mrmlogo Welcome to the
Serving the Homeless and Needy of South Florida Since 1922 !

Our Mission
No One is Homeless.

Our Vision
Transform the lives of homeless men, women and children through comprehensive residential programs to effect lasting change and empower them to be productive members of society. We provide food, shelter, substance abuse treatment, education, computer literacy, job placement, healthcare, spiritual development and housing with Christian love, compassion and encouragement.


Jim's Story - "Long Ride to Freedom"

“When I was a kid, I looked forward to doing what I wanted to do when I got older. I grew up in the projects in the late 60's and early 70's. My mother, who raised me, was actually my aunt. She was a very special lady with strong Christian values that she taught me. As a teenager I started smoking cigarettes and weed. Later I started using alcohol and any drugs that were available. That seemed to be the thing to do. Well, my mother passed away when I was 17. Being on my own, I quit school, got a job, and an apartment. I did pretty much what I wanted to do. I worked a couple years steady and then decided it was time to really party.I rented a house with five guys living there with no jobs and collecting welfare. There were all kinds of young women coming around with money, buying food, alcohol, and drugs, looking for a place to party. That lasted about two years. I had met my ex-wife while living there and was seeing her steady. She was still in high school and living at home. I was living where ever I laid down (doing what I wanted to do). When she graduated, I decided I needed to get things together.

In 1980, I got a job and we got an apartment. I was drinking heavily and smoking a lot of weed and anything else that was around. But, I managed to keep that job for 11 years. In ‘91, she wanted to go her own way. I was bummed out. I made the decision to do some traveling on my Harley motorcycle. I told my boss I wanted to take a leave of absence. I took my retirement money I had built up and hit the road.

From then on I was homeless. I rode around the US until I ran out of money which didn’t take long. I went on an 8 year binge. I worked enough to survive, but never sobered up. I was an alcoholic and drug addict. I sold my bike in ’98 and left Pennsylvania on a bus bound for Hollywood, FL . I figured I would live on that money till it ran out and take things from there. Well, the money didn't last long. I did some day labor off and on to get some beer money. When I couldn't work, I panhandled. I got into a rut that I couldn't get out of. I was tired of it and couldn't seem to do anything about it. I tried detox at the hospital, but they cut me loose and I was right back on the streets, but worse off than before. The last time (3rd time) I went to detox, they kept me a little longer.”

“A lady asked me if I ever considered getting clean and sober. I told her I wanted to, but I felt the only way was to enter a program. A man came by the next day and told me about a life skills program that was in-house for 8 months. He told me if I was serious about it, there would be a car to pick me up the next day. The biggest decision of my life turned out to be the best. I told myself I would give it a year (clean and sober). I was picked up the next day and taken to Broward Outreach Center. What a trip, I kept telling myself - one year. Well, from the day I made that decision, it kept getting better and easier.

I worked while I was there and saved some money. I then went to school and got my CDL license. I always wanted to drive trucks but knew I couldn't with my alcohol dependency. I stayed at BOC for 9-1/2 months. The day I left, I got on a bus to Tenn. for a truck driving job. That was good therapy, being responsible for the truck and having to deliver the loads on time. I lived in the truck and made good money.

I bought a piece of land in north Florida while I was on the road. I drove for 2 years and took some time off to clear the land and get a well and septic tank. I bought an old trailer and decided to try finding work around there. I worked a few low paying jobs and applied and for a job with a more solid future. I ended up getting that job. It's been 7 years since BOC. I wrote my goals when I started there. The last thing I sold was that Harley, so that was the first thing I wanted back. I changed my priorities and got a home first. I am happy to say I did get that 2007 Harley. Its been a long ride to freedom. It's nice to know that there are people who really care and would like to give anyone the opportunity to experience a changed life. Thanks to everyone at Broward Outreach Center for helping me.”

Daphne is 19 years old and has a beautiful baby girl. Daphne at first did not want to stay at the Miami Rescue Mission. She was trying to find another way, but there seemed to be no way.

Daphne says, “I was trying to do it on my own, but found myself having no place to go. A friend found the Mission, but I was not happy coming to a shelter. I was mad with the whole world. It seemed God wanted me here but I didn’t understand that at the time.

While here at the Mission, I joined the Bible studies and started going to church on a regular basis which I had never done before. I also took parenting classes which were a real help, being a first-time mom.
The best was the personal counseling I got. My caseworker helped me to see I had to forgive myself and others.
Now I understand why the Lord wanted me here at the Mission. If I had not come, my life would have ended with the wrong people and going in circles.

I graduated the program a few weeks ago. I have currently found a job with Home Depot and am now in the process of finding an apartment. Soon I will be an independent, successful Woman of God. I thank all the supporters for having a caring heart."

Updated on September 30, 2012          Click Here for  Privacy Policy