For more than a century, one group has been tracking with the tragic conditions of desperate and disenfranchised people in North America. The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) has been on the sidewalks and in the face of what to many has been a faceless problem. AGRM-member facilities have a reputation for being havens of hope for all who enter.
Founded in 1913, AGRM has some 300 rescue mission members across North America. Each year, AGRM members serve approximately 66 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights of shelter and housing, assist some 45,000 people in finding employment, provide clothing to more than 750,000 people, and graduate nearly 17,000 homeless men and women from addiction recovery programs into productive living. The ramification of their work positively influences surrounding communities in countless ways.
While rescue is in the name of the association, the followers of Jesus running these missions see that aspect as just the beginning. In total, they are about:
Redemption — Presenting people with a gospel that is about life transformation in Jesus, and the reclamation of His creation
Rehabilitation — Helping people break the bonds of addiction and desperate behavior, and experience a life of healing and wholeness
Re-assimilation — Preparing people to dwell in community, and to have meaningful roles that lead to stability and missional living
In all of this, AGRM is there to tell and re-tell the story to the church and the public at large, pointing out the need for laborers, resources, prayer, and a repentant attitude toward the poor. The association’s role is also to connect its members with current news, creative ideas, and cost-saving programs in order to expedite the continual movement of their ministries to higher levels of professionalism in order to achieve greater outcomes.
Mission StatementAGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.
With an eye on the future, AGRM also recognizes the contagious fervor in younger followers of Jesus. They come from dissimilar backgrounds but collectively feel a renewed spiritually mandate for social responsibility regarding “the least of these,” as described in Matthew 25. AGRM believes that their perspectives are valid, and that their energy, wedded with the wisdom of those more experienced, could start a revolution of compassion that would fully awaken the church to action in this critical area of personal conviction.
AGRM will foster and feed a movement of diverse, energetic disciples who will see the practice of hospitality to the destitute as both a catalyst for life transformation in Jesus and a fundamental expression of their Christian faith, thus propelling the church into the lead role in society’s quest to alleviate homelessness.