Nearing its 75th anniversary, its mission is still clear.
Operating under commanding officers Col. Sam Astin and his wife, Col. Dawn Astin, the American Rescue Workers continue to help those in need.
The organization began as a Calvary Rescue Mission in the early 1900s under the direction of Rev. Russell Pidcoe.
Sue Rice, director of thrift stores for American Rescue Workers, arranges and orders items on the shelves at the thrift store in the American Rescue Workers’ building on High Street.
In 1934, after approaching the American Rescue Workers, Pidcoe was able to successfully merge his mission with the organization's own.
Throughout its history, the mission serves as a men's shelter for males in emergency situations, such as financial crises, substance abuse, addiction, personal or family relationships and unemployment.
The men reside within the shelter, receiving three meals everyday while performing duties as part of a "work therapy" program.
They perform such jobs as home pick-ups of donations, receive donations at the loading dock, refurbish materials and cleaning around the facility.
"The jobs help sustain the operation," Col. Sam Astin said.
The facility can hold a capacity of 47 total men a night.
Thirty-seven is the maximum number of men that it can hold in the operation's long-term program, which now provides unlimited stay - originally it was three months. Its transient program, according to co-commanding officer Col. Dawn Astin, holds 10 men 18 years of age or older who are able to stay for seven to 14 days.
The men live in an open-area and semi-private room dorm-style lodging, provided with a laundry room, restroom and TV lounges.
Those working within the program receive cash grants to buy necessities, Astin said, although they are not considered paid employees.
When the men first arrive at the facility, they receive a $25 voucher to purchase clothing at the thrift stores, which are also open to the general public.
Astin said there are eight thrift store locations within the area: Jersey Shore, Canton, Lock Haven, Canton, Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, Milton and two locations in Williamsport.
All materials supplied to the stores in the surrounding areas are distributed from Williamsport.
Eighty percent of the income come from donations, according to Col. Sam Astin, which includes shoes, books, paper, clothing, belts, purses, computers, household items and decor.
According to Col. Dawn, the truck stations set up around the area are replacements of the blue boxes.
"They were eliminated because we collected a lot of trash," Col. Dawn said.
As a result of, she said, it cost the organization a lot in landfill costs.
In addition to the men at the shelter, the American Rescue Workers has 77 employees who work at the stores, as drivers, warehouse workers, at churches and social service centers.
Also, a network of volunteers put in time to help out as well, coming from the local colleges, retirees and those giving their time.
The United Way is a community partner with the American Rescue Workers, that helps disperse emergency funds to those for rental/utility assistance, such as families, individuals, and those homeless or near homeless.
After having experienced two fires this past year at the church and the warehouse, the Astins are grateful and thankful towards the community outreach the organization received.
"We appreciate the community support and donations," Col. Sam said. "Those are our lifeline."