Human Services

The Bowery Mission

  • New York, NY

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Compassionate Care
  2. Adult Residential Recovery
  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

In 2014, The Bowery Mission provided: 392,160 nutritious meals, 98,100 nights of shelter, 45,000 articles of clothing, 798 medical and optometric appointments, 348 assessments and referrals, 1,088 summer camp experiences, and 65 year-round mentoring and educational opportunities. We also served 318 formerly homeless men and women in our residential recovery programs and graduated 95 to new lives of independence and hope. We did all of this with the help of more than 600 volunteers per month and over 30,000 donors whose donations included over $7 million in financial donations and over $3 million worth of in-kind goods.

In 2015, we are fulfilling our goals of expanding our programs by opening two new residential recovery programs in Harlem and providing new year-round neighborhood-based programming for children in the South Bronx and East Harlem.


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 serves nearly 1,000 meals a day to New Yorkers in need. Most clients come to our dining room at 227 Bowery. For those without the ability or willingness to come to the Mission, our Outreach Truck delivers fresh vegetables, breads, pastries, hot soup, and groceries to the homeless and working poor in parks in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Clothing, Showers, and Emergency Shelter:
Often our homeless guests arrive with only the clothing on their backs. In the clothing room, they can acquire anything from warm coats to socks and underwear. In addition, residents of our program can obtain interview outfits. Twice a week, we open up the shower program, with each guest receiving toiletries and clean clothing. During times of extreme weather, we transform our chapel and dining hall into an emergency shelter, providing warmth and safety for homeless men coming in from the cold.

Evaluation, Referral, and Medical Services:
The Bowery Mission’s volunteer-run medical clinic treats members of the homeless community and residents of the program. Every Wednesday night, our volunteer doctors and nurses treat a variety of needs, from diabetes to asthma to dermatologic conditions. The optometry clinic operates every week and provides free eye exams and glasses. The Crisis Intervention Office assists clients with accessing identifying documents, referrals to mental health or detox programs, and obtaining government benefits.

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.



Population Served



Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Adult Residential Recovery

Men and women who wish to leave lives of homelessness, addiction, and despair can receive up to fifteen months free food and lodging combined with individual and group counseling, employment training, life skills development, spiritual direction and family reconciliation.



Population Served



Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Program 3

Children's Programs

The Bowery Mission's children's programs consist of a summer sleep away camp and year-round neighborhood-based support for at risk children and youth.
Mont Lawn Camp: 
Since 1894, Mont Lawn Camp has given at-risk youth from New York City a chance to realize their potential and envision a positive future. Nestled in 200 acres in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Mont Lawn provides an unsurpassed camp experience to over 1,100 campers every summer.

The elementary camp (ages 6-12) provides a one-week program designed to teach community values and build character. Campers learn how to swim, take art and dance classes, challenge themselves on the climbing wall, paddleboat on the lake, and more. Throughout the week, they grow in confidence and build solid friendships with their counselors and other campers.

Leadership Hill (ages 13-16) provides an adventure-based leadership development program for teenagers. The teens live in a rustic environment for ten days, separate from the rest of camp. There they cook their own meals, learn leadership skills, and build community with their fellow campers. A signature part of the program is an overnight canoe trip. Many Leadership Hill participants go on to become counselors by participating in our Counselors-in-Training program (ages 16-18). This program is the crowning experience of a childhood at Mont Lawn Camp and enables campers to put their leadership skills to good use.

Mont Lawn City Camp:
City Camp provides year-round programming for campers in the neighborhoods where they live -- including mentoring, tutoring, family engagement, and peer group programming. The purpose of City Camp is to build relationships with campers beyond the week they spend at camp - providing at-risk children with the opportunities and support they need to develop resilience, build character, and truly thrive and excel as individuals who can transform their communities.



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. 84,000 school children lack stable housing and the graduation rate is 64%.

    In response, The Bowery Mission has expanded programs with the goal of becoming the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation in New York City. We have nearly doubled our adult program bed capacity by establishing a new women's center and a new men's center, both in Harlem. Our goal is to serve even more men and women in crisis with a holistic program that fills gaps in the continuum of care, from compassionate care to transitional housing to independence. Our goal for at risk youth is to provide neighborhood-based year-round mentoring, tutoring, peer group programming, and family support -- in order to empower children to develop the necessary skills to become resilient and self-reliant and to shape themselves and their communities for a better future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    At The Bowery Mission, we believe transformation starts with the individual. To that end, we employ three strategic approaches in our services to homeless adults and at risk youth:

    Compassionate Care: Those who live on the streets often don't know where their next meal is going to come from. The Bowery Mission serves over 900 meals/day to the unsheltered homeless and others in need through its dining room at 227 Bowery and outreaches throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Beyond meals, The Mission provides free clothing, showers, medical care, emergency cold weather shelter, counseling and referrals. Our compassionate care program serves as a low-barrier entry point to our life-changing residential recovery programs.

    Residential Recovery: Men and women who wish to leave lives of homelessness, addiction, and despair can receive up to fifteen months free food and lodging combined with individual and group counseling, employment training, life skills development, spiritual direction and family reconciliation. As we expand our adult programs, we also want to make them more effective. To that end, we have become more clinical in regards to counseling and more academic in regards to employment readiness, with an intense focus on addiction recovery, GED completion, and vocational training. A new outcomes tracking and reporting system strengthens evaluation of programs and staff. Newly hired staff come well-credentialed in management, mental health, and counseling. Current staff will receive training and certification in issues such as trauma and substance abuse. Residents will be formed into groups of 15, each group led by a "house coach" who will guide, counsel, and provide accountability during their entire stay in the program. With these improvements, we believe that we will be more effective in taking a person from a place of crisis to a place of thriving, giving them newfound purpose and hope and enabling them to be productive members of society.

    Camping, mentoring and educational programming for children: The Bowery Mission's Mont Lawn Camp provides summer sleep away programming for 1,100 at-risk children and teens each summer. Neighborhood-based programming (dubbed "City Camp" provides these children with year round support in the form of mentoring, tutoring, peer group programming, and family support. Currently, City Camp is located in the South Bronx and East Harlem , with the goal of eventually reaching every neighborhood where our campers live in New York City. In providing support for these at risk youth, we hope to change their life direction and ensure that they will never need our services as adults.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Bowery Mission, a $15.6 million faith-based human services agency, relies on a staff of 120, a volunteer base of 10,000, a donor base of 30,000, and over $3.5 million worth of in-kind goods each year to accomplish our mission. Many of our counseling staff were homeless or addicted 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, Betel America, Street Life Ministries and Hope for New York. The Bowery Mission provides staff and logistical support for the Alliance's annual street outreach to the homeless called Don't Walk By. In the process, The Bowery Mission and New York City Relief have formed a deep partnership, which has strengthened The Mission's year-round street outreach capacity.

  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 residential recovery 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 using 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, monitor grade matriculation, and conduct surveys of parents and children participating in Strengthening Families. 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 serve nearly 400,000 meals, serve over 300 men and women in our adult recovery programs, and provide over 1,100 children with summer camp and year round 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 hope to continue expanding and serving both children and adults through "Centers of Hope" 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.

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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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