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How We Help

Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has seen lives transformed from homelessness and poverty to dignity and flourishing. Everything we do is informed by our Core Values and Principles of Care. Learn more below about our programs for adults and children.


Programs For Adults

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A one-size-fits-all approach cannot meet the complex needs of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Each person needs a community who values their dreams and goals, understands their challenges and obstacles, and is committed to walking alongside them every step of the way, from homelessness to full recovery and independence. The Bowery Mission's approach is highly relational and individualized to each person’s needs. We address the needs of the whole person, providing customized activities and services within the context of a loving and supportive community.

At our downtown campuses, we extend compassionate hospitality to anyone in need of immediate care. New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, hunger and other crises find a safe place to receive hot meals, clothing and safe overnight shelter — all tangible demonstrations of God’s love.

In our Residential Programs, we provide a caring and safe environment for adults in crisis to achieve personal goals for life and work, heal from past trauma and overcome barriers to independent living. All clients are invited into a faith-based community committed to practicing hospitality, showing respect and restoring hope. Clients partner with a counselor or social worker on an Individual Action Plan (IAP) with specific, measurable goals for wellness, recovery, employment, housing and more. The IAP is tailored to each person’s needs, providing a new level of evidence-based, person-centered care.

Paths to Independent Living


Programs For Children

Paths to Independent Living

The Bowery Mission’s programs for children — Mont Lawn Camp and City Camp — empower children from low-income neighborhoods to thrive and succeed through opportunities for leadership, skill-building and personal growth.

Our hands-on learning model equips children to grow into adults who are spiritually grounded, economically self-sufficient, have healthy relationships and positively contribute to their communities.

Through specially designed lessons and activities, children develop critical life skills:

  • Empathy: The ability to see things from others’ perspectives, suspend judgment and actively listen.
  • Emotion Management: The ability to be aware of, and constructively handle, positive and challenging emotions.
  • Teamwork: The ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively with others toward shared goals.
  • Responsibility: The ability to reliably meet commitments and fulfill obligations — even when it’s hard.
  • Initiative: The ability to take action, sustain motivation and persevere toward a goal.
  • Problem Solving: The ability to plan, strategize and implement complex tasks.

SOURCE: David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality


Principles of Care

  • Faith Based
  • Evidence Based
  • Person Focused
  • Holistic
  • Trauma Informed
  • Integrated
  • Wide Door
  • Community Establishing

What's next?

If you or someone you know is in crisis, The Bowery Mission can help.

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