The Bowery Mission

Rebuilding Lives Since 1879

aka The Bowery Mission   |   New York, NY   |  www.bowery.org

Mission

The Bowery Mission is called to minister in the New York metro area 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 info

1939

President & CEO

Mr. James Winans

Main address

355 Lexington Avenue 19th Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-1617086

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Even before the onset of COVID-19, homelessness in New York City was skyrocketing — with nearly 80,000 people in need of housing, the highest level since the Great Depression. Now, the pandemic has led to an even greater spike in homelessness and food insecurity. Food insecurity has nearly doubled, impacting an estimated 1 in 4 New Yorkers. Over a million New Yorkers have lost employment income and hundreds of thousands face pending eviction. Sadly, many people who have lost work were already in low-income jobs and on the brink of homelessness. The next generation is at risk, too. Nearly 1 in 3 children in New York lives below the poverty line. Poverty tends to be concentrated in neighborhoods with low-performing schools and high rates of incarceration, unemployment, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. All of this can have negative effects on a child’s development and well-being and ultimately perpetuate cycles of poverty leading to homelessness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Compassionate Care

The Bowery Mission’s Compassionate Care program serves people experiencing homelessness and poverty by meeting immediate needs through emergency services in welcoming, trauma-informed environments. Meals, shelter, clothing, medical care and more are provided seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Last year, the Mission provided 429,500 meals, 104,000 nights of shelter, 27,600 articles of clothing, 67,500 emergency showers and 1,500 onsite medical and optometry exams. Each meal and every service is an invitation to residential and community programs that help clients make progress toward a transformed life of faith, community, sobriety, sustainable income and independent living. Men and women who express interest in our programs work with our clinical staff to create an Individual Action Plan (IAP) with specific, measurable goals for wellness, recovery, employment, housing and more. Tailored to each client’s needs, the IAP provides a new level of evidence-based, person-centered care.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Bowery Mission’s Residential & Community Programs help clients make progress. Clients access comprehensive services for physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing — all in the context of a safe, supportive community. We address the needs of the whole person, inviting them to begin a customized program of activities and services. Men and women work with our clinical staff to create an Individual Action Plan (IAP) with specific, measurable goals for wellness, recovery, employment, housing and more. Tailored to each client’s needs, the IAP provides a new level of evidence-based, person-centered care. Last year, we served 321 adults in our residential programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

The Bowery Mission’s programs for children provide a positive first chance to hundreds of children from under-resourced neighborhoods, in East Harlem and the South Bronx, empowering them to thrive and succeed. With the help of our volunteers and staff, children grow into adults who are spiritually grounded, economically self-sufficient, have healthy relationships and positively contribute to their communities. Year-round opportunities for enrichment culminate in an unforgettable week-long experience at our 200-acre camp in the Poconos Region of Pennsylvania, where they encounter the love of their Creator. Last year, we served 225 children and youth in year-round enrichment programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Bowery Mission’s Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs inspire graduates to sustain and grow. Through transitional housing and ongoing access to services, graduates are equipped to find success beyond the walls of our programs. Residential Program graduates are invited to stay in transitional housing to save on housing costs while working toward financial stability. We currently offer eight transitional housing beds for women.

Alumni continue to engage with The Bowery Mission community through reunion events and volunteer opportunities. They also have ongoing access to vocational services, and provide support and encouragement to others through sharing their own stories at chapel services, graduation ceremonies, events and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2015

Charity Navigator 2018

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

American Camping Association 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Compassionate Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We do not track unique clients in our compassionate care program (emergency services) because we do not ask for identification. This number reflects joining forces with GRM (2016) and NYCRM (2017).

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers increased due to joining forces with The Bowery Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission. This is a collective representation of all volunteers.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the total life-sustaining meals and pantry items provided across the entire organization in 2020. Due to COVID-19, meals service was modified across all campuses to maintain social distancing.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the total number of nights of safe shelter provided across the entire organization in 2020. Due to COVID-19, bed capacity decreased in order to maintain social distancing standards.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

The faith-based nonprofit has served New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty since the 1870s. Today, it continues its legacy of providing meals, shelter, and other basic needs services, while also offering a full residential continuum of care helping New Yorkers overcome poverty for good. Programs and services at six locations provide basic needs services daily to the community as well as residential housing and wraparound services for adults. Caring onsite staff build trust by establishing name-knowing relationships with guests, inviting them to choose help and transform their lives.

The Bowery Mission’s children’s programs, Mont Lawn Camp and City Camp, serve children from low-income NYC neighborhoods, with the goal that they never need the organization's services as adults. Last year, The Bowery Mission provided 429,500 meals, 104,000 nights of shelter, 27,600 articles of clothing, 67,500 emergency showers and 1,500 onsite medical and optometry exams. Additionally, the organization served 321 adults in its residential programs and 225 children and youth through its year-round enrichment programs.

The Bowery Mission has four strategies for serving New Yorkers in need: Compassionate Care, Residential Programs, Transitional Housing & Alumni Programs, and Children’s Programs. The organization’s overall strategy is to provide a seamless continuum of care that reimagines the fight against poverty and homelessness.

In order to effectively combat the epidemic of homelessness affecting nearly 80,000 people in New York City, New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission (Newark) joined forces with The Bowery Mission. Leveraging more than 400 years of combined service, three historic organizations banded together to reimagine the fight against poverty and homelessness. Today, the combined organization employs 145 full-time staff, is led by a 14-member board of directors, and is supported by thousands of volunteers who served more than 46,100 hours last year.

Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has drawn on its legacy of service to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and poverty to inform its programs. Last year, in collaboration with New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission, The Bowery Mission provided 429,500 meals, 104,000 nights of shelter, 27,600 articles of clothing, 67,500 emergency showers and 1,500 onsite medical and optometry exams.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Bowery Mission

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Scott Stephenson

Verisk Analytics

Summer Ellis

Gini Elmore

Henry Higdon

HigdonPartners LLC

Jamie Knauss

Pediatrician

Pamela Leggett

Charles Veth

CVM, Inc.

Vaughn Weimer

Banyan Partners

Addison Hardy

AASKI Technology

Allen J. Goetz

Certified Public Accountant

Laura Woodard

Bryan Cho

The Related Companies, LP

Dwight Jacobsen

Lazard Asset Management

Alexandra Vassilaros

Vassilaros & Sons Coffee

John Goetz

Pzena Investment Management

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data