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.
Mission is started by group of businessmen at a storefront (64 Madison Ave). Volunteers provided nightly chapel services and meals.
The Mission was incorporated. Ted Brubaker was the first Superintendent. Budget for their first year was $3,800.
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.
Settlement House at 77 South Ferry was given to the Mission for a children’s ministry. The building is sold in 1977.
Mission had a wood cutting operation. Men from the Mission cut, stacked, and deliver cords of firewood to the community.
Perry Jones is hired as Executive Director.
Men’s discipleship and recovery program is established.
Learning Center is established.
Pastor Dale Walker is hired to direct the New Life Men’s Discipleship Program
Chef Maxwell Ansong comes on staff to be the Director of Food Services.
The Mission relocates to 259 South Pearl St
A new women’s recovery program is established and Nancy Dore is hired as its director.
Sarah Schoof, FNP is hired to direct the Free Medical Clinic.
Donna Drum becomes the director of the clothing ministry as a volunteer.
The renovations to a 50,000 sq ft warehouse are completed. It houses the new clothing ministry, men’s discipleship programming, Transitional Living apartments.
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.
Renovation is complete and the New Faith Program women are moved in to their new home.