‘We help the least, the last and the lost’

David Newman stands outside the Astoria Rescue Mission on Bond Street.

There is a passage from Deuteronomy posted on the Astoria Rescue Mission’s website that, at first blush, reads like a request but really is a command.

“If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them,” Moses instructed. “Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.”