The Overcomer Program
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. Ultimately, the goal of this program is for these men to return to the community as self-sufficient individuals, contributing to Philadelphia’s economy and quality of life.
A one year residential commitment is asked of each man, during which time, he is exposed to the biblical concepts of recovery, life skills, and work ethics. Each man is also assigned a case manager to help him develop short and long term goals in various areas including: physical health, emotional health and counseling in areas key to reconciliation with God, family and the social workforce.
- Morning Devotions
- One Hour Morning GED or Life Skills Class
- One Hour Recovery Class
- Noon Chapel
- One and a half hour Life Skills Class
- One and a half hour Bible Study
- Evening Chapel
Career Education Services
Upon completion of eight months in this Discipleship/Recovery Program, each man enters Career Education Services portion of the program. Each man receives assistance with preparing job applications, resume writing and interview strategies. Appropriate business attire is also provided. Vocational Training and Certification is available for in the areas of Food Safety and Handling as well as Basic Janitorial and Housekeeping.
Education is an important component of preparing men for productive lives. Our Learning Center is staffed by a full-time chaplain and volunteer tutors. Each program resident is evaluated on basic educational skills: Reading, Writing, Math, Phonics and Vocabulary. Anyone who does not have a High School Diploma or GED immediately begins working toward the goal of achieving his diploma. The man who already has a HSD or GED will do refresher lessons as well as begin some Computer Literacy courses. The Learning Center also distributes Bibles, notebooks and other resources to the program men.
As men complete the discipleship/recovery program, some give evidence to a call to ministry. To these men we provide an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord and deeper into the Holy Scriptures.
These men will be able to spend at least one additional year at the facility:
- Attending Rescue College or an In-House Inductive Study of the Bible
- Training for vocational work in Rescue Ministry
- Preparing for ministry within the local church
- Learning to do the work of an Evangelist
- Other rewarding and beneficial aspects of Christian ministry
Director of Men’s Ministry
(215) 922-6400 ext. 1009
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission provides many services that meet the basic needs of the Philadelphia area’s homeless population:
The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission serves three meals, every day of the year. Meals are available to both men and women at our Center City location. Please arrive by the designated times to receive a meal.
- Breakfast – 7 am
- Lunch – Noon
- Dinner – 6:30 pm
The overnight homeless shelter provides accommodations for up to 180 men. During extreme temperatures, overflow sleeping mats are used so that no one will be turned away. Men are able to stay with us for thirty (30) days free of charge. If men who are working with our staff need more time, they are able to enter into an extension program that includes an income-based fee. To receive a bed, please arrive before 7:00 pm and bring identification. Your bag will be checked, and you will receive a meal and a shower before bed. You do not need to call ahead, but if you have questions please call the chaplain at (215) 922-6400 ext. 1033. The dormitory was renovated in the summer of 2009. Updated accommodations include new carpet and paint, new windows, and a new HVAC system to provide a comfortable climate year-round.
Staff chaplains and volunteers from local churches conduct two services a day, prior to the noon and evening meal. If your church is interested in helping with Chapel services, please contact the mission at (215) 922-6400 ext. 1007.
Chaplains are available during the day to provide assistance and referrals for people with various needs:
- Employment opportunities
- Health service
- Legal aid
- Vocational training
- Connections to other agencies that provide these services
- Locations and telephone numbers
Breaking the cycle of homelessness
Men who visit the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission for emergency services are given the opportunity to join the Overcomer Program, our year-long recovery program. Those men who desire to change their lives are equipped with the necessary skills for returning to society as productive citizens.