Boston Rescue Mission (Boston, MA)


  • Name:Eric Grenfell-Muir
  • Title:Manager of Information

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Boston Rescue Mission
  • Address:P.O. Box 120069
    Boston, MA 02112-0069
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:617-338-9000
  • Main fax:617-482-6623

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  • Mission:
  • To offer resources that prevent and end homelessness
    To support the recovery, health, faith, and independence of those who have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness
    To raise awareness about the root causes of these life risks
    To serve everyone with respect, integrity, and grace
    To continue to learn, grow, and excel in our services
    To be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our supporters
    To reflect the teachings of Jesus and the love of God in all we do

  • Overview:
  • Since 1899, the Boston Rescue Mission has focused on preventing homelessness and guiding people from a place of need to a place of self-sufficiency. Our continuum of care approach offers clients a wide range of support programs and services that focus on both preventing and ending homelessness.

    Our Safe & Healthy overnight shelter program provides guests with multiple meals, a warm and safe place to sleep, bathroom and shower facilities, and access to referrals as needed. Our meal programs include a daily community meal, multiple mealtimes for our residential clients, and a school based food pantry. In this past fiscal year we served more than 193,000 meals to help people focus on maintaining a stable living situation and ultimately avoid homelessness.

    As part of our prevention strategy we offer a Residential Recovery Program to men and women emerging from detoxification, vocational development for those who need training and guidance to rejoin the workforce, and individualized case management for all residential and overnight shelter clients. Case managers assess each client’s needs and develop an individualized care plan, which is implemented through semi-weekly case management sessions.

    Over the course of the program clients are provided with substance abuse and anger management treatment; mental health services; job training; and employment, housing, financial management, and legal assistance. Clients also participate in classes on living independently, repairing broken relationships, and improving social skills. Each year, more than 300 men and women participate in the recovery program. We are committed to helping people break their personal cycle of homelessness and over time have seen remarkable results.

  • History:
  • In 1899, five men and women dedicated their lives to the poor and disenfranchised of inner city Boston by establishing the Boston Rescue Mission (BRM). Their desire to serve others unfolded into a mission that would continue into the next century.

    In 1908, the Boston Rescue Mission moved to 105 Staniford Street, a section of town that was much more in need of shelter services. In 1965, the redevelopment that was taking place in the West End forced BRM to move again, this time to Massachusetts Avenue. Most recently, in the summer of 1978, the Boston Rescue Mission purchased the property on Kingston Street where it resides today.

    When its doors first opened in a vacant old bar on Merrimac Street, the Mission was described as a “bar-room transformed into a life-saving station”. More than a hundred years later, the Boston Rescue Mission retains its core vision of transforming the lives of at-risk individuals. At the same time, our mission has evolved into an integrated services approach which not only meets the basic and immediate needs of our clients, but also seeks long-term solutions to ending and preventing homelessness. Our goal is to provide the homeless and the poor with the support, training, and resources necessary to sustain independent living for a lifetime.

  • Year established:1899
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:17
  • Staff size:35


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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