Press releases

For members of the press who are looking for more information regarding the work we do with the homeless and poor in northern New Jersey, you can find some of our most recent press releases below.

For all media requests, please email James Winans at, or call (646) 362-3110.

September 2017 - 121-Year-Old Goodwill Rescue Mission Launches Its First Women’s Shelter

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121-Year-Old Goodwill Rescue Mission Launches Its First Women’s Shelter to Meet Critical Needs Before Winter

NEW YORK – On Saturday, September 23 from 10:00–11:00am, at 79 University Avenue in Newark, NJ, Goodwill Rescue Mission will celebrate the opening of its brand new women’s shelter to meet the critical needs of homeless and vulnerable women in Northern New Jersey. Before the dangerous winter months, the new shelter will offer a dignified, caring and safe place for up to 14 women to stay as they assess their options for long-term care.

Goodwill Rescue Mission will meet guests’ immediate needs at no cost, while connecting women with resources that will help them take the next step towards independent living.

Every night, more than 2,000 individuals in Essex County are homeless for reasons ranging from systemic poverty to trauma, addiction and abuse. 24% of these women, children and men reside in Essex County, making it the number one county in New Jersey suffering from homelessness.

“We are grateful to generous donors, congregations and corporate partners who have helped us meet the rising need and fill a critical gap in our care of women who are homeless,” said David P. Jones, President & CEO. “Our shelter opens at a critical time as temperatures turn colder, and will remain open year-round to serve women.”

The Goodwill Rescue Mission’s women’s and men’s shelters are currently the only shelters in Newark open to individuals who do not have identification or who are ineligible for government reimbursement for their stay.

About Goodwill Rescue Mission Founded in 1896, Goodwill Rescue has served those experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty in Newark and Northern, New Jersey. Men, women and children find food and shelter and are restored to a life of dignity and hope. Last year, Goodwill Rescue Mission served more than 88,900 hot meals to hungry men, women and children, provided 22,200 nights of shelter to individuals in crisis, and through the Goodwill Rescue Mission thrift store, provided 3,900 pieces of affordable clothing to hundreds of Newark residents. United since 2016 with The Bowery Mission, Goodwill Rescue Mission’s continuum of care extends through the residential recovery programs for men and women at The Bowery Mission. Last year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 505,000 meals to men, women and children, 97,300 nights of shelter and 56,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, and expert medical and optometric care.


James Winans
(646) 362-3110

October 2016 - The Bowery Mission Expands Partnership with Goodwill Rescue Mission

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The Bowery Mission Expands Partnership with Goodwill Rescue Mission, Accepting Goodwill’s Invitation to Lead Historic Newark Ministry; Goodwill Celebrates 120 Years in Newark This Month

NEW YORK – As Goodwill Rescue Mission celebrates 120 years of service to the homeless in Newark, New Jersey, the organization has joined forces with The Bowery Mission, headquartered in New York City. Together, these two organizations will more effectively serve homeless and marginalized men, women and children throughout Metro New York.

Goodwill Rescue Mission celebrates this new partnership and its 120th anniversary on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00am-12:30pm (formal program 11:30am) at 79 University Avenue.

David P. Jones, President and CEO of The Bowery Mission, now leads the combined $20 million operation, including more than 150 staff members and 8,000 volunteers serving nearly 500,000 meals annually and providing shelter, showers, clothing, medical care, crisis referrals, and faith-based residential life transformation programs, as well as summer camp and year-round opportunities for children.

The decision to combine Goodwill and The Bowery Mission was announced on May 19, 2016 by Jan Nagel, Chairman of The Bowery Mission and interim Chair of the Goodwill Rescue Mission. “At the invitation of Goodwill Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors, The Bowery Mission will assume control of the operations of Goodwill Rescue Mission. The Bowery Mission brings a 137-year track record of excellence in compassionate care and life transformation programs for the homeless and poor of New York City. The Bowery Mission will carry forward Goodwill’s 120-year legacy of service with the poor, homeless and addicted of Newark. With the management resources of The Bowery Mission, Goodwill will be better positioned to meet growing needs in Newark during a time of increased poverty and homelessness in the entire New York City metropolitan area.”

“The Bowery Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission share a passion for the vulnerable people we serve,” Jones stated. “By joining forces we will meet not only immediate needs but invite each person into a transformed life that is reconnected to faith, family, community, meaningful work, a place to live and a plan for the future.”

Now a program of The Bowery Mission, Goodwill Rescue Mission will continue to operate as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distinctly branded and wholly supported by donations from its own donor base. Donations to The Bowery Mission will not be used to fund the operations of Goodwill Rescue Mission, nor will donations to Goodwill Rescue Mission fund the operations of The Bowery Mission.

About Goodwill Rescue Mission
Founded in 1896, Goodwill Rescue Mission’s priority is to minister to the suffering and needy in Newark who endure the hopeless cycle of poverty, homelessness and dependencies by providing food, clothing, shelter, and spiritually rich and vocationally focused programs of sustainable comprehensive life transformation.

About The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. Last year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 406,000 meals to men, women and children, 91,000 nights of shelter and 44,000 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, and expert medical and optometric care. Each meal and every night of shelter is an invitation to residential recovery programs, where men and women get a second chance and lives are transformed from hopelessness to hope. Last year, the Mission’s residential programs served nearly 300 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living. To ensure that at-risk children have a positive first chance at life, The Bowery Mission’s city camp and summer camp serves nearly 1,200 at-risk children from poor city neighborhoods.


James Winans
(646) 362-3110