The Allentown Rescue Mission’s Clean Team Worker of the Month – James Z.

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) – The Allentown Rescue Mission congratulates its Clean Team worker of the month for February, James Z.

James grew up the victim of an alcoholic father. He suffered verbal and physical abuse. Never able to forgive his father, James relied on his mother to teach him life skills needed to become an adult.

Unfortunately, James’ mother passed away before he learned how to live responsibly and independently.

James received a considerable inheritance but did not have the financial skills to manage a large amount of money. He ignored advisors and quit his job to live freely with his inheritance. Eventually, he squandered the money through a series of poor decisions.

After exhausting all his financial resources, James found himself homeless, living in a tent near the Allentown Rescue Mission. Clients of the Allentown Rescue Mission encouraged him to go to the Emergency Shelter, and soon James decided to give the shelter a chance.

At the shelter, James learned about the Allentown Rescue Mission’s Transformation Program. Although he had heard good things about the program, James was reluctant to join because he didn’t consider himself a religious person. But after thoughtful consideration, he decided to join the program. To his surprise, James enjoyed attending New Bethany Church on Sundays and learning more about Christianity.

After graduating from the Transformation Program, James began working for the Clean Team. He has performed well on all jobs that he has been asked to do. His current assignment is street cleaning on Hamilton Street.  James enjoys his work and has been a model employee.

Good luck, James, and thank you for being a flexible and dependable employee.

The Allentown Rescue Mission, a 501c3, 123 bed non-profit homeless shelter has been providing shelter for homeless men since 1900. In addition to emergency shelter services (365 days a year), the Allentown Rescue Mission offers a residential life skills program, and transitional employment on the Clean Team

that’s available for hire to the community. The Clean Team pays the men above PA state minimum wage– helping them save a nest egg to transition back into the community. In a typical year, the Allentown Rescue Mission provides shelter services for over 946 men per year, and serves over 42,000 meals a year to men in need.

To refer someone to the Allentown Rescue Mission for services or to learn ways you can help make a difference please visit

Information provided to TVL by:
Stefanie Appel
Community Relations
Allentown Rescue Mission