City Rescue Mission was founded in 1946 to help homeless men in the Jacksonville area. Since its inception, CRM has evolved into a recovery program helping needy men, women and children from multiple counties in Northeast Florida by meeting the basic needs of the homeless and by providing a long-term, residential rehabilitation program that addresses life-controlling issues as well as education and workforce development. CRM provides services to the homeless and needy every day of the year.
CRM boasts a success rate of more than 70% compared to a national average of about 27% (clean, sober and employed six months after program completion).
The New Life Inn on State Street in downtown Jacksonville is CRM's emergency homeless shelter. We provide food and shelter to our homeless guests in a safe, caring environment. Guests have the opportunity to shower, enjoy a meal and leave with clean clothing in the morning. In the last year, the New Life Inn provided 71,993 nights of safe shelter and served 213,930 meals. In addition, nearly 19,000 items of clothing were given to those in need through the Community Closet. Case workers help our guests obtain medical and dental treatment, long-term housing assistance, government identification cards, veterans’ services, counseling and other vital services. The New Life Inn serves as the entry point into CRM's LifeBuilders addiction recovery program.
The LifeBuilders addiction recovery program is designed to rebuild lives that have been broken by substance abuse and other life-controlling issues. On average, the LifeBuilders program lasts 12 to 18 months. Our purpose is to support our students’ healing through a holistic, grace-oriented program that addresses their long-term emotional, spiritual, medical, social, educational and life skills needs. In addition to meals and clothing, students are provided medical treatment and dental care. All services are provided at no cost to the students. Ultimately, we are committed to returning our students to their families and communities as healed, hopeful and productive citizens with the lifelong emotional strength to sustain their own transformation.
After completion of the life skills segment of the LifeBuilders program, Workforce Development counselors assist each student in building a job search campaign, matching potential employers with students, and identifying apprenticeships or educational opportunities for students committed to continuing their education. Students are aided in securing grants and loans to complete additional educational programs. CRM has a working relationship with the University of North Florida (UNF) and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ).