Meet The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission & Kids With A Promise ministers to New York City men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds. The Bowery Mission seeks to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City.The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.” Kids With A Promise, the Mission’s children’s program, serves at-risk youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer.
How The Bowery Mission Does Good
The Bowery Mission’s programs for men provide meals, emergency shelter, and residential recovery programs. As women became the new face of homelessness during the 1990’s, the Bowery Mission adapted their experience in restoring the lives of homeless men to develop programs for women that offer hope and opportunity for a transformed life. The Bowery Mission addresses homelessness as both the problem and the symptom by meeting basic needs and operating residential recovery programs that help the homeless to regain sobriety, reconnect with family and faith, pursue educational goals, and prepare for work and independent living.Each day, the Bowery Mission serves more than 900 meals to homeless men and women who have nowhere else to turn, and each night over 180 men, women, and children receive safe shelter. When temperatures fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, The Bowery Mission opens its doors to provide warm, emergency shelter. The organization also provides weekly medical services and monthly optical services, administered by a a team of volunteer doctors and medical professionals offer medical services. In addition to these basic services, The Bowery Mission also provides faith-based recovery programs for both men and women, which offer a chance for participants to achieve spiritual, emotional, and physical restoration. The Bowery Mission’s Kids With A Promise programs are designed to support a youth’s development, from age 6-18, giving each child a chance to discover and employ their unique talents and gifts.
The Bowery Mission’s Impact
This year, donors and volunteers helped The Bowery Mission provide more than 356,000 meals, 34,000 bags of groceries, 72,100 nights of shelter and 45,300 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 500 professional doctor’s appointments and 100 eye examinations at the organization’s in-house clinic.
Three programs house 180 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living. Last summer, Kids With A Promise provided 886 at-risk kids with the chance to go to summer camp and experience growth in an environment far removed from the inner city’s toughness. Kids With A Promise alsos provide mentoring and educational opportunities to more than 100 children year-round.
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