Our History

Capital City Rescue Mission began 70 years ago when God called a group of men to provide "soup, soap, and salvation" to the homeless and hungry in downtown Albany. Over the years, CCRM has continued and expanded its efforts to feed both the body and the soul, giving hope and new life to individuals and families.

Oct 1949

Mission is started by group of businessmen at a storefront (64 Madison Ave). Volunteers provided nightly chapel services and meals.

1950

The Mission was incorporated. Ted Brubaker was the first Superintendent. Budget for their first year was $3,800.

1953

New Superintendent, Rev. Wilford Fowler (Superintendent from ’52-‘69 and ’79-‘82), purchased 50 Hudson Ave. Mission was able to sleep men overnight for the first time.

1965

Settlement House at 77 South Ferry was given to the Mission for a children’s ministry. The building is sold in 1977.

1979-81

Mission had a wood cutting operation. Men from the Mission cut, stacked, and deliver cords of firewood to the community.

April 1982

Perry Jones is hired as Executive Director.

1983

Men’s discipleship and recovery program is established.

1993

Learning Center is established.

1994

Pastor Dale Walker is hired to direct the New Life Men’s Discipleship Program

1997

Chef Maxwell Ansong comes on staff to be the Director of Food Services.

2000

The Mission relocates to 259 South Pearl St

2002-2003

A new women’s recovery program is established and Nancy Dore is hired as its director.

2003-2004

Sarah Schoof, FNP is hired to direct the Free Medical Clinic.

2005

Donna Drum becomes the director of the clothing ministry as a volunteer.

2012-2015

The renovations to a 50,000 sq ft warehouse are completed. It houses the new clothing ministry, men’s discipleship programming, Transitional Living apartments.

2015-present

Another warehouse building next door is purchased and construction is in full swing to build 14 apartments and program facilities for the New Faith Program for women & children.

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