• Boston Rescue Mission

    Mission Statement

    • 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


    Over a hundred years ago, five men and women felt called to dedicate their lives to the poor and disenfranchised of inner city Boston. Their desire to serve unfolded into a mission that would continue throughout and beyond the next century. The Boston Rescue Mission was founded on March 14, 1899 by these five pioneers in a tiny vacant property on 128 Merrimac Street. After a few months, they relocated to 134 Merrimac Street. Prior to the formation of the Mission, the tenants at that location had run a saloon. When the Mission became incorporated in 1904, it was then described as "a bar-room transformed into a life-saving station."

    Today, the Boston Rescue Mission continues to aid the homeless and poor of Greater Boston to self-sufficiency by assisting women and men in confronting and overcoming the root causes of their homelessness. To this end, the Mission provides basic life necessities such as food and shelter as well as social service programs. The goal is to provide the homeless and poor with the support, training, and resources necessary to sustain independent living for a lifetime.