Boston Rescue Mission

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We are transforming lives by empowering people at risk to achieve healthy and self-sufficient lives. We are serving our guests, our residents, and each other with respect, dignity and grace. We operate an emergency overnight shelter for more than 1,500 women and men every year. We offer healthy and hearty meals, basic necessities, and bathroom and shower facilities. We provide sober living and life growth shelter communities for men in recovery transitioning from homelessness to independent living. Our Safe Haven group home has helped hundreds of chronically homeless veterans transition to independent living.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111


Phone: 617-338-9000


Organization details

EIN: 042104726

CEO/President: John G. Samaan

Chairman: Elizabeth Keely and Scott Sargis

Board size: 10


Year founded: 1932

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The Boston Rescue Mission transforms lives by empowering individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless to achieve and sustain life skills necessary to become more self-sufficient.

Mission statement

Our mission is: To offer resources that prevent and end homelessness. To support the recovery, health, faith, and independence of those who have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness. To raise awareness about the root causes of these life risks. To serve everyone with respect, integrity, and grace. To continue to learn, grow, and excel in our services. To be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our supporters. To reflect the teachings of Jesus and the love of God in all we do.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating585 of 940108 of 160
Fund acquisition rating483 of 94285 of 160
Resource allocation rating557 of 94296 of 160
Asset utilization rating549 of 940111 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$771,052$592,860$963,646$298,766$358,267
Short-term investments$45,230,885$40,724,233$35,489,707$31,403,124$25,701,816
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$46,381,543$41,880,718$37,171,291$32,199,955$26,696,565
Long-term investments$35,324$31,901$69,711$130,431$318,320
Fixed assets$4,463,475$4,685,811$4,856,860$5,092,062$5,325,045
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$4,498,799$4,717,712$4,926,571$5,222,493$5,643,365
Total assets$50,880,342$46,598,430$42,097,862$37,422,448$32,339,930
Payables and accrued expenses$221,704$154,265$122,500$106,661$156,463
Other current liabilities$26,740$12,685$22,056$0$583
Total current liabilities$248,444$166,950$144,556$106,661$157,046
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,427,007$1,067,486$958,306$850,133$685,995
Total long-term liabilities$1,581,707$1,222,186$1,113,006$1,004,833$840,695
Total liabilities$1,830,151$1,389,136$1,257,562$1,111,494$997,741
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$48,408,572$44,549,439$40,197,267$35,667,476$30,716,924
With donor restrictions$641,619$659,855$643,033$643,478$625,265
Net assets$49,050,191$45,209,294$40,840,300$36,310,954$31,342,189
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Total contributions$4,909,618$4,406,983$4,028,064$3,587,941$3,871,681
Program service revenue$806,114$873,947$824,330$693,446$661,293
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$791,289$1,201,121$1,613,563$892,067$557,960
Other revenue$47,149$9,416$16,276$107,865$7,413
Total other revenue$1,644,552$2,084,484$2,454,169$1,693,378$1,226,666
Total revenue$6,554,170$6,491,467$6,482,233$5,281,319$5,098,347
Program services$2,951,033$2,902,710$2,845,600$2,530,587$2,706,175
Management and general$333,868$467,054$214,333$189,417$158,983
Total expenses$3,810,674$3,676,941$3,547,436$3,126,857$3,269,342
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Surplus (deficit)$2,743,496$2,814,526$2,934,797$2,154,462$1,829,005
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,743,496$2,814,526$2,934,797$2,154,462$1,829,005


John SamaanPresident & CEO$318,882
Michael WayVice President of Programs$160,777
Elizabeth KeeleyChair$11,855

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


From its founding in 1899, the Boston Rescue Mission has fed the hungry and housed the homeless. Originally its name was Merrimac Mission, as its first address was at 128 Merrimac Street in Boston. The Mission was started by five men and women from Boston who were called to serve the men they saw living on the streets--living in poverty and addicted to alcohol. It was one of many that formed in the United States beginning in the 1870s.

Within five months, the Mission relocated a few doors down the street to 134 Merrimac Street (near Boston's North Station today) and volunteers promoted it as "a bar-room transformed into a life-saving station." By 1904, the Mission had incorporated and four years after that, it moved again to 105 Staniford Street. The new location was much better situated to serve the homeless men who congregated in the area. Jacob Fritz led the Merrimac Mission during this time and his tenure lasted 15 years.

Superintendent Fritz was succeeded by George Eddy who led the mission for 35 years. In the mid-1960s, redevelopment taking place in the West End forced the Mission to relocate to Massachusetts Avenue. In 1978 the Mission purchased property on Kingston Street, and its headquarters remains there today.

In 1993, the Rev. John Samaan succeeded Harold Milner as the Mission's new director. The following year, the name of the organization was changed to the Boston Rescue Mission to more precisely convey the breadth of its work and services offered. Throughout the 1990s, the Mission expanded its work by offering daily meals, longer-term transitional shelter programs for women and men, and job training skills. In 1995, the city of Boston asked the Mission to participate in a pilot program to accommodate growing population of people in shelter during the winter months. That same year, the Boston Rescue Mission joined the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) to more formally advocate for the policies and public funding needed to assist people who are homeless to stabilize their lives.

In 1999, the Boston Rescue Mission celebrated its centennial anniversary. The organization was recognized for its century of service by then-President Bill Clinton and then-Vice President Al Gore.

In the 2000s, the Boston Rescue Mission added international work to its portfolio by organizing trips to Haiti, India, and Kenya to serve people who are desperately poor, homeless, sick, hungry, and victims of natural disasters. The service work puts our staff and volunteers in challenging situations that force them to re-examine previously held beliefs, build confidence in their abilities, and equip them to better serve those in who need help here at home.

Today, we provide emergency overnight shelter with hot meals, toiletries, and bathroom and shower facilities to those in need in the Greater Boston area. We also provide residential recovery programs for women and men transitioning from homelessness to independent living; for adult men who have been sober for at least 30 days; and veterans who have been continuously homeless for more than a year. We are honored to be a source of inspiration and hope throughout the city to women and men in need.

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