Human Services

The Bowery Mission

  • New York, NY

Mission Statement

The Bowery Mission serves men, women, and children in New York City caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and sees their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and spiritual wholeness.

Main Programs

  1. Compassionate Care
  2. Adult Life Transformation
  3. Children's Programs

service areas

New York

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ruling year


chief executive

Mr. David P. Jones

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homeless,housing,food,shelter,drugs,alcohol,recovery,medical,crisis intervention,referrals,men,women,children,youth,at risk,mentoring,tutoring,summer camp

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Physical Address

432 Park Avenue South 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016

Also Known As

The Bowery Mission


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The Bowery Mission offers a second chance to thousands of men and women overcoming homelessness, addiction, and abuse -- and gives a positive first chance to hundreds of children previously at risk of falling behind.

In 2015, The Bowery Mission provided: 406,000 nutritious meals, 91,500 nights of shelter, 44,100 articles of clothing, 673 medical and optometry appointments, 276 assessments and referrals, 1,163 summer camp experiences, and 271 year-round mentoring and enrichment opportunities for youth. We also served 285 formerly homeless men and women in our life transformation programs, placed 137 in housing and 129 in stable jobs, and graduated 84 who met our high standard indicators for future success. We did all of this with the help of more than 600 volunteers per month and over 30,000 donors whose donations included over $9 million in financial donations and over $3 million worth of in-kind goods.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Compassionate Care

Since 1879, The Bowery Mission has offered compassionate care to everyone entering our famous red doors, specifically the unsheltered homeless. Compassionate Care includes:

Meals: The Bowery Mission’s nationally recognized food program serves over 1,000 meals a day to the
homeless and food insecure in New York City. Our chefs offer creative, nutritious, and well-balanced meals served by over 7,000 volunteers each year. Our Outreach Truck travels to parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn twice per week to serve hot soup and groceries.

Clothing, Showers, and Emergency Shelter:
The Bowery Mission supplies showers and new or lightly used donated clothing to anyone who needs it. The Bowery Mission’s 21-day shelter program invites guests to sleep in a
real bed on a donated luxury mattress, with sleepwear, a shower, and a social worker and pastoral care devoted to
helping them get off the streets for good. In times of inclement or dangerous weather, the chapel and dining room are transformed into safe temporary shelter to make sure no one sleeps outside. In 2015, The Bowery Mission provided 44,100 articles of clothing, 6,200 showers, and 91,500 nights of shelter.

Evaluation, Referral, and Medical Services:
For those with chronic substance abuse or mental health issues, we make referrals to specialized partner organizations. We also assist clients to obtain identifying
documents and access to government benefits. The Bowery Mission’s medical clinic, staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses, offers free medical care every Wednesday. Additional services are available on site from SUNY Optometry and Project Renewal’s MedVan. In 2015, we made 276 referrals and conducted over 600 medical exams.

Community: Many of our clients develop close relationships with our staff and often with each other. For this community The Bowery Mission is both home and family. Staff members greet these individuals by name, inquire caringly about their well-being and listen to their concerns. When clients disappear they are missed, sought after and, if necessary, given the extra care they need. The chapel offers a place for members of the community to reflect and grow spiritually.


Human Services


Population Served



Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Adult Life Transformation

For men and women ready to take the next step into lasting recovery, The Bowery Mission offers residential Life Transformation Programs. Through clinical counseling, life skills classes, career training, job and housing placement, and a supportive community, residents reconnect with faith, family, sobriety, jobs, housing, and gain true hope for the future. Our Women’s Centers are located in beautiful
townhomes on the Upper East Side and Harlem. Men begin in the Lower East Side and continue recovery in East Harlem. We also operate a city-funded program on Avenue D.


Human Services


Population Served



Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Program 3

Children's Programs

The Bowery Mission gives a positive first chance to children at risk of falling behind–helping to prevent the cycle of
poverty. Mont Lawn City Camp is the core of that strategy: Focused on achieving select outcomes critical to breaking that cycle, we broaden children’s horizons and change their life direction during the school year through a variety of enrichment activities, mentoring, and practical help for their families.
Mont Lawn City Camp:
City Camp offers year-round academic, athletic, health, and arts enrichment activities, leadership mentoring, and practical support for whole families.

