Range of housing options at Mission

Range of housing options at Mission

Monday, November 29, 2010 STAFF WRITER

The Rescue Mission of Trenton, now celebrating its 95th anniversary, offers a wide range of programs to encourage individuals to reach their greatest potential. The Mission works hard to create an environment where a person can live with dignity, build self-esteem and experience love, responsibility and hope.

In the past few years, as a result of the severe economic downturn, the Mission has faced a "perfect storm" -- a substantial reduction in donations of goods, reduced store and eBay sales and reduced corporate giving. Funds from this year's appeal will enable the Mission to continue to serve the truly needy who have no place to turn for shelter, food and clothing.

Just a few years ago, the Mission offer very few housing options to incoming clients. Today the Mission offers a continuum of housing options.

It begins with basic shelter and the homeless assessment and referral program that's available in the Mission's shelter. It moves on to Vince's Place, the Mission's residential and halfway house addiction program, which includes a job development component. Services also include an outpatient addictions treatment unit; transitional housing for those who are working to transition from institutions to independent housing; the Robinson program, a licensed rooming and boarding program for supportive housing; and Brimmer House, a permanent supportive housing program with a landlord structure for clients while they go to school and work.

Brimmer House, located at 12 Carroll St., is the Mission's first permanent housing unit. The project provides permanent supportive housing for five former Mission clients who are working at a job or going to school. Residents cook their own meals, take care of their clothing and rooms, and pay rent. At the same time, residents know that the Mission provides an overarching safety net for them as they continue their recovery. The project was selected by the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency as the recipient of the Governor's Excellence in Housing Award for Special Needs Supportive Housing.

Funds from this year's Holiday Appeal will be used to support the Rescue Mission's broad range of programs for the homeless, the hungry, the transient and the addicted.

Hutchinson Industries has pledged to match the first $25,000 raised from contributors, challenging the community to be generous this holiday season.

To make a donation in support of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, please make your check payable to The Times Holiday Appeal and mail it to Times Charities Inc., P.O. Box 416045, Boston, MA 02241-6045. Donations to The Times Holiday Appeal will go directly to the designated nonprofit organization without the deduction of overhead expenses.

All gifts will be acknowledged in The Times. Anonymity will be granted if requested.

For more information about the Rescue Mission of Trenton, call (609) 695-1436 ext. 102 or go to www.rescuemissionoftrenton.org.

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98 Carroll Street, P.O. Box 790 * Trenton, NJ 08605-0790