The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance which is a Christian Non-Profit organization ministering to the needs of the less fortunate in Southern California through emergency and long-term rehabilitation services.
The Rescue Mission Alliance has served the homeless for more than 39 years. It has grown from the first location on 6th Street in Oxnard to multiple locations in four counties throughout Southern California. Several distinct programs are offered at multiple locations, which provide a "Full Range of Care" for addressing the needs of the hungry, homeless, and destitute.
While the Rescue Mission Alliance is a Christ-centered organization, we are not a church. We recognize the need to join forces with the local churches of Southern California in order to provide spiritual nurturing and discipleship that is required for real hope and change in the lives of the people we serve. Many of our program participants and transient guests find regular churches to attend through outreach activities.
Established in 1998, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission began as the Rescue S.O.S. (Survival Outreach Services) meals outreach program to the Valley’s homeless. In 2002, the mission launched the Family Shelter program in a collaborative effort with San Fernando Valley area churches in response to the critical unmet need for year round emergency shelter.
Currently, 50% of the guests who stay at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission are children 12 years of age and younger.
While there are four strong rescue missions serving downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is based in the San Fernando Valley, providing daily services the Valley's homeless population.
Beginning January, 2008 the Family Shelter program moved all shelter operations to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission facility located at 13422 Saticoy Street in North Hollywood, California. Currently, the shelter capacity may accommodate up to 28 people each night. The goal of the program is to develop a plan of restoration for each family, based on their needs for achieving personal growth, employment, housing, and public assistance.
We have recently purchased a school in the San Fernando Valley and will be expanding the mission with housing for families in need. We have just begun this project, and expect it to be completed in the Summer of 2013.
Regardless of what circumstances someone comes to us from, we are here to offer help and hope. With each meal served and each night of shelter provided,we are able to share the love of God and the good news of Christ with those who are hurting and hopeless.