About the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
Celebrating 100 years in 2013, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is North America’s oldest and largest network of independent crisis shelters and rehabilitation centers, offering radical hospitality in the name of Jesus. With approximately 275 member missions, AGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted, and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.
Every year, AGRM members use 300,000 volunteers and 10,000 full-time staff to serve approximately 50 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights of lodging, distribute some 30 million pieces of clothing, graduate upwards of 20,000 people from addiction-recovery programs, and provide many additional valuable services. The ramification of their work positively influences surrounding communities in countless ways.
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.