Feeding the Hungry

In 2020, KRM served 97,987 meals to hungry men, women, and children. Hot, nutritious meals are available to the public twice daily from our Grab & Go trailer in the northeast parking lot. These meals are open to anyone who needs one. For guests in the Mission’s shelters, three meals are served every day.

Meals and Groceries

We are screening all who are in the mission and quarantining those who have symptoms. We are following recommended sanitation and CDC prevention guidelines. As a result, the Howard County Board of Health has given us approval to continue offering the following services:

Grab and Go Meals. Available seven days a week in our parking lot.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Grocery Bag Assistance is available through our online assistance program and groceries are given every 30 days.

Clothing, Housewares, Personal Care Items

Our friends that find themselves in financial need are given the opportunity to save their precious funds to pay bills through our assistance program.  Our neighbors are income qualified through an online application and given vouchers to shop our store.  Our store’s inventory is refreshed daily and offers a wide range of sizes and options.

Back to School Shoes Giveaway

Through our Back to School Event, school aged children can receive new shoes and undergarments and a voucher to our store to purchase gently used quality clothing.  Families are income qualified to participate.  The children must be present to receive the shoes so that we can make sure they are properly fitted.  In 2020, we gave away new shoes, undergarments, socks and clothing to 252 school gaged children valued at $17,878!

This event will be held:

  • July 20 – 3:00 pm-7:00 pm at Taylor Elementary School – 5500 Wea Drive
  • July 21 – 3:00 pm-7:00 pm at Carver Center – 1030 N. Purdum Street
  • July 22 – 10:00 am-1:00 pm & 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at Grace United Methodist Church – 219 W. Mulberry Street
  • July 23 – 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Grace United Methodist Church – 219 W. Mulberry Street

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Thanksgiving Feast

Sometimes the first step toward a changed life is a simple meal — and for many of our hungry, homeless, and/or hurting neighbors, that process begins with a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s one of Kokomo Rescue Mission’s biggest annual events (we expect to serve some 600 meals this Thanksgiving), and it’s a beacon of God’s love to the community.

Thanksgiving 2020

This year the event took on a new look to adhere to the COVID-19 Guidelines.  We delivered 428 meals to those in our community, provide 156 meals to drive-through guest and 61 Grab & Go meals.  These delicious meals of turkey, ham, dressing, rolls, gravy, vegetables, salad and desserts were packaged at Grace United Methodist Church by our faithful volunteers.  Each family received a special Thanksgiving card and placemat to let them know that they are not alone and that they are loved.



Red Ribbon Christmas 2020

Kokomo Rescue Mission’s Red Ribbon Christmas Outreach provided boxes of toys, gifts, food, and toiletries for individuals and families throughout the six-county area served by the Mission.  625 boxes for Red Ribbon Christmas were prayerfully filled.

Volunteers filled the boxes with gifts appropriate for the age and gender of each recipient. Each person received a new gift purchased by the Mission and extra gifts lovingly reconditioned by volunteers throughout the year.

When the boxes were filled with gifts, they were taken to the Christmas Warehouse at the former PPG building on Murden St. where volunteers wrap the gifts. Paper products, personal care items, and other items were also added to the boxes to prepare them for delivery.  Boxes were delivered or picked up on December 12 & 19 to homes with the help of volunteers.

In 2020, Red Ribbon Christmas boxes were delivered to 1,338 people, including 456 families.  13,675 new and gift ready items were given out that were valued at over $71,000!  Gift cards to purchase food were given out to every family valued at $26,000.  A special thanks to the We Care organization, which donated vital funds to make this outreach possible. 

Our Volunteers Rock!

Our core 34 volunteers that work in our Christmas Warehouse all year devoted 6225 hours toward preparing all the gifts that were given out in our Red Ribbon Christmas Boxes.  Our 370 seasonal volunteers that helped with wrapping, organizing, and delivering the gifts devoted 896 hours to Red Ribbon Christmas! 

We could not do this program without you!!!

Working to Equip Others

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. For more information visit our Work Rehabilitation page.

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