Mont Lawn Summer Camp: 
A 120-year-old summer sleep-away camp where children affected by poverty in the city take part in life-changing experiences in Pennsylvania’s Poconos region.


Youth Development


Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General


How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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1. Number of clients served

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Compassionate Care
Context notes for this metric
We do not track unique clients in our compassionate care program (emergency meals, shelter, clothing, medical care) because we do not ask for identification.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Bowery Mission's ultimate goal is to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City. Every night, 57,000 people sleep in New York City's shelters, including 21,000 children. An additional 3,100 live on the streets and in the subways. 106,700 New York City students drop out before graduating from high school.

    In response, The Bowery Mission is expanding programs to serve even more men and women in crisis and under-served youth with a holistic program that covers the full continuum of care. We begin with meeting the basic needs of each man, woman, or child who comes to us in crisis – and continues by partnering with them in completely transforming lives to wholeness, health, and lasting productivity.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    At The Bowery Mission, we believe life transformation starts with the individual. To that end, we employ three strategies along the continuum of care:

    Compassionate Care for the homeless and hurting: A warm meal, safe shelter, and a hot shower or a medical appointment are often the first avenues of care at The Bowery Mission, which meet the immediate basic needs of each guest and provide stability for future growth.

    Life Transformation for men and women: The Bowery Mission invites men and women to trade in their life on the streets for a fresh start by entering one of our residential recovery programs. Residents receive free meals and shelter while participating in an intensive program of life skills, counseling, addiction recovery, job training, spiritual growth, and community living.

    New Life Direction for at-risk children and youth: Mont Lawn City Camp and Summer Camp meet the needs of at-risk children in New York City. By broadening children's horizons and changing their life direction -- through year-round personal and group mentoring, family support, and enrichment activities culminating in an unforgettable summer camp experience -- we set them on the path towards academic, social and emotional success.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Bowery Mission, a $17.5 million faith-based human services agency, relies on a staff of 130, a volunteer base of 9,000, a donor base of 30,000, and over $3 million worth of in-kind goods each year to accomplish our mission. Many of our counseling staff were previously in crisis themselves and are able to compassionately guide residents through the program. Our operations staff, many of them graduates, work alongside residents and volunteers every day to efficiently and effectively provide hundreds of meals, manage the flow of guests, keep up facilities, and ensure everyone's safety.

    Key staff include:

    Dave Jones, President and CEO - Dave started with The Bowery Mission in April 2015, after serving as Interim Director at Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark, NJ, and previously enjoying a 26-year career at KPMG, one of the “big four" global accounting and consulting firms. Dave is an ordained minister and a veteran business executive with a passion for helping the less fortunate build better lives.

    Robert Depue, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer - Rob's responsibilities include treasury operations, annual budgeting, government contract management, financial and tax reporting, information technology, accounts payable, risk management, and human resource functions. Prior to his tenure with The Bowery Mission, Rob had a 22 year career with AT&T including a position as a Business Unit CFO in which he managed the complete financial operations of a $400 million business.

    James Winans, Chief Development Officer - James has been with The Bowery Mission since 2005. As Chief Development Officer, James has delivered strong fundraising results through the recession, establishing a vibrant social media presence, launched The Mission's first major capital campaign and positioning the organization to meet future revenue needs.

    The Bowery Mission co-founded Rescue Alliance NYC, a partnership of faith-based homeless services providers including New York City Relief, New York City Rescue Mission, Goodwill Rescue Mission, Street Life Ministries and Hope for New York. A major initiative of the Rescue Alliance is an annual street outreach to the homeless called Don't Walk By. The Rescue Alliance also conducts smaller weekly outreaches throughout the year and is strategizing for future collaboration opportunities.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We consider our compassionate care program a success when it continues to provide basic services to anyone who comes into our doors, regardless of their background. We measure the success of our adult life transformation programs against five indicators that a life has been transformed: spiritually grounded, connection to family and community, commitment to sobriety, employment or stable income and housing, and a plan for the future. Those who graduate from our program have met all of these criteria. Some meet only one or two indicators. We consider these clients to be successful even if they haven't met our high standards for graduation.

