Life-changing opportunities

Success takes on a new meaning.

Success at The Mission happens in so many ways.

Sometimes, success happens after many failed attempts. Occasionally, it occurs with a step backwards, followed by a few wavering steps forward on a long journey. Every so often, it begins when a major realization allows us to see ourselves in a new light.

Here are some of those success stories:

Appalachian Trail

24-Hour Fundraising Run Along the Appalachian Trail

Allen Collins, an entrepreneur who takes fitness to the nth degree, became so inspired by the transformational changes he has seen in people in recovery at The Mission that he decided to create a most unusual fundraiser. On June 24th, Allen is going to run for what he estimates to be 24 hours along the 72 miles of Appalachian Trail

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New Direction Program Graduates

[Video] The New Direction Program

This transformative three-week experience helps individuals in recovery see new possibilities for themselves – and create a plan to achieve their own success. Watch our video on how individuals in the inaugural class created changes for themselves.

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New Direction Program Participant

Creating A New Direction

Can people who are in recovery break out of the repeating loops of poverty, prison, substance use disorder and find a new direction in life? At The Mission, we think so. And have a plan. You can read the story here on

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The Meaning of Life

As he walked up to the podium at the Commencement Ceremony for the Inaugural Class of The New Direction Project, Bernard Herrman looked out at the audience, where his mother and godmother sat with the New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, as well as representatives from Drug Court, the State Parole Board, the City of Trenton,

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A mother and daughter at the Mission Food Pantry

Why Do We Need a New Food Pantry in Trenton?

“We have never before felt the need to open a food pantry. Since the onslaught of the pandemic, however, that need rose unmistakably from our community,” said Barrett Young, Chief Executive Officer of The Mission. He added, “The pandemic has made it clear that those we serve are experiencing new levels of turmoil and suffering. When we reopened The Mission’s

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