Bridgeport Rescue Mission announces The Heat is On Campaign

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Bridgeport Rescue Mission announced the launch of The Heat is On, a campaign to raise $46,000 by Aug. 31. The goal is to secure urgently needed funds to prepare the Mission to care for homeless men, women and children this winter by replacing four furnaces and two water heaters.

“We face a critical need as we prepare to keep the homeless warm this coming winter season,” said Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “During the frigid temperatures of last winter, two of our four furnaces failed. In order to have enough heat to provide warm shelter and hot showers for the homeless this winter, we need to replace the broken boilers and upgrade the remaining furnaces, in addition to upgrading two water heaters. We need the funds for these new and upgraded units by August 31 to ensure they are installed and ready for use by winter.”

The Mission needs a total of $46,000 to purchase and install four high-efficiency gas furnaces and two high-efficiency water heaters. “Our old units ran on oil and the new gas units will not only be more efficient with lower emissions but also lower our cost of providing warm, safe shelter and hot showers for our guests,” Wilcox said. This winter, the Mission expects to provide meals, shelter and care for an estimated 6000 homeless and hurting men, women and children.

“The heat is on and we need the community’s help to keep it that way,” Wilcox shared. “While most people would like to dial back the heat right about now, we need their help to crank up the heat this winter to keep homeless men, women and children warm. We’d be so grateful if all of our friends and partners would make a generous contribution by August 31 to help with this urgent need.” He invites anyone who would like to make a gift to donate at or send a contribution to P.O. Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT 06601.

For more information about the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, contact Donna Romano, assistant director of development, at the numbers listed above or visit

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout coastal Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong addiction recovery program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.

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