Bay Area Rescue Mission

Fighting Homelessness. Changing Lives.

aka Bay Area Rescue Mission   |   Richmond, CA   |


Loving our homeless and hungry neighbors without limits since 1965.

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Bramwell Begonia

Main address

PO BOX 1112

Richmond, CA 94802-0112 USA

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Formerly known as

Richmond Rescue Mission



NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 56 years, the Bay Area Rescue Mission serves impoverished and homeless men, women, and children 365 days of the year. Put simply, our goal is to end homelessness and hunger poverty in the Bay Area. Since the spread of COVID-19, we have seen a two-fold increase in the number of hurting and homeless men, women, and children knocking on our doors. Homeless and low-income people in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties already struggle with acquiring needed resources. With many residents living in poverty with limited access to regular health care, the coronavirus has been another threat to their health and well-being. Specifically, 1-in-5 neighbors live in poverty, with an estimated 3,500 are chronically homeless in Contra Costa County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bay Area Rescue Mission

Established in 1965, the Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) exists to love without limits its neighbors experiencing homelessness. Committed to Fighting Homelessness and Changing Lives, BARM cares for the whole person.

For the body: food, shelter, and medical services. For the hands: job skills training in culinary arts, construction, and more. For the mind: GED certification, financial literacy education, legal assistance, and more. For the heart: counseling and, most importantly, compassion.

Located in the heart of Richmond, California, BARM refuses to surrender to the idea that poverty is here to stay, empowering the community to bend the curve through its Hunger Relief Services, Life Transformation Program, Emergency Shelter, and Center for Women and Children.

"[BARM] is a gem in our community. It's a place where people experiencing homelessness can have a safe place to lay their headsand people who are caring to get them back on their feet." Chief French, Richmond Police

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Victims of crime and abuse
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Pounds of food distributed.

Number of meals served or provided

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, At-risk youth, Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of therapy hours provided to clients

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hours of counseling and classes.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Bay Area Rescue Mission exists to bring immediate and lasting change to the lives of homeless and needy people and empower them to change their world. Our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and empower self-sufficiency for the guests we have the honor to serve.

1) Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
To break the perpetual cycle of homelessness, we provide a modern, safe, loving, and nurturing environment that builds the confidence that many homeless people lack to change their current situation. Many of our guests have years of destructive behavior, bad life-choices, or unaddressed life-trauma; we meet them where they are when they come to us. Through our core values of compassion and understanding, we convey that they are valued, despite their past mistakes. Our holistic one-year program teaches our guests their best investment is in themselves.

2) Creating Self-Sufficiency
Restoring dignity and self-worth through physical, mental, spiritual, educational, job, and life-skills training will enable the homeless to break free and become self-sufficient and productive society members.

As a person overcomes the challenges of homelessness and transitions back into society, they become contributing members of our community. Benefits of this transformation include:
• A greater percentage of tax dollars allocated to general public needs
• Safer, more beautiful and comfortable parks and public spaces
• More attractive business neighborhoods
• Increased property values
• Decrease in crime rate

The Bay Area Rescue Mission addresses the specific and unique needs of the homeless through a full range of unified, interdependent recovery services and programs – an effectively proven system to restore or transform the whole person.

Current Programs and Activities

1) Men, Women, and Children's Life Transformational Programs
Guests who are long and short-term clients benefit from our comprehensive Multi-Dimensional Continuum of Care and Wraparound Services model to address and assess the root causes of their homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and hopelessness.

Our 'end-to-end' model includes all participants receiving:
• An individualized recovery plan with benchmarks and measurable goals
• Individual and group counseling sessions with certified chaplains
• Life-skills classes and focus groups address legal issues, finances, self-esteem, job preparation, parenting, social interaction, and other elements
• GED preparation, literacy training, computer classes
• Client referrals to community and government agencies
• Transitional housing and aftercare services
• Assistance in securing permanent housing
• Support for furthering education
• Transitional Housing
• Family court advocacy
• Extensive interaction with classroom teachers
• And More

2) Emergency Shelter
Protection from street life hazards is essential to our guests' health and state of mind, especially for women with small children.

