Recent Press Releases

Rescue Missions Meet Needs During Christmas Season

Posted: 12/17/2014
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Reports Variety of Efforts to Brighten Holidays for Homeless and Hungry

Thousands Find Reasons to Give Thanks through Rescue Missions

Posted: 11/19/2014
Community support, involvement of volunteers are vital to reaching people in need. So this Thanksgiving, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is recognizing the importance of volunteers in the success of rescue missions across North America.

Stalemate in War on Homelessness

Posted: 11/12/2014
A new survey of rescue missions across North America indicates that among the homeless individuals served by rescue missions, more than one in three adults who seek help are facing homelessness for the first time.

Denver Mattress Company and Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Announce 12th Year of Partnership

Posted: 10/30/2014
Denver Mattress Company will match every dollar that is donated to one of 69 local missions across 27 states from November 1 to 30.

Cairn University Hosts Global Assembly on Urban Concerns; Event Organized by President of Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

Posted: 04/23/2014
Representatives from missions serving the poor in 40 of the world’s largest cities will hold a first-ever Worldwide Forum to discuss pressing threats and emerging opportunities. Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, will host this event being organized by the newly formed Global City Mission Network. The dates are April 22–24, 2014.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Holds DC Forum in Washington, D.C. March 3–5, 2014

Posted: 02/26/2014
Approximately 30 rescue mission executives and young leaders from across North America will converge on Washington, D.C. to discuss and learn more about vital public policy issues facing rescue missions today, including: strong charitable giving incentives; broad conscience protections for fall faith-based organizations; postal reform; balanced federal homelessness policy; and more.

Hundreds of Thousands to Experience Thanksgiving in Rescue Missions

Posted: 11/25/2013
As millions of families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner across the nation, hundreds of thousands of homeless individuals and families will pour into rescue missions in North America’s cities and towns.

Fewer Recent US War Veterans Visiting Missions According to New Survey

Posted: 11/25/2013
Overall, slightly fewer Persian Gulf and Afghanistan war veterans are seeking services from US rescue missions, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) in October of this year.

Denver Mattress Pledges a Dollar for Every Dollar Donated to Sixty-Nine Rescue Missions Across the U.S.

Posted: 10/28/2013
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is pleased to announce the continuation of their annual charity partnership with Denver Mattress Co., LLC (DMC) as together we continue to help those in need during the holidays.

Thousands will participate in the AGRM Snapshot Survey this month

Posted: 10/08/2013
AGRM will conduct its annual Snapshot Survey on Thursday, October 17. Each year, nearly 20,000 individuals are surveyed who are utilizing emergency shelter, supportive services, or addiction recovery programs of AGRM member missions.

AGRM Emerging Leaders Institute Holds Live Webinar with Author of Under the Overpass, Michael Yankoski

Posted: 09/23/2013
Yankoski will discuss what makes a brand of hospitality radical and how mission leaders can engage communities and churches in ministry to the homeless, hungry, abused, and addicted.

AGRM District Conferences Underway

Posted: 09/19/2013
Each year AGRM hosts nine district conferences which feature local fellowship and training for member ministries. For more information and to register for a district event...

Landmark discussions held at AGRM's CEO Summit

Posted: 09/10/2013
Fifty three rescue mission CEOs from across North America have gathered together at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida, for penetrating dialogue and landmark discussion on matters that will have a bearing on all ministries.

Billy Graham's My Hope America Partners with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions to Reach America's "Invisible Neighbors"

Posted: 08/07/2013
This year, My Hope America with Billy Graham is partnering with the AGRM to share the hope of Christ with these individuals and families. Along with thousands of homes and churches, participating rescue missions will not only show their guests radical hospitality, but also a new evangelistic video program with an inspirational message from Billy Graham.

Faith and Giving Coalition to Convene on Tax Reform and Charitable Deduction

Posted: 07/16/2013
A coalition of national faith-based charities this week will urge Senate leaders to preserve tax deductions on charitable donations. They are meeting in response to the plan announced by U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) to develop a tax reform bill by starting with zero tax breaks: no mortgage-interest deduction, no special tax treatment for corporate perks, no deduction for charitable contributions, etc.

AGRM Announces 2013 Media Innovation Competition Winners

Posted: 06/25/2013
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) congratulates the winners of the 2013 Media Innovation Competition. Winning publications and digital media were awarded at the 100th Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, on June 13.

Rescue mission leaders visit Capitol Hill 
to address issues critical in aiding needy families

Posted: 03/21/2013
Rescue mission leaders from across the United States—who provide free services for thousands in need—were in Washington, D.C., March 17 to 19 to address public policy decisions that could slow or halt their ability to provide valuable services. The 100-year-old Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) organized the gathering.

AGRM president testifies on Capitol Hill about tax reform’s effect on service to homeless, needy

Posted: 02/14/2013
The president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) pointed out today to a congressional committee that making way for private donations is critical for rescue missions’—and many other charities’—success.

