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The overall goal is to help the homeless improve their quality of life, become self-sufficient and get reestablished in the community.
The Emergency Shelter provides safe lodging, meals, clothing, critically needed counseling, education, advocacy and referrals to agencies that meet the needs of the clientele.
In 2011 the Emergency Shelter provided 11,935 nights of care, which is a 46% increase over 2010. The 28-bed Emergency Shelter was at or beyond capacity 355 days of the year. Our average length of stay per individual was 22 days -- in 2010 it was 21 days per individual. This continues to be due to economic challenges and lack of affordable housing and employment. The Shelter experienced an 78% success rate in moving its clients to permanent or transitional living situations.
only emergency shelter of its kind from Syracuse to Schenectady, New York.
the shelter can expand to 34 beds in an overflow situation.
In 2011 40% of those arriving for shelter had no health insurance coverage. Most had coverage at time of discharge.
There are a number of factors that may cause a person to become homeless such as: substance abuse, medical issues, probation, domestic violence, loss of job, or even mental illness.
A Story of Hope
Stan had been staying at our Shelter for the past several days. At morning devotions he shared how thankful he was for the Mission. "When I came to the Mission I thought I would stay a few days, but I can’t tell you how welcomed I felt. The staff cares about me and wants to help me have a better life. First they took care of my immediate needs and then helped me get some appointments scheduled. They even transported me to my doctor’s appointment – I have trouble with my legs and the Mission’s van drove me so I didn’t have to walk in the snow and ice. I have never felt so loved and cared for!"
You can reach the Emergency Shelter of the Rescue Mission of Utica by calling: (315) 735-1645 x150
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prson and you came to Me." Matt 25: 35,36