ABOUT US

Since 1894, Hope Rescue Mission has been a place of refuge for the homeless men of Berks County, PA. We offer four residential programs that men can work their way through to transition back into the community as productive and independent individuals.

ADDRESS

Hope Rescue Mission
645 North Sixth Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone (610) 375-4224
hopeforreading@gmail.com

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​Through any one of three sub-programs (Work Transition, Back to School, Fixed Income), men accepted into our THP can receive six-month housing contracts that will allow them to save money, learn how to budget their finances, and work with our Case Management Team to assist in procuring permanent independent housing appropriate to each man’s income and situation. 

 

Program fees vary depending on the sub-program and income level of each applicant.  For more information or to apply please stop at our Welcome Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Transitional Housing

In addition to Director run internal classes covering basic life skills, Bible application, and Christian Leadership we offer the following externally run classes at various times throughout the year:

  • Workforce Development classes focusing on the following:

    • Skill and job alignment

    • Employment search

    • Interviewing

    • Resumes

    • Job retention

    • Graduation Bonus Option: OSHA Certification

  • ESL classes

  • GED classes

  • Smoking cessation classes

  • One-on-one weekly mentorship opportunities

  • TUMI Bible College courses

Educational, Informational & Vocational Programs 

  • Spiritual transformation through discipleship and Church attendance

  • Freedom from addictions

  • Successful re-entry into society from incarceration

  • Employment and independent housing

Educational Work Development

Twelve-month in-house work program that gives men the opportunity to contribute to the Mission directly. Program participants reside in individual rooms on our 2nd floor. Disciples help with Mission operations, have regular work assignments, and attend prayer meetings and Bible studies. ​

Discipleship Work Requirements: In order to apply for this program, a man must first stay in one of our overnight relief programs for a minimum of two weeks without incident. Applicants must volunteer in a work assignment alongside current disciples for a probationary period and pass a drug screening test.

Discipleship

Year round emergency shelter program that offers food, clothing and shelter for up to 85 men daily. Men are provided a single bed and lockable wardrobe in a dormitory setting. Program participants attend nightly evening chapels led by local church partners, immediately followed by dinner. Men in Safe Haven also have daily access to Wi-Fi enabled laptops, gym, laundry services, and showers.

Operates daily from 4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Chapel: 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Lights Outs: 10 p.m. weekdays, 11 p.m. weekends
Volunteer Duties: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Safe Haven

Cold weather emergency shelter program that operates throughout the winter months. It provides emergency shelter for an additional 80-100 men nightly. Men sleep on bunkbeds in Mission gym. They have access to meals and facilities listed under Safe Haven.

Operates the same as Safe Haven, but from November through March

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