Phil grew up believing he had no value.

Phil grew up believing he had no value. His alcoholic father beat
him every day and, after his parents divorced, his mother abused and
then abandoned him. Eventually, Phil turned to alcohol and drugs to deal
with his pain, costing him jobs and relationships. Finally, he wound up
homeless, sitting on a park bench contemplating suicide. “I prayed ‘If
there’s any hope or purpose you have for me, guide me.’” Instantly, Phil
remembered hearing of the Allentown Rescue Mission!
He gave his life to Christ while in Gateway, our emergency shelter,
and entered our Christian Living Program, continuing to heal and grow.
After graduation, Phil stayed on at the Mission, working on the Clean
Team, saving money and looking for work. “I got blessed with a job, and I
have the money to go do something positive. I have a sense of purpose.”
With your support, men like Phil have found hope and
begun new lives. THANK YOU!


John has a reason to celebrate!!!

John has a reason to celebrate!!!
Meet John! He came to the Mission believing all hope for his life was gone. Your support provided the
hot, nourishing meal that changed everything – and gave him hope for a new life in Christ.
Today, you can help more men like
John with your gift to feed, shelter and
share God’s love during our Annual
Campaign. A meal is just $2.37… and the hope
it provides in the lives of homeless
and hungry men is truly a reason
to celebrate!

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Thank you for the new hope you make
possible in hurting lives!


Thomas’s world fell apart

Thomas’s world fell apart when his mom passed away. He and his brother had been caring for their elderly mother due to her declining health. But they were unable to manage on their own after her death. As the bills piled up and money ran out, Thomas and his brother ended up losing their apartment. With nowhere else to go, the brothers lived in their vehicle for several days while they tried to figure out a plan. A beacon of hope came in the form of their sister, who had heard about the programs at the Allentown Rescue Mission and suggested they stay here until they got back on their feet. Thomas came to the Allentown Rescue Mission, where God’s love and gifts from you and other faithful friends provided him with food, shelter and guidance to restore his life. Today, he has a newfound faith and trust in Jesus Christ. He graduated from the program and lives on his own, but continues to work on the Clean Team helping around the Allentown community. “I’m grateful to be here with a good bunch of people, and I’m trying my best to do a good job.” His gratitude belongs to caring friends like you who provide second chances for those who need a helping hand and a fresh start. Thank you.


“God supplies my every need.”

Stories of Hope
“God supplies my every need.” After serving in the military, Barry struggled with an addiction to drugs for three decades – he lost jobs, a place to live and eventually, became homeless. “Then I had a terrible seizure and ended up in the emergency room. I didn’t have anywhere to go so they introduced me to the Mission.” Barry entered our Christian Living Program and rediscovered his faith, which led to healing, inside and out. “God placed me here to get my relationship right, get off drugs and give me a purpose.” Today, Barry is a graduate of our program and continues to work on the Clean Team, helping to repair and revitalize the streets in our community. “Through His mighty power, I’m still on the Clean Team. He blessed me with a place to live. He continues to provide.” Barry is content to wait for God to direct his future plans. “God places me in people’s lives to be an example. Not to see me, but to see Him in me.” With your support, men Barry have found hope and begun new lives. THANK YOU!


“I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

Stories of Hope
“I didn’t have anywhere else to go.” For years, Lou lived from paycheck to paycheck, until the stress of being so behind on his bills led to a severe depression. He tried to
recover on his own, but only felt more hopeless – and lost his job and apartment. Finally, Lou checked into a local hospital for help with his depression. “I had never been in a situation like that before. It was definitely scary.” But it was where he first heard about the Allentown Rescue Mission.
Lou entered our Christian Living Program and reconnected
with the Lord. “I’ve grown quite a bit – I’m learning about the Bible and I started praying again.” Now, he plans to go back to school and has already applied for a training program at a local hospital. “I’m working toward a goal of getting a job, then a car and my own place.” He’s thankful for his time in our care, and the lessons he has learned. “They help a lot of people at the Mission. It’s reinforced my Christian values and I’m grateful.”
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Gary was happily married with three sons and a good job

Gary was happily married with three sons and a good job. “I thought I had a perfect life,” he says. “But after my kids grew up and moved out, my wife and I didn’t have things in common and we separated.” Then Gary lost his job and couldn’t find another. “I was 60 and nobody wanted to hire me,” he says. “I lived on the streets for three months.” It was then Gary happened upon the Allentown Rescue Mission. Gary stayed in our Gateway Center Emergency Shelter for 10 days and, when he learned of our Christian Living Program, decided it was for him. Since then, his relationship with the Lord has grown dramatically. “I don’t think I ever picked up the Bible before I came here, but now I’m reading it every day,” he says. “I believed in God, but it wasn’t in my heart. Now He means everything to me.” Gary has now graduated from the program, has his own apartment, and works on the Clean Team, cleaning the Mission. “If it weren’t for the Mission, I don’t know what I would’ve done. They turned my life completely around,” he says. “I feel like I found myself – and I’ve never been happier.”