Out of gratitude for the grace extended to us by Christ, our mission is to love, honor and serve our struggling neighbors at their point of need and holistically equip them to flourish in the community.
Transforming lives, transforming community.
“From the very beginning, the importance of a mission for York was on the hearts of all of us.”
So said Stuart Shelley, one of the founders of York Rescue Mission (the precursor to LifePath Christian Ministries). In 1961, Shelley and others started planning the Mission’s work and vision. We opened in 1962 with only two buildings — one for sleeping quarters for homeless neighbors, a small restaurant to serve meals, and a chapel, and the other for the Mission’s superintendent and family.
Herman R. Smith, another founder and our first Board President, said, “Our first priority has always been the salvation of men’s souls. Their spiritual needs come first, then their physical needs. We help them, house them, and feed them. We help them find God, and get over the problems they may have so they can reenter the mainstream of life.”
Within the first two years, the Mission became overcrowded and had to expand … and we’ve been expanding ever since — not just in our facilities, but also in the way we help our neighbors in need, now with more services than ever before.
In 2017, York Rescue Mission:
- served 181,000+ meals
- distributed 23,100 pounds of clothes
- gave 36,598 nights of shelter
- had 843 volunteers log a total of 13,453 hours of volunteer service
- saw 245 people come to Christ
Read more of our 2017 highlights in our Annual Report.
LifePath Christian Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization, accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and with a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator. 73.3% of all gifts are put back into life-changing programs. We receive no government funding. All contributions are tax-deductible.