On February 2, the soup kitchen in Bowery Mission served lunch to about 200 homeless men including those who are enrolled in the 6-month program that the Mission runs to empower and rehabilitate homeless single men. Currently, there are 75 men in the program. In an intensive faith-based curriculum, these homeless single men study the Bible, learn computer skills and participate in de-addiction and career counseling. Some are preparing for their GEDs. They attend prayer service three times a week in the chapel where former president Abraham Lincoln gave a speech.
Founded in 1879, the Bowery Mission is considered the oldest in the country that serves the poor and homeless people. It was originally located at 36 Bowery but was later moved to its present address at 227-229 Bowery where there once stood an abandoned coffin factory.