Need Help? If you are in need of emergency shelter, please call 765-456-3838 for availability.

Do You Need Help?

The Kokomo Rescue Mission has a men's shelter and two women's shelters (one can take women with children). We also provide two free, public meals each day. Our Assistance Program helps income-qualifying individuals with emergency grocery assistance, hygiene products, diapers, formula, clothing vouchers, and household goods vouchers.

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Meals

Shelter

Work Rehabilitation

Groceries, Clothing, & More

Two males serving meals for homeless

You can receive two healthy meals 365 days a year!

Free meals are served everyday in our Dining Room located on the east side of the building at 321 W. Mulberry St, Kokomo, IN.

Everyone is welcome, there is no qualification needed.


Meal Times:

Lunch is served from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Dinner is served from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Are You in Need of Shelter?

Homelessness transcends age, race, religion, and even education. The Mission serves people from all walks of life. There are countless situations and circumstances that might bring someone to the point of needing to seek shelter and residency at Kokomo Rescue Mission.

We have dedicated programs for both men and women to help you get back on your feet, regain your independence, advance your education, acquire new job skills, and grow in your faith. We also have longer-term residential programs that offer assistance with recovery, counseling, and other individualized help. 

For Men


Chaplain in Men's Shelter

The men’s shelter entrance at 321 W. Mulberry (East door) is open for check-in at 4:00 PM or call (765) 456-3838.

For Women


Two women in conversation in women's shelter

Please call (765) 319-3660 or
(765) 456-3077 for women's shelter availability.

For Women with Children


Mother smiling at young daughter in shelter

Please call (765) 456-3077
for availability.

You will be asked a few questions to see how we can best serve you. You will need to bring your photo ID, birth certificate and Social Security card. If you don’t have these, no worries, we will help you obtain those important documents. 

Our space is very limited, please do not bring a lot of items, no weapons, etc. You will also be asked to submit to a drug test; however, this result will not necessarily prevent you from being accepted.

Our Programs

Homeless Shelter bed and storage
Core Program

Core program encompasses the skills needed to begin reentry back into the community successfully. Focus will rely on obtaining necessary identification documents, insurance, financial literacy, transportation and physical and mental healthcare. The residential guests will create personalized goals and then strive to reach those goals such as attending addiction groups, or substance abuse support groups. Eventually, they will be working on getting everything lined up so they would be able to move into safe shelter.


Career Program

Career program places emphasis on education and a purposeful career suited to the individuality of each residential guest. Career Climbers & ServSafe courses are just a couple of ways of residents are able to take part in within this program. Career Climbers teaches residents not only how to obtain employment, but how to be promoted within their company. ServSafe course provides the opportunity for each resident who is interested in food-service industry receive the ServSafe Certification. Within this program they will also be working toward individual goals that they have set for themselves.

Male resident in career program holding new clothing
Male resident in leadership program working at computer
Leadership Program

Leadership Program focuses on skills that allow for real-life applications within the personal lives of our residential guests. Residents who choose this program are striving to grow in leadership, spiritually, and to create a healthy community outside the walls of the shelter. This program leads our residential guests to discovering goals and purposes in walking alongside of others.

Each program also has the opportunities to assist with substance abuse issues by groups that are held at the shelters, and by connecting each resident who struggles with substance abuse with community partners for addiction recovery.

Work Rehabilitation

Working to Equip Others

Female working in Care & Share Store

Our team is dedicated to maximizing our impact in the community. Not only do all of our proceeds help fund our ministry programs, we partner with shelter residents, community service participants, and the Trustee’s office to provide work rehabilitation through volunteer opportunities. As we work together, we build relationships and watch individuals change and grow while giving back to a cause greater than themselves.

Through participation in the Work Rehabilitation program, individuals learn valuable job skills including team work, effective communication, and problem solving.

We offer hours to be completed Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. We ask that you check-in with the warehouse manager or with the store manager.

Need Food, Clothing, or Personal Items?

Mission's Assistance Program

Two women discussing assistance program in front of shelves of donated food
We can provide groceries, clothing, houseware items and personal care items to neighbors in need through the Mission’s Assistance Program. To apply, you’ll need the following:
Photo ID for the person making the application
Proof of income
Social Security Card for each member of the household
Photo ID for the person making the application
Social Security Card for each member of the household
Proof of income
Provide any ONE of the following items:
  • Previous year’s IRS 1040 form.

  • Letter from Family Service showing approval for Food Stamps (SNAP) and the date approved.

  • Current Food Stamp (SNAP) card AND a grocery receipt less than 30 days old showing a balance greater than $0.00.

  • A recent award letter from Medicaid, TANF, WIC, SSI or SSD OR a letter stating the application has been filed for government assistance.

  • A copy of applicant’s lease or most recent re-certification letter showing the applicant is living in subsidized housing.

The Assistance Office is located at the Main Mission Building (321 W. Mulberry St.) and is open from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.