Who We Are 


Our Mission

Our mission is to turn obstacles into opportunities for Philadelphia families in challenging situations. We have open doors for meals, tutoring, chapel, sports, camps, dodgeball, and Miss Anna’s desserts.

Our Kids’ Story

The Helping Hand Rescue Mission was founded in 1905 by Charles Toner to reach those living in poverty in Philadelphia.  In 2005, our beloved Director Matt Gallashaw allowed a small group to meet at the Mission to discuss an urban church plant.  On April 28th of 2006, when the volunteers parked for their meeting, 3 boys were playing catch in the lot.  After an unexpected introduction and a challenge, a whiffle ball game broke out.  Laquan, Bashir, Eric, and then many more came to swing.  By the 3rd inning, there was a new beginning.  A new Mission family was born.

We have come a long way, and have a long way to go.

Our original kindergarteners are headed to college, and a new batch of 5 year-olds have entered the family.

Our Approach

Simply, we share. Some of us have more than we need and can help create opportunities for others. And then we ask those who have received to practice giving as well.

Community Impact

We believe in a giving circle.  Our community often needs a boost, but we ask them to serve others as well.

Our older children tutor our younger kiddos. Our families are asked to volunteer. Our homeless friends drop in coins to sponsor kids for Summer camp. And our little ones drop snack money into a water jug to sponsor water wells in Kaberamaido, Uganda.

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