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How We Measure Success

The Bowery Mission, GraduationAt The Bowery Mission our “bottom line” is a transformed life.

The end goal of our purpose statement is to see men's, women's and children's “lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.”  (Read our full purpose and goal statements.)

We hope to have a positive impact on each person we serve, but how do we determine that a life has been transformed?  For adults in our residential recovery programs, we have five specific and measurable criteria for graduation, which we believe to be predictors of future success.

Our adult graduates:

  1. Are introduced to Christ.
  2. Are reconnected to family and community.
  3. Are committed to being clean and sober.
  4. Have sustainable income and housing.
  5. Have a plan for the future.

Mont Lawn Camp & Mont Lawn City CampFor kids in our children programs, we know that our influence is limited, especially when compared to their families and schools.  We do believe, however, that our programs might measurably change the life direction of a child who is otherwise at-risk of going down the wrong road.

We have succeeded when children in our programs:

1.  Are connected with Christ.
2.  Are connected to a caring adult.
3.  Are involved with a positive peer group.
4.  Are committed to graduating from high school.
5.  Have a plan for the future.


Learn more about The Bowery Mission's programs for men, programs for women, or programs for children.