Crisis points are often times which bring out the best in us.
This past fiscal year the Mission faced one of the worst disasters in our 102-year history: the frightening possibility of having to close or severely limit our community’s emergency homeless shelter services. The unthinkable could have happened if our generous community — individuals, companies, foundations, and units of government — had not come to the aid of the Mission.
In late 2016 it became apparent that due to a variety of factors beyond our control, we were facing a staggering $400,000 deficit to continue to operate the shelter. We acknowledged in September, at meeting attended by a broad-cross section of business, government, and foundation leaders, that the best we could do was to fund half of the deficit from our reserves through July 1, 2017.
Fortunately, the worst of times became the best of times when “more than $260,000 in contributions both big and small poured in” (The Trenton Times editorial of April 9, 2017 titled “Financial lifelines saved Trenton shelter form losing home”). While we are not out of the woods yet, with potential further cuts in state and federal aid on the horizon, our generous community bought time, and together we are working hard to craft a long-term solution to keep the shelter open.
Events like last year’s highly successful 13th Annual Shanks Mission Miniature Golf Tournament and our continued efforts to partner with area non-profits to reduce expenses and deliver services in cost-effective manner, resulted in the Mission for the fifth year in a row earning a coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent evaluator of charities.
As the Mission faces a funding crisis for the emergency shelter, the nation faces an epidemic of opiate abuse. The Mission is committed to providing counseling and supportive services so that individuals may reach their greatest potential through our continuum of substance abuse treatment programs. We are steadfast in this commitment to those we serve and participating in the state’s announced effort to address the growing opioid epidemic through increased treatment and recovery efforts.
We need your continued support to continue to keep the emergency shelter open and maintain and expand our substance abuse treatment, job training, education, and continuum of housing programs. Together we can rebuild lives.
— Mary Gay Abbott-Young, CEO
Rescue Mission of Trenton, 98 Carroll Street, Trenton. 609-695-1436. www.rescuemissionoftrenton.org.