MES started as a feeding programme in 1986 who handed out food parcels to the homeless and unemployed community of Hillbrow. In 1989 the project achieved Section 21 status with a Board of Directors. The organisation was started to address the pressing needs of the poor in the inner city of Johannesburg. Especially addressing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the homeless and unemployed, challenging individuals to take responsibility for their lives and become sustainable. At the end of 2007 the CMR (Christian Social Council) of Johannesburg merged with MES. This means that the capacity for social services that MES provides increased dramatically. In 2008 MES embarked on duplicating its services to Port Elizabeth and Cape Town and recently to Kempton Park.