The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
(AGRM)–formerly known as the International Union of Gospel Missions–is a nonprofit organization founded in 1913 whose member missions work to provide emergency shelter, food, youth and family services, and education and job training programs. In addition, AGRM member organizations operate rehabilitation programs for drug addicts and alcoholics, and assistance to the elderly poor and at-risk youth. If annual cash contributions to all member missions were combined, the Association would be among the ten largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. AGRM has a network of 275 rescue missions which provide approximately 43 million meals and 26 million nights of lodging to the needy and homeless people every year. AGRM has more than 9,000 full-time employees and 300,000 volunteers and has over 300 affiliates in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, South America, and Africa.
When Jerry McAuley founded his rescue mission in October 1872, he gave birth to an idea and a ministry that was to spread around the world. Out of this humble but virile beginning came a number of missions that, through their leaders, saw a need for an organization that would foster “fellowship, cooperation with all engaged or interested in gospel missions, and other rescue work throughout the United States and in other lands, in the mutual advancement of the cause of... Read More