Bowery Mission


A Home for Hope Since 1879

Bowery Mission Lower East Side

About Bowery Mission

 & why it made the Carpe City list

  • The Bowery Mission is a landmarked, Christian, faith-based Rescue Mission and men’s shelter that provides meals, medical care, employment assistance, spiritual support, and compassionate care to homeless New Yorkers.
    • In 2019, when The Bowery Mission entered its 140th year of service, the organization joined forces with The New York City Rescue Mission and the Goodwill Rescue Mission in a coordinated effort to serve an even larger share of New York’s homeless population.
  • Founded in 1879, the Bowery Mission was the third mission established in the United States, and the second one established on the Bowery.
    • That’s right. Two of the nation’s first three rescue missions served the Bowery because, by the late 19th century, the street had gained a reputation as “skid row,” where homeless or rootless individuals could find cheap lodging in what were then called “flophouses.”
  • The Bowery Mission began in a small prayer room at 14 Bowery and hopped around the street until moving into its current location in 1909.

Carpe City Trivia

227 Bowery actually predates the Mission itself

The building was designed in 1876 for coffin manufacturer and undertaker Jonas Stolts.

The Mission sports stained glass windows by an artist who trained at what world class studio?

  • Tiffany Studios
  • When the Mission moved into the building in 1909, the facade got a facelift, including a series of windows depicting the Return of the Prodigal Son, by Tiffany-Studios-trained Benjamin Sellers.

As one of the oldest continuously operational missions in the nation, the Bowery Mission has long been a campaign stop

  • President Taft addressed 600 men at the Mission in 1909
  • Governor Al Smith addressed Mission residents ten years later, in honor of the organization’s 40th anniversary.
  • In 1920, then vice-presidential nominee Franklin Roosevelt spoke at the Mission.
  • Most recently, in 2019, former NYC mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg volunteered by handing out turkeys on Thanksgiving at the Mission.
By: Lucie Levine

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