Wayside Christian Mission

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Wayside Christian Mission is Louisville's oldest and largest rescue mission serving some six hundred homeless women, men, and children. We have been given the honor to serve the least, last and lost of our community, not only with the basics for survival, but with hope for a better life, a positive way filled with God's love and grace.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Wayside Christian Mission
P.O. Box 7249
Louisville, KY 40257

Website: waysidechristianmission.org

Phone: 502-584-3711

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 610667139

CEO/President: Timothy H Moseley

Chairman: Richard Beliles

Board size: 10

Founder: Reverend Richard Anderson

Ruling year: 1962

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Continuing to serve as one of Louisville's main safety nets, Wayside Christian Mission tackles the root causes of homelessness using a proven holistic approach. Alcoholism, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, and a lack of education and/or vocational skills are among the leading causes of homelessness. By addressing the primary causes of homelessness in a nurturing, caring environment, those bound by poverty and addiction have been able to return to the community as sober, self-supporting citizens.

Mission statement

The purpose of the Wayside Christian Mission is to respond to the human need of the poor and homeless by (1) providing temporary housing/shelter, food, clothing, nurturing, spiritual and social enrichment, encouragement and referrals (2) and by providing the support services and skills that would permit and encourage a return to a state of self-sufficiency so that human dignity can be restored and the love of God can be shared.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating284 of 111236 of 141
Fund acquisition rating296 of 111427 of 141
Resource allocation rating39 of 11146 of 141
Asset utilization rating891 of 1112119 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$209,016$239,549$243,708$216,061$420,762
Short-term investments$5,541,547$7,052,351$5,825,516$5,552,409$5,380,797
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$13,775,372$14,168,491$11,276,430$9,765,658$9,171,034
Long-term investments$20,293$26,253$22,419$21,888$22,593
Fixed assets$15,908,188$16,385,796$16,972,121$17,632,621$18,295,191
Other long-term assets$1,485,198$1,983,396$1,710,488$1,678,783$1,704,214
Total long-term assets$17,413,679$18,395,445$18,705,028$19,333,292$20,021,998
Total assets$31,189,051$32,563,936$29,981,458$29,098,950$29,193,032
Payables and accrued expenses$436,929$488,884$360,622$454,671$456,010
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$436,929$488,884$360,622$454,671$456,010
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$191,500$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$140,000$401,500$280,000$350,000
Total liabilities$436,929$628,884$762,122$734,671$806,010
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$25,923,352$25,908,868$23,985,415$23,400,754$23,523,279
With donor restrictions$4,828,770$6,026,184$5,233,921$4,963,525$4,863,743
Net assets$30,752,122$31,935,052$29,219,336$28,364,279$28,387,022
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,629,112$4,548,569$4,221,130$3,146,317$3,283,856
Program service revenue$1,773,624$1,117,591$1,315,893$1,817,447$1,280,984
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$175,160$162,714$214,874$237,683$240,896
Other revenue$514,069$690,875$423,224$513,179$561,070
Total other revenue$2,462,853$1,971,180$1,953,991$2,568,309$2,082,950
Total revenue$6,091,965$6,519,749$6,175,121$5,714,626$5,366,806
Program services$5,007,843$4,689,469$5,149,032$5,239,203$4,896,501
Management and general$294,981$272,551$307,940$333,192$378,898
Total expenses$5,480,839$5,119,316$5,594,541$5,745,694$5,400,580
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$611,126$1,400,433$580,580($31,068)($33,774)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$611,126$1,400,433$580,580($31,068)($33,774)


Rev Timothy H MoseleyPresident/CEO$163,320
Nina MoseleyChief Operating Officer$132,890

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Wayside Christian Mission was started in 1957 by Reverend Richard Anderson, a student who had moved from Indianapolis to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Rev. Anderson had worked as a counselor with homeless people at Wheeler Rescue Mission in Indianapolis but had found that his clients coming through Louisville did not have a place to stay. While a student in Louisville, Anderson organized an ecumenical group of church leaders, business people, law enforcement officials, judges, and concerned citizens to help develop a rescue mission.

E. Preston Young, a local attorney, churchman, and advocate for the poor, drew up the articles of incorporation and Wayside opened as an interdenominational rescue mission on Dec. 8, 1957, with just 10 beds for men to have overnight lodging.

Wayside was the first rescue mission in Louisville. Rev. Anderson opened the doors of the mission to people of all races. This was a bold move during the late 50's. In fact, Wayside Christian Mission was the first racially integrated rescue mission south of the Mason-Dixon Line. During the following years, the mission grew as the need for shelter increased. In 1972, Wayside Christian Mission moved to 822 East Market Street. In 1984 the mission opened a Family and Women's Shelter to meet the new face of homelessness: entire families living on the street.

The 800 block of East Market Street would remain our home until 2009, when a regentrification thrust necessitated us finding a new location. In 2001, Wayside Christian Mission purchased the former Pavilion Healthcare Center as the new home of our Men's Shelter. Throughout the years, the Wayside Christian Mission has always adjusted and adapted to the needs of the population. In a bold move in 2009, Wayside Christian Mission purchased the 12-story Hotel Louisville at a foreclosure auction.

Today, we operate two primary campuses: The Jefferson Street Campus - 432 East Jefferson Street, and the Hotel Louisville Campus - 120 West Broadway. These two campuses, located in downtown Louisville only 12 blocks apart, house between five to six hundred people or more nightly, and provide about 2,000 meals to the homeless and hungry each day. Most programs are open twenty-four hours a day and assist target populations, such as families with children, women and men with substance abuse issues, and veterans.

To provide additional emergency overnight shelter, the mission operates a low barrier shelter, the Wayside Rescue Station, at the Jefferson Street Campus, housing an additional 100 men, women, and families. In addition to emergency and transitional shelter, Wayside provides 51 permanent supportive housing units for homeless people who are either physically and/or mentally disabled.

Our goal has always been to walk in the path of Christ and minister to all people who find themselves in desperate situations, often lost, confused and without directions. We meet not only the emergency needs of food, shelter and clothing, but guide our residents to experience the full love of God and to live their lives as children of God.

Since its beginning in 1957, Wayside Christian Mission has been serving the most vulnerable in our community. The Mission has been a beacon of hope for thousands of people over the years. Our history is grounded in our love of God and our duty to share God's love by our actions to all people. We follow the example of Christ, who reached out and healed the sick, loved the outcasts and saved those separated from God. Throughout our history, God has provided us with many locations to carry out our duties to provide food, shelter, and clothing.

We have been given the honor to serve the least, last and lost of our community, not only with the basics for survival, but with hope for a better life, a positive way filled with God's love and grace.

Program accomplishments


In order to:
provide food for our many homeless clients,
recruit and retain staff to care for our clients and help them achieve self-sufficiency,
and keep our residential facilities in good repair,
we need to raise a large amount of money each year.

Since Wayside is a 501(c)(3) organization, all monetary contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.