David Garcia

Changing Lives with Compassion and Music

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) – The Allentown Rescue Mission recognizes David Garcia for his dedication to healing and helping others. This June, David will celebrate 32 years working for the Allentown Rescue Mission. He not only mentors the men in the Emergency Shelter, he also takes his encouragement and music to local nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and senior living communities.

David started working for the Allentown Rescue Mission in 1989 as a Food Service Supervisor. He has performed multiple roles over the years and currently works as a part-time Program Associate in the Emergency Shelter. In his current position, David conducts the initial screening process to determine shelter eligibility, mentors the men, coordinates case management, and provides transportation to the clients’ appointments. He also plays the guitar and sings for the men during Bible study, graduation ceremonies, and holiday services.

Working at the Allentown Rescue Mission allows David to incorporate his passion for music with his love for helping others. Additionally, David has used his gift of music to cheer up those in need in places such as ManorCare, Lutheran Manor, and Phoebe Nursing Home. During his visits, David provides the audience with musical enjoyment generally followed by a prayer. David visits men from the Allentown Rescue Mission who receive rehabilitation at the outside facilities and also plays for other residents of the centers who want to enjoy his music.

The message David conveys to others is universal, “There are always struggles in life. Trust the Lord through the process.  He will never leave you.”

Thank you, David, for your years of service and dedication to the Allentown Rescue Mission and to people in need throughout the Lehigh Valley.

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 www.allentownrescuemission.org


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