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About The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since the 1870s, when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.” Our children’s programs, called Mont Lawn City Camp & Mont Lawn Summer Camp, serve youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer.

Today, The Bowery Mission is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City's most effective.

  • History

  • Faith Perspective

  • Principles of Care


Our Purpose

The Bowery Mission is called to minister in the New York metro area 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.


Our Goal

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


Our Core Values

Every decision we make at The Bowery Mission is guided by our four core values.1


1. Honor God in everything you do

2. Maintain integrity and excellence in programs and services

3. Build relationships based on trust and respect

4. Practice responsible stewardship


Oversight & Accountability

We are committed to the highest legal and ethical standards, and to ensuring all resources entrusted to us are stewarded faithfully and well.

  • Financials

  • Board & Leadership

  • Impact & Results

  • Explore Our Accreditations and Affiliations
    EFCA Accredited


    Our membership in the ECFA requires that we adhere to the highest standards of Christian stewardship and ethical financial practices. See our profile

    Better Business Bureau

    Better Business Bureau

    As a Charity Seal Holder of the Better Business Bureau Foundation, we meet the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. See our report



    The Bowery Mission is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. See our profile

    Citygate Network

    Citygate Network

    The Bowery Mission is an accredited member of the Citygate Network. See our profile

    Charity Navigator

    Charity Navigator

    We are rated a three-star charity on Charity Navigator, receiving the highest rating (four stars) in Accountability and Transparency. See our profile here

    ACA, American Camping Association

    American Camp Association

    Mont Lawn Camp, a program of The Bowery Mission, is accredited by the American Camp Association.

    Hope For New York

    Hope for New York

    As an affiliate of Hope for New York, we are part of a community of over 50 organizations selected to receive volunteer and financial resources to effectively and holistically serve New Yorkers in need.

    Bank of America: Neighborhood Builders

    Neighborhood Builders Award

    The Bowery Mission is the winner of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award.


Media Center

Visit our Media Center to contact a member of our media team, access press releases and other assets, and learn what others are saying about us in the news.

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Job Opportunities

Interested in joining The Bowery Mission team? Combine your career with your passion for caring for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, hunger and other crises.

See Open Positions


1 Note: Originated by Lead Like Jesus and also used by Joni Eareckson Tada

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