Quick Facts | Allentown Rescue Mission

(610) 740-5500 355 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown info@armpa.org


Quick Facts

Rescue Mission Facts

The Organization:

Purpose: Rescue, rehabilitation and restoration for people in crisis.
Founded: 1900
Core Values: Christ-centered; compassion; restoration; enrichment; excellence; leadership.
Governance: Local Board of Directors (not part of any national organization)
Charity Status: Non-profit corporation, IRS 501(c)(3), registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Religious Affiliation: Christian, non-denominational
Clients: Adult men
Average age: 46 years
Number Served in FY 2013: 778 individuals, some of whom were served by more than one program
Facilities: 355 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, PA
  • Four 100-year old buildings
  • 117 beds: 66 emergency shelter beds, 51 program beds
  • 50 seat dining room
  • 56 seat worship center
Staff: 26 Full-time and 7 Part-time staff


Gateway Center (Emergency Shelter)

  • 66 beds for homeless men
  • Free services include nutritious meals, personal care items, beds, clothing, shower facilities, referrals/placements and chapel services
  • Referrals and placement with other agencies, if needed
  • Provides opportunities to enter the Mission's long-term programs to help resolve the problems causing homelessness and to end it permanently
  • An average 15-day stay limit to encourage guests to seek employment and strive for self-sufficiency
  • Open 3:30 PM to 8:15 PM

Christian Living and Values Program

  • Residential program for self-sufficiency and permanent recovery from homelessness
  • Case managers help clients manage life skills so they can find permanent housing and stabilization
  • Many clients are employed, unless unable due to physical or mental disabilities
  • Clients are encouraged to worship and to fellowship in a local congregation of their choice
  • Weekly Bible study, daily devotions with staff, evening chapel with local church groups
  • Helps clients acquire new job skills, stabilize their mental or physical health
  • 30-day progress review on clients
  • Individualized case management plans guide and measure progress in achieving goals

 The Clean Team

  • The Clean Team is a project employing clients who are working their way out of homelessness. It gives them a start on becoming productive workers. It is also a training program, teaching them how to be prompt, safe, attentive, cooperative and productive. Using litter pickup as a platform, Clean Team workers learn workplace skills so they can succeed in almost any work environment.
In 2014, 37 men obtained permanent employment placement through the Clean Team!


Range of Services:

Ending Homelessness:  Assisting clients with finding available, permanent housing.

Restoration: Provide stable living situations through our Christian Living and Values Transitional Program.

The Ministry Experience: Staff provides morning devotions, evening chapel, Bible study and prayer.

Rescue from the Streets: Emergency shelter, meals and clothing.

Counseling and Case Management: Professional guidance in resolving life issues.

Transportation Assistance: Bus tickets, driving clients to appointments or to work.

Medical Tests, Medication Assistance: The Mission pays for medical needs not covered by welfare or third-party services.

Medical Care: In partnership with DeSales University, medical services are provided to homeless men and program graduates.