About Us

Welcoming Our Community's Weary

Through your support since 1917, your Evansville Rescue Mission has diligently followed the vision of our co-founders, Dr. Ernest “Pappy” Reveal and his wife, Edna, to reach out to our Tri-State’s hurting, forgotten, and impoverished.


As our community’s oldest and largest ministry of its kind, your ERM seeks to restore dignity, health, and hope through sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those in need.

Welcome Friends!

For over 100 years, the Evansville Rescue Mission has stood as a beacon in our community to those looking for vital services for survival, and for those looking for a place to serve. Many have sacrificed much so that this ministry would not only survive, but thrive.


It is a privilege for me to welcome you to our website, because we know that on these pages, you will find much-needed information. Whether you are a guest seeking a comfortable bed and a hot meal;

or whether you are one who is looking for ways to serve his or her fellow citizens either by volunteering or donating, we believe you’ll find many such opportunities at your Evansville Rescue Mission.


After looking through this information, if you have questions, please do not hesitate contacting our staff. We are excited to tell you more about this beloved ministry, and we most definitely look forward to welcoming you to this ministry very soon.

All the best,

Tracy L. Gorman

President / CEO

Your Evansville Rescue Mission experienced a year to remember last year thanks to the overwhelming support of so many. Here’s a snapshot of what your local Mission was able to accomplish:

  • More than 1,000 different guests called your Evansville Rescue Mission their temporary home
  • 154 men voluntarily enrolled in ERM’s long-term, residential program, called P.A.C.E.S.
  • 11 men successfully completed and graduated from ERM’s P.A.C.E.S. program moving that much closer to independence
  • ERM’s Donation Center created an additional platform for more than 200 of our homeless guests to volunteer their time and develop transferable skills
  • More than 3,000 community volunteers donated their time and talent to your ERM, totaling more than 31,000 hours of service and saving ERM nearly $724,780!
  • More than 1,100 runners and walkers registered for ERM’s Drumstick Dash elevating the Dash to be the fourth largest running/walking event in the Tri-State!
  • A record-setting 2,200 Tri-State families received a free Thanksgiving food basket at ERM’s annual Gobbler Gathering where 80,000 items of food were collected by hundreds of Tri-State schools, businesses, churches, and families.

Mission Statement

We exist to glorify God by meeting the basic needs of those we serve and by sharing with them the life-changing message that “Jesus Saves”.


Vision Statement

To see every man, woman and child we serve equipped to be productive citizens who enjoy lasting success in Christ.

In 1917, the ministries of your Evansville Rescue Mission commenced under the vision and leadership of its co-founders, Dr. Ernest “Pappy” Reveal and his wife, Mrs. Edna Reveal. Originally on Main Street and near the corner of First Street in downtown Evansville, your local Mission was transferred to larger quarters on Second Street for fifteen years where Dr. and Mrs. Reveal established themselves as prominent leaders in the Tri-State community.


Later in 1932, the Mission moved to the corner of Ninth and Locust streets where the entire block of the Keller-Crescent Printing Company was purchased through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ingleheart.


Leading up to his death in 1959, Pappy touched countless lives by reaching out to the lost and those often shunned in society through the different ministries of the Evansville Rescue Mission, including Mission’s church home, the Evansville Christian Center.


Having big shoes to fill, Mr. George Blackmore became the Rescue Mission’s second President and eventually moved the Mission in 1972 to 300 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. where our homeless services took place for more than thirty years.


In February 2013, the Evansville Rescue Mission was able to successfully move our main campus to 500 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713. What used to be Evansville’s Veteran Administrative and Medical Clinic, the ERM now completes our operations all under one roof in a one-level, 32,000 square foot, handicap-accessible facility.


Throughout our 100 years of rich history, the Mission has been able to weather the storm financially through sound leadership, through fiscal responsibility, and through caring, generous folks living right here in the Tri-State.


Here’s a listing of ERM’s seven Presidents for our ministry’s 100 years:

  • Ernest “Pappy” Reveal: 1917-1959
  • George Blackmore: 1959-1974
  • Robert Timberlake: 1974-1975
  • Dean Zirby: 1975-1978
  • Richard A. Alvis: 1978-1990
  • Steven L. Perry: 1990-2008
  • Tracy L. Gorman: 2008-present


We are excited to be celebrating our centennial anniversary in all of 2017, and have multiple activities and events planned.


Thank you for allowing us the privilege to care for the Tri-State’s homeless, destitute, and disadvantaged youth, and we look forward to advancing our cause for the next 100 years!

Our Generous Partners

Be A Part Of The Solution

Join your Evansville Rescue Mission in helping the less fortunate right here in the Tri-State. There are endless ways for you to give back. Find one that works for you and join the ERM family today!