    Our City Camp model is based on a deeply researched and mapped Theory of Change, which delivers three measurable Developmental Youth Outcomes:
    Act Responsibly: To interact appropriately across diverse settings; to begin to take responsibility for themselves and others; and to manage the lures of unhealthy or risky behaviors - such as premature sexual activity, substance abuse and serious criminal activity - that endanger their future.
    Be Productive: To do well in school, to establish outside interests and to establish basic life skills.
    Connect: To establish connections with adults, including family members and others within the community; to establish positive peer relationships; to connect with larger institutions such as religious or civic groups.

    At every meal or outreach event, a designated staff member tracks the number of meals served. Similar counts are taken for clothing, showers and other basic services. We only count services, not people, as we do not ask for identification for our basic care services. Staff compile these statistics into a monthly "dashboard" for the purposes of program management and evaluation. Once clients decide to enter one of our residential programs and meet with a counselor, they are entered into Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), our performance management software. We track each client's progress against a "life transformation matrix" based on the Self Sufficiency Scale developed by the Ford Foundation. This matrix, which uses our five indicators of a transformed life as its benchmark, is integrated into ETO. We also use ETO to track referrals, aggregate client data and evaluate counselor effectiveness.

    In our children's programs, we administer surveys to participants, obtain feedback from mentors, and monitor grade matriculation. This information is entered into Efforts to Outcomes, our outcomes tracking software, along with attendance records.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Bowery Mission draws on its 137-year history of serving the homeless and those struggling with addictions to discern best practices. Every year, we continue to provide over 400,000 meals, serve nearly 300 men and women in our adult recovery programs, and provide over 1,100 children with year round and summer camp programming. As we grow and expand, we are looking to adapt our program to the changing needs of the homeless. Many obstacles can stand in the way, whether it be relapse of graduates, a difficult economy with few opportunities for entry-level employment and affordable housing, or tough neighborhoods where kids can fall back in with negative peer groups. As we move into new neighborhoods, we plan to continue expanding and serving both children and adults through "Community Hope Centers" that provide a response to every point of crisis -- whether it's a poor education, a broken family, chronic homelessness, addiction, unemployment, or general hopelessness. The Bowery Mission focuses on holistic, faith-based, intensive, outcomes-driven programs: compassionate care for those in crisis, residential recovery for adults and neighborhood-focused, year-round support for children.

service areas

New York

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Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

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Mr. David P. Jones


David P. Jones was named the President and CEO of The Bowery Mission in 2015 and has refocused the entire organization on its stated goal to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City.

Toward this end, Dave reorganized the Mission's programs around a clearly articulated theory of change and continuum of care. In his first year, Dave launched a new shelter program for men, a gateway program for women, a second City Camp program for at-risk children in East Harlem and the first Community Hope Center in East Harlem. Dave centralized core services in a relocated headquarters office, freeing resources for future program innovations including a reimagined Men's Center on Avenue D and a Compassionate Care Center at the Mission's flagship Bowery location. Dave serves as the Chair of the NYC Rescue Alliance, a collaborative network of faith-based organizations serving the homeless.

Dave joined The Bowery Mission after an interim role as Executive Director of Newark's Goodwill Rescue Mission. In less than a year, Dave overcame significant challenges to return the Goodwill Rescue Mission to its vital role as a key provider of services for the poor, homeless and addicted in Newark and surrounding areas. Dave directed the launch of a new feeding program, an emergency shelter program and a residential recovery program. Dave also began refurbishment of Goodwill's core ministry facilities.

Previously, Dave enjoyed a twenty-six year career at KPMG, one of the “big four" global accounting and consulting firms. He served in various client service and leadership roles as a tax, corporate transactions, and risk management partner in the New York office of KPMG, and retired as a partner in 2010.

For six years, Dave served as co-Pastor and Elder of Byram Bay Christian Church, a nondenominational church in Hopatcong, New Jersey. Dave continues to serve on the boards of the American Christian School, East Harlem Fellowship and Africa Potential, and also serves on the President's Council of New York City Relief.

Dave earned a BS in Accounting from Florida State University, an MBA from Columbia University, an MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a ThM Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dave lives with his wife, Kathi, and his daughter, Kate, in New York City.



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