Peoria Rescue Ministries

Peoria Rescue Ministries

Creating pathways out of poverty through Jesus

Since 1955, Peoria Rescue Ministries has offered rescue, relief, recovery and advocacy in the name of Christ. With programming and services that emphasize sustainable life transformation and the hope of the gospel, clients and residents are offered the opportunity for a new life and a fresh start. Our services include:

  • Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, Biblical counseling and relationship building.
  • Providing shelter, clothing and nourishment to men and women facing crisis or chronic homelessness.
  • Giving support and resources to pregnant women and new parents.
  • Providing advocacy services for health, housing, employment and overall wellness for men and women.
  • Administering renewal programs to men and women struggling with life’s challenges and addictions.

Emergency Services
Men, women and children in need of emergency crisis care are welcome to come and receive warm meals, safe shelter, clean clothing and hot showers.

Next Step Program
Men staying at the Peoria Rescue Mission who are willing to commit to a four-month program have the opportunity to take the “next step” in acquiring a sustainable life of self-sufficiency. This program is designed to help individuals understand that they are worthy, valuable and important in God’s sight and is tailored to each individual’s needs. It includes life skill classes, one-on-one meetings with a case manager, roundtable group discussions, financial responsibility lessons, and opportunities to serve and give to others.

Renewal Programs
For men and women dealing with issues related to addiction, abuse, homelessness, re-entry from prison or challenging life choices, our long-term renewal programs offer the opportunity to heal and develop a positive life change. With one-on-one counseling and case management, the programs emphasize sustainable life transformation skills, including moving toward permanent housing, living wage jobs, healthy living, and vibrant connections with the local church and communities of faith.

Pregnancy & Parenting Services
The Empower Life Center empowers women and men to thrive in their pregnancy and parenting decisions. Free services provided include pregnancy testing, STI testing, parenting classes and sonography for pregnancy verification.

Biblical Counseling
The Barnabas Center serves the community as a Biblical counseling center committed to providing assistance to individuals, couples and families who are mentally, emotionally or spiritually discouraged.

Work Enterprises
Peoria Rescue Ministries operates a thrift store serving the 61605 zip code. Clothing, housewares and furniture are available for purchase, and donations are gratefully accepted. Recycled wood mulch is available for purchase from the Victory Acres location. As part of our men’s long-term renewal program, residents provide a valuable service to the community by recycling thousands of tons of wood annually. You can help support the men in this program by purchasing your wood mulch from Victory Acres.

Future Vision
Historically, Peoria Rescue Ministries has predominately focused on the crisis relief services of food, shelter and clothing. While we are in no way abandoning those services, we are transitioning to a “Services/Development” model which emphasizes sustainable life transformation and skills that lead toward permanent housing, living wage jobs, healthy living and vibrant connections with the local church and communities of faith. This new model is founded on both the promise and power of the gospel. Visit to learn more about our exciting vision for the future.

How to Help
Learn more: Visit to learn more about the emergency services provided, available renewal programs, and the people whose lives have been changed.

Take a tour: We would love to show you or your group around our facilities! Call us at (309) 676-6416 to schedule a tour. Become a neighbor. Join us in loving our neighbors and helping those in need! No matter what your skills, there are ways in which you can serve. Visit to view current volunteer opportunities.

Give a gift: Peoria Rescue Ministries receives no government funding and relies solely on gifts from individuals like you. Give today to help share the love of Jesus and provide warm meals, safe shelter and critical services to those in need. Your help can allow men and women to acquire sustainable life transformation and find hope—for now and eternity. Thank you for your support.

Visit, call (309) 676-6416, or mail financial gifts to: Peoria Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 837, Peoria, IL 61652

Peoria Rescue Ministries
601 SW Adams
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 676-6416

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