Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bowery Mission


We spent Saturday in New York. The train ride was just over an hour each way. I'm definitely going to start going there more often.

"The Bowery Mission was established in 1879 by the Rev. and Mrs. A. G. Ruliffson to assist recent immigrants to New York City who had not yet found adequate means to earn a living. After the original superintendent died, the mission experienced serious financial difficulty and was in danger of falling under secular control. Through the efforts of Dr. Louis Klopsch, owner of the Christian Herald magazine, the mission was purchased by the magazine in 1895. Since 1894, the Christian Herald had been publishing regular reports of the suffering among New York City's poor.
Located in the Lower East Side, the Bowery Mission continues to assist the destitute and poor by offering meals, shelter, showers and clothing to desperate people living on the street. Homeless men are challenged to enter a six-to-nine month residential program to experience the beginning of permanent change. Seminars, computer classes, job training and Bible studies help up to 62 men at a time break destructive habits and prepare to rejoin society
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25 comments:

Thom said...

What a grand building. I love it. And the story I didn't know all of that. Thanks for sharing this my friend :)

Sunny said...

I love the architecture of the Mission's building, and what an interesting history it has.
Sunny :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

Great post James. Isn't NYC great? You had a perfect day for the trip too.

Olivier said...

une tres belle architecture et un batiment qui a une histoire tres importante dans la ville de NYC

Bibi said...

I spent quite a while in NYC last summer...it is positively addictive. Looking forward to your photos.

My grandfather took me to the Bowery as a kid, and told me its history.

cieldequimper said...

I love that place. I took the train from Washington, D.C. to NYC a few years back, it was quite convenient.

VP said...

I'll swap my one hour train trip to Florence with yours to New York City any day...

Kcalpesh said...

I love the brick was so much! It's also very amazing to see such structures from your part of the world, James! :-) Nice photos

Malyss said...

Is there the same kind of place for women?..

Woody said...

I love those old buildings and this one is no exception. Thanks for the background information.

Last summer I spent a week driving through Manhattan one afternoon. Unfortunately, I was driving,so I couldn't take photos, but I was mesmerized by number of things to photograph.

Cezar and Léia said...

oh James, I'm envious!What a cool weekend!
Thanks for sharing these information, it's very interesting and they do an important work there.So glad that people can find some comfort, food, and light for the soul with love from those who care about life and mankind.
God bless them for this great work.
hugs my friend,
Have a nice week
Léia

Renee said...

I wish the train ride for me was like that. The car ride is 6+ :-( But great photos, James!

Louis la Vache said...

It is inspiring to see that the Bowery Mission is still reaching out to the disadvantaged.

B SQUARED said...

Their work never ends.

Peter said...

If NY was an only an hour away, I would definitely go there as often as ever possible!

Matty said...

I haven't heard about the Bowery in years. Good work they do.

Sistertex said...

A great place James. The photos are really very nice too!

I have to admit when I saw Bowery Street, I thought of the 'Bowery Boys' from a long long time ago.

Jeanie said...

I took a picture of their windows when we were there from the double decker bus, but it is not near as good as your photo. Thanks for sharing.

Owen said...

Good to know there is something positive happening on a street with such a bad reputation...

ρομπερτ said...

A blue, that for sure enters the soul.

Please have a nice Tuesday.

Julie said...

Yes, I agree with Peter, if NY were only an hour away, I would be there a coupla times a week!

I look forward to see the big apple through your eyes, James.

ruma2008 said...

This is an excellent organization.

In the Far East, there are few such organizations. Therefore, the number of the suicides of every year is enormous.

I respect American contribution mind.

Tash said...

I do so very much HEART NYC. (Only have spent 4 days there in Oct. 2008 but didn't take much.) This looks like a wonderful place.

Sammy Thorley said...

What inspired me with photography is that there is so much beauty in this world & as long as you can get a good composition you can take a photo of just about anything in what ever style you want.

Cheryl said...

A very handsome building. I never knew where the term had come from. Thanks for the history.