Restoring Faith, Hope, and Family across the Treasure Valley since 1958.

aka Boise Rescue Mission Ministries   |   Boise, ID   |

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EIN: 82-0259387


Boise Rescue Mission Ministries reaches out to the community by teaching the Word of God and providing food, shelter, clothing, and opportunities to recover from homelessness for men, women, and children in need.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 1958, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has provided every opportunity for men, women, and children to recover from homelessness. Our goal is to break the cycles of poverty and addiction and see people be all they were created to be.

Ruling year info



Rev. Bill Roscoe

Main address

PO Box 1494

Boise, ID 83701 USA

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Subject area info

Substance abuse treatment

Homeless shelters

Homeless services

Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls

Men and boys


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NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Boise Rescue Mission Ministries (BRMM) is to teach the word of God and provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, medical care, education and job-search assistance for men, women and children in need. BRMM meets the basic needs of homeless people by providing food, shelter, and clothing, as well as effective programs to assist individuals in recovery from homelessness.

Our programs

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

Emergency Services

Providing basic necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter, counseling, job search assistance to men, women and children in need.
It is our policy to never turn down anyone for food or shelter due to lack of space.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

This 12 to 24-month addiction recovery program provides discipleship, accountability, and a Bible-based curriculum designed to help participants learn to live clean and sober, allowing them to become Christ-centered, self-sufficient members of the community.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Mental health assessment, individual counseling and group counseling sessions.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Boise Rescue Mission’s Work Search Program connects homeless individuals with the skills needed to obtain and keep jobs, earn a livable wage, and make healthy financial choices.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

The Veterans Ministries Program (VMP) works in partnership with the Boise Veterans Administration Hospital, the V.A.’s Homeless Programs, the V.A.’s Substance Abuse Residential Recovery Treatment Program and local mental health service providers to offer a comprehensive recovery program that addresses the multiple challenges homeless veterans face. The VMP focuses on four key areas of supportive services to assist each veteran in transitioning back into the community as stable, healthy and independent. Treatment components are: Case Management, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Employment, Vocational, and Advocacy Services.

Population(s) Served

Designed specifically to meet the complex needs of low-income and homeless children from birth to 17 years old, the Children’s Program provides the children staying at City Light with education, healthcare, case management and comprehensive services as required by their individual needs. The program immediately benefits children staying at City Light by caring for their physical needs. Some children arriving with their mothers have had only one meal over a two-day period. The Children’s Program serves a highly vulnerable population: low-income and homeless children who are highly susceptible to hunger, poor health (physically and mentally), neglect, abuse and poor academic performance. The Children’s Program works to address these issues by ensuring that each child receives three nutritious meals and healthy snacks daily; quality medical and mental healthcare; and after-school educational assistance, including one-on-one tutoring. City Light staff also work closely with their mothers, providing one-on-one mentoring as well as parenting classes to help ensure their children continue receiving quality care after they leave. In the long-term, BRM believes a child’s greatest opportunity to escape poverty is by receiving an education. By providing homeless children with academic assistance and cultural enrichment (including music lessons, summer camps, field trips, college tours, etc.) the Children’s Program is equipping and empowering the children to hope and strive for a brighter future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

At the Rescue Mission's Recovery Lodge, we provide safe shelter and short-term recuperative support for medically fragile homeless men, women and children.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Cradle of Hope provides a safe haven for moms and babies in crisis and unplanned pregnancy situations, addressing specific needs to strengthen the family, restore a confident personal identity, and revive a culture of life, tradition, and hope for this and future generations.

-Emergency supplies
-Reliable, safe housing
-Transportation to and from doctor appointments
-Family planning resources and education
-Ongoing fallback support after finishing the program
-Referrals to community resources
-Mental health counseling
-Opportunity to attend Rachel's Vineyard post-abortive counseling retreat

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls
Pregnant people

Where we work


Non Profit Making a Difference Community Service Award 2008

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Integrity Counts for Non Profits 2008

Better Business Bureau

Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility 2009

Alfred P. Sloan

Outstanding Non Profit 2010

Idaho Hall of Fame

Best Non Profit to Work For (Ranked 7th Nationally) 2011

Non Profit Times

Torch Award for Nonprofit Integrity 2013

Better Business Bureau

Nonprofit Excellence Award 2015

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Purple Award 2016

National Guard Family Program

Torch Award for Nonprofit Integrity 2019

Better Business Bureau

Top Workplaces in Idaho (10th) 2021

Idaho Press Tribune

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2013

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) 2013

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) 2013

National Coalition of Homeless Veterans 2013

Our results

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

Average number of service recipients per month

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Average number of meals served per month

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to help homeless men, women and children gain skills to stop the cycle of poverty and addiction in order to become independent.

