During Sunday's crusade in New Castle, PA, many who belonged to the local Personal Workers League attended and were influenced by Sunday's testimony and became seriously interested in founding a rescue mission in New Castle. At the invitation of the Personal Workers League, Melvin "Mel" Trotter, another prominent evangelist, visited New Castle in October, 1911 to assist in the formation of a rescue mission. Trotter, also a former alcoholic who was saved at the Pacific Garden Mission, was then the Superintendent of the Grand Rapids Rescue Mission (now known as Mel Trotter Ministries) and the founder of 67 other rescue missions throughout the country. Trotter believed that rescue missions shouldn't compete with churches, but rather they should be an outreach or arm of the church reaching the "least and lost" of our communities.
Trotter assisted the Personal Workers League and Robert McKinney, a prominent member of the League, to found the City Rescue Mission. On October 18, 1911, at the Melvin Trotter meeting held at the First Baptist Church, between $2,500 and $2,600 was raised in pledges for a rescue mission. In today's dollars, the amount pledged would be about $58,000! Edward J. Berquist was appointed to be the first Superintendent. The City Rescue Mission began its work as a mission outreach of the local churches in the basement of Mr. McKinney's New Castle Notion Co. on South Mill Street and then shortly thereafter moved into the Marshall block building on South Croton Avenue. On November 25, 1911, the first draft of the Constitution was drawn up and a board of directors was chosen from various churches in order to ensure the best management of the Mission.