Between 6,000-8,000 people are homeless every year in Oklahoma City – of which 45% have substance abuse problems. One of the most vulnerable populations, the homeless struggle with mental health and addiction but have limited access to treatment and care.
City Rescue Mission, a faith-based non-profit, serves the homeless and nearly homeless populations in Oklahoma City. In addition to shelter, food, and clothing, the mission offers homeless individuals an opportunity to break free from homelessness through various specialized services. Core to the mission is the Bridge to Life Program, a four-step residential recovery program with a 70 percent client participation rate. The program focuses on addressing the roots of addiction, instilling hope and strength through spiritual development, addressing the stressors and triggers that lead to substance abuse, and preparing individuals to successfully enter the workforce full-time. City Rescue Mission also partners with over 70 local agencies to offer specialized services and comprehensive care to men, women, and children, including those with special physical and mental needs. Education and work programs help clients reach full-time employment and self-sufficiency, one step at a time.
City Rescue Mission meets individuals where they are without judgment while also holding individuals responsible for their own recovery process. The delicate balance of accountability and encouragement helps restore dignity, responsibility, and worth to individuals that have hit rock bottom with nowhere else to go. A holistic approach combined with compassion and care help clients make positive changes that lead to productive, fulfilling lives.
In 2015, City Rescue Mission provided 172,000 nights of shelter, more than two million meals, and services to over 5,000 people.
City Rescue Mission was founded in 1960 to serve Oklahoma City’s transient population. Located in the city’s “Skid Row,” the mission housed 20 beds and one shower. Today, the facility includes 640 beds and impacts nearly 5,000 a year.
Under the leadership of Rev. Tom Jones, the mission adopted a unique residential recovery program to expand and deepen its reach. Rev. Jones spent twenty-five years in ministry before coming to City Rescue Mission in 2007 to serve as president and CEO. When he was only five years old, Rev. Jones watched his parents divorce, due in part to his father’s struggle with alcoholism. Twenty-five years of pastoral ministry led Tom to spend a significant amount of time with impoverished addicts, becoming acquainted with the depths of poverty. He was moved to develop a recovery program for adolescents, in hopes to reach young people before it was too late. The program, Bridges to Life, has been implemented in treatment facilities across the country and is the foundational program at City Rescue Mission.
City Rescue Mission is a 2017 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, City Rescue Mission receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.