Treat each homeless guest as an individual and help them with immediate and root needs.
Continually evaluate the impact of programs by looking at retention rate, etc.
Learn and cooperate with other non profits to provide well rounded services.
Provide recovery programs, education, medical respite programs to help men, women, and children get back on their feet again.

BRM operates three facilities in Boise and two in Nampa that provide the following:
River of Life (Boise) provides 166 emergency shelter beds, 36 beds for men in the long-term recovery program, and 54 beds for the transitional housing program. River of Life also accommodates up to 25 men in the Veterans Ministries Program. The River of Life kitchen serves over 500 meals daily.
City Light (Boise) provides 102 beds for emergency shelter, 30 beds for single women and single mothers with children in the one-year recovery program, and seven apartments for single mothers in the transitional housing program. City Light can accommodate up to 4 women in the Veterans Ministries Program. A Safe House" also serves up to eight women and children who are fleeing situations of domestic violence.
Valley Women and Children's Shelter (Nampa) provides 60 beds for emergency shelter for women and children as well as nutritious meals. Clothing and job assistance are also available.
Ministry Center (Boise) provides food, clothing and household items to local outreaches, such as churches and thrift stores, who distribute the items free of charge to those in need.
*Rescue Mission Recovery Lodge provides safe shelter and short-term recuperative support for medically fragile, homeless men, women, and children.
*The Next Step, Curtis Road: A Transitional Christian Community provides 58 units of transitional housing and even more opportunities for individuals and families to have a fresh start living in an independent, safe, and stable environment. Our Transitional Living Program offers people the ability to establish a work history, develop a resume, earn money to pay off debts, or clean up their credit history.

Since 1958, Boise Rescue Mission has grown from a small soup kitchen and a few cots to being the largest provider of homeless services in Southwestern Idaho. Boise Rescue Mission serves over 60% of the homeless population in the state of Idaho. In 2023, 215,627 meals were served to the hungry, 46,184 articles of clothing were given out, and 105,517 warm beds were provided to homeless men, women and children. The Mission also assisted 225 men and women to move from our shelters into their own housing. In addition to this impact 4,355 volunteers served 20,847 hours with Boise Rescue Mission. Our hope is that Boise Rescue Mission will continue to serve anyone in need in the Treasure Valley.

How we listen

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Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2023 2022-2023 Audit 2022 2021-2022 Audit 2021 2020-2021 Audit 2020 2019-2020 Audited Financials
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25.08 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 7.6 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 25% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of BOISE RESCUE MISSION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $5,436,662
As % of expenses 63.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,096,854
As % of expenses 57.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $14,014,138
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 1.3%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.7%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $8,566,668
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 64.1%
Professional fees 0.3%
Occupancy 5.2%
Interest 0.1%
Pass-through 15.8%
All other expenses 14.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $8,906,476
One month of savings $713,889
Debt principal payment $402,143
Fixed asset additions $464,474
Total full costs (estimated) $10,486,982

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021
Months of cash 7.6
Months of cash and investments 7.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.5
Balance sheet composition info 2021
Cash $5,430,688
Investments $61,777
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,415,144
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.4%
Unrestricted net assets $15,061,961
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $354,149
Total net assets $15,416,110

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021
Material data errors No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rev. Bill Roscoe

Bill Roscoe is an ordained minister and has served as associate pastor in two congregations. Roscoe is a Vietnam Veteran and a member of: Vietnam Vets of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion; Association for Non-Profit Professionals; Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Association for Mentally Ill and the Boise Kiwanis.
Life Philosophy: Where there is life, there is hope. Understanding the root causes of homelessness has led me to believe and practice that recovery from homelessness requires a multi-faceted approach. Issues of chemical dependency, alcoholism, untreated mental illness, PTSD, academic and/or employment barriers, spiritual disconnect and anti-social personality issues must be identified and addressed to allow long-term recovery to occur. This Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach to addressing homelessness has proven very successful in bringing people to wholeness.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/12/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Freeman Ron

Bill Roscoe

Boise Rescue Mission

Cathie Martin

Sandy Dalton

Tom Wilford

Bill Bahney

Ron Freeman

Ryan Martin

Michael Armstrong

Bruce Gestrin

Dave Hills

Brian Faulks

Terry Ivey

Sharon Poppell

William Laska

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable