Donations to Rescue Mission by May 31 will be matched

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox has announced three generous Mission partners have offered funding for a “Matching Challenge.” Collectively these anonymous donors have contributed a total of $100,000 and challenged other friends of the Mission to donate an additional $100,000 by May 31.

“This campaign offers Mission partners a special opportunity to make their financial donations go twice as far during the month of May,” Wilcox explained. “For example, a gift of $50 to the Mission will double to $100 because of the matching funds. This Matching Challenge could potentially bring in $200,000 to support our outreach to the homeless and poor here in coastal Fairfield County, empowering them to become stable and independent members of our community.”

Wilcox noted that according to official reports, poverty in our area remains stubbornly high, emphasizing the Mission’s need for financial support to meet the growing demand for its programs and services. “Poverty in Connecticut remains at 10.7% and nearly 44% of tenants are spending more than 35 percent of their income toward housing, which leaves little extra to cover basic needs. In Fairfield County alone, almost 100,00 individuals are food insecure. At the Mission, we’re doing everything we can to care for as many as we can, and that’s why this campaign is so important,” Wilcox added.

This year alone the Mission anticipates it will provide more than 36,000 nights of lodging for homeless men and women and more than 450,000 meals for those in their shelters and hungry people in impoverished neighborhoods.

“Right now at the Mission, one equals two because of the Matching Challenge. But gifts will double only until the end of May. We’d be so grateful if all of our friends and partners would make a generous contribution at this time, as their gift will be doubled and those in our care will be doubly blessed,” Wilcox said. He invites anyone who would like to make a gift to donate at or send a contribution to P.O. Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT 06601.

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, contact Donna Romano, assistant director of development, at the numbers listed above or visit

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout coastal Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.

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