ext. 103

      Gerald has served at Goodwill Rescue Mission since 1994 and oversees all daily operations including our Facilities, Maintenance, Housing, Food Services, Renovations, and also our Community Clothing and Food Ministry.

      He holds a degree in Sociology from the State University of New York and has served in a variety of positions while here at Goodwill Rescue Mission. Gerald also leads small Men’s groups.

      Gerald is a member of Christ Church, Montclair, New Jersey and has served as a New Life Class Teacher and also on staff in the Impact Media and Resource Ministry.

    • Carmella Hutson, Director of Social Work & Outreach

      Phone: 973-621-9560 ext. 104

      Since joining the Mission staff in 2008, Carmella has worked tirelessly to change the way a homeless person is viewed, providing a holistic approach to providing services to displaced and needy men, women, and children. Carmella holds degrees in human and social services and psychology, and she is also an alcohol and drug counselor. She is also a veteran of the US Navy.

  • Board of Directors

    • Josh Chambers
      Circle Squared
      Senior Advisor

    • Robert Depue
      The Bowery Mission
      Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

    • Addison Hardy - CPA
      Pearson, Inc.
      Senior Financial Analyst

    • David P. Jones
      The Bowery Mission
      President & CEO

    • Jan Nagel
      KPMG LLC

    • Michael Wile
      Ernst & Young LLP
      Northeast Energy Sector Business Development Leader

    • James Winans
      The Bowery Mission
      Chief Development Officer

  • Annual Filings

    Because Goodwill Rescue Mission is dedicated to accountability and transparency, we undergo an independent audit and submit a Form-990 to the Internal Revenue Service each year. Both of these items are then submitted to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).


    2016 Annual Report

    We are grateful for your generous support, which allowed us to serve Newark’s neediest. Your gifts of time, financial resources, and prayer sustained us as we headed towards our 120th year serving the homeless and poor.

    Above all, we thank God for bringing amazing friends like you to work by our side and accomplish amazing things!

    Download our complete 2016 Annual Report so you can see the amazing work you help make possible through Goodwill Rescue Mission.


    2016 Annual Report

    2016 Annual Report
  • Employment Opportunities

    The following job openings are available for Goodwill Rescue Mission and The Bowery Mission, one of New York City’s most respected faith-based rescue missions, which we joined in 2016 to form one organization providing comprehensive resources to homeless individuals in Manhattan and New Jersey.

    Applicants are encouraged to be knowledgeable about the mission and vision statements of our organization and our faith-based approach before applying.

    Due to the number of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to qualified candidates who are selected for interviews. We sincerely appreciate all candidates for their interest in Goodwill Rescue Mission.

    In addition to paid positions, Goodwill Rescue Mission also has many volunteer opportunities available.