Q: How long has the mission been operating?
A: The Lima Rescue Mission has been operating continuously since November 1, 1906. We are a privately run 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Q: What services does the Mission provide?
A: We provide food, clothing and overnight shelter to homeless and needy men. We also have a life recovery and discipleship program called Mighty Men. Through this program, men attend daily classes, go through Biblical counseling and take part in work projects. The goal is to prepare them to become a productive member of God’s kingdom and the community. The Mission also has a ministry to inner city youth. We hold daily after school Bible classes, and in the summer, day camps are held at our campgrounds, Camp Roberts.
Q: Who does the Mission provide help to?
A: Any man who is homeless or in need and is willing to comply with our rules can receive help at the Mission.
Q: What geographic areas does the Mission serve?
A: We regularly provide assistance to individuals in Lima/Allen County as well as all surrounding counties. The Mission also provides help to people from all over the country who may end up in our area looking for work or trying to reconnect with family.
Q: What causes homelessness?
A: There are several things that may be a factor, including family problems, loss of job, drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness.
Q: What is the Mission doing to help break the cycle of homelessness?
A: Unlike a secular or government run shelter, we address more than the physical problems associated with homelessness. Our goal is to create a safe environment, free of drugs and alcohol, where healing can take place. Our staff is always available to meet one on one with guests and provide Biblical counseling. Church services are held daily and Bible studies are held throughout the week. The Mighty Men program is an important step in overcoming issues which cause homelessness.
Q: Are there more people at the Mission during Winter months?
A: Not always. The number of people we provide services to fluctuates throughout the year. However, the past few years, we have noticed an increased number of people in need of our services in late Summer.
Q: How is the Mission funded?
A: All of our funding comes from donations directly from individuals, churches and businesses. Financial support from the community is the only way we are able to meet operating costs.
Q: Do you accept donations other than money?
A: Yes, anything from cans of food to clothing to toiletries are greatly appreciated. Our need for these items fluctuates so it is best to check our current needs list to see what items are most needed at that time.
Q: Can I volunteer at the Mission?
A: Yes, there are volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. Volunteers often take part in activities such as serving the evening meal and doing dishes, cleaning and painting, as well as other projects that may need done.
Q: What can I do to help the homeless?
A: Never give cash to a homeless person. Often, your money will end up being used to purchase drugs or alcohol. Instead, you can give food to the person or direct them to the Mission where they can receive a meal and lodging. Getting involved with the Mission is a great way to help the homeless. You can contribute by donating financially, by giving items on our needs list, or by volunteering or joining us in prayer. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Q: Do you give tours of the Mission?