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Where the Lost and Homeless DARE TO HOPE.

Sometimes all it takes is an open door and opportunity. Many of the hurting and homeless individuals who seek help at Goodwill Rescue Mission have longed for a stable life, but never know how to build one. Sadly, others believed they never deserved one. In our care, they can dare to hope for a life of dignity made possible through our compassionate care and life transformation programs and services.

Compassionate Care

Since 1896 Goodwill Rescue Mission has met the short-term, emergency needs of the hurting and homeless of Newark and Essex County caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds with compassionate care services - hot food, safe shelter, warm showers, hygiene items and fresh, clean clothes, and encouragement from God’s word.

Because we know that a simple act of kindness can be the first step toward a transformed life, we try to meet each need of those who come to Goodwill Rescue Mission with practical expressions of God's love - no questions asked, free of charge.

Meals

Thanks to the support of friends like you, Goodwill Rescue Mission offers hope to hundreds of men, women, and children suffering from homelessness, addiction, hunger, and abuse. With your help, we’ll serve over 100,000 meals to hungry people in need this year.

Every meal at Goodwill Rescue Mission comes with a smile, friendship, and HOPE for a new life. The meal you provide could lead a homeless person to counseling, addiction recovery, job training, and employment.

A total life transformation – and it all begins with a meal, for just $1.98.

Emergency Shelter And Showers

While our focus is on serving the comprehensive needs of an individual, the fact remains that there are some situations where the homeless first need to find a safe place to spend the night.

Our emergency shelter provides a secure place to sleep, as well as hot meals, clothing, hygiene products, and access to warm showers.

While Newark sleeps, our staff is on duty serving as many as 43 men each night (expanded during inclement weather). Without Goodwill Rescue Mission, many would be alone on the streets.

Our staff then works with each man to learn about their specific situation, helping them to determine the best course of action for life improvement. Oftentimes this includes entry into our long-term recovery program, Going D.E.A.P.E.R.

Those we serve receive more than a safe night’s sleep. They get to experience healing, love, and HOPE!

Nightly Chapel Service

Goodwill Rescue Mission is a faith-based organization. Although we don’t force or impose religious beliefs on anyone, we welcome the opportunity to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of everyone who enters our doors. To that end, the Mission conducts daily chapel service with the help of our church partners, at 6:30 pm nightly for all our residents and guests to attend. Each service lasts approximately one hour and consists of praise and worship, prayer, and an inspirational message.

If you or your church would like to participate in or lead a chapel service, contact Carmella Hutson at 973-621-9560 ext. 104 or chutson@grmnewark.org.


Life Transformation Program

Goodwill Rescue Mission’s life transformation program for men is making a difference in the lives of poor, unemployed, and homeless men in Newark and North Jersey. Every day, hundreds of people with nowhere else to turn pass through the doors of Goodwill Rescue Mission for a hot meal or other services. Each has a story that brought them to the Mission. For some, it is a recent health crisis or loss of a job that has them choosing between paying their rent or eating. The average homeless man is in his 40’s and has been on the street for six months to a year. Many have been homeless for long periods of time, sometimes decades. The majority of men who seek our help are burdened by alcoholism, drug addictions or mental illness.

Regardless of the circumstances that brought them through our doors, each is welcomed and served a meal with the care that reflects God’s love to them and respects their dignity. It is often through our three daily meals and chapel service that men learn about and make the choice to join our residential life transformation program.

The life changing work of Goodwill Rescue Mission’s programs is made possible through caring, generous donors and volunteers. Every gift, large and small, makes a difference to our homeless neighbors who have nowhere else to turn. Your online gift today will be used to provide meals, shelter, and long-term recovery.

Gateway

The foundation of Goodwill Rescue Mission’s program is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Before committing to the program, the men must complete a 30-90 day trial period which is our Gateway Program, their gateway to life change.

During this time detox and psych referrals are made; vocational assessments are completed; work therapy is used to re-establish healthy work habits; sleep patterns are normalized; and a capacity to live in community is re-established. Capacity for gateway is 32.

Going D.E.A.P.E.R.

 

Going D.E.A.P.E.R. is Goodwill Rescue Mission’s residential life-transformation program for men battling homelessness, addiction, and other life challenges that have undermined their independence and destroyed their self-esteem. The acronym Going D.E.A.P.E.R. describes the four phases of the 9- to 12-month program: Digging In, Embracing Accountability, Planning for the future, and Employment Readiness. Each resident receives personalized growth plans, Bible study, individual and group counseling, financial planning, life-skills training, vocational development, and educational and employment resources. Our current capacity for this program is 30, growing to 60 by the end of 2015.

Transitional Housing

Scheduled to launch in late 2015, this program will serve as the final step in the transition from barely surviving to growing personally, spiritually, and vocationally, and to independently thriving in the community. This one to two year program is designed to allow Going D.E.A.P.E.R. and other approved recovery program graduates to work their plan under the supervision and accountability of spiritual and vocational counselors while holding a job, going to school, or completing apprenticeships.