The Market Street Mission’s Emergency Services Program fulfills immediate basic needs (food, shelter, clothing & other items of charity), gives appropriate referrals, and allows for identification of potential candidates for Mission programs.
The Mission staff addresses a person’s problem based upon the perception of the person in need. The goal is to establish a relationship, to show people that the Market Street Mission cares about them, wants to help, and that the staff and volunteers at the Mission can be trusted. The Market Street Mission’s Emergency Services play an important role in the community of Morristown and Northern New Jersey.
Many diverse people benefited from the Mission’s Emergency Services last year. Unlike the life-change program, 25% of the people who come for basic needs are women and children. Some may not be homeless, but many are just barely making it on whatever income they have; they include the working poor and people on welfare.
The emphasis of the Emergency Services Program is on bearing an individual’s burden. These services are offered and delivered with nothing demanded in return. Although the daily chapel services are open to all, attendance is not required when using our emergency services. Many of the people coming to the Mission for emergency shelter are suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, which makes these programs ideal feeders for the Life Change Program; the heart of the work of the Market Street Mission.