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Boston Rescue Mission was founded in 1899 in Boston, Massachusetts, by a group of people who wanted to help serve the city’s homeless population. Still in operation over a century later, the organization provides free residential treatment to homeless adult men struggling with addiction in the Boston area.

Accommodations and Food

Boston Rescue’s inpatient program is based out of a large six-story building downtown. There are a total of 36 beds separated into nine dorm-style rooms with four beds to each room. Clients receive a twin bed as well as a locker and closet space. All the floors in the building have a community bathroom as well as a washer and dryer.

Boston Rescue also has an activity room with a treadmill and ping-pong table, in addition to offices for case managers and administration on the first floor. Clients are allowed to smoke outside, but must first sign a release form before leaving the building.

The organization has a cooking staff that prepares three meals a day. Food is served in the facility’s kitchen and dining room areas.

Treatment and Staff

The organization only accepts male clients who are currently homeless and have two weeks of verified sobriety. Those interested in Boston Rescue must present a psychosocial evaluation from a referral agency. The program then conducts an interview with the potential client and has him meet with a case manager. Although treatment and boarding are free of charge, Boston Rescue regularly helps clients apply for Medicaid during the intake process, which can assist with medical benefits. Those experiencing withdrawal symptoms will be referred to outside detox centers as Boston Rescue does is not equipped to handle that phase of treatment.

The residential program lasts for four months and consists of group and individual counseling. While the number of individual sessions varies form week to week, most residents attend one to three group meetings a day, which have 10 to 15 clients and last for one to two hours. Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and relapse prevention.

While in treatment, case managers work with the clients to help find them employment, obtain vocational training or go back to school.

When the residential program is complete, clients have the option of stepping down to Boston Rescue’s outpatient program, which consists of individual counseling and lasts as long as needed.

Boston Rescue uses the 12 step recovery principles in the group meetings and requires clients to attend outside AA and NA meetings while in treatment. It are also strongly encourages clients to find a sponsor and home group as soon as possible. Boston Rescue is a dual diagnosis facility and offers additional sessions with licensed clinicians for clients with potential co-occurring disorders.

The substance abuse counselors consist of LADCs, LPCs and LCSWs.


The organization offers a family program that consists of group and individual meetings where dependency and substance abuse education are addressed, however clients must consent first. There is also a weekly alumni group for both previous and current clients.

Boston Rescue operates a sober living house that has a total of 20 beds. This program lasts for as long as the client needs and costs $150 a week. Admittance requires 30 days of verified sobriety. The organization also operates an emergency shelter that has 20 beds.

In Summary

Boston Rescue Mission offers complimentary residential treatment to homeless men in the Boston area, allowing them to receive treatment without financial constraints. Case mangers provide a high degree of individualized attention and help clients to plan for a life outside of treatment. The family program also helps involve family members in the treatment process so they may have a solid support system in early recovery.

Boston Rescue Mission Location

38 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111

Boston Rescue Mission Cost

Free. Reach Boston Rescue Mission by phone at (617) 338-9000 or by email. Find Boston Rescue Mission on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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