New York City Rescue Mission
|Founded at||New York City|
|Headquarters||Manhattan, New York City, 10013|
|Helping Hand for Men|
McAuley Water Street Mission
New York City Rescue Mission is the oldest operating rescue mission in the United States. The rescue mission was founded in 1872 by Jerry McAuley and his wife, Maria with the purpose of providing a soup kitchen and homeless shelter.
Homeless was on the rise in the 1870s largely due to a wave European immigration. In 1872 investment banker, Alfrederick Smith Hatch, donated a building located on 316 Water Street to Jerry McAuley and his wife, Maria. The couple open a rescue mission called "The Helping Hand for Men".
In 1912, the original building was torn down and a new four story building was erected. The shelter changed its name to the "McAuley Water Street Mission". Ten rooms were opened for men. In 1927, the John Markle dormitory was dedicated. During the 1960s, McAuley Water Street Mission moved to its current location at 90 Lafayette Street.
In 2000, the rescue mission was renamed to its current name, New York City Rescue Mission. The building began expansion for a third floor in 2011.
Since its founding the homeless shelter provided housing for men only. In 2014, the shelter opened to women after 142 years of being male exclusive. By 2015, 220 beds were available.
In 2018, the New York City Rescue Mission merged with the Bowery Mission. The two organizations "provided more than 653,500 meals, 167,300 nights of shelter, distributed 46,380 articles of clothing, and offered 1,300 on-site medical, dental and optometry exams during 2017". The two missions received over 90,000 pounds of food a year from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.
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