More than a century of experience
The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission was started by the leadership of the Market Street Mission in Morristown, NJ in 2006. The Market Street Mission has been helping disadvantaged men, women and children in Northern New Jersey since 1889.
The Market Street Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission. As defined in a 1978 Mission newsletter, Gospel means 'good news'; Rescue means 'to deliver from actual or impending calamity'; and Mission means 'one sent'. Therefore, "the Market Street Mission is a place that has been established (sent) to deliver people from actual or impending calamity and to do this by using the good news of Christ." The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission will carry the same goal backed by 100 years of success and a professional staff experienced in rescue ministry.
The dream was alive in the heart of Executive Director David Scott since 1995. After careful prayer and planning the Board gave the go ahead and the 701 Memorial Drive property was purchased on May 23rd, 2006.
In November and December of 2006, while working on construction issues, the Mission decided to hold a few events on their Asbury Park property – a coat give away where they gave out approximately 1500 coats and two dinners - Thanksgiving and Christmas - where they fed a total of 230 people. These times were wonderful opportunities to meet the community and see the need first hand. The events were in many ways very sad, but made the leaders more confident of the goal and even more excited in anticipation of the expected opening.
The starting plan was to serve up to 100 meals each day and sleep up to 40 men in the facility each night. The leadership went through the building approval process, passed inspection and received a temporary CO. The doors were opened on February 11th 2007. 11 people were fed dinner and 3 men slept in the Mission that night. Numbers were gradually increasing when a fire inspector walked through and ordered The Mission to stop the shelter part of the program until a sprinkler system was put in on the second floor. So as of Feb 21st the shelter was shut down but the feeding program continued along with a nightly devotional.
On May 23rd, the Mission received a temporary CO and reopened the shelter. Numbers increased quickly to approximately 35 people being fed nightly and about 15 men sleeping each night in the shelter.
Long term the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission will seek to develop into an extensive Christian Life Change program just like Market Street Mission where they help people become godly productive members of society. And with more than a century of Gospel Rescue Mission experience they are fully equipped to do just that.