inside the Mission

The Critical need

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley has been partnering with our Valley to serve the needs of homeless neighbors in our area since 1893! By God’s grace, we offer shelter to nearly 100 men, women and children nightly, and serve hundreds of meals weekly.

As many are aware, the shelter has been in our present location on MLK JR Dr in Youngstown since 1972. However, the building was constructed in 1930 and can no longer adequately meet the needs of the people we serve. The costs to make the necessary repairs and renovations in our building were prohibitive so we launched the now fully funded #moveOURmission campaign (a 5.5 million dollar project to build a new shelter) We are excited to report that construction is underway! Thank you!

Now we turn out attention to furnish the new building and we need your help to raise 1.5 million dollars. Learn about the campaign to #supplyOURshelter and partner with us as we help our Valley’s most needy men, women and children and prepare to relocate soon! God bless.

A Solid Solution

The Move Our Mission Capital Campaign will turn our dream of a new Rescue Mission facility into a reality. We have already made a strong beginning:

We Have the Land

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley owns property on Oakland Ave on Youngstown’s Northside that will be home to our new building, outdoor play areas and more. (The location is just across Rt 422 from the Youngstown City Schools bus garage)

A Building That Works for All

Our new building will accommodate expanded food and shelter programs for those in immediate need, and also our many educational and personal and professional development programs.

We Need Your Help NOW!

Your pledges and gifts are needed immediately. Thank you for giving.

Woman looking out Rescue Mission window with child

Frequently Asked Questions

How many individuals and families does the Rescue Mission serve on a regular basis?

Our normal overnight capacity is 101 men and 67 women and children, a total of 168. Our emergency capacity (30 cots and sleeping bags) brings the total to 198.

Why can't the Rescue Mission continue to operate from its present facility?

We have reached the limits of our ability to serve the community's needs in our current location. Our building is operating at near capacity, and there is no room to expand it. It is deteriorating rapidly, to the point that continued maintenance is too expensive, repairs are no longer cost-effective — and many areas are beyond repair.

Wasn't there a previous campaign to build a new Rescue Mission facility?

Yes, in 2008. We had the property in hand, and a design had been completed. But the financial collapse of the economy put the project on hold, and we didn't do any solicitation for funding beyond the immediate Mission family.

Will local companies and suppliers be used for this project?

We have already received hard estimates from local building material suppliers and contractors. A deliberate effort will be made to employ local contractors and suppliers.

What will happen to the present Rescue Mission facility?

There are several possibilities. We are investigating Historic Tax Credits, which may help facilitate a repurpose sale. We could also sell the building as is to the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority. Or, if there is no sale, we could vacate the property to a city or county land bank.