What We Do
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission strives to meet the physical needs of the homeless and hurting men in Philadelphia through emergency shelter services that provide safe beds and nutritious meals to our homeless guests 365 days a year. Meeting the basic, physical needs is not enough. Staff at the Mission strive to meet spiritual needs as well through pre-meal chapel services, one-on-one counseling with on-staff chaplains, and through the long-term Overcomer Program.
The Overcomer Program is a twelve to eighteen month recovery program available to emergency shelter guests that are seeking a positive life change. The goal of the program is to equip homeless men with the practical and spiritual life skills they need to be self-sufficient individuals and positive contributors to society. Men in the Overcomer Program maintain at least a one-year residency at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission and reside in private living quarters on the Mission’s fourth floor. During their first months in the program, they primarily participate in Bible classes, addiction recovery groups, and physical and emotional health counseling in areas key to reconciliation with God and family. In addition, they meet regularly with a chaplain who has been assigned to manage their case and monitor their progress.
After men have completed eight months in the Overcomer Program, they enter into the Career Education Services portion of the program, which emphasizes life skills and professional development training. Working closely with our Education Chaplain and Mission volunteers, the men receive assistance with job applications, resume writing, and interview strategies in the Learning Center. Those who do not have a high school diploma begin working toward their GED, as well as take computer literacy courses. As the men progress through this phase of the program, Sunday Breakfast staff assists the men in their quest for job placement and securing permanent housing before they graduate. Upon graduation from the Overcomer Program, some men feel God leading them toward full-time ministry. For these men, Sunday Breakfast provides a one-year, live-in internship at the Mission where they participate in faith-based educational courses and train for vocational work in rescue ministry.
In addition to meeting basic life needs for men, the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission enables those men who are committed to a positive life change to address their problems through an intensive 16-month program.
The purpose of Wayne Hall, the women’s ministry of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, is to teach women how to restructure their lives according to the Word of God.
Volunteer opportunities for groups with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission take place at our Center City and Germantown locations.
Churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations can help the homeless and hurting men and women at the Mission by collecting non-perishable food items.*