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 of 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 offers Faith House, a ministry with two Christ-centered programs for women and children experiencing homelessness. Faith House is a 90-day program providing a stable, safe, home-like environment with case management and accountability. Faith House Transitional Living Apartments provide affordable housing for those who complete the Faith House program. The Mission also serves women and children through meals, showers, clothing and community outreach events on our main campus.

Where are you located?

The Mission is located at 419 West South Street (P.O. Box 3389) in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The Faith House Program is located at an undisclosed location. However, mail may be sent to Faith House at PO Box 3389 Frederick, MD 21705-3389. Get directions to the Mission 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, which means it does not receive any government funding. Instead, the Mission runs on donations from churches, businesses, foundations, and individuals. If you would like to support the work of the Mission financially, donate here.

Volunteering FAQ

Can we just show up to volunteer?

For security reasons, you must be a registered volunteer and on the schedule in order to serve. To become a volunteer, simply create an account, sign up for orientation and we’ll get you plugged in!

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

All volunteers must be at least 12 years old to serve—no exceptions. All minors (ages 12-17) must be accompanied by an adult every time they serve. If you have a younger group, there are many options for them to get involved from home. For more information or ideas, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 301-695-6633 x221, or email.

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 are assigned to special projects or events. The Mission has two types of group volunteers:
1: Regularly scheduled groups (i.e. servers every 1st Saturday of the month for breakfast)
2: One-time or sporadic groups, who fill in when we have openings or needs in the schedule.
To get your group on the serving with us, please fill out the group application online, or email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information!

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 kinds of volunteer opportunities do you have?

The Mission’s volunteer opportunities are detailed on our volunteer website.

I want to volunteer. What’s the first step to getting involved?

All of our volunteers are required to create an account on our online volunteer system, attend an orientation and pass a background check before serving at the Mission. Create an account now and sign up for an open orientation to get started!

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

The Mission does have weekend service opportunities and occasional evening shifts. To see available shifts, please check our volunteer website.

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. To become a volunteer, simply create an account and sign up for orientation! You must also pass a background check.

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

No. We welcome volunteers from all faith 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?

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 the Mission at 301-695-6633.

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. To discuss specific needs, contact Niccole Rolls at nrolls@therescuemission.org.

Can I donate my automobile to the Frederick Rescue Mission?

Currently, The Mission is not accepting any automobiles. If you have an automobile to donate, consider giving it to Second Chances Garage.

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. Typically, we spend about 86 cents of every dollar on direct programs and services. In 2018, our operating costs were at 9%! For more information on our finances, accountability, and transparency, visit our Charity Navigator page.

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 in our main lobby during business hours and donors may receive a tax receipt at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Moore at 301-695-6633 x 216, or email her.

How many people are you serving on a daily basis?

The Mission is serving about 75–100 meals for breakfast every day and 100–200 meals for lunch. Additionally, the Mission assists 2,000 families and individuals through our Food Distribution Center.

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, shoes, linens, sheets, and textiles during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm) in the main lobby, at which time donors can receive a tax receipt. We also accept clothing at any of our convenient drop box locations around the Frederick area.

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. Others 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 a 6-month residential program with a 6-month transitional phase.

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 to 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 stay at the Mission.

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 and Faith House will post open job positions on our website and Facebook page. Please keep checking back to see if we have any openings.