1. What is the mission of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley?
- Short answer – Food, Shelter, Safety and a 2nd Chance
- More specifically – "The purpose of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley is to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered outreach of love and compassion that responds to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of disadvantaged men, women and children without regard to race, color or creed."
2. What's new in the past 5 years?
- Major program drivers – change in client demographics and circumstance
- Number of "shelter" clients served – constant – past 10+ years show an average 70 overnight clients every day.
- Age trend – up – our clients are older plus an increase in veterans from the Viet Nam era.
- Cause trends – consistent – all the same trauma causing issues are still in play at varying levels of frequency: domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, fire, flood, economics, job loss, death of breadwinner, substance abuse, other destructive addictive behavior, working poor trend – up – lack of full time jobs for people with limited physical and / or mental capabilities.
3. How do changing community / program needs drive the need for new facilities?
- Expansion of case work to a broader base and deeper level
- Mahoning County Homeless Continuum of Care involvement
- New building to accommodate expanded level of community service to both homeless and working poor
4. Define the word "homeless".
- Short answer – anyone needing food, shelter – regardless of the cause.
- Official HUD definition 1– "A homeless person is a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings; a person sleeping in an emergency shelter as a primary nighttime residence; a person in transitional housing for homeless persons who originally came from the street or an emergency shelter."
- Official HUD definition 2– "A chronically homeless person is an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more OR has had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in past three (3) years. An episode of homelessness is a separate, distinct, and sustained stay on the streets and/or emergency shelter."
5. Tell me about Mission services:
- Emergency – 5 days per month / cold weather (Dec 1 – Mar 31) 120 day
- Intermediate – up to 90 days
- Long term – up to 2 years
- Prepared meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner – daily
- Free Weekly Giveaway of clothing, furniture and household items at our distribution center. Last names A-L served every Tuesday from 9:30am - 11 am with photo ID. Last names M-Z served every Thursday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am with photo ID.
- Emergency food baskets – weekly by appointment
6. Where are volunteers needed?
- Volunteers are utilized in every area of our ministry. Learn more.
7. Who else does The Mission work with?
- Entities in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana Counties and beyond
- Continuum of Care (37 member agencies)
- Youngstown State University – Schools of Nursing & Social Sciences
- Kent State University – Trumbull – School of Nursing
- Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (240+ member missions)
8. What are some of the Speaker's Bureau offerings for the community?
9. Where can people get independent information about the Mission?