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San Diego Rescue Mission exists to spread the good news of salvation through Christ by serving the needs of the poor, addicted, abused, and homeless, thus improving the quality of their lives. We believe in the inherent worth of every homeless man, woman, and child, and provide rehabilitation and discipleship programs that lead to permanent change and independent living.
The oldest program of its kind in San Diego, the San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors in 1955 in an abandoned building on "G" street. Following our evening chapel services, coffee and doughnuts were served to a crowd of 25 men. Forty-four years and three relocations later, the San Diego Rescue Mission has grown to help thousands of men, women and children get back on their feet. Through valuable programs like "One to One" counseling, drug recovery and relapse prevention, and continuing education, the San Diego Rescue Mission reaches out to hurting people with real solutions. Over the years, our approach has remained the same: Provide hope to the helpless through the transforming power of Jesus Christ. At the very heart of everything we do, Jesus remains the center. The San Diego Rescue Mission has 4 core programs encompassing in-depth services for lasting change: The Men's Center houses both the 12-month recovery program for up to 200 homeless and addicted men, and our Street Services outreach to needy men, women, and children. Long-term programs for women and women with children are housed in our Women and Children's Center along with Nueva Vida Haven, our emergency shelter.