FAQS

Click the links below to learn more about our programs and services.

General FAQ

What is your biggest need right now?

The Mission runs off the support of the community and our needs are constantly changing. Click here for our most current needs. Financial contributions are also always needed (to donate, click here). Click here for our most pressing volunteer needs.

Does the Mission serve women and children?

Yes. The Mission’s offers the Faith House Program, a 90-day, Christ-centered place for homeless women and children in Frederick. This program provides a stable home-like environment for women where they have the opportunity to move beyond homelessness for themselves and their children. The Mission also serves women and children through meals, showers, community outreach events, and clothing.

Where are you located?

The Mission is located at 419 West South Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland and the Faith House Program is located at 731 North Market Street. Get directions here. Mission visitors can park in the second parking lot or find free on-street parking.

How long has the Mission been around?

The Mission was founded in 1964.

How is the Mission funded?

The Mission is 100% privately funded (receives no government funding) by churches, businesses, foundations, and individuals.

Volunteering FAQ

Can we just show up to volunteer?

No. All of our volunteers are required to have scheduled times order to serve. We work very hard to ensure that our volunteers’ time is valued; therefore, it is vital that all of our volunteers feel needed and useful when they come to serve. For security reasons, you must be on the schedule in order to serve. To get on the schedule, volunteers must complete an application and attend an orientation; click here to download an application, or fill one out online here.

How old do volunteers need to be in order to serve?

All volunteers must be at least 12 years old to serve—no exceptions. If you have a younger group, there are many options for them to get involved from home. For more information or ideas, contact Carolyn at 301-695-6633 x221, or email her.

I have a group that wants to volunteer. How do we go about getting on your schedule?

Group volunteers are typically placed in our kitchen to assist with serving meals or they are assigned to special projects, such as maintenance. The Mission has two types of group volunteers: 1—regularly scheduled volunteers (i.e. servers every 1st Saturday of the month for breakfast) and 2—one-time or sporadic groups, who fill in when we have openings in the schedule. The second group type will contact us each time they want to serve, and we put them on the schedule at a time that matches our openings and their availability. For more information, please have the group leader complete an application and attend an orientation.

Do you verify hours for programs such as community service, school, or DSS?

The Mission works with volunteers to verify hours on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.

What is the difference between bring and serve and prep and serve?

Volunteers who bring and serve a meal purchase the food needed to prepare the meal and bring it along with them when they volunteer. They are welcome to use our full-sized industrial kitchen to prepare their meal, then assist with serving and clean-up. These groups also have the option of bringing only part of the meal (i.e. their Grandma’s famous potato salad). Groups who prep and serve will show up early with no food and help prepare a meal with food we already have at the Mission.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities do you have?

The Mission’s volunteer opportunities are detailed in our volunteer handbook.

I want to volunteer—what’s the first step to getting involved?

All of our volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation before serving. Click here to download our volunteer application.

Do you have volunteer opportunities available on the evenings and weekends?

Yes; however, sometimes our weekends are very full and we may have a waiting list. There are fewer opportunities available in the evenings; however, there are opportunities including tutoring, cooking and serving dinner to our residents, serving as cafeteria aids, special events, etc. Check out our volunteer handbook to see what opportunities are available. Please note on your application if you’re only available evenings and weekends, and we’ll contact you to see if we have an opening!

Can I offer my professional skill set to volunteer at the Mission (i.e. cooking, haircutting, dentistry, funds management, counseling, etc.)?

Yes. We would love to have you serve in your area of expertise to those in need! Please state on your volunteer application what skills you can offer and if you’d like to use these at the Mission.

Do I have to be a Christian to volunteer at the Mission?

No—we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds! We do ask that our volunteers adhere to our policies and guidelines and do not promote any ideologies that do not align with our statement of faith.

Financial Donations FAQ

Is my donation tax deductible?

The Frederick Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation may be tax deductible. However, donor’s tax status and obligations may vary, so please consult your tax advisor.

How can I make a donation to the Frederick Rescue Mission?

Simply click here or mail a check payable to the Frederick Rescue Mission to P.O. Box 3389 – Frederick, MD 21705-3389. For more information, please contact Kathy Schey at 301.695.6633 x209 or email kschey@therescuemission.org.

Is my volunteer time tax deductible?

