Each year the Allentown Rescue Mission helps approximately 800 homeless, hungry, and hurting men in need. And although we are fond of all of them, some make such a lasting impression that we keep thinking about them long after they are gone. One such man is Robert, or as his friends call him, Bob. Bob went through our Transformation Program and worked for our Clean Team.
“Bob was one of the Clean Team’s first part-time drivers. His job was to collect all the trash bags our guys fill during the day throughout Allentown and work as a lead worker on job sites. He did a great job and had a great attitude.” Michael Mauro, our Clean Team/Facilities Manager, fondly remembers.
While employed by the Clean Team, Bob found an apartment in Downtown Allentown, adopted a stray cat, and even reconnected with his high school girlfriend from over 45 years ago. After leaving the Clean Team, Bob found employment at a Sunoco gas station in Allentown as a porter and janitor. Mike would often pass that Sunoco on his way to work, see Bob’s car, and remember how lives are changed by the Allentown Rescue Mission.
Sadly, Bob passed away in 2018 from cancer, but his presence still lingers with us. Mike says, “Every time I pass that gas station, I take a little glance secretly hoping to see Bob’s car still there so I can stop in and say hi.” Thank you to all our donors, supporters, and friends who make it possible for us to help the “Bobs” of the world. We are forever grateful.