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Men and Women Needing a Second Chance

Second ChancesThe Bowery Mission recovery programs start from the perspective that homelessness is both the problem and the symptom of other problems that can range from chronic substance abuse, financial instability, domestic violence, sexual victimization and more. 

Often, it is a complex set of circumstances, choices, and traumas that lead a person to homelessness.  Recovery, then, is “an affair of the heart” that addresses the holistic needs of each individual – spiritual, emotional and physical. 

Everything we do in our programs for men and programs for women is an invitation to holistic recovery.   Our goal for homeless men and women is nothing less than life transformation.  It is our primary measure of success, with five specific outcomes that residents of our recovery programs must meet for graduation.  Last year, 95 men and women have graduated with a transformed life.  No longer homeless or addicted, each one is now connected to God and family, committed to sobriety, employed, living independently, and implementing a plan for the future.

To foster these outcomes, each of The Bowery Mission’s three recovery programs begin by providing for the basic needs of each man and woman for a period of six to 15 months while he or she is in recovery.  These basic services include shelter, meals, clothing and medical care.  Importantly, our programs offer long-term, practical solutions to the underlying problems related to chronic homelessness through life and employment skills training, alcohol and drug addiction recovery, continuing education opportunities, single and group counseling, legal aid, job-readiness training and housing placement.



The Life Transformation Program houses 80 men at a time in recently renovated dormitories, where they live together in a community of recovery, working to break destructive habits and preparing for lives of wholeness and lasting productivity.  After six months in the program, most residents enter a reentry phase in which they pursue permanent employment and housing goals.

The Bowery Mission Men's Center on Avenue D is operated in partnership with, and fully funded by, the City of New York since 1994.  The Transitional Center houses 77 men at a time, and has consistently ranked highly among the city’s substance abuse and recovery programs.

The Bowery Mission Women’s Center at Heartsease Home houses 20 women at a time in Manhattan’s only faith-based residential recovery program for homeless women.  As residents in this 9-to-15 month recovery program, women share bedrooms in a five-story brownstone. In addition to the training and counseling offered at each of our recovery programs, there are a variety of volunteer-led opportunities like painting, creative writing and sewing lessons.