September 23, 2021
The second oldest rescue mission serving people experiencing homelessness in the country was renovated today by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of a “blitz build” through their AEC Cares program.
As part of this initiative, AEC Cares invested $50,000 for the renovation of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission’s 4th-floor residential hall, home to up to 36 men in their transitional housing program. The plans for the renovation were done by the CommunityDesign Collaborative, who identified the volunteer design team with ConstructConnect and led the 84 team members through the renovation. New updates from the renovation include: a new ceiling, floors, furniture, paint, window treatments, and a lighting system.
“We cannot thank the amazing teams at AEC Cares and The Community Design Collaborative enough for their hard work that transformed our 4th floor,” said Jeremy Montgomery, President and CEO of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. “Through these renovations, the Mission continues our efforts to provide stability and serve as a family for those who come through our doors. Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is committed to serving those experiencing homelessness with respect and dignity, and this generous upgrade has created a space that feels like home for our residents.”
For over 143 years, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission has been a resource in Philadelphia for those who are experiencing homelessness and hunger. The organization is the only provider of three meals a day, 365 days of the year to anyone in need in the City of Philadelphia. Since its founding by John Wanamaker, its faith-based mission is grounded in Christian values to love, to demonstrate compassion, and to empower vulnerable communities. Sunday Breakfast provides meals, shelter, showers, medical and legal resources, and many other homeless services to those in need.