Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

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Founded in 1878, we have reached out to the homeless in Philadelphia for more than 140 years. Originally named the Sunday Breakfast Association, our name was changed a few years ago to reflect our expanded services as a Rescue Mission. Rescue Missions are similar to a traditional homeless shelter, but focus on caring for the spiritual needs in addition to the practical needs of people.

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission serves those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. The Mission offers an array of homeless day services and clinics to men and women. Additionally, the Mission has a 30- day men's emergency shelter, offers a 12 month transitional housing program to men, and a permanent supportive housing program for men 65 years of age and older. The Mission relies on the generous contributions of caring individuals, families, churches and businesses.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
PO Box 297
Philadelphia, PA 19105-0297


Phone: 215-922-6400

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 231352558

CEO/President: Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, MBA

Chairman: Jeffrey Harvey

Board size: 9

Founder: 4 businessmen

Ruling year: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


We advance our mission of transforming lives by the power of God and seek to activate God-given potential by serving homeless, hungry, and hurting adults in Philadelphia through loving, compassion-based programs and services. Emphasizing our competitive advances of an authentic Christian community experience, lowest-barrier entry, and safe space focused on excellent programs and partnerships, we are sustainable by the faithful stewardship of resources provided by the generosity of God's people through our donors.

Mission statement

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission exists to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the spiritual and practical needs of homeless and disadvantaged people in the Philadelphia area.

Statement of faith

Based on our adherence to the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess with the Christian Church throughout time for over 1,700 years and around the world, the faith expressed in the Nicene Creed.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating638 of 1033100 of 161
Fund acquisition rating684 of 1035114 of 161
Resource allocation rating755 of 1035115 of 161
Asset utilization rating320 of 103351 of 161

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$163,851$4,783$124,378$135,177$193,693
Short-term investments$6,642$7,423$201,669$171,717$380,043
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,049,966$235,994$361,363$439,504$848,319
Long-term investments$514,124$540,328$550,502$553,439$520,774
Fixed assets$1,892,526$2,327,832$2,715,668$2,814,947$2,924,481
Other long-term assets$8,225$8,225$2,093$2,368$5,421
Total long-term assets$2,414,875$2,876,385$3,268,263$3,370,754$3,450,676
Total assets$3,464,841$3,112,379$3,629,626$3,810,258$4,298,995
Payables and accrued expenses$102,580$78,181$131,435$156,332$141,876
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$102,580$78,181$131,435$156,332$141,876
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$394$13,085$150$4,089$12,417
Total long-term liabilities$394$296,244$541,018$659,191$754,383
Total liabilities$102,974$374,425$672,453$815,523$896,259
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,650,021$2,159,904$2,128,587$2,158,391$2,512,692
With donor restrictions$711,846$578,050$828,586$836,344$890,044
Net assets$3,361,867$2,737,954$2,957,173$2,994,735$3,402,736
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,037,406$2,138,533$2,735,091$2,498,875$2,420,940
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,883$384,393$36,755$79,868$31,328
Other revenue$31,532$55,626$47,629$27,153$36,367
Total other revenue$41,415$440,019$84,384$107,021$67,695
Total revenue$3,078,821$2,578,552$2,819,475$2,605,896$2,488,635
Program services$1,824,310$1,888,239$2,075,287$2,158,574$2,250,497
Management and general$212,554$437,869$295,445$316,313$315,143
Total expenses$2,428,704$2,773,541$2,854,100$3,017,157$3,131,851
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$650,117($194,989)($34,625)($411,261)($643,216)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$650,117($194,989)($34,625)($411,261)($643,216)


Jeremy MontgomeryPresident/CEO$124,638

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 2/9/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission was established with a simple goal in mind: to serve breakfast every Sunday to Philadelphia's poor and homeless while sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ. Since the Mission's founding in 1878, Sunday Breakfast has grown to be the largest emergency homeless shelter in Philadelphia, and the only provider of the three free meals a day, 365 days a year to homeless men, women, and children. Sunday Breakfast has become a safe haven for the homeless community by ministering to the mind, body, and spirit of anyone who walks through our doors.

Well-known businessmen John Wanamaker (Wanamaker's Department Store); John B. Stetson (Stetson Hat Co.); W. Atlee Burpee (Burpee Seed Co.); and former Gov. James Pollock established the Sunday Breakfast Association. More than 250 men attended the first meeting at 11th and Wood streets, where they were served a hot cup of coffee and a roll before church.

The Sunday Breakfast Association hosts The New Year's Dinner with 1,200 guests.

The radio ministry begins, and each Sunday a service is broadcasted on WPEN.

To accommodate the victims of The Great Depression, the board purchases a building at 1120 Vine Street to house more people in need.

The Mission moved to 6th and Vine streets. This building contained 800 beds, and became the largest gospel rescue mission on the East Coast. Other features included a chapel, an industrial work area, a playground for neighborhood children, and a thrift store for families.

1950s-1960s Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission continues to welcome guests of all ethnic backgrounds, despite racial tensions running high in America.

The building at 6th and Vine streets closed to make way for city improvements and the construction of the Vine Street Expressway. At that time, the Mission moved to its current location at 302 N. 13th Street.

The long-term Overcomer Program, a recovery program for homeless men, is established. The goal of the program is to encourage men in their walk with the Lord, while equipping them with the practical life skills they need to be self-sufficient individuals.

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission opens Wayne Hall - a safe house for women and children living in poverty.

The BeeHive and BeeHive Too Thrift Stores open in the North East region of the city.

Penndel Thrift Store opens in Bucks County, making this the third thrift store owned by Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

In partnership with The Asian Arts Initiative, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission builds an urban farm at its emergency shelter at 13th and Vine streets. The farm helps provide fresh fruits and vegetables for meals served at the Mission.

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission commits to becoming a 21-Century, 5-Star Ministry serving the Philadelphia's hungry, homeless, and hurting.

The Mission closes its thrift stores because they were no longer profitable, and resources needed to be invested in the Mission's programs. The Overcomer Program is redesigned to better meet the needs of the Mission's guests and relaunched as the NEXT Level Transitional Housing Program

In response to COVID-19 the Mission launches the SENIOR Level permanent supportive housing program for seniors.

The Mission is named a Best Christian Workplace

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