Emergency Services include:
Stabilizing crises by providing immediate intervention to men, women, and children by providing:
• Nutritious meals (x3 per day)
• Shelter in a clean, safe environment
• Free clothing and hygiene items
• Counseling and case management and referrals to other services
• On-site medical and dental services

3) Culinary Arts Training
Our Culinary Department offers on-the-job training, a college degree in Culinary Arts, and career opportunities in the food and hospitality industry. Contra Costa College has a satellite campus at our facility to register and hold classes for college program members.

4) Mobile Outreach
Our mobile outreach team goes to homeless encampments, bringing food, hygiene kits, clean clothing, and blankets to chronically homeless people, which has many military veterans. We connect, build trust, and inform about the resources available at the mission.

5) Community Events
Our Back-to-School Celebration and Backpack Giveaway events allow us to partner with local corporate organizations. It is a family-friendly environment to provide encouragement and supplies for the school year. Every Christmas, we sponsor a toy drive and toy distribution to acknowledge the reason for the season. We also sponsor community holiday meals and have volunteer opportunities for the public. Finally, we have Thanksgiving and Christmas Giveaway supplying thousands of food bags to the needy– a Bay Area Rescue Mission tradition upheld for over 40 years.

“As Contra Costa County’s largest provider of social services, the Bay Area Rescue Mission affords many of our residents with the opportunity and encouragement necessary to support themselves and their families.” – John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor.

Our Shelter is open 24/7, 365 days of the year to reach our goal to end homelessness. We provide:
- Short-term emergency beds for 114 homeless women and children, and 130 beds for men
- Life-changing long-term recovery programs for as many as 239 homeless women and children
- Transitional housing for program graduates
- A safe, loving, and nurturing environment for homeless individuals to rebuild their lives
- Food, clothing, and other essential items to our at-risk neighbors through our warehouse

To fight against hunger poverty, we've served over one million meals given to families and individuals in 2020 – a 41% increase over 2019. We are giving over 3000 meals per day. Compare that to 1000 meals given out the previous year.

Our guests work with in-house licensed counselors and local 12-step and behavior health partners to assist healing and prevent relapse. Our thorough assessment of our intakes formats a comprehensive and holistic individualized program. For guests with a history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or human trafficking, our staff will connect them with law enforcement, district attorney, or any non-profit that specialize in the healing and protecting such victims. We work intensively with child protection services. As such, we have a 99% success rate for mothers who had a child removed from custody who regained custody.

A core value to our care is proactiveness towards the needs of the guests we have the honor of journeying with. For guests with a mental health diagnosis, we work with an on-site therapist and a team-focused approach to offer the path to recovery to the individual. Our team is very successful at assisting adolescents who are displaying suicidal isolation and attempts. Once the crisis is intervened, and an appropriate support method is put in place, both the adolescent and their mother/father/guardian can achieve stability.

The following information is powerful evidence of lives changed for the better.

In 2020, the Bay Area Rescue Mission had:
- 1,200,000 meals given – (100,000 a month meals given away)
- Nights of Shelter 82,125
- Annual Hours of Counseling 89,645
- Hours of Job Training 7,920
- 1,000 backpack giveaways to children heading to school
- 1,000 Thanksgiving Box giveaway to families in the community
- 400 Christmas Box giveaways to families in the community

Our goal is to expand our program to meet the Bay Area's needs and serve the most vulnerable in our neighborhood. With unemployment skyrocketing, the cost of housing rising, and many businesses going under in 2020, people need our help more than ever. One of our exciting projects in the works is our new 10,000 square foot Centre for Women and Children, offering 114 new beds built by November 2021. We will continue being unrelenting in commitment and dedication to our community's hurting people.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Bay Area Rescue Mission

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Bay Area Rescue Mission

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Mike Lubcyik

Board co-chair

Matt Henry

Bram Begonia

President/CEO, Bay Area Rescue Mission

Carol-Ann Laughlin

Secretary, Board of Directors

Andy Santamaria

Board of Directors

Karl Jones

Board of Directors

Jeff Wright

Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors

Mike Lubcyik

Chairman, Board of Directors

Matt Henry

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Eric Davis

Board of Directors

Michael MacDonald

Board of Directors

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/20/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.