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Our programs and services are designed to help anyone experiencing homelessness connect with solutions that best fit their unique situation. Whether you need emergency services like meals and shelter or a more long-term solution like our men or women programs, we are here to help.

  • 1888: The Beginning
    In 1888, Reverend Robert Oliver, Methodist minister and philanthropist, purchased a lot in Columbia located at the corner of Taylor and Assembly streets. His dream was to help people experience the power of Christ's love through meeting their physical, relational, and spiritual needs.
  • 1890: The Way of Faith
    In 1890, Oliver launched a printed Methodist periodical, highlighting the work of the ministry and promoting spiritual development. Sadly, after only a few years, Reverend Robert Oliver passed away.
  • 1891: Our Name
    Upon Rev. Oliver's death, leadership at the mission renamed the organization after his namesake. Oliver Gospel is the oldest rescue mission in the southeast and the 6th oldest in the country.
  • 1978: Growth
    In 1978, Oliver Gospel's Board of Directors hired its first organizational leader, which then led to hiring a full time staff, building repairs, and keeping the doors open to help those who could not help themselves.
  • 2011: Thrift Store
    Oliver Gospel's first social enterprise opened in 2011. As a solely donation-based business model, the revenue from the Thrift Store goes right back into the mission. It also opened the door to develop more comprehensive career training for the men in our programs. Learn more about the Thrift Store here.
  • 2017: Toby's Place
    Named after Toby Cassels and built in honor of his life, Toby's Place is Oliver Gospel's transitional program for women and women with children. This addition widens the reach to serve a generally forgotten homeless population: women and children. Learn more about Toby's Place here.
  • 2020: The Roastery
    The Roastery, a local coffee shop that roasts its own coffee beans, launched in 2020. Located right down the street from our Men's Center, our second social enterprise serves as a bridge between Oliver Gospel and our community, inviting visitors to enjoy some of the best coffee in Columbia while learning about the Mission. The Roastery's original blends are served in cafés and churches around Columbia. Shop online or learn more here.
  • 2022: Pre-Program
    To continue expanding our service throughout the Midlands, Oliver Gospel launched the Pre-Program for women and children at Toby's Place. Women and their children are offered a safe place to live for up to 30 days. The heart of Pre-Program is to see women come off the street into a safe environment where they can discover their next best step. Over 50% of Pre-Program guests transition into the long-term Program at Toby’s Place. Learn more about Pre-Program here.
  • 2023: The Hope Shop
    We opened our third social enterprise, The Hope Shop, as a men’s and women’s boutique offering a curated selection of high-end and vintage name brand clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories at a fraction of the retail cost! Like our coffee shop and thrift store, every dollar spent at the Hope Shop fuels the transformational programming for men and women experiencing homelessness. It also will serve as a job training site for our program residents. Learn more about The Hope Shop here.
  • Present Day: Our Work
    Today, Oliver Gospel employs over 60 staff members and provides support to thousands of hurting neighbors each year. We provide hearty meals every day to our residents, and have the capacity to shelter more than 150 men, women, and children each night across our two ministry centers.
  • Looking Ahead: Moving Forward
    Oliver Gospel continues to fulfill its mission of engaging and transforming lives together through the power of Christ's love. We aim to continue meeting the needs of our community by expanding our capacity to serve more individuals in the Midlands: providing hope, love, and opportunity for all who come through our doors.


Oliver Gospel

1100 Taylor Street

Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 254-6470 ext. 1020


Find out more about the programs offered at Oliver Gospel.

 If our current offerings don't meet your needs, we'll connect you with resources and support to help you move forward.

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