Almost 1 in 3 people in Utica live below the poverty level. Many will go to bed tonight hungry, homeless, and feeling hopeless.

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?


Skills for Success Job Training Program

The Rescue Mission of Utica has programs to help homeless and hurting people turn their lives around. We believe each of our guests is made in God’s image, with dignity and great potential. And we work with them compassionately to get them back on their feet. Learn More »

Your Role

You’re a person who cares about our homeless neighbors. At the Rescue Mission of Utica, we have a number of ways you can pitch in and help address the issue, including:
  1. Giving funds »
  2. Donating items »
  3. Volunteering »

A Personal Message

Growing up in a family that abused alcohol and drugs, it was almost inevitable that Mike would do the same. An alcoholic, he spent years “running from God” until he was depressed and suicidal. At that point, he says God called him to go to the Rescue Mission of Utica . . . Read More »