Reaching Out...Changing Lives

"Reaching Out...

Changing Lives"

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1 & 3 PEOPLE


in Utica live below the poverty level.


Many will go to bed tonight


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Almost 1 in 3 people in Utica live below the poverty level.
Many will go to bed tonight hungry, homeless, and feeling hopeless.

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6th Annual Walk a Mile In My Shoes – Saturday, February 4, 2017

Holiday Thanks

At the Mission we truly saw the “gift of giving” in action!  Generous folks provided over 2,400 toys that were distributed to 617 children through our Operation Sunshine program.  A total of 240 families were provided with a turkey and a Hannaford Food Box for their Christmas meal.  In addition, over 700 “wish list” gifts were purchased, wrapped and lovingly distributed to our 137 Rescue Mission residents.  And, 28 families were adopted by very generous businesses, groups and individuals.  I heard so many comments from moms and dads expressing their genuine thanks and appreciation with tear filled eyes!

Whether you donated food, turkeys or hams, gifts for our residents, personal care items, toys, blankets, made Christmas special for a deserving family, wrapped gifts, stuffed stockings, provided cookies or desserts, volunteered your time, colored placemats, knitted hats, or donated a monetary gift to help meet special needs – you can see from the photos that you brought lots of happiness to many, many individuals!

Your generosity has meant so much to the men, women and children we serve.  Through your love in action and God’s power, lives are changed every day! Thank you for your continued prayers, gifts, financial support and/or volunteer service. Our prayer is that 2017 will bring abundant blessings!

Take a look at our photo gallery!

Special Announcement

*You may have read an article recently printed in the Observer Dispatch stating that the Rescue Mission is opening a Thrifty Shopper store in the New Hartford Shopping Plaza in spring of 2017.  Please be aware that this is not an endeavor of the Rescue Mission of Utica, but an enterprise of the Syracuse Rescue Mission and all proceeds will support that organization.  The Rescue Mission of Utica is grateful for clothing donations from our community and is committed to providing free clothing to those in need through our “Clothing Closet” located at 218 Rutger Street and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Stories of changes lives

Every morning, Matt woke up wondering what he’d done the night before. “My drinking got to a point where I lost everything.”   Read more…

- Matt

My dad spent a lot of time in bars — way more than he spent with his family. He was what you might call a “functioning alcoholic”.  He kept a job, owned a home, paid his bills. So what could be so wrong, right?  Read more…

- Scott



When I was 11, I went to a Christian summer camp and had a great experience. When my mom picked me up, my counselor told her that I got saved — and my mom laughed at me.  Read more…

- Chris

Recent Happenings


Christmas Dinner 2016

The day started with a special worship service in our Seaburg Chapel. Following the service in our Mary Tilton Clark dinning room, guests were served a traditional turkey Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and pie! Another 800 meals...


Great Thanksgiving Banquet 2016...

The day started with a special worship service in our Seaburg chapel featuring special music by Mark Bolos.  Following the service in our Mary Tilton Clark dinning room, 1,336 guests were served a traditional turkey Thanksgiving meal with all...

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