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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: San Diego Rescue Mission exists to spread the good news of salvation through Christ by serving the needs of the poor, addicted, abused and homeless and thus improving the quality of their lives. We seek to serve the whole person - mind, body, and spirit, in order to help them break the cycle of homelessness and recover the life God intended for them. The Mission provides 3 basic programs - Men's Long-Term Recovery Program; Long-term recovery for women and women with children; and Nueva Vida Haven, our emergency overnight shelter for women with children.

Programs: Thrift store ministry:the organization operates four thrift stores located in north park, national city, san diego, and el cajon. The thrift stores offer "gently" used clothing, sports equipment, furniture, and other household items for sale. All items in the thrift stores have been donated by people and businesses from throughout the san diego community.

partners for hunger relief:partners for hunger relief is a program of the sdrm which was formed to bolster food recovery efforts in san diego and serve a broad base of agencies and people. The sdrm has developed a successful system of locating, recovering and distributing donated food. This food is not only enjoyed by sdrm program members, but a large percentage of this is shared at no cost with a network of nonprofit feeding programs and food pantries throughout san diego.

men, women and children's sevices:three programs within the men, women and children services:mens center:the residential program is designed to incorporate biblical principles into the lives of believers, empowering them to live victoriously through christ. Practical life skills and bible classes are taught to transform men to both live independently in our society and to depend fully on jesus christ. Nueva vida haven:opened in response to the increasing need for emergency shelter services for homeless families. Each night, up to 60 women and children turn to nueva vida haven for a warm, safe place, a place to shower and get clean clothes, and a nutritious breakfast. Women and children's center:a long term treatment community program designed to incorporate biblical principles into the lives of residents, empowering them to live sober and victorious lives through jesus christ.

recuperative care unit:the recuperative care unit ("rcu")program addresses the critical need of housing supportive services for homeless individuals requiring post-hospital medical attention. The rcu offers up to 28 patients a safe and supportive environment, meals, oversight of medical treatment, and follow-up care with a typical stay of 1-14 days depending on their needs. The program is partially supported by revenue generated from agreements with hospitals to provide post-hospital recuperative care for specific individuals. The program also helps patients establish elibibility for public benefits and works to secure them long-term housing.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 3

The increase in the number of homeless never ceases to amaze me. I gave to this organization as I don't always feel comfortable giving to the individuals soliciting funds on the street. Donating to an organization will effect the most change and ease my conscience.

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Rating: 5

People helping people. Please read about our great day.
By, Natasha Rowles on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 8:01pm.Today I took our children, Chloe & Cameron Rowles to the San Diego Rescue Mission located in downtown S.D to donate our collection of clothes, shoes, books, games, backpacks & toys to help the homeless men, women & children. They shelter indiviguals & families for the night or one of their year programs. We were given a tour by an "Angel" named Mark Lagace. This man took the kids & I through a complete tour of their building which included seeing how people are processed & helped get their lives in a positive direction. I almost fell to tears as I saw the night emergency room that housed 117 women & children the night before. I don't know how they made the room for everyone. The kids & I saw an extremely small room with rows of cots on the floor for the children & bunk-beds lining the walls for the women. They have a seperate portion of the building for men so that everyone "feels safe". Mr. Lagace asked the kids what they thought the average age of someone who is homeless was. The kids were shocked to find out that it was 9 years old. Chloe's age! He took us through all the floors & we got to meet some mothers & little children in the 1 year program. Their smiling faces told us everthing. It told us that they have hope for a better life & that Jesus was there. They talked with us about the school that the children attend & that many donations are made. One lady was so proud that her son got to go to a Padre game. The halls are decorated with pictures that the children have made. They all have a common theme, Jesus. As we walked through the shelter I saw our children's emotions change from being sorda nervous to proud smiles. Mr. Lagace spent over an hour with us on this tour. He had a great way of explaining to the kids all about what the help does for people, why people would need it & how people can become homeless. I think we all need to see what this is all about. It really makes you apprieate what you have. I know that our kids did today. We are planning to return in October to attend a Graduation Ceremony for for the families in the 1 year program to cheer them on! Today was a great day. God is good. I'm glad that there is still good people on this Earth who help others. Take a look at their website. Maybe you & your families can help too. The Rowles Family supports the S.D Rescue Mission. We want to thank Mark Lagace & his staff for their warm welcome today. We are your new friends. God bless.



Rating: 5

I had a chance to help the Mission organize a fundraising event, Sleepless In San Diego. I was able to bring in a top designer who created a beautiful logo and then secured web domains for the cause. The event was a big success and is now an annual event in San Diego and other cities. The work the Mission does is unique in San Diego and I am delighted to have played a small part in their success.