Successful New Jersey-based entrepreneur Brian Petruzzi has founded five different businesses, his most recent the franchise pizza restaurant 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. When Brian Petruzzi is not overseeing operations of 1000 Degrees, he gives back to his community by supporting the Atlantic City Rescue Mission (ACRM).
Founded in 1964 by John Fink, the ACRM began its work by providing hot food and shelter for a few men from a small storefront in Atlantic City. In 1975, a women’s shelter paralleling the men’s program was opened, and in 1990, the Bacharach Boulevard facility was expanded to accommodate 312 people. Over this time, the mission has added and enlarged programs to meet the growing and changing needs of those served from the Atlantic City area. Just some of the challenges these programs help people deal with are abuse issues, worker readiness preparation, and psychological issues.
Today, ACRM helps over 3,300 people in need per year, making it the largest provider of comprehensive services to individuals in New Jersey who are without a home.