Bridgeport Rescue Mission asks for community support to meet urgent needs

“I have every confidence that this compassionate community will come together to help us overcome this shortfall, not for the Mission’s sake, but for the good and well-being of the homeless and hungry men, women and children we serve.”

— Executive Director Terry Wilcox

With overnight lows consistently slipping below the freezing point, Bridgeport Rescue Mission is preparing for the wave of homeless mothers with children and individuals seeking safe beds, nutritious food and warm clothing that typically occurs as winter sets in. Because of decreased giving, Executive Director Rev. Terry Wilcox is concerned about the Mission’s ability to meet their needs.

“In the last few months, we’ve experienced a significant drop in donations compared to previous years—funding is down by more than $200,000,” Wilcox said. This financial shortfall could seriously impact the Mission’s ability to assist the homeless now and throughout the new year.

“People are turning to us because they’re cold and hungry. They’ve lost everything and they’ve run out of options,” Wilcox explained. “As tragic as that is, when they come through our doors it allows us to also offer them guidance, training and opportunities they need to rebuild stable lives in our community. But that’s possible only through the sustained financial support from our donors and partners.”

Wilcox encourages Mission partners to take this opportunity to demonstrate their giving spirit by making a significant year-end contribution, and he invites new friends to make their first contribution while the need is so great.

“I have every confidence that this compassionate community will come together to help us overcome this shortfall, not for the Mission’s sake, but for the good and well-being of the homeless and hungry men, women and children we serve.” Wilcox said.

The Mission invites anyone who would like to make a gift to donate online at BridgeportRescueMission.org, or send a contribution to P.O. Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT 06601. For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, contact Linda Casey, Director of Development and Strategic Planning, at 203-333-4087, ext. 110.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout coastal Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.

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