Old Savannah City Mission
"Savannah's only Five-Star Gospel Rescue Mission"


He said " I was hungry and you gave me
food. I was a stranger and you took me
in." Matthew 25:35
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
with a Mission to:
Proclaim the Gospel

Feed the Hungry

Shelter the Homeless

Rehabilitate the Addict

Restore the Ex-offender
Urban Training Institute(UTI)

Residential, Relational Rehabilitation
with:

"High Standards...
Strong Boundaries...
Clear Direction!"
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Located at:  2414 Bull Street, Savannah, GA  Phone: 912.232.1979
Donations can be sent to:
Old Savannah City Mission
P. O. Box 16839
Savannah, GA 31416
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CENTERS

2424 Bull Street
1116 Mills B Lane
THE
BRIDGE
"Building Bridges of Hope"

OSCM Newsletter

Often a hot meal is
the first step toward
a changed life.
A Synopsis Of The Mission
•        Member of:  Chamber of Commerce and BBB
    A regional non-profit 501(c)(3) charity meeting regional needs with regional resources
    A Gospel ministry changing lives through preaching the Gospel, feeding the hungry,
    sheltering the homeless, rehabilitating the addicted and restoring the ex-offender
    Privately funded by individuals, churches, corporations, businesses, civic and
    community organizations
    No taxpayer or United Way funding.
    All services are free.  There is never a charge.

•        Mission Services:
    Teaching and Preaching of the Gospel four classes/services daily (M – F); Saturday
    three sessions
    Emergency Shelter (40 beds), showers required of all who stay overnight, new
    underwear is provided
    Urban Training Institute: residential recovery/transition programs
    Nutritious meals served three times daily 365 days a year
    Weekly distribution of meals to inner city children
    FIC (Families in Crisis) food and clothing distribution based on verification by clergy or
    agency referrals
    Two Bargain Centers are student-managed and all proceeds fund service programs

•        UTI (Urban Training Institute, year long residential/transitional program)
    A. Clean Start, residential recovery addicts (23 beds)  B. Fresh Start, transition for ex-
    offenders (28 beds)
    Adult Education paradigm (participants are ” students,” not program members)
    Character, academic and vocational based curricula
    Relational Rehabilitation – Practical Preparation
    “High Standards, Strong Boundaries, Clear Direction”
    Zero tolerance for drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence or threat of violence
•        Qualifications for enrollment in the Urban Training Institute (UTI):
    A. Clean Start: Mature in one’s misery, sick and tired of being sick and tired, willing to
    do whatever it takes
    B. Fresh Start: Recommendation, demonstrated commitment to Christ, mentorship
    and employment
    C. Clean Start and Fresh Start require the following:
        Willingness to live in and relate to a community of Christians
        Teachable, willing to study, to learn and to change
        Community Service without compensation and work as permitted with required
    tithing and savings
        Responsibility, Accountability and Restitution, including child support and restitution
        Vibrant participation in an approved church
        Enrollment based on openness to receive instruction/direction and willingness to
    change.
FOOD - Thanks to you, hungry souls are receiving nutritious food - which
is often the first step to a new life filled with hope.
YOU Can make a Difference!
JUST BY FEEDING OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS,
you can help them escape the streets for good...
SHELTER - Your support provides safe shelter for homeless people who
have nowhere else to turn.
CLOTHING - Through your generosity, Mission guests receive clean
clothes, a big step toward restoring dignity.
RECOVERY SERVICES - Your contributions help people with
addictions overcome their dependency and reclaim their lives.
DISCIPLESHIP - Through expert counsel and Bible studies, hurting
people are discovering God's love and realizing their potential.
JOB TRAINING - Your gifts provide Mission guests with job training,
including resume writing, interview techniques and job-search assistance.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING - From cooking to budgeting to goal setting,
your support helps people at the Mission learn to succeed in life.
In 2017, OSCM provided 15,719 nights of shelter and shelter services, as well as providing 83,524 nutritious
meals to homeless and hungry people.  In addition to the primary focus of preaching and teaching the Gospel
of Jesus Christ, OSCM offers the following:

Provides a title of dignity to those we serve by referring to them as our friends and neighbors.

Provides an emergency shelter for our friends and neighbors as a safe haven and an alternative to living on
the street.

An emergency shelter that provides 40 beds, clothing, shoes, hot meals, and showers 365 days a year.

Limited case management assistance, chaplain services and referrals to other community resources.

7 nights of emergency shelter each month.  An opportunity does exist to extend a friend and neighbor’s stay if
he is willing to work on a plan to end homelessness, obtain employment, save money, and is willing to enter
limited case management services to receive assistance with achieving his goals.

Expansion of overnight shelter space during inclement weather.
“I want Jesus to keep wrapping
His arms around me”

 Rodney, a 2017 graduate of the
Mission’s Urban Training Institute
shared, “that illegal drugs should be
on the terror watch list because I
allowed the use of drugs to terrorize
my life.  Cocaine almost destroyed
me.  As a result of my addiction, I lost
good jobs, places of residence and
many good friends.  
 My life was always in danger, and I
finally realized one day I’d better do
something before I ran out of time.  I
did not want to see my life come to an
end because of my addiction to
drugs.  
 Sad thing is I grew up in the church,
so I knew right from wrong.  All the
time I was sinning against God, I knew
it was wrong, but I still allowed crack
cocaine to make my decisions for
me.”  

  
“I praise God and I will be able
to appreciate the holidays this
year.”

“It was a blessed day when I walked
through the doors of Old Savannah
City Mission.  I was accepted, and I
felt the love in this place.  
  Here at the Mission, I am finding my
way home.  I am now understanding
the things of God. Christianity is
practical.  The Bible is teaching me
how to live
God’s way, which is the only way that
makes sense. With all the trauma we
read about in the news every day, it is
obvious Jesus needs to wrap His arms
around the whole world.  But first of
all, I want Him to keep wrapping His
loving arms around me.
   In my own way, I want to make a
contribution for the better in the days
ahead. One thing is for sure, if it were
not for the generous support of
people who love the Lord and the
Mission staff that cares, I would either
be in jail or dead right now.  But
praise God I will live to see another
day.”