Serving the poor and homeless of Newark since 1896.

Goodwill Rescue Mission is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-saving care and hope for new life to the poor and homeless in Newark and Northern New Jersey.

We partner with local leaders, churches, corporations, schools, and compassionate people just like you to demonstrate God’s love by first meeting the immediate needs of our homeless and hurting neighbors. And for those looking for a change, we give them access to faith-based residential recovery programs for men and women, where lives are restored to dignity and lasting productivity.


In Essex County, 2,000+ individuals experience homelessness every day.

Trauma, loss of job, addiction, and abuse are among the many causes of homelessness.

24% of New Jersey’s homeless population resides in Essex County – making it the #1 county in NJ suffering from homelessness.


Everyone’s welcome
—no questions asked

We’re currently the only shelter in Newark for people who do not have ID or cannot access government assistance.

How we help the homeless

Basic needs and emergency care

Warm meals, safe shelter, showers, clean clothes, hygiene items and more, to help break cycles of poverty and hopelessness.

Compassionate care programs

Residential recovery programs

Men and women receive an invitation to “choose help” by entering one of The Bowery Mission’s life-transformation programs.

Residential recovery programs

Every meal you provide at Goodwill Rescue Mission offers hope and can be the beginning of new life. Read stories and updates of how YOU are helping the homeless and poor in Northern New Jersey.


Our History
For over 120 years, we’ve served the neediest in Newark in faith and love.

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We’re dedicated to accountability and transparency, so your gifts have the most impact.

Your Impact

Leadership Team
Get to know Goodwill Rescue Mission’s leaders and our board

Our people

If you have a passion for the homeless and poor and want to use your God-given gifts to serve our neighbors in need, check out the opportunities available and join our team!