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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of operation?

The Boston Rescue Mission is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year offering residential, shelter and meal programs.

How is the Boston Rescue Mission different from other organizations that provide similar services?

More than just an overnight shelter or a soup kitchen, the Mission offers a unique community of caring and accountability so that each and every individual we serve may someday achieve some level of self-sufficiency where they are holding a job, have their own place to live and will become productive, contributing members of society.

How long has the Mission been in operation?

Since 1899, we have been one of the oldest continuous service providers in Boston.

Who may receive services from the Mission?

We offer services to those who find themselves homeless. We also provide food distributions for those who need help staying in their homes.

How can I be assured that my donation will be spent wisely?

Our annual budget is approved by our Board of Directors and we are audited annually by the Massachusetts accounting firm of Kevin P. Martin & Associates, P.C.

What are the primary sources of your support?

Our largest contributors are individual donors. We also receive support from many area churches, corporations, and foundation grants. In addition, we receive some public funds for specific programs.

Does the Mission actively seek volunteer support?

Yes, the Mission is very reliant on its volunteers to sustain the level of care given to our clients. Last year over 2,000 people volunteered at the Boston Rescue Mission. We have opportunities for individuals and groups, one-time volunteers and those who would like a permanent shift. Please contact Mauricia at 617-338-9000, ext. 1230 or email for more information.

Are you affiliated with any particular church or denomination?

No. We formed during the Christian mission movement of the late 1800s to serve men who were hungry and homeless and to also provide education and recreation activities to the children of newly arriving immigrants, but we are not affiliated with any church or denomination. All of our services and programs are based on evidence-informed policy and practice and are open to all regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or physical ability. We do offer Christian fellowship and prayer meetings for those who are interested but involvement in these programs is voluntary and not required to receive services.

Can people serve their community service hours at the Boston Rescue Mission?

At this time we are not accepting volunteers who are working community service hours.

If I know someone with an addiction problem, can they enter your program?

People wishing to enter our residential programs should contact our Senior Case Manager Mike Way at 617-338-9000, ext. 1215 or email for more information.

What is your tax ID number?

Our federal and MA state tax id number is 04-2104726.

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