Remembering Bob
Each year the Allentown Rescue Mission helps approximately 800 homeless, hungry, and hurting men in need. And although we are fond of all of them, some make such a lasting impression that we keep thinking about them long after they are gone. One such man is Robert, or as his friends call him, Bob. Bob went through our Transformation Program and worked for our Clean Team.

"Bob was one of the Clean Team's first part-time drivers. His job was to collect all the trash bags our guys fill during the day throughout Allentown and work as a lead worker on job sites. He did a great job and had a great attitude." Michael Mauro, our Clean Team/Facilities Manager, fondly remembers.

While employed by the Clean Team, Bob found an apartment in Downtown Allentown, adopted a stray cat, and even reconnected with his high school girlfriend from over 45 years ago. After leaving the Clean Team, Bob found employment at a Sunoco gas station in Allentown as a porter and janitor. Mike would often pass that Sunoco on his way to work, see Bob's car, and remember how lives are changed by the Allentown Rescue Mission.

Sadly, Bob passed away in 2018 from cancer, but his presence still lingers with us. Mike says, "Every time I pass that gas station, I take a little glance secretly hoping to see Bob's car still there so I can stop in and say hi." Thank you to all our donors, supporters, and friends who make it possible for us to help the "Bobs" of the world. We are forever grateful.
Your Donations at Work
Our work and the men we help are supported by our community. Take Jeff Virojanapa, for example. Jeff is a restaurateur who owns two restaurants with his parents in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area: White Orchids Thai Cuisine and Notch Modern Kitchen & Bar. As a result of the pandemic, restaurants are hurting; Jeff and his restaurant Notch still found a way to give to the community during this time. Jeff partnered with the Allentown Rotary Club and donated 50 coconut rice and chicken bowls for the men at the Allentown Rescue Mission. The Allentown Rescue Mission would like to thank Jeff, the Allentown Rotary Club, and the staff at Notch Modern Kitchen & Bar for their generous donation.
What We Need Most
Next time you are shopping on Amazon, consider checking out our wish list and buying some of our needed items. Your contribution will help rescue, rehabilitate, and restore homeless men in your community.

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Lives Changed
Ryan is a recent Transformation Program graduate. After graduating, Ryan joined the Clean Team. The experience gave him the confidence to get back in the workforce and get a full-time job. He is now a production associate at a local factory making all sorts of cards. He told us, "I enjoy my new job, and I appreciate what God and the Allentown Rescue Mission have done for me."

"I am very thankful to say that I am getting back on my feet again." Ryan further comments. While he credits our work to get him back on his feet, his hard work and dedication made his transformation possible. We are happy to see Ryan succeed, he is an inspiration to everyone at the Allentown Rescue Mission.

News and Events
Our Thanks for Giving Food and Supplies Drive is coming up. To comply with COVID-19 safety measures, we will not be collecting outside of Giant supermarkets or Walmarts. Instead, we are asking our community partners to collect food and supply items and then drop them off at our office on either November 20th from 3 pm to 6 pm, or on November 21st from 10 am to 2 pm. Please contact Adolfo Ramirez at or 610-740-5500 ext. 370 for more information. 
Employee Spotlight
Today our employee spotlight shines on Lorena Canela. She is a Finance Associate and chose to join our team because she wanted to use her accounting skills to help others. She has been with us for 5 months processing payments, payroll, and helping us manage our finances.

Furthermore, she also allows us to communicate with our Spanish-speaking neighbors by translating for us. Her talents are as big as her heart, and when it comes to helping the homeless, she wants us to "not ignore our brothers in Christ." And she quotes Matthew 7:12, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets." 
Thank you, Lorena, for all of the hard work you do at the Allentown Rescue Mission.