City Rescue MIssion (Jacksonville, FL)


  • Name:Heather Corey, CFRE
  • Title:Director of Resource Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Rescue MIssion
  • Address:426 S. McDuff Avenue
    Jacksonville, FL 32254
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:9043874957

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  • Mission:
  • CRM exists to transform the lives of the homeless and needy, serving them through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

  • Overview:
  • City Rescue Mission's core mission and objective is to help those most in need in the community regardless of race, gender, age, color, national origin, religious preference, handicap or income. The mission statement of City Rescue Mission (CRM) states: "To serve the homeless and needy by rebuilding their lives through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ."

    In rebuilding the lives of the homeless and needy, CRM focuses on three areas: critical needs, workforce development and education, and long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Our critical needs program addresses the symptoms of homelessness by providing food, shelter, and clothing, and by meeting the immediate needs of the community's homeless population. However, CRM's ultimate mission is to rebuild lives, which requires a permanent solution to homelessness. Our workforce development and rehabilitation program aims to provide this permanent solution by focusing on long-term success. Participants in CRM's "LifeBuilders" program live at CRM's campus for one year, and participate in a full range of education and recovery services. CRM's programs are effective: the national success rate for the recovery and rehabilitation of the homeless is 27%; at CRM, the success rate is 70%.


    Loving God: We worship and honor God in all we do and rely on Him to give us strength through prayer and His word.

    Loving & Protecting Others: We acknowledge the image of God in all people by showing them dignity and respect and by providing a safe physical and emotional environment.

    Integrity Above Reproach: We are honest, genuine and authentic, maintaining godly character in all we do.

    Excellence in Stewardship: We will use and invest the time, talent and treasure entrusted to us in the most effective and efficient way possible.

  • History:
  • The City Rescue Mission (CRM) is a privately funded, not-for-profit Christian organization that has continuously provided help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida since 1946. CRM was established by a group of Christian businessmen who saw a need to help alcoholics in the Jacksonville area. Their goal at the time (1946) was to offer “soup, soap and salvation”. The original mission has evolved into a privately funded organization whose mission is to serve the homeless and needy through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
    In 1963, CRM moved to its second location, the Ritz Woller Apartments, located at 700 Laura Street. The building was erected around 1907 after the major Jacksonville fire. It was in great disrepair. This three-story building had more space which allowed CRM to help more homeless men. The second floor held about 30 beds. Chapel services and hot meals were served daily and clothing was given to those in need.
    In 1964, CRM’s Board of Directors elected Mr. Don Moody to the position of Superintendent. $9,500 in donations was received during the year of 1964.
    In 1965, Donations increased to $14,000 and in 1966, Donations totaled $28,000.
    In 1970, CRM began assisting women in need.
    In 1976, Reverend Kaleel Ellison was appointed Executive Director of CRM. He remained in this role until June 1993. The number of beds at the Laura Street location was increased to 86. During the years of his Directorship, Rev. Ellison raised money to pay off a $12,000 mortgage and CRM become debt-free.
    In 1980, Mission Thrift Store was leased.
    In 1981, On March 8th, someone threw a fire bomb through CRM’s second-story back window. The facility was almost completely destroyed. The building was “gutted” and not habitable. The office, kitchen and laundry equipment were preserved along with CRM records and the piano. The first large, outdoor Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals were served outside the burned-out building. A two-story, four-plex apartment was rented at the corner of Cottage and 10th Avenue where 37 men could stay. This facility was only used as an overnight shelter.
    In 1983, A freeze occurred in Jacksonville and temperatures plummeted to 13 degrees. A large outdoor holiday meal was hosted in Confederate Park. Approximately 300 homeless and needy individuals were served meals. Because of the cold, Rev. Ellison decided to hose future holiday meals in the Civic Auditorium. There CRM served over 1,000 meals. Easter baskets, Christmas gifts, free clothing, music and preaching were also part of the holiday meal events. Bi-annual holiday food giveaways called “Arms Around Jacksonville” helped hundreds of needy families. The events grew to help 2,000 families during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    In 1988, The LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery and job training program was established. Shelter capacity was also increased to 170 beds when an adjacent building, “the annex”, was purchased and also bunk beds were used in both facilities. The CRM Thrift Store was relocated to 5343 Normandy Blvd.
    In 1993, The first female members were elected to the Board (Dr. Ruth Y. Cox, Ed.D.; Professor Tina Daniels, R.D.H., B.S.)
    In 1995, Life skills, job training and placement assistance for students expanded. 112 students acquired jobs.

    In 1996, Dr. McCarthy was selected to carry the Olympic Torch. The number of volunteers exceeded 1,090. 135 students obtained jobs. Job training consisted of efforts such as retail sales, food services, electrical and maintenance repair, computer training, administrative work and telemarketing in the new CRM phone bank. Adult basic education classes were expanded. New ministry, FAR (Families at Risk) was established. FAR provided free clothing, food and home furnishings for families at risk of being homeless. The name City Rescue Mission was reinstated as the legal name.
    In 1997, the first LifeBuilders graduation was held at the FCCJ Auditorium and recognized 28 students for successful completion of the program.
    In 1998, the campus at 426 S. McDuff Avenue was purchased. The women’s program was expanded and the LifeBuilders program was extended to six months.
    In 1999, The LifeBuilders program was extended to 12 months.
    In 2000, CRM expanded from 170 beds to 260 beds.
    In 2007, the staff is trained on The Grace-based model.
    In 2013, Penny Kievet is asked to serve as Interim Executive Director. She is the first woman to fill this role.

  • Year established:1946
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:47


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:59-1009115

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:591009115
  • Organization Name:CITY RESCUE MISSION
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% JEFFREY A SIMS
  • Organization Address:426 MCDUFF AVE S
  • Organization City:JACKSONVILLE
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:32254-4234
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1956
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):005
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Mission
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:L410
  • Asset Amount:$4,219,056
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$6,229,311
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,626,235
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:24:15 am

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