Your volunteer time is very valuable and important to the Frederick Rescue Mission. However, it is not considered a tax-deductible gift unless it is a professional service for which you normally bill clients/customers/patients. For example, if you’re a dentist and you provide dental services at no cost for a Frederick Rescue Mission client – this may be a tax deductible “in-kind” gift.

Can I designate where or what my donation can be used for?

Yes, all donations can be designated or restricted for a special interest you may have within the ministries of the Frederick Rescue Mission. Simply write the special interest in the memo portion of your check or indicate your special interest on the donation page of our website.

Can I donate my automobile to the Frederick Rescue Mission?

Yes, the Frederick Rescue Mission offers two options when donating your vehicle. If your vehicle is in need of significant repairs, please click here and your automobile will be towed to a local auction with sales proceeds (minus minimal processing charge) given to the Mission. If your automobile is in good driving condition, please contact Kathy Schey at 301.695.6633 ext. 209 or email kschey@therescuemission.org.

Can I donate my boat, trailer, camper, Jet Ski, other recreational vehicles, and/or riding lawn mower to the Frederick Rescue Mission?

Yes, although special conditions may apply. For more information, please contact Kathy Schey at 301.695.6633 x209 or email kschey@therescuemission.org.

How much of my dollar actually goes to services and programs of the Frederick Rescue Mission?

The Frederick Rescue Mission has a long history of remaining below the recommended 20% operational costs. At just 13.8% for Administrative and Fundraising expenses the Mission is able to expend 86.2 cents of every dollar on direct programs and services.

Can I set up recurring donations?

Yes! Visit our donate page and click on the Recurring Donations button.

Food Resources Center FAQ

Does the Mission require proof of income to receive food assistance?

No. We believe that if one of our neighbors is in need of food assistance, we need to make the process as easy and pain-free as possible; therefore, we do not ask our guests to prove their poverty in order to receive assistance.

Does the Mission take food donations?

Yes. The Mission is constantly in need of food donations. Click here to learn more about our current and ongoing food needs.

How do I donate food to the Mission?

The Mission always welcomes donations of non-perishable, perishable, and frozen food items, as well as prepared meals. These donations are typically accepted at our main lobby during business hours and donors may receive a tax receipt at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Guy Mutchler at 301-695-6633 x 211, or email him.

How many people are you serving on a daily basis?

The Mission is serving about 75 – 100 meals for breakfast every day and 250 – 300 meals for lunch. Additionally, the Mission assists an average of 150 families and individuals in need through our food boxes and grocery aisle.

For what foods do you have the most need?

The Mission’s food needs are constantly changing; for a list of our current most-needed items, click here.

Rescued Treasures Clothing Program FAQ

How do I donate clothing to the Frederick Rescue Mission?

The Mission accepts new and gently-used clothing during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm) in the main lobby and Saturday, 9am – 4pm in our side lobby, at which time donors can receive a tax receipt. We also accept clothing at any of our convenient drop box locations; for a list of these locations, click here.

Changed Life Recovery Program FAQ

What is the average age of a man in the program?

Residents range in age from 18 – 70 years old.

How does a man come to be in the program?

Residents come from a variety of backgrounds and seek out the program for many different reasons: some are straight out of prison, some come off the streets and may have been living homeless for several nights to several years, some have been kicked out of their homes and have nowhere else to go. Men must enter the program voluntarily and have a desire to change their lives.

How long is the program?

The Changed Life Recovery Program is one year.

What is the success rate of the program?

As a Christ-centered ministry, the Mission’s primary goal for each man who comes into our Changed Life Recovery Program is for them to come face-to-face with their Creator and have the opportunity accept Him as Lord. In that sense, we consider our program 100% successful, as all men who go through the program are given this opportunity. Statistics show that after men have been in the program for 30 days, 25% of them will make it to graduation.

Do the men have to pay to go through the program?

Yes. Each man is required to pay $500 for their year-long stay at the Mission. Many of our men are unable to pay this fee up front but the Mission is glad to partner with Skycroft Conference Center, who employs our men throughout the year in order for them to pay their fee and also build up a savings account for when they graduate.

What do the men do after they graduate?

Our graduates have the option of moving into our transitional houses, where they must be working, going to school, or interning at the Mission. They do pay a small rent and also build up their savings account in order to afford a down payment on an apartment by the time they’re ready to move out.

Staff FAQ

How do I go about finding out if the Mission has any open positions?

The Mission will post open job positions on our homepage; please keep checking back to see if we have any openings.