Sunday Breakfast Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through Christ-centered programs to meet their spiritual, social and physical needs. Our primary goal is to restore people to right relationship with God, their families and society.
How Did Sunday Breakfast Mission Come About?
In 1893, the group called the Christian Endeavor Society of Wilmington decided that they would attempt to reach out to the homeless men and "tramps" of Delaware. They wanted to bring them to church on Sundays. Hearing about a similar effort in nearby Philadelphia, they went there to study it.
They soon established an effort to provide:
- A meeting each Sabbath morning for the homeless men and tramps
- A free meal for these men
- Effort to find work for these men.
Their ministry opened at 7th and Lombard in late 1893. But soon, in January 1894, they began to provide shelter.
Through the years and several locations, the Mission has gone way beyond "Sunday Breakfast" to reach out to children through Sunday schools and women through "Mother's Clubs." They also continued to expand their ministry to men. All of this effort carries the same Christian emphasis and content of that early Christian Endeavor Society: To provide rest for the body and peace for the soul.
What Does the Sunday Breakfast Mission Do?
- Shelter for more than 280 homeless men, women, and children nightly.
- Long-term substance abuse programming for 90 homeless and addicted men and women.
- Community meals for over 200 men, women, boys and girls nightly as well as food boxes for over two hundred needy families monthly, breakfasts for homeless men and lunch for program people.
- Free clothing and furniture with counseling for needy families through our Community Outreach.
- Christian worship and Bible studies daily.
- Great Thanksgiving Food Outreach providing over 1000 families annually with large food boxes, turkeys, pies, rolls, and access to other services.
- Back-to-School Rally for over 3000 providing encouragement, positive messages, and backpacks with school supplies annually.
- Career Education Center giving hundreds of individuals the opportunity to learn to read, graduate from high school, and plan a new work life.
- Thrift Store Ministry giving underprivileged families and individuals the opportunity to acquire desired materials unavailable otherwise because of cost.
- Vehicle Donation and Resale providing low-cost vehicles to low-income families.
- Provided hungry men, women, and children over 319,000 nutritious meals.
- Provided over 66,750 nights of safe shelter for people who would otherwise be sleeping in alleys, abandoned buildings, cars, or other dangerous and inhospitable places.
- Provided 100,000 hours of education and work training for those who wanted to get back on their feet.
- Provided free food baskets, clothing, furniture, and household goods, along with counseling, to over 3,800 families through our Community Services Department.
- Provided dozens of low-cost vehicles to low-income families.
- In the last 7 years 80 men graduated from our long-term Discipleship Program to move on to new lives with over 80% still living lives without addiction, homelessness, and jail.
- Provided the opportunity for over 7,000 individuals to hear and respond to the Gospel And.
- 780 men, women, boys and girls committed their lives to Christ.