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Celebrating life transformation at the Men’s Graduation

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In June, we celebrated 110 men who have achieved great milestones in their journeys towards independent living

One of The Bowery Mission’s four strategies to rebuild hope for people struggling with homelessness, poverty and other crises is Residential & Community Programs, designed to help men and women Make Progress. Clients access comprehensive services for physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing — all in the context of a safe, supportive community.

On the journey to recovery, each client works with our staff to create an individual action plan with specific, measurable goals. Tools may include vocational training, housing connections, addiction recovery, as well as legal and medical help. We recently came together to celebrate 110 men who have met goals in their individual action plans and have achieved significant milestones in their journeys.

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Bowery Mission program clients received a medal during the ceremony signifying their accomplishments.

Hosted at Calvary Baptist Church, one of The Bowery Mission’s church partners, the Men’s Graduation was a time to honor each man and their life transformation — their faith and perseverance in making great progress towards independent living, all through God’s love. We were also reminded that all members of The Bowery Mission community (graduates, their family members and friends, volunteers, supporters and staff) experience this life transformation and are part of it!

Story of hope

During the program, we were inspired by Steven, who shared how his life has been transformed since receiving help at The Bowery Mission.

Steven, graduate of The Bowery Mission
Steven, graduate of The Bowery Mission’s residential program

“I’m a combat veteran, so when I came back from the war, I came back really broken. Three years ago, when I showed up to the Newark campus, everything changed. People spoke into my life, and it’s because of them that today I can say I have a great relationship with God. I’ve seen people serve me, so it’s important for me to now serve others.”— Steven

How The Bowery Mission’s principles of care help achieve life transformation

Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has served generations of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, hunger, poverty and other crises. Our work is driven by key principles of care to empower individuals to find new life and experience God’s love.

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