Human Services

The Bowery Mission

Rebuilding Lives Since 1879

aka The Bowery Mission

New York, NY


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 eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.

Ruling Year


President and CEO

Mr. David P. Jones

Main Address

432 Park Avenue South 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016 USA


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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Every night in New York City, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system, or in other public places -- and over 62,000 men, women, and children spend the night within the city’s shelter system. For individuals experiencing homelessness, the ongoing burden of sleeplessness, hunger, and social isolation can contribute to psychological and physical decline, as well as distrust of others. The South Bronx and East Harlem, where our children's programs are located, are two New York City neighborhoods suffering from concentrated poverty. Burdened with high crime rates, poor health outcomes, and poor housing conditions, these areas pose high risks for child welfare. Growing up in poverty may disturb a child’s brain development and undermine his or her social and emotional growth.

Our programs

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

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Compassionate Care

Residential & Community Programs

Children's Programs

Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of clients served

Population(s) served

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Related program

Compassionate Care

Context notes

We do not track unique clients in our compassionate care program (emergency meals, shelter, clothing, medical care) because we do not ask for identification.

Number of volunteers

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Number of meals served or provided

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Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

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Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Bowery Mission's goal is to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City. One of the nation's oldest rescue missions, The Bowery Mission has provided basic needs assistance to New Yorkers suffering from homelessness and hunger since 1879. Every year we build on this legacy, driven by our desire to deliver the most effective care. Today, The Bowery Mission offers programs and services in nine locations, with the goal of preventing homelessness and partnering with individuals to become independent, self-sustaining citizens. We aim to build trust by establishing name-knowing relationships with our guests, inviting them to choose help and transform their lives. We also serve children experiencing poverty in New York City, with the goal that they never need our services as adults.

We use four strategies to help New Yorkers in need: Compassionate Care, Residential and Community Programs, Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs, and Children’s Programs. Our overall strategy is to fill any gaps in the continuum of care, enabling us to say yes to more people, more often with more and better services.

To create collective impact for our neighbors in need, The Bowery Mission joined forces with Goodwill Rescue Mission in Summer of 2016 and New York City Rescue Mission in Fall of 2017. As three of America's oldest homeless services agencies, we are leveraging a combined 400 years of service to share resources and provide an enhanced continuum of care to our guests and clients. Today, our combined organization employs 180 full-time staff, is led by a 15-member board of directors, and is supported by more than 11,500 unique volunteers per year. We are a "Certified Excellent" member of the CityGate Network, ranking us among the top 11% of rescue missions in the nation.

Our criteria for success in Compassionate Care is to continue providing emergency care to men and women in crisis and poverty. Our staff track Compassionate Care outputs each month and aggregate them in a monthly dashboard. Each client in our residential and community programs establishes an Individual Action Plan (IAP) in coordination with a staff social worker. Our goal for each client is that they would make progress toward their individual goals (such as job, housing, life skills), and that they would sustain and grow their progress after they leave our programs. All children's programming is informed by our Theory of Change, which is designed to deliver three measurable Developmental Youth Outcomes. Our goal is that at the end of the program, children and youth will have made progress in their ability to act responsibly, be productive, and connect with others.

Since 1879, The Bowery Mission has drawn on our experience working with those experiencing homelessness and poverty to inform our programs. Our mission has remained largely unchanged, but our strategies have evolved according to our experience and research into best practices, as well as in response to the changing needs of the homeless population. In 2017, we began to roll out improvements to our adult program design based on research conducted by our program directors into best practices in our field. These improvements include the reorganizing of program staff, streamlining of curriculum and vocational services, and planning for the launch of Day Centers with staff trained in specific competencies. We also recently joined forces with New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission, enabling us to fill gaps in the continuum of care such as short-term vocational and housing readiness programs.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Charity Navigator

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

American Camping Association

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)


The Bowery Mission

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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