About The Bowery Mission

 

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 Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp, 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 is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City’s most effective. 

By the Numbers

Last year, our donors and volunteers helped The Bowery Mission provide more than 382,400 meals, 34,850 bags of groceries, 93,700 nights of shelter and 48,600 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 619 professional doctor’s appointments and 79 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, Mont Lawn Camp provided 1,067 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 60 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.

Our Purpose

The Bowery Mission 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.

Our Goal

To be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation for hurting people in New York City.

Financial Accountability

The Bowery Mission 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.