Programs for People Experiencing Homelessness and Poverty

Since 1896, Goodwill Rescue Mission has been committed to serving men and women experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Newark and northern New Jersey community with programs that meet basic, immediate needs, while providing hope and practical, lasting solutions to homelessness.

With almost 1 in 3 people living in poverty in Newark, not knowing where your next meal will come from, or whether you will have a safe place to sleep makes it hard for our neighbors in need to think beyond the present day.

At Goodwill Rescue Mission, we are called to serve and share God’s love with those caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, first by meeting immediate needs with our compassionate care programs, and then by offering hope for new life through residential recovery programs. Whether it was poverty, joblessness, addiction or other life challenges that led these men and women to severe hunger and homelessness, we hope for each of our guests to find a life of dignity and productivity,
rooted in the belief of their own worth found in Christ.

Choose Help

Compassionate Care invites guests to Choose Help. As an intervention to the cycles of poverty and hopelessness, guests can receive care for basic or emergency needs in welcoming, trauma-informed environments. Meals and radical hospitality are offered to all who walk through our doors — no questions asked.

Make Progress

Residential & Community Programs are designed to help men and women Make Progress. Once basic needs are satisfied, clients are invited to develop individual plans to regain independence. They can access comprehensive services for physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing — all in the context of a safe, supportive community. Tools may include counseling, addiction recovery, and job and housing placement.

Sustain & Grow

Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs inspire graduates of our program to Sustain & Grow. Transitional Housing gives our graduates more independence while they continue to have access to staff who help them continue to grow in their employment and obtain sustainable housing. Our Alumni Programs offer graduates the support they need as they continue their journey toward self-sufficiency.

How Principles of Care Give Hope for New Life

Together, Goodwill Rescue Mission, New York City Rescue Mission and The Bowery Mission are leveraging more than 400 years of combined service to effectively combat the epidemic of homelessness affecting nearly 70,000 people in the Newark and New York metro areas.

With nine campuses in Newark, greater New York City and the Poconos region of Pennsylvania, we’re saying “yes” to more people, more often and with better services. Our work is driven by eight principles of care to empower individuals to find new life and experience God’s love.

Goodwill Rescue Mission is working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors in need in Newark and northern New Jersey. Just as arriving at a point of real hunger and homelessness didn’t happen overnight, the path to recovery and self-sufficiency takes time, courage and much effort from our guests. Your gifts provide practical care to neighbors experiencing homelessness, poverty and other crises, and invite them to dare to hope for a life of dignity, productivity and independence.