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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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.

Holiday Needs

We are in urgent need of boneless hams for our annual Christmas Dinner. We expect to serve & deliver over 1,200 meals on Christmas Day. If you would like to donate one, it can be dropped off at our Food Services located at 201 Rutger Street daily from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm.

We still have some holiday wish lists that need to be filled – if interested, please contact Debi Kenyon at 315.735.1645×115 or email:

Stuff the Bus!

We are pleased to announce that we are one of the many charities that will benefit from this year’s Stuff the Bus. Stuff the Bus is an annual toy drive created to help the less fortunate in the Mohawk Valley have a happy holiday season despite any financial circumstances their families might have.  If you would like to know more about Stuff the Bus, click on the icon below. layer-0

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


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...


Utica Comets Give a Helping Hand...

A very special thank you for to the Utica Comets for turkey give away just before Thanksgiving. 200 turkeys with all the trimmings were distributed to community members so they could make their own meals at home this past...