Lives Here

Our Purpose

The New York City Rescue Mission exists to provide help and hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting men and women of New York City.

Our foundation is Hope:

The confident expectation that a life can change.

Our spirit is Respect:

Deeply held conviction concerning the intrinsic worth of every person resulting in a purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for one another.

Our character is Excellence:

Who we are and how we serve.

Our attitude is Community:

Unity brings strength.

  • Our Story

    Since the 1870's, New York City experienced a wave of European immigration, creating more hardship and poverty than the city had ever endured before, leaving much of the city’s poor without shelter.

  • 1872

    Alfrederick Smith Hatch donates the first mission building and Jerry and Maria McAuley open The Helping Hand for men at 316 Water Street in the notorious Fourth Ward of New York City.

  • 1912

    The original building was torn down and a new four-story structure called The McAuley Water Street Mission with separate rooms for 10 men was erected.

  • 1927

    The John Markle dormitory is dedicated.

  • 1960’s

    The McAuley Water Street Mission moves to 90 Lafayette Street.

  • 2000

    The McAuley Water Street Mission becomes the New York City Rescue Mission.

  • 2011

    The New York City Rescue Mission begins construction on a three floor expansion.

  • 2014

    The Mission opens a women’s shelter for the first time in 142 years.


    Construction is completed bringing the Mission’s total to 220 beds.


    Click below to meet the team of dedicated people delivering hope to those who need it the most.

    Learn more


    90 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10013

    Phone: (212) 226-6214
    Fax: (212) 226-6215


    Directions → Subway

    Take the subway to the Canal St. stop and walk to Lafayette St. The Mission is on the corner of Lafayette and White St.