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Default Profile Halfway House: Rescue Mission of Trenton - "Vince's Place" & "Robinson Place"

Rescue Mission of Trenton
(98 Carroll Street)
PO Box 617
Trenton, NJ 08604

Telephone: (609) 695-1436
Fax: (609) 695-5199
Contact: Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Executive Director
E-mail: mgay@rescuemissionoftrenton.org
Website: www.rescuemissionoftrenton.org

Organization Description and Mission
The Rescue Mission of Trenton, founded in 1915, is a private non-profit corporation that provides shelter and social services to the homeless, the hungry, the transient, and the addicted. The purpose of the Rescue Mission is to serve the truly needy who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing and to create an environment where each can live with dignity, build self-esteem, and experience love, responsibility, and hope. The Rescue Mission requires that their clients participate along with the organization's staff in the effort to improve their circumstances, lead more productive lives, and reach their greatest potentials.

The Rescue Mission runs two residential programs, several emergency services programs for the hungry and homeless, an education and training program, and an industrial salvage operation that includes a large warehouse and three thrift stores:

  • Vince's Place: Vince's Place is a long-term residential substance abuse treatment program with a 75-bed capacity. Residents are offered both one-on-one counseling by the primary counselor and group sessions by the counseling staff. They are also provided with in-house medical exams from professional staff and referrals to clinics as needed. As part of the treatment program, each resident is given a work therapy assignment based upon their skills and prior training. Their assignments range from food preparation, to truck driving, office duties, retail sales, refrigeration/electrical repairs, construction, and general maintenance. Vince's Place is licensed by the NJ Department of Health to serve 27 individuals referred by the Department of Correction or Parole Board.
  • Robinson Place: Robinson Place is a licensed rooming and boarding house where 50 men receive counseling, medical supervision, and other support services. Clients ranging in age from 20 to over 75 maintain neat quarters, develop good work habits, and are given a unique chance to improve their lives. Each client is expected to contribute to the Rescue Mission community in his own way and all who are able to work are required to participate in work therapy: meal preparation, cleaning, and industrial salvage.
  • Emergency Services: Homeless men and women are offered emergency shelter, meals, and other help through the Emergency Services program. The program also provides clothing, furniture, and household goods that enable people to get on with their lives after a crisis.
  • Soup Kitchen: On weekends, when other area soup kitchens are closed, the Rescue Mission provides a nutritious meal to those who are hungry.
  • TEACH (Trenton Educational Advancement Center for the Homeless): TEACH volunteers prepare clients for GED testing and tutor them in basic literacy, reading and writing skills, job seeking skills, and computer/word processing.
  • Industrial Salvage: This program collects donated materials and household goods from the community at large, to be sorted and refurbished. The items are sold at the Rescue Mission's warehouse and two thrift stores. The Industrial Salvage operation generates more than one-quarter of the agency's operating budget.
  • Family Service Program: Clothing, furniture, and household goods are provided for free or at low cost upon recommendation from a social service agency to those who otherwise could not afford them.

Community and Population Served by the Organization
The Rescue Mission serves Trenton's homeless, transient, or drug-addicted people who are in need of shelter, food, clothing, or health care.

Research Questions
  • The TEACH program would like to devise a curriculum that, upon completion, would enable all clients to go directly into the workforce. How could current literacy and job training programs be enhanced to accommodate the influx of jobless people off of the welfare rolls?
  • Students could research and analyze current economic policies that contribute to the poverty that many Trenton residents experience. For instance, what is the current living wage and why is it so difficult to live on it? What percentage of Trenton residents has health insurance? The Rescue Mission would like students to research alternate economic policies that would address poverty and the pressing needs of the population it serves.

  • The Rescue Mission would like to market its retail store to the Mercer County community. How can the Mission best reach out to the community? Students could research other efforts by non-profits to target urban populations, and they could investigate the particular needs of the Latino community in Trenton. Are there particular organizations such as churches or schools in which the Rescue Mission could promote its services?

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