Rescue Mission History

The Christ Mission Settlement was founded in 1893 by W.J. Price at 408 E. Federal St. in Youngstown, Ohio. Initially the ministry was a learning center for adults and underprivileged children.

In the mid-1900s, The Mission grew and began feeding and housing thousands of homeless men and women each year. Listed below are the milestones that have made The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley the remarkable institution that it is today.

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley Milestones

2017

John Muckridge, III named President/CEO of Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

2016

Capital Campaign to Move Our Mission launched in November

2015

Recognized as “Children’s Advocate Award Honoree” from Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley at 5th Annual Champions for Our Valley’s Children Celebration. Ceased operations at Distribution Center on Glenwood Ave to focus on the average 130 clients cared for at the Mission each night

2014

Entered into a partnership with San Diego Christian College to create The Discipleship Academy, a comprehensive educational program. (Total meals served 165,504. Total Overnight Stays 44,553)

2013

Total meals served 114,236. Total overnight stays 36,114 (of which 4,932 were for children).

2012

James G. Echement is promoted from Development Director to Executive Director of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.

2011

Over 40,000 hours of volunteer time is logged at the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.

2010

Received “Certification of Excellence” from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions for the second time in Mission history, and a new 12- passenger vehicle is purchased for the ministry.

2009

Celebrated Rev Sherrard’s 20th Anniversary as Executive Director of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley in Youngstown.

2007

Received 8+ acres from the City of Youngstown for a future new facility.

2005

A true year of growth. A major communication program is launched to educate the community on all that is happening at their Mission.

2004

The Rescue Mission Ambassador Program is launched, establishing a liaison between individual churches and the Mission. The Mission prepares for growth. Private funding enables the Mission to install a leading-edge computer network linking both buildings to each other and the world.

2003

Year-end statistics show a huge increase in the Family Service division. Of the more than 23,000 overnight stays, over 5,000 were children.

2002

Two sisters who regularly volunteer transform the Mission’s Family Service Division with a complete renovation of an old office area. Room becomes the “Wee Room,” a play and learning area for our smallest guests. Gift was in honor of their parents.

2001

A walk-in freezer and refrigerator are purchased with grant monies allowing the ministry to take advantage of perishable foods that are purchased in bulk and donated.

1999

Private donations provide for the renovation of an old storage area into a Computer Learning Center, which is a key element in the Resident Programs for men, women and children.

1992

End-of-the-year figures show increases in meals (13,683), overnight stays (26,886) and clothing (6,151). Due to a lack of space, a new facility is purchased. The Distribution and Volunteer Center is opened at 2246 Glenwood Ave.

1991

A survey in Youngstown indicates 50% of the homeless are children. A new board is formed for the New Life Maternity Home and is spun off from the Rescue Mission to better serve the needs of girls.

1990

“Winter Wonderland” begins. Children’s gifts are collected at Christmas and volunteers wrap the gifts for distribution.

Mary Duke & Rev. David Sherrard shaking hands

1989

“Teen Straight Talk” begins under the direction of Mary Duke. Rev. David Sherrard, with his 18 years of experience in the Detroit Rescue Mission, comes to Youngstown with his family to serve as the Executive Director.

1988

Due to increases in the numbers of women and children, a Family Services division of the Mission is formed, with an average of more than 60 people per night.

1985

New Life Center in Vienna is remodeled and opened as the New Life Maternity Home, a residential prenatal care home for girls of any age in crisis pregnancy.

1982

Shelter opens for families with an average of 10-12 per night.

Reverend Tim Lowe

1980

Rev. Tim Lowe comes with his family from mission work in other areas to be the new Executive Director.

1975

Rev. John Woods becomes the Executive Director.

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley building in 1972

1972

The Mission begins moving into the former African-American YMCA building located at 962 West Federal Street in Youngstown, Ohio (now known as Martin Luther King Blvd.).

1969

The Mission moves to a South Avenue location between an Italian food store and shoe repair shop.

1964

Mary Fulton Ladies Auxiliary is organized.

1963

The mat-making program helps provide jobs for 200 men totaling more that 9,000 man hours. Edith O’Connell leads a Good News Bible Class every Thursday under the direction of Child Evangelism Fellowship and International Children’s Ministry.

1962

Total meals served for the year to the homeless in Youngstown: 15,425.

1960

The Board decides the work is too large for one board to handle efficiently, so they split the work. Part of it later becomes Christ Mission Goodwill Home and the other part becomes known as Rescue Mission Inc.

1958

Rev. Walter Houghton comes from Florida with his family to be the new director.

1952

Overnight emergency lodging for the year: 5,000 homeless men and women.

1943

Men’s and women’s prayer groups increase to 20 active groups.

1936

Christ Mission Farm is started on a 275-acre estate of William Swanston. The farm maintains dairy cattle, hogs, chickens and a small maple sugar camp. The farm provides food for the pre-tubercular children’s camp.

1932

A group of seven Christ Mission Settlement workers start Christian Missionary work in the foreign fields.

1928

Camp Hospital is made possible and dedicated to Youngstown Kiwanis Club for their work with underprivileged children.

1925

With $300 capital, a pool room at the corner of Boardman St. and Dounds Alley is rented.

1923

Monthly socials on Saturday nights are attended by 288 men. Eighteen different nationalities are represented and 52 volunteers participate.

1922

Christ Mission Helio Hygienic Camp for Pre-Tubercular and socially underprivileged children is started 10 minutes southwest of Youngstown near Canfield.

1917

Rev. Ray Hagstrom joins Christ Mission as Superintendent.

1916

Children use Mill Creek Park’s Fresh Air Camp in Youngstown for playground.

1908

Ministry moved to East Boardman Street into a three-story building. The lot was donated by H.B. Wick.

1905

Ministry moved to an old house in the rear of 260 ½ E. Federal St. in Youngstown.

1902

Christ Mission Kindergarten chartered in Youngstown.

1894

Sewing School, Mothers Club and free Kindergarten are established in Youngstown.

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