Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission

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We are committed to making a difference in our community by meeting the spiritual and practical needs of the poor. We believe that God's unconditional love can transform any person from the most difficult situation to an abundant life in Jesus Christ. Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a proud member of Citygate (formerly the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions).

Contact information

Mailing address:
Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission
PO Box 2657
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-2657


Phone: 716-205-8805


Organization details

EIN: 421731548

CEO/President: Tom McLaughlin

Chairman: John Cooper Sr.

Board size: 5

Founder: Tom McLaughlin

Ruling year: 2008

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To become a leading organization to influence, unite, and transform our city into a community of hope, restoration, and healing.

Mission statement

To glorify God by sharing the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ, while caring for the needs of our community through His unconditional love, mercy, and grace.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority.

We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead.

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority.

We believe in the deity, incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the creation of man and woman by the direct act of God.

We believe in the fall of man and his need for redemption.

We believe in Christ's substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind through the shedding of his blood on the cross.

We believe in Christ's bodily resurrection from the tomb and His ascension into heaven.

We believe that Jesus Christ is coming again.

We believe the justification of the believer by grace through faith.

We believe in a literal devil who is our adversary.

We believe in a literal heaven for the redeemed and a literal hell for the lost.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer, enabling him or her to live a godly life of obedience as he or she reaches for maturity.

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with with his own purposeful will; so we trust, not only in an all-powerful God, but also in an all-wise God.

We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and together they form one body; the Church.

We believe that the church is commissioned by Jesus Christ to spread the Gospel to all people.

The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission also hold to:

The sanctity of life, including that of the unborn.

Traditional moral values to recognize the exclusiveness of the marriage relationship as husband and wife.

The dignity of all people and that we are to show Jesus Christ's love and grace to all who enter this mission, to those we serve, and those who serve alongside us.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating383 of 102264 of 160
Fund acquisition rating251 of 102432 of 160
Resource allocation rating96 of 102420 of 160
Asset utilization rating996 of 1022158 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$73$430$650$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$143,311$42,562$72,843$61,259$256,761
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,223,784$2,279,886$987,351$564,119$388,327
Other long-term assets$7,565$7,565$7,565$7,565$7,565
Total long-term assets$2,231,349$2,287,451$994,916$571,684$395,892
Total assets$2,374,660$2,330,013$1,067,759$632,943$652,653
Payables and accrued expenses$0$10,160$905$0$1,066
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$10,160$905$0$1,066
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$35,100$1$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$35,100$1$483,132$0$0
Total liabilities$35,100$10,161$484,037$0$1,066
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$576,338$556,630$553,922$391,045$651,587
With donor restrictions$1,763,222$1,763,222$29,800$241,898$0
Net assets$2,339,560$2,319,852$583,722$632,943$651,587
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$297,123$2,079,175$264,977$218,495$265,232
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$13($36,103)$0$639
Other revenue$176,491$133,054$92,620$87,564$43,054
Total other revenue$176,491$133,067$56,517$87,564$43,693
Total revenue$473,614$2,212,242$321,494$306,059$308,925
Program services$400,936$407,054$314,348$277,813$277,675
Management and general$42,390$52,791$8,361$13,298$14,648
Total expenses$453,907$476,111$370,715$324,703$356,499
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$19,707$1,736,131($49,221)($18,644)($47,574)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$19,707$1,736,131($49,221)($18,644)($47,574)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/26/2022. To update the information below, please email:


A Clear Call from God:
2007: A recognition of the need in Niagara Falls, New York, for a greater infrastructure of emergency shelter care due to its increasing rate of homelessness, complicated by addiction and a lack of shelter beds led to the establishment of Niagara Gospel Mission, a 501( c )3 non-profit organization. The focus of this new organization would be a focus on the physical and spiritual needs of the people it serves. The desire was to engage fellow believers who had placed their faith in Jesus Christ to be unified for the sake of the Gospel and minister to the homeless and poor in the City of Niagara Falls, NY, and led by the first executive director, Shawn Smith.

Unplanned Ministry:
The purchase and modification of an RV became a mobile soup kitchen offering hot meals, a lending ear, and sharing a warm smile to the homeless and poor in the City of Niagara Falls, New York, made possible by volunteers from several Western New York churches. God's Word was shared throughout many neighborhoods bringing hope to young and old. Best of all, many volunteers were finding purpose in direct and impactful ministry.

A Place to Hang Our Hats:
2009: An answer to prayer was a small unused church located at Linwood and 22nd Street became an Outreach Center to serve a weekly meal followed by a Bible study and over time ministering to forty or fifty people a week. Loving and dedicated volunteers made it possible to open a closet and food pantry ministry at that location.

The Initial Calling Comes to Fruition
2010: In March of 2010, the purchase of a roughly 4,000 square foot house which became the first homeless men's shelter located at 1023 Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York. By the spring of 2011, $40,000 in capital improvements had been made preparing the way for a full opening of 16+ shelter beds, 10 long term life recovery program beds, and five on site staff beds, along with a dining facility. A "big mission" goal was fit into a small mission house. In January 2012, about 150 meals a month were being served and the ministry grew to feeding ten times that number by June that same year. Step by step, the work had grown into three well defined programs...meals, shelter, and long- term recovery all with a Christ centered focus of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Best Growth Comes Through Trials and Tribulations
2015: The best growth comes as we remain faithfully committed to the ministry of serving the poor and homeless. After months of uncertainty to continue the ministry on Ferry Avenue due to City zoning ordinances, God provided a 60,000 square foot former YMCA building on Portage Road in Niagara Falls, New York. The overseers of the Western New York YMCA were moved by God and the building was sold to the Niagara Gospel Mission for one dollar ($1.00). NGM is a much needed asset to the City of Niagara Falls providing 56 single occupancy, affordable housing in a safe environment, as well as emergency housing for the homeless and a recovery program. The basics remained the same throughout this transition, which was to compassionately share the love of Jesus Christ to all who enter the doors.

2018: Being blessed by a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the building was able to see much needed upgrades to be code compliant which included asbestos abatement, sprinkler system, new roof on the main building and fire alarm; a commercial kitchen, freezer and food storage and a loading dock; air conditioned dining facilities to seat over 100 people a day; handicap entrance and bathroom facilities; emergency overnight shelter to accommodate 28-30 men; classrooms and housing for men in the recovery Discipleship Program; as well as contributions from corporations who donated beds, dining furniture, dishes, office furniture, and the list is endless.

Niagara Gospel Mission is a direct conduit for over 40 churches where God's people work in special volunteer programs using their various gifts feeding the homeless and poor, providing clothing through the community closet, and offering a safe place for single residents to call home.

Program accomplishments

2020 Accomplishments:

Shelter Guests Housed: 5480

Breakfasts Served: 8334

Lunches Served: 7413

Dinners Served: 25022

Total Meals Served: 40769