Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley Celebrates 130 Years of Service

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. 

The rescue mission was established in 1893 by a group of Christian businessmen who wanted to help the homeless and hungry in Youngstown. It has served more than 1.3 million meals, and just last year provided more than 32,000 overnight stays to those in need.

The rescue mission also helps clients access local resources to help them transition out of homelessness.

To help mark its 130th anniversary, the rescue mission will host a free open house event at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at its new 50,000-square-foot building at 1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The building can accommodate up to 186 guests in semi-private rooms and bunk rooms. It also has a dining hall, a chapel, an administration area and Biblical/case management offices. 

The open house will feature tours of the facility, testimonies from current and former clients, refreshments, face painting and a special presentation by John Muckridge III, president and CEO of Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.

“It is a very humbling thing when you consider the holy, almighty creator of the universe has chosen to redeem sinful people and then uses them to proclaim his Gospel to other people who suffer from the same sinful nature as themselves,” Muckridge said. “This is what God has been doing through the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley since 1893. We look forward to seeing how he will continue to use this ministry for his glory.”

The event is free and open to the public. 

Commemorative Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley T-shirts are now available for preorder for $12 and can be picked up at the event.  

RSVPs for the event are being accepted but are not required. 

For more information about the open house or the rescue mission, click HERE or call 330 744 5485, ext. 506.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.