Visalia Rescue Mission

Providing hope & restoration through Jesus Christ

aka VRM   |   Visalia, CA   |  www.vrmhope.org

Mission

We believe God calls us to care for the poor, homeless, abused, and addicted and doing so brings hope to our community. We're grateful for a generous community that links arms with us in reaching those in need and breaking broken addiction cycles, in order to restore lives and families. Since 1981, Visalia Rescue Mission is a faith-based, non-profit organization providing hope and restoration to individuals suffering from homelessness, addiction, and other situations prohibiting independence and self-sufficiency, such as the career limitations caused by a criminal record. We achieve this by providing programs, services and resources to help individuals become stable, thriving members of society.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Mr. Al Oliver

Main address

PO Box 109

Visalia, CA 93279 USA

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EIN

94-2902666

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Our programs

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Homeless Shelters

VRM operates two emergency shelters offered to those in need of a bed and a safe place to stay. The overnight shelter space for men currently houses 52 men each night. All women and children are accommodated (up to 42) at the Shelter of Hope in a separate location. Guests at both shelters receive daily meals at our community kitchen, a bed, and a safe place to store their belongings. They also have access to shower, counseling and case management services onsite. VRM goes beyond simply meeting basic needs to providing resources guests need to get back on their feet, obtain a job and secure permanent housing.

Population(s) Served

Our Life Change Academy is a Christ-centered program focusing on improving the mental, physical and spiritual health of men and women struggling with life issues and chemical dependencies. We offer a one-year residential program with up to thirteen months of apprentice/transitional opportunities.

We use The Genesis Process as its foundational curriculum, which is a systematic program that offers the tools to heal and grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically through:

• Self-discovery
• Understanding addiction
• Scripture memorization
• Individual counseling
• Key thoughts

Population(s) Served

Breakfast (7:00am) and dinner (5:00pm) served daily.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Excellence 2005

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

Nonprofit of the Year 2013

Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

There will always be individuals finding themselves in emergency situations, either due to their own choices or circumstances outside of their control (employment, family, housing, and other issues).

Day after day, we demonstrate *possibility* to our guests and residents; the possibility of different opportunities, habits, family dynamics, sobriety and more.

We will also be here for the "least of these" in our community, offering what's needed and the accountability to see each person's process through to restoration.

1. "It starts with a meal." The old adage is true -- no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Our Community Kitchen is the first step on the staircase of life-change.

2. For individuals finding themselves homeless for the first time, a shelter full of strangers is welcome compared to the dangers of the unknown and dark streets. By providing a bed, shower, laundry facilities and connection to our Case Managers, our overnight guests have the very means to change their immediate situation, and hopefully, their life.

3. For many, a recovery program is needed to not only find sobriety, but the tools to live life on life's terms. Our 12-month Life Change Academy includes room, board, curriculum, counseling, and job-skills training. Upon graduation, there are transitional housing and internship opportunities. Many of our graduates find such relief just by living in community with others just like them.

As a non-profit organization with a 37-year history in the community, we have thousands of active donors supporting us on a regular basis. Also, due to our solid reputation, we have attracted talented leadership, both at a staff and board level.

In 2015, we cut nearly $300,000 from our operating expenses. We have simultaneously streamlined operations -- focusing staff time, energy and resources on our ministry.

In 2017, we served a record number of meals in our community kitchen and accommodated a record number of men, women and children in our overnight shelters.

In the immediate future, we are creating a plan to complete our facilities, in order to best utilize our resources and best serve our guests and residents. Primarily, we are in need of an elevator in our Community Center before we can complete and utilize the second story.

Financials

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Visalia Rescue Mission

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. John Anderson

SinglePoint Outsourcing

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Allen

City of Visalia

Term: 2015 -

Wayne Ingram

Turning Point of Central California

Jay Irvine

FBSciences

Mark Condie

Radiant Church

Steve Biswell

Visalia Produce

Mike DeGroot

Rob Van Grouw

Judy Vannette

Brandon Burton

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Kris Lareau

Office Pride

John Grafton-Cardwell

Jenn Mihalcin