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Our History

More than a century of experience


2006… that’s when the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission opened our doors to Asbury Park’s homeless and hurting.

Founded by the leadership of the Market Street Mission, our sister Mission in Morristown, we shared a common ministry goal: to deliver those in need by sharing the good new of Jesus Christ.  

For a decade, Executive Director G. David Scott and our Board were dedicated and passionate about providing Rescue Mission services in Asbury Park. That dream became a reality when our current location at 701 Memorial Drive property was purchased on May 23, 2006 – and our doors officially opened on February, 11, 2007.

When we started, we planned to provide: 

  • 100 meals each day (7 days a week, 365 days a year!)
  • 40 men sheltered each night

With more than a century of success, both Missions share the good news of Christ’s love through meeting immediate and long-term needs of our guests: food and shelter, coupled with our long-term recovery program that helps people become healthy, stable and Godly members of our community. 

A Brief History of our Mission

  • The Mission’s doors open on February 11, 2006; 11 people were served a hot meal that night, and 3 men stayed in the Mission’s shelter.
  • By May 23, 2006, the Mission is providing 35 people with meals and sheltering 15 men each night.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, the Mission was deemed “of beneficial use to the community and the surrounding areas” by city and state governments. While there were some initial reservations from the community, by 2011, the Mission met the conditions set by the City of Asbury Park and continued ministering to local homeless, hungry and hurting people. 
  • In the future, the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission will develop an onsite Life Change Program (like our sister Mission’s in Morristown) where during a year-long program, men will learn the tools they need to build a solid foundation for their future success.