Housing, Shelter

Midnight Mission

This is the day...to transform lives

Los Angeles, CA


To be the premier provider of life changing services to people experiencing homelessness in Southern California. The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step recovery programs, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. We remove obstacles, and provide the accountability and structure that the people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success defines us.

Ruling Year


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. G. Michael Arnold

Main Address

601 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014 USA


AA, NA, 12 step, Homeless Shelter, Emergency Services, Domestic Violence, Soup Kitchen





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Health Support Services (E60)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Homelessness is a national issue and a very local on. In Los Angeles County, there are approximately 60,000 individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness. Many live on the streets or in their cars or in temporary shelters. The cost of living, particularly the cost of rent or owning a home, is one of the highest in the country in the Los Angeles area. Many individuals are only one paycheck away from becoming homeless. There is also the issues of substance abuse and mental health that cause people to have broken relationships with family, with employers and with government.There is no one reason that people become homeless but many need assistance to get back on their feet, find a job and then move into permanent housing. The problem cannot be solved only by government programs. It needs the cooperation of non-profits, like the Midnight Mission, churches and the private sector to be successful and sustainable.

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Our programs

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

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Emergency Services, Recovery and Aftercare Programs

Courtyard in Orange County

HomeLight Family Living

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Midnight Mission exists to offer a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who are experiencing the effects of homelessness. Our programs are developed to offer a compassionate bridge to achieve and maintain healthy and productive lives. We remove obstacles and provide accountability and structure that the people who are experiencing homelessness need to be productive in their lives and in their community. Our goal is to work with each individual that comes to us for services and design and individualized plan that will lead them out of homelessness into permanent housing and then deal with any of the other issues in their lives that they might be facing like drug addition or mental health issues.

We serve all who come to The Midnight Mission with empathy and respect. Our goal is always to listen and to help. We offer the 12-Step approach to recovery from homelessness and recovery from substance abuse disorders. We offer those in need emergency services which often includes meals, showers, bathrooms, a safe place to sleep, and hygiene needs. We partner with other agencies to find access to housing, medical needs, counseling, education, training and workforce development.

The Midnight Mission has track record of over 100 years of service to those experiencing homelessness. We have facilities located in the city of Los Angeles, Inglewood and in Orange County to house almost 700 people. We have a good base of support that include government grants, individual donors, foundations and corporations. We have a robust network of agencies that we partner with to provide a wide range of services for the people we serve. Our front-line staff are trained in dealing with those affected by homelessness and we employ "trauma informed care" in all our approaches to dealing with people who come to us for assistance. Our staff have a passion to serve those in crisis. We are committed to total quality in all the work we do. We also have the administrative support structures to be leaders in the areas of finance, fund development and human resources.

Our progress indicators include: 1. The number of people we successfully place in permanent housing 2. Number of students who complete education programs including achieving a GED 3. Number of people completing certifications through our on-line education programs 4. Number of people who are placed in full-time or part-time employment 5. Number of people assisted by our community outreach programs 6. Number of people who improve physically through our Healthy Living Program 7. Number of families who are reunited with their children through our HomeLight Family Living Program 8. Number of families that move into permanent housing and who stay in housing successfully for 2+ years.

For over 100 years, The Midnight Mission has been assisting people experiencing homelessness and dealing with some of the most needy people in society. Each year we serve over 1 million meals to men, women and children who are limited in their capacity to provide food for themselves. We house over 700 people each and every night of the year in our three locations. Our recovery program has seen thousands of men and women move on to permanent housing and jobs. Our partnerships with other agencies means that we can make referrals to those who need the help we cannot provide and we follow up with those people to be sure their needs are met. In the future we would like to expand our family program (HomeLight) to serve more families in need. We would also like to expand our services for homeless women, because the numbers of women on the street continue to increase. We also see the need for special services to the elderly homeless population, particularly elderly women who are very vulnerable living on the streets of Skid Row.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?