San Diego Rescue Mission

San Diego Rescue Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and poor men, women, and children in San Diego since 1955.

Our History

Throughout its history, the San Diego Rescue Mission’s programs have adapted to meet the changing needs of San Diego’s homeless and needy populations.

The organization’s story began in 1954, when a group of San Diego church and business leaders met to address the growing plight of the community’s homeless and hungry.

In 1993 the purchase and renovation of buildings on South 16th Street allowed the San Diego Rescue Mission to open a new Women and Children’s Center. In 2000 the San Diego Rescue Mission created a new overnight emergency shelter for women and children, Nueva Vida Haven.

In 2001 the organization’s commitment to excellence was acknowledged by the state of California when its Men’s Center became only the second licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for the homeless in San Diego County. 3 years later in 2004, San Diego Rescue Mission consolidated all of its rehabilitation programs into the former Harbor View Medical Center at 120 Elm Street, doubling its capacity to help more people than ever.

New programs continued to be developed over the next 10 years to meet clients’ needs like Therapeutic Services, Transitional Housing, and the Haven of Hope Preschool. But our work is far from done. Learn more about our programs here and find out how you can help!

Our Mission

To lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.

Our Values

To see God transform the lives of those experiencing homelessness, impacting San Diego one life at a time.

What We Do

Our programs include:

Emergency Shelter for Women and Children: This is the only nightly drop-in, emergency shelter for women and children in San Diego County. We care for them 365 days a year.

Men’s Center: The 12-month state-licensed residential rehabilitation program provides the tools, training and spiritual foundation to transform their lives.

Haven of Hope – Women and Children’s Center: This 12-month residential program helps get families back on their feet, kids back in school, and hope back in their lives.

Haven of Hope Preschool: Our licensed Preschool serves children experiencing homelessness ages 2-5, where they can heal, begin healthy development, grow a love for learning, and begin their relationship with Jesus.

Therapeutic Services: We offer a team of Case Managers and Therapists who offer support, care, and clinically sound services to individuals, families, and children as part of our holistic approach to care.

Transitional Housing: A 12 month, transitional housing program for single men, women and women with children that addresses their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; with a focus on developing skills to be self-sufficient and successful.

Job Training: This 12 month training program will allow clients to develop skills, gain in-classroom certifications, receive internships with local businesses and find stable employment.

Spiritual Training: Our Spiritual Training program provides Devotions, Chapel, Pastoral Care, and One-on-One Discipleship so that our clients are supported as they grow in their faith and build long-lasting, healthy relationships.

Partners for Hunger Relief: We collect millions of pounds of surplus food per year to use & distribute to local non-profits providing hunger relief for those beyond our walls.

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