Survey points to needs of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans

Posted: 11/13/2012
Twice as many veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking aid from rescue missions as were last year, according to the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions’ 23rd annual Snapshot Survey of about 19,000 individuals.

Denver Mattress Company pledges up to $150,000 to serve needy families

Posted: 11/01/2012
In 27 states, people who are homeless and in need will benefit from rescue missions’ doubled donation dollars, thanks to Denver Mattress Company (DMC). This is the 10th year the company has partnered with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) to provide dollar-for-dollar matching donations for organizations that reach out to needy individuals and families.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions to Hold CEO Summit in New York City

Posted: 09/19/2012
Fourty rescue mission executives from across North America will converge on New York City to reflect on the current condition of rescue mission ministry and to consider emerging trends and future opportunities.

A foot-warming effort: Nationwide, communities gather socks for needy families

Posted: 08/15/2012
In more than 200 American cities, people are giving to care for needy families’ feet as part of a campaign inspired by a Disney film released today, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) launched the Sock Drive July 9 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes.

Rescue Missions Support Launch of Disney's “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive

Posted: 07/13/2012
The Walt Disney Studios announced yesterday that they worked with Hanes, who is working with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), to launch “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive on July 9, 2012, aimed at providing new socks for families in need across the U.S.

Local Rescue Mission Leader Receives National “Lifetime Achievement Award”

Posted: 05/24/2012
Birmingham’s Tom Zobel, who directs Brother Bryan Mission, received the annual Russ Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) Conference in Orlando, attended by almost 800.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions to unite and educate hundreds at national convention in Orlando

Posted: 05/15/2012
The 99th Annual Convention is focused on education to strengthen member organizations’ outreach and operations. More than 80 seminars will address a variety of content, including social enterprise and innovation, transformational programing and issues facing rescue missions. The event also features inspirational keynote speakers, worship music, networking, and exhibits.

Homeless Shelter Executives Inform, Educate Lawmakers About Pending Legislations’ Negative Impact

Posted: 03/20/2012
Leaders of homeless shelters and rescue missions across the United States — who reach out to thousands of men, women and children in desperate need — gathered in Washington, D.C., March 18 to 20 to present concerns about pending legislation that could slow or halt their ability to provide valuable services.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Holds Forum in Washington, D.C.

Posted: 03/13/2012
DC Forum: On Policy and Advocacy—More than 30 rescue mission executives from across North America will converge on Washington, D.C. to educate law makers about their work and the impact of public policy

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Names New Board Members

Posted: 01/04/2012
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors, all with terms starting January 1, 2012.

AGRM Issues 22nd Annual Snapshot Survey of the Homeless

Posted: 11/23/2011
Nearly one in five people experiencing homelessness (21%) have been the victims of physical violence within the past twelve months. According to the 22nd annual Snapshot Survey from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), those reporting such recent assaults have risen 6 percent from the same time last year.

Church members challenged anew to engage with the poor

Posted: 09/26/2011
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) announced Monday the launch of Invisible Neighbors, a multi-media campaign designed to inform and inspire individuals in North America’s churches to be actively and regularly involved in service toward the poor and the growing homeless population.

AGRM Opposes White House Proposal to Limit Tax Incentive for Charitable Giving

Posted: 09/20/2011
Gospel Rescue Missions across the country are hopeful that the White House will reverse its plan to cap the value of charitable donations at 28 percent as part of its new strategy to pay for the president’s American Jobs Act.

Boise Rescue Mission Wins Important Legal Victory in Ninth Circuit

Posted: 09/19/2011
AGRM is pleased to announce the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the Intermountain Fair Housing Counsel v. Boise Rescue Mission case and unanimously affirmed that the Fair Housing Act's religious exemption protects the Boise Rescue Mission from the plaintiffs' claims.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Holds CEO Summit in Colorado Springs

Posted: 08/22/2011
More than 70 rescue mission executives from across North America will converge on Colorado Springs to discuss the future of faith-based Continue of Care services and how they stack up in light of the government push for Housing First initiatives.

Thoughts on the Tucson Murders

Posted: 01/17/2011
On Saturday, January 8, 2011, 22-year-old Jerad Loughner shot 20 people attending Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner” event in Tucson, Arizona. Congresswoman Giffords was shot through the head and survived, but six other victims tragically died, including nine-year-old Christina Green, federal district judge John Roll, an aide to Congresswoman Gifford, and three constituents attending the event.

Many American Families are Living on the Edge

Posted: 11/29/2010
With 43.6 million Americans slipping into poverty, members of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) are seeing an increasing number of people on the brink of homelessness, according to the 21st annual Snapshot Survey of the Homeless.

Webcast to build support, awareness for homeless

Posted: 11/15/2010
To promote National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is partnering with i58:10 Media to produce the Hope to the Hungry webcast Nov. 19.