Allentown Rotary Donates Food to Homeless Men after Big Event at the Rotary Fountain

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On August 15th the Rotary Club of Allentown, Pennsylvania had a celebration Mixer at the Rotary Fountain on 7th Street in front of the County Courthouse....the Dream Come True for Rotarian, the late Warren Armstrong. They decided to enjoy a summer night as a club. Members stopped by for some time to see the bricks donated with dedications on them. Several years ago, members purchased bricks to fund the Fountain as a gift to the city. Thank you, Wendy Body and Lou Bottitta, for your work in creating a lovely night for all including a huge buffet of food! 

The food included pizzas, veggie and dip trays, cheese trays, and Mediterranean trays.  Recently the Development Manager of the Allentown Rescue Mission, Rosaria Stoops, joined the Rotary.  Due to Rosaria's involvement with the Rotary and the Rotary's firm belief in service to the local Allentown Community, they decided to donate all the food left over!  It was a huge donation for the mission.

The Allentown Rescue Mission was able to put the food out for lunch the next day.  It was a big treat for the men of the mission.  They were happy to get something new for lunch and enjoyed the change up!  Thanks to donors like the Allentown Rotary the Allentown Rescue Mission can keep food costs down.  Every meal only costs $2.37 per person per meal!  On a yearly basics the Mission serves 55,191 meals.  It also provides over 30,380 nights of shelter and has about 900 men come through the doors.

July 2019 Newsletter

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Our New Billboards Are Up

As you are traveling around the Lehigh Valley be sure to keep your eyes out for our new billboards. We are proud to see the men of The Mission sharing their stories. Here are the locations to try and spot:

  • Tilghman St, East of Werley Rd

  • Hamilton St, East of St Elmo St

  • Buckeye Rd, West of Tank Farm Rd

  • Lehigh St, West of Vultee St

  • S 3rd (basin St), South of Union St

  • SR 378, South of Black River Rd WS

  • SR 512, North of Steuben Rd

We can't wait to hear what you think of our new billboards.

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Allentown Rescue Mission's New Billboards

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Your kindness will rewrite the chapter

Dear Friends,

In your travels around the Lehigh Valley you may notice our new billboards.  They highlight three important facts:

  1. Many homeless have no family and nobody to whom they can turn for help;

  2. The homeless are people like you and me;

  3. You can have a positive impact on the life of a homeless person

If you see our new billboards please take a moment to consider the message: The Allentown Rescue Mission works every day to increase the well-being of the least fortunate among us, and it is only through your kindness that we can do this.

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Celebrating Twelve Men Who Graduated from our Christian Living Program

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Allentown Rescue Mission

Celebrating twelve men who graduated

Please join us in congratulating the twelve men who graduated from our Christian Living Program during the second quarter of 2019.  Stephen, Raymond, Anthony, James, Dean, Pedro, Kariem, Eashon, Todd, Michael, Curtis, and James may sound like ordinary names, but these are not ordinary men, and they have extraordinary stories.

All twelve have one thing in common: they came to the Allentown Rescue Mission because they were homeless.  They are now on their way to becoming productive members of society.  One has received his barber license and practices in Allentown.  Another works in a manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley.  Several have become employees at the Mission working in either maintenance or housekeeping, or cooking meals for fellow residents and staff.

These twelve men, like all of our graduates, came to us because they had no place to go.  They embraced our Christian Living Program, and transitioned from homelessness to our Clean Team, and finally to employment outside the Mission and independence.

These men are on a journey to a productive life, and the Allentown Rescue Mission is here to help them thanks to our donors.  The next time you see a man wearing a blue shirt keeping our city clean think about his story.  He came to the Mission because he had no place to go.  Now he is working to make both his life, and our city, better.

Congratulations men of second quarter 2019!

May 2019 Newsletter

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Christian Living Graduation

This is the 2019 First quarter Christian Living Program Graduation Class! I can tell you I have never seen men as happy as when you pull up to a buffet and say, "Have at it!". The friendship bonds that the men have is amazing!

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6

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Unsung Hero Award Presented to David Marakovits and Buckno Lisicky & Company

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On February 27, 2019, The Allentown Rescue Mission was honored to present both David Marakovits and Buckno Lisicky & Company with the Allentown Rescue Mission’s Unsung Hero Award. 

David Marakovits, manager at Buckno Lisicky, graciously donated his time, skills and expertise to lead a complex, multi-part Management Advisory assignment for the Allentown Rescue Mission.  David provided special insights into the financial closing and reporting cycles, organization structure, management development and operational planning processes. 

Buckno Lisicky and company generously donated the resources to enable David to complete his contributions and as such have made a substantial contribution to the Allentown Rescue Mission and our goals to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Restore homeless men in our community. 

The Allentown Rescue Mission’s Unsung Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations who make substantial contributions to the Allentown Rescue Mission - but do it in a way that otherwise would go unrecognized.  We at the Mission are extremely grateful and pleased to present both David Marakovits and his firm, Buckno Lisicky and Company with these Unsung Hero Awards.    

New Snow Removal Equipment for the Clean Team

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Last week the Clean Team had the pleasure of meeting with Mayor Ray O’Connell Downtown for a photo op and “Thank You” from the Mayor for the hard work we do.

We also announced the purchase of new snow removal equipment to be utilized by the Clean Team this winter season.

The Men had a wonderful time as they listened as the Mayor spoke to them about "Not looking back but moving forward, we can't change the past but we can make positive life choices from here on out!".

We would like to thank IDWraps & Malcolm Gieske (Owner of ID Wraps) of Slatington for donating the wrap for the 2018 Kawasaki UTV.

Check out the full article here.