Inner City Mission is a public benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fully supported by faithful churches, businesses, and individuals seeking to cultivate lasting transformation in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.


We are a ministry devoted to understanding the root causes of homelessness, engaging its presence in our own community, equipping the Body of Christ to be a leader in its restorative process, and sharing with the public the wisdom we have seen transform thousands of lives.

our History

After seeing the alarming rise of homelessness in Springfield, Illinois, seven local churches came together on July 14, 1983, to form a ministry dedicated to serving homeless individuals and families in their community. After purchasing a small property on the north side of downtown Springfield, Inner City Mission was officially born, housing its first homeless residents on August 26, 1984.


Three years later, ICM relocated two blocks east to its current location on North 7th Street where a larger facility and grounds enabled greater impact on homelessness alleviation. In 1989, an adjacent building was added to the ministry to serve as a clothing distribution center for those in need within ICM’s community.


In 1993, ICM recognized a need to better understand what was at the core of homelessness and why its prevalence continued to increase nationwide. Over the next 10 years, the Stability for Life program was developed and implemented, emphasizing the connection between positive, loving relationships and personal stability.


Over the next 20 years, ICM utilized its firsthand experience working with homeless children, their parents, and single women to further develop an understanding of the causes and types of homelessness and the response necessary to cultivate life transformation.


In 2023, ICM expanded the outward-facing facets of its ministry, equipping the Body of Christ with tools to lead the way in eliminating homelessness and teaching the public what is necessary for widespread restoration to take place.

OUR foundation

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


God’s sacrifice shows us what is at the core of His love. He gave what was truly needed so that His people may come to find lasting joy, peace, and stability in His presence. ICM strives to be an extension of this love, giving every person who steps through our door what is truly needed for them to find lasting joy, peace, and stability in their own lives.


Matthew 25:35-37, 40

'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?' …The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'


Jesus shows us that love does not ignore the needs that are before it but seeks to fulfill them so that all can prosper in a relationship with Him and His people. At ICM, the very first thing we do is provide the basic needs of life: shelter, food, clothing, and community as Jesus discusses.  


Matthew 7:25

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.


In the final illustration of the greatest sermon ever preached, Jesus tells us that the storms of life will come and they will find us either safe and secure on the rock or struggling to survive in the sand. For this reason, everything we do at ICM is to help those stuck in the sand find the rock and begin to build their own life upon it. We provide an environment where every child, parent, or single adult walking through our doors can find lasting joy, peace, and stability on the rock of Christ.


Isaiah 58:6-8

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.


God shares that he is concerned with the chains of injustice being loosened and the yoke of this world being broken. We want to be ambassadors of God’s love, allowing His light to break forth like the dawn, cultivating life transformation for those who are trapped in the darkness.


Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


Paul calls the Body of Christ to be a living sacrifice before God, allowing the renewal of our minds to transform who we are and how we live. We want to discern God’s will in all that we do at ICM, replacing the ways of this world with what is good and acceptable in His eyes.


JULY 14, 1983

First meeting is held to identify support for creating a homeless shelter in Springfield, Illinois.

AUGUST 2, 1984

Property at 906 N. 5th Street in Springfield is purchased as the site of Inner City Mission.

AUGUST 26, 1984
First resident is housed at ICM.

MAY 31, 1987

ICM is relocated to the current site after the purchase of 714 & 720 N 7th Street. The shelter’s ministry to the homeless was broadened by this new, larger facility and grounds.

The adjacent property at 726 N 7th Street is purchased and converted into a clothing distribution center.


Leadership developed the Stability for Life Program, implementing it with all residents of ICM.

August 25, 2019

Ms. Daisy's house, 726 N 7th Street, was renovated into ICM offices, opening up 4 new rooms for homeless individuals and families. The total number of resident rooms increased from 16 to 20. 

May 5, 2021
The adjacent property at 711 E Enos Avenue is purchased, serving as a multi-purpose classroom and future resident work program.

July 15, 2023

Leadership expanded ICM's outward-facing ministry facets, distributing materials to churches in order to equip the Body Of Christ to take the lead in alleviating American homelessness.

Join the story

Join us in providing a home to children, their parents, and single adults in desperate need of hope found in the arms of Christ. Your support provides a place of love where those experiencing homelessness can shed the pain and chaos of their lives and come to find the joy, peace, and stability that Jesus offers.

Inner City Mission is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All charitable giving is subject to tax deductions.