About The Bowery Mission and Kids With A Promise
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.” Our children’s programs, called Kids With A Promise, serve at-risk youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer. Learn more about our history.
Today, The Bowery Mission & Kids With A Promise is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City’s most effective.
By the Numbers
This year, our donors and volunteers helped The Bowery Mission provide more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, 79,300 nights of shelter and 53,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 511 professional doctor’s appointments and 92 eye examinations at our in-house clinic.
Meals, shelter and services are all an invitation to our residential recovery programs, where lives are transformed from hopelessness to hope. Three programs house 180 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living.
Last summer, Kids With A Promise provided 1,100 at-risk kids with the chance to go to summer camp and experience growth in an environment far removed from the inner city's toughness. We also provide mentoring and educational opportunities to 100 children year-round.
Our work is privately funded by the generous donations and in-kind gifts of caring individuals, and supported by the efforts of thousands of volunteers.
The Bowery Mission and Kids With A Promise is called to minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ. Learn more about our faith perspective.
To be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City.
The Bowery Mission and Kids With A Promise is commited to using your contributions faithfully and wisely to help men, women and children in New York City who are caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see live transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus. Read our Pledge of Accountability.
If for any reason you feel that our Board of Directors and administrative staff have mismanaged your contribution to our organization, please contact us for a refund equal to the total amount of your gift. See a list of our board members and key staff.