Rags to Riches

by Donna Drum

“Rags to Riches” is a common phrase but one that has special meaning to the Rescue Mission. It can mean more meals, more medical care, more learning opportunities and more clothing for the neediest of our community and beyond. Since the Mission relies entirely on the generosity of donors, we welcome new and innovative ideas […]

The TLP Program Bears Fruit!

by David Poach

It is hard to believe that two years have passed since we first opened the first floor of apartments in the Transitional Living Program (TLP)! Now we have three floors filled and have had the pleasure of walking beside the men in our program and witnessing their abounding growth firsthand. This is the brief story of one such […]

A Couple of Heartfelt Thank Yous

by Susan Jones

It was about 5:45PM this past Thursday.  LeRoy and I met on the sidewalk.  He had just gotten off the bus from work and still had his Albany Med ID around his neck.  We greeted each other and I asked how he liked his job and his studio apartment in the Transitional Living Program. LeRoy transports […]

Devin Finds Reconciliation!

by Don Lyon

Devin was deep into his alcohol addiction, estranged from his family and didn’t know where else to turn. His sister, a former participant and graduate of the Rescue Mission’s women’s program said, “You need to go to the Mission. It’s the only place that can help you.” Devin took his sister’s advice and joined the […]

From Rock Bottom to the Rock of Salvation

by Perry

The other day, a man from Nepal, (I’ll call him “Nai”) came into my office — you could almost literally say he was at the end of his rope.  Nai was a quiet, gentle soul who, very obviously, had bottled everything inside and he was about to explode.  Thankfully, God brought him to the Mission. […]

Christ is the Cure

by Susan Jones

My first stop on the way to work today was with a faithful friend of the Rescue Mission, who is at home in hospice care.  She opened her eyes and confided, “I’m ready to go, I’m tired.”  We talked a little about heaven; no more tears, no more pain, and of Jesus.  Her words became […]

No Cereal for Lunch!

by Walt Knightes

Last week, I awaited the arrival of former New Life Programmer, Austin.  Austin graduated from our recovery program last year and came up from New York City so we could visit and take him out to lunch.  I was excited about this for a number of reasons, one being that I was able to stray from […]

Ritual vs. Repentance

by David Poach

A couple of years ago, I was doing an intake of a guest when he told me he could not stay with us because of his religion.  He then asked how he could get connected with the local Muslim mosque and shelter.  I told this gentleman that I had no idea where a mosque or […]

I’ll never forget…

by Perry

I’ll never forget eating at the Mission 32 years ago, when I first began as the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission and the only employee. In 1982, it was a real soup kitchen in every way with a typical dinner consisting of day old bread and a simple, unexciting bowl of soup. I was told by […]

God’s All Sufficient Grace

by Nancy Dore

Have you ever had a week that was filled with hospitals?  This week for us at New Faith has been one of those weeks.  One of our graduates had just been discharged from a local hospital after a failed surgery attempt to address a newly diagnosed lung cancer.  Unfortunately, she found herself back in Intensive […]