Bridgeport Rescue Mission

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Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless, and addicted people in Coastal Connecticut, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Bridgeport Rescue Mission is incorporated in Connecticut as a non-profit corporation. We are governed by an independent board of directors.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
PO Box 9057
Bridgeport, CT 06601-9057


Phone: 203-333-4087

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 061362705

CEO/President: Larry Fullerton

Chairman: Edward Morgan

Board size: 11

Founder: Jim and Tammy Watson

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


To excel in providing food, shelter, clothing, education, job training and counseling to neighbors in need. The Mission exists to change lives! Through God's grace and the generosity of our donors, we provide nourishing meals, safe and clean shelter, addiction recovery programs, as well as clothing, groceries, and job-skills training, to those grappling with real-life challenges. For me, one of the most precious things is to see people who are desperate begin to transform, to dream again.

At the Mission, our team works to empower those who are suffering and marginalized by participating in the transforming work God is doing in our midst. The needs in Coastal Connecticut are only growing, and the Mission is determined to fight poverty from the inside out in the days to come.

Mission statement

To fight poverty from the inside out by embracing people with the compassion of Christ, offering hope and healing for a changed life.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating705 of 103196 of 145
Fund acquisition rating726 of 1032111 of 145
Resource allocation rating730 of 103292 of 145
Asset utilization rating414 of 103166 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,825,342$2,035,163$1,654,611$203,803$249,804
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,721,576$2,664,445$2,698,514$890,034$567,416
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,106,703$9,502,453$4,228,004$1,433,504$1,496,306
Other long-term assets$10,402,532$195,726$198,719$200,218$194,286
Total long-term assets$11,509,235$9,698,179$4,426,723$1,633,722$1,690,592
Total assets$14,230,811$12,362,624$7,125,237$2,523,756$2,258,008
Payables and accrued expenses$239,127$1,197,492$296,261$163,778$156,234
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$239,127$1,197,492$296,261$163,778$156,234
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$268,525$0$0$0$10,000
Total long-term liabilities$3,816,185$2,332,160$1,999,360$229,360$10,000
Total liabilities$4,055,312$3,529,652$2,295,621$393,138$166,234
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$8,453,207$2,770,042$1,954,573$1,790,618$1,813,015
With donor restrictions$1,722,292$6,062,930$2,875,043$340,000$278,759
Net assets$10,175,499$8,832,972$4,829,616$2,130,618$2,091,774
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Total contributions$9,251,480$10,497,100$8,876,477$5,449,584$4,929,900
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$383,433$2,175$5,169($4,523)$0
Other revenue$57,919($6,204)($4,354)($26,884)$7,288
Total other revenue$441,352($4,029)$815($31,407)$7,288
Total revenue$9,692,832$10,493,071$8,877,292$5,418,177$4,937,188
Program services$6,414,086$4,724,221$4,369,253$3,541,787$3,263,867
Management and general$691,563$667,169$676,964$557,814$515,440
Total expenses$8,401,177$6,486,722$6,176,795$5,155,905$4,830,160
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Surplus (deficit)$1,291,655$4,006,349$2,700,497$262,272$107,028
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,291,655$4,006,349$2,700,497$262,272$107,028


Frank WilliamsCFO (part year), CEO$156,260
Michael CobbDirector of Operations$137,064
Rev Terence WilcoxChief Executive Officer (part year)$133,761

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/6/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


1993 - Jim and Tammy Watson establish Bridgeport Rescue Mission. They cook meals in local church kitchens and distribute them from the back of their station wagon. Jim tells the people about God's love and transforming power while Tammy sings gospel songs along with a karaoke machine.

1996 - The Mission converts an old RV into a Mobile Kitchen. Staff and volunteers distribute food and offer prayer to hungry men, women, and children. Later that year, the Mission acquires the Fanny Crosby Memorial Home on Fairfield Avenue and relocates its men's shelter there.

1997 - The Mission establishes an addiction recovery program for women.

1999 - Rev. Mickey Kalman becomes Executive Director, creating physical fitness programs, adult education, and 12-step support programs for men and women wanting to be free of addictions.

2002 - Rev. Terry Wilcox becomes Executive Director. He and his staff develop recovery services into the New Life Program.

2007 - The Mission purchases and renovates a three-story Victorian house on Barnum Avenue to open a shelter for homeless women. (Today this is the Women's Center for those in the New Life Program.)

2008 - The Mission distributes 81 turkeys from their Main Campus during the holiday season. As the recession of 2008 bears down on the working poor and homeless, the Mission works to meet alarming increases in need, while also ensuring income levels meet the needs.

2011 - The Board of Directors approves a strategic plan that includes expanding services to South Norwalk, where there are significant unmet needs, especially among children. Mobile Kitchens begin delivering meals to impoverished neighborhoods. Grace Baptist Church helps distribute coats, turkeys, and Pantry Bags.

2013 - The Mission expands and enhances programs to meet the needs of single mothers. The Mission acquires Bethel Recovery Center, today known as the Guest House for Women and Children, to provide emergency shelter, food, and clothing to vulnerable community members. Due to increased needs, the Mission provides turkeys, fixings, and coats to more than 3,000 families, and names this outreach Great ThanksGiving Project.

2017 - The Mission launches Supportive Housing Programs for men and women, providing graduates of the New Life Program transitional housing, case management, and in-house apprenticeships to ease the transition into independent living.

2019 - The Mission, with the generous donations of partners, purchase the nursing home at 725 Park Avenue, to be poised to meet the expanding needs in Coastal Connecticut.

2020 - Pantry services move to Park Avenue, while building renovations continue on upper floors so that more Mission programs and essential Human Services may be housed under one roof.

2021 - The expanded Community Pantry opens in the Summer, providing the Mission's community guests with more of a variety of nutritious food selections for their families.

2022 - For the first time in the missions history, both men & women programs are under one roof for program and services.
The Resource Center is opened for multitude of on-site resources and services.
Medical care is extended through Sage Healthcare's partnership.
The Workforce Development Program is launched.

Program accomplishments

655,626 meals provided annually

40,880 nights of safe housing annually

91 people in recovery programs annually