Utica is not forgotten.
For a time, Utica was known as “The City that God Forgot.” We were once rich in industry and manufacturing, but most of those factories shut down in the second half of the 20th century. Population plummeted as almost half of our city fled. For those who stayed, unemployment and poverty skyrocketed.
But at the Rescue Mission of Utica, we don’t believe that God forgot our city. Not at all. And He certainly never forgot our people. Especially those who hurt and hunger. Today, almost 1 in 3 Uticans (30.1%) live below the poverty level. About 30,000 people in Oneida County struggle with hunger on a daily basis.
God bids us to reach out to these neighbors in need. Our calling comes straight from Scripture: “To share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him.” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
That’s what we’re all about. Will you join us?
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