Faith with its Sleeves Rolled Up
Faith with its Sleeves Rolled Up

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How You Helped in 2012

TRM Child at ChristmasIn spite of challenges faced, 2012 was a year of great service at the Topeka Rescue Mission. The following are some of the many ways you helped make a difference. Thank you for your continued compassion towards those who are homeless or in need.


Guest Tracking

  • 2,157 unduplicated individuals received shelter
    • 1129 men
    • 609 women
    • 419 children
  • 96,626 total nights of shelter provided
  • 267 individuals sheltered on average each night

Distribution Center

  • 4,149 individuals received clothing through the Clothing Bank
  • Approximately 17,184 household items, including beds, furniture and major appliances were given to 6,286 households.
  • Countless personal hygiene items and school supplies were given to those in need

Food Services

  • 258,321 meals from our kitchen
  • 86,608 meals distributed through food boxes
  • 202,817 meals and supplied food to partner agencies
  • 547,746 total meals served and distributed

If food needed to be purchased, the estimated cost would have been $3.00 per meal or $1,643,238. However, because of the generosity of donors, the total monetary cost for food was only $64,653.82, or twelve cents ($.12) per meal, or a savings of $1,578,584.18.


  • 2,704 children were assisted with gifts, clothing and food
  • 3,907 total individuals (including children) received gifts and food baskets

Direct Help

  • 1,345 occurrences of medical help, including visits in our clinic, as well as dental, vision and prescription assistance
  • 7,478 transportation vouchers (bus tickets, cab fare, etc.) were provided
  • 61 occasions of rental and utility assistance were provided
  • 406 occurrences of additional direct help for miscellaneous items (phone cards, stamps, identification, etc.) were also provided

Volunteer Services

  • 34,431 volunteer hours were provided
  • 910 volunteers
  • 1,350 volunteer instances occurred on average each month

Conservatively, at minimum wage ($7.25/hour) these hours would have cost $249,624.75

Expenses for 2012 by Category.  Narrative is listed on the page.

2012 Expense by Source

Program 72%
This includes shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, case management, housing referrals and services provided through our Distribution Center.

Repairs and Maintenance 11%
Covers the upkeep of 72,000 square feet of Mission property.

Administrative 8%
Includes donor system management, volunteer management, guest records and evaluation.

Direct Help 4%
Financial assistance provided for rent and utilities, medications, transportation, identification, stamps, phone cards and similar services provided to both guests and non-guests of the Mission.

Public Relations and Advertising 3%
Efforts used to acquire financial/material resources and volunteer recruitment. All efforts supported entirely by donations, no government funds used.

Public Education 2%
Information to the public on how to help the homeless.

Expenses Graph - Text for graphic is in page narrative

Expenses by Source

2011 Income by Source

Individuals 72.3%
Businesses 7.9%
Churches 6.8%
DC Recycling 6.6%
Thrift Store 4.5%
Associations 1.1%
Misc. 0.8%

Income Graph - Text for graphic is in page narrative

Income by Source

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