Springfield Rescue Mission

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The Springfield Rescue Mission is one of the oldest local human service agencies, serving the Greater Springfield area since 1892. The Springfield Rescue Mission (SRM) is a leader in meeting the needs of the poor and homeless in Greater Springfield. SRM began as a community outreach ministry located over a laundry facility on Stanford Street in Springfield, MA in 1892. SRM continues today to provide the homeless and low-income with services to meet their most basic needs and is a safe place of refuge - all free of charge and without direct government assistance.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Springfield Rescue Mission
PO Box 9045
Springfield, MA 01102-9045

Website: www.springfieldrescuemission.org

Phone: (413) 732-0808

Email: info@springfieldrescuemission.org

Organization details

EIN: 521047790

CEO/President: Kevin Ramsdell

Chairman: Robert Blakeslee

Board size: 6

Founder: Julius Cummings

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1990


As an Emergency Shelter, Mobile Feeding Program, Rehabilitation/Transformation Center and Transitional Living Facility, SRM provides food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, Christian counseling, literacy training and advocacy - free of charge. These programs help individuals take meaningful steps toward becoming responsible and productive members of the community.

Mission statement

The goal of the Springfield Rescue Mission since 1892 is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted and poor by introducing them to Christ and helping them apply the Word of God to every area of their lives.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating146 of 101023 of 159
Fund acquisition rating410 of 101266 of 159
Resource allocation rating426 of 101258 of 159
Asset utilization rating15 of 10104 of 159

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$49,140$45,356$42,494$49,710$36,595
Short-term investments$0$1,057$653$6,823$15,217
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$455,052$145,511$173,314$207,053$108,186
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,237,002$1,210,570$1,243,782$1,254,739$1,229,641
Other long-term assets$26,408$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,263,410$1,210,570$1,243,782$1,254,739$1,229,641
Total assets$1,718,462$1,356,081$1,417,096$1,461,792$1,337,827
Payables and accrued expenses$32,512$69,807$94,710$121,462$153,217
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$32,512$69,807$94,710$121,462$153,217
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$105,760$93,056$79,826$94,135$42,451
Total long-term liabilities$351,489$136,710$134,638$252,765$248,695
Total liabilities$384,001$206,517$229,348$374,227$401,912
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,314,861$1,149,564$1,187,748$1,087,565$935,915
With donor restrictions$19,600$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,334,461$1,149,564$1,187,748$1,087,565$935,915
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,418,929$6,053,707$4,750,040$6,027,278$5,593,175
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$796$19($385)$1,617$424
Other revenue$61,283$12,606$130,305$16,081$7,496
Total other revenue$62,079$12,625$129,920$17,698$7,920
Total revenue$6,481,008$6,066,332$4,879,960$6,044,976$5,601,095
Program services$5,171,184$4,955,498$3,643,671$4,749,423$4,294,552
Management and general$573,242$585,738$597,187$559,554$610,516
Total expenses$6,296,111$6,027,247$4,779,814$5,894,186$5,476,457
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$184,897$39,085$100,146$150,790$124,638
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$184,897$39,085$100,146$150,790$124,638


Ronald WilloughbyExecutive Di$78,101

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/19/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


The Springfield Rescue Mission, established in 1892 under the leadership of former Salvation Army Captain Julius Cummings is one of the oldest human service agencies in Greater Springfield, MA. Over the years, the Rescue Mission has faced leadership and organizational changes, giving it an interesting history of survival.

In its early years, the Springfield Rescue Mission was a strong Christian-based organization, focusing on feeding, sheltering and clothing men living on the streets or traveling from town to town. For the most part, these were men who had abandoned their families and were addicted to alcohol. The Rescue Mission, then and now, reaches out to the least, the last and the lost - meeting physical and spiritual needs through the presentation of the Gospel, relying on God through the public to support the life-sustaining and life-transforming programs.

In 1962, The Springfield Rescue Mission purchased the former Y.W.C.A. building on 19 Bliss Street, Springfield and continued to minister to homeless mend in the grips of addition. Ron Willoughby began serving as executive director/CEO in 1987. He began his ministry by establishing our residential rehabilitation/transformation program called "Men's New Life Program" at 19 Bliss Street, Springfield and soon after he implemented the Rescue Missions mobile street feeding program called "Operation SONshine". Over the next decade Rod oversaw the implementation of many vital parts of the Springfield Rescue Mission ministries. Clothing and Give Away Center (1989), Prison Ministry and Detox Bible Study (1990), Learning Center (1995).

In 1997, the Springfield Rescue Mission acquired the 148 Taylor Street, Springfield, property, expanding the ministry to offer 43 Emergency Shelter beds. In 2002 the 2nd floor of the Taylor Street facility was dedicated to the Transitional Living Program, which is an extension of the Men's New Life Rehabilitation Program.

In 2014, it was announced that a casino be built in Springfield and the Rescue Mission would need to vacate the two Bliss Street buildings. Even before the casino was even proposed for Springfield, the need for a larger, more modern facility within the South End was necessary to better meet the needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor in our communities we serve. The former Orr Cadillac facility was the only site that truly fit the necessary requirements. In December 2015, the Rescue Mission officially vacated 15 and 19 Bliss Street to call 10 Mill Street, Springfield home to the Rehabilitation/Transformation Program, Give Away Center and Business Offices.

The Springfield Rescue Mission has been providing 125+ years of service to the homeless, addicted and poor. Although the Rescue Mission experienced many changes over the years, it remains a Christ-centered organization, reaching out and touching lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the determination to seek God's will for its future. Men, women and children seek the many services provided at the Rescue Mission daily.

1892 - This ministry began over a laundry on Stanford Street on September 15

1900's - Fanny Crosby, a famous hymn writer ministered here

1927 - Celebrated 35 years of ministry with the Superintendent Alexander of the Water Street Mission, as guest speaker

1962 - Purchased the former Y.W.C.A. building at 19 Bliss Street

1974 - Became a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

1988 - Two programs established: Operation SONshine (Mobile Feeding Program), Men's New Life Program

1989 - Two programs established: Children's Summer Ministry, Opened Give Away Center to men, women and children

1990 - Three programs established: Membership in E.C.F.A. Prison Ministry, Detox Bible Study

1994 - "Growing Together Toward Excellence" Certification with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)

1995 - Learning center established

1997 - Springfield Rescue Mission obtained building at 148 Taylor Street, Springfield

2000 - Kitchen renovation completed at 19 Bliss Street

2002 - Two programs established: Emergency Shelter expansion at Taylor Street, Transitional Living Program

2004 - Renewal of "Growing Together Toward Excellence" Certification with AGRM

2006 - New Development Office implemented at 19 Bliss Street

2015 - Springfield Rescue Mission obtained former Orr Cadillac building and vacated Bliss Street properties

2020 - Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Training Center approval

- Lighthouse Biblical Counseling Institute established

- Became a member of "The Gospel Rescue Mission Fellowship"

Future Vision - Women/children's shelter ministry

- Food distribution center

Program accomplishments

In 2020 your gifts provided:

827,898 meals

17,914 shelter beds

136,237 items of clothing


The need seems overwhelming at times as we serve those who suffer from a harsh life on the streets. Just $2.32 provides a life-saving meal and begins the process of healing and restoration in the lives of our homeless neighbors. Thank you for your gift, and may God bless you for caring.