With the support of our community, we offer: Refuge, Recovery and Restoration.
Our programs have been designed to provide homeless men, women, children and families an opportunity, not only to obtain food, shelter and basic life necessities, but also provides a foundation for individual and family restoration by developing a personalized plan based on their needs for achieving personal growth, employment, housing.
Currently, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission provides a variety of programs serving thousands of men, women, children and families including:
* Hearty meals and hot showers to thousands of individuals at eight locations each week.
* Three Thrift stores that not only help fund the missions activities, but provide an economical alternative for clothing and household items for individuals and families
* An emergency family shelter that provides families up to 90 days of warm and safe overnight shelter, a place to shower, and at least two meals per day.
These programs, coupled with individualized outreach and case management, offer individuals and family’s physical and emotional support, as well as the needed resources and training to help better their position in life.
As a weekly front desk receptionist (and occasional dinner host) for the past 2 years I have had firsthand experience of the operations of SFVRM. It is one of the most well-thought out, smart, "a hand-up not a hand-out" non-profits for families experiencing homelessness I have encountered in my many years of volunteering in this field. I was well-trained and well-introduced to SFVRM's program and mission by their caring staff and have always felt valued for my small contribution every time I walk through the door. There is always a staff member (Cassie, Angela, Stephanie, Sarah, Wade, Lulu, Kenna, Amanda, Mel) ready to answer any question or educate me on any current issue with homelessness, as well as support my position at the front desk if I have an issue or question.
SFVRM is a very professionally-run organization and
volunteering at SFVRM is a meaningful and fulfilling experience.
I have been volunteering with SFRM on and off since 2009. I started by serving meals to the guests but also found my niche in working with the children by doing activities with them when their parents were in parenting classes. This is one of the things I love best, that the guests are given opportunities to grow and learn. Many of the guests are single mothers who have never balanced a check book or learned simple life skills and they are being taught that. And while they are, I get to have a blast with their kids. As a mother of young kids I have loved that my kids can join right in. My kids have learned so much because of their time at the shelter and I would like to think that they are more accepting and loving because they have been able to share in experiences like a guest making a craft with us and saying that she will keep it as her birthday present to herself. The staff at the shelter could not be sweeter and more supportive. I get back more than I give every time I visit.
SFVRM has a great program for parents to learn budgeting, prioritizing responsibilities and to assimilate into a working culture. Kids learn to respect adult authority, eating healthy, cooperation witj and compassion for other kids at the shelter. They all learn how important Faith is in the balance of everyday life. Volunteers are blessed by the families that are guests!
The SFVRM Family Shelter is a great place to give back to the community! I have been interning here since May 2017 and have been profoundly impacted by the warmth and dignity which which the shelter conducts its mission. There are so many different opportunities for every type of volunteer and skill set. From reception to childcare, the shelter has a perfect place for you to