1088 Fairfield Avenue — Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 333-4087
 

Services and Programs - Community Services

Itís a privilege for us at Bridgeport Rescue Mission to open our doors, 24-hours a day, 365 days a week, and offer safe harbor and life-changing programs to homeless and hurting men, women and children. Here are a few ways we reach out to the needy in our community every single day:

Feeding the Hungry



  • On-site meals—Every day in our dining hall, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, free of charge, to low-income individuals and families, program residents and emergency shelter guests.
  • Mobile Kitchen—Each night, our Mobile Kitchen visits the most impoverished areas of Bridgeport and South Norwalk, bringing hot, nutritious meals to homeless and low-income individuals and families. Our Mobile Kitchen also brings food to the Riverside Housing Project in Ansonia one time per month and hopes to expand that service to the needy in the future.
  • Pantry boxes—For families struggling to make ends meet, we provide pantry boxes filled with enough food for an entire week.



Sheltering Homeless Men, Women and Children



  • Emergency shelter for men—Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides secure, emergency shelter for up to 30 men each night. Guests also receive fresh clothing, showers and hot meals.
  • Emergency shelter for women and children—Whether they are homeless, waiting for temporary housing or saving money for permanent housing, up to 15 women and children find shelter, help and encouragement in our womenís shelter.



Clothing the Needy


  • We appreciate clothing donations which we distribute through our clothing centers and mobile kitchens.
  • Please deliver the items to:
    1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2B
    Bridgeport
    Tuesday through Saturday ONLY, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For directions click here.  GPS has a hard time finding this location.   


Guest House for Women & Children Urgent Needs List

  •  Car Seats
  •  High Chairs
  •  Changing Tables
  •  Booster Seats
  • Adult sized rocking chairs
  • Child size chairs
  • Cribs
  • Tricycles
  • Wagons
  • Hard Plastic Wading Pool
  • Covered Sandbox
  • Baby & Toddler Clothes
  • Crib Sheets and Blankets
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Baby Food
  • Child-sized Easel for artwork projects
  • Educational Games i.e. Matching games, memory games, alphabet games, number games, wooden puzzles
  • Books – appropriate books for children ages 1-5
  • Television with DVD Player
  • Children’s CD’s, Educational and Christian CD’s and DVD’s such as VeggieTales
  • Dollhouse
  • Play Kitchen
  • Play Farm
  • Play Castle
  • Play Garage and cars
  • Blocks – wooden, Large Lego, Duplo
  • Play Rug with roadmap and cars



We are also in need of a cargo van to pick up food from area establishments. If you can donate a van, please contact Linda Casey at lmcasey@BridgeportRescueMission.org


WE WILL GLADLY ACCEPT:

  • Gently used Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Clothing and Shoes

      • Current Men’s Clothing Needs:

        • New T-Shirts – Sizes L, XL, and XXL
        • New Briefs and Boxers – Sizes M, L, XL, and XXL
        • New Socks – White Tube and Dress
        • Sneakers – All Sizes
        • Polo / Casual Shirts – Sizes L, XL and XXL
        • Blue Jeans – All Sizes
        • Dress Pants / Khakis – All Sizes

         

        Current Women’s Clothing Needs:

        • New Underpants – Sizes 5-9
        • New Socks
        • Sneakers – All Sizes
        • Blue Jeans – All Sizes
        • Casual Shirts – All Sizes (and we are especially in need of sizes 12-18)
        • Sneakers – All Sizes

         

        Current Children’s Clothing Needs:

        • All types and sizes of clothing for children and babies
        • New underwear – All sizes for boys and girls

         

        Miscellaneous:

        • Fans for the students in our year-long New Life Discipleship program and for the guests in our overnight shelters
        • Towels
        • Shampoo and Conditioner
        • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
        • Hand Soap
        • Body Wash

         

        Current Operational Needs:

        • Plastic bags (grocery size and larger) for clothing distribution
        • Laundry Detergent
        • Dish Soap
        • Sponges
        • Dish Towels
        • Washing Machines and Dryers (in working order)

         

        WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

        • Damaged or broken items
        • Books
        • Furniture, including baby furniture
        • Mattresses



    Other Community Services



    We offer a host of services to help the poor in our community get on their feet again:
    • Holiday outreaches, such as our Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Pantry Food Box Program, Mobile Kitchen holiday meals, and Christmas gifts for our residents and low-income children. To get involved next holiday season, click here.
    • Bus tokens that enable those in our programs or shelters to get to the doctor, go for job interviews or access public services.
    • Referrals to our medical, legal and other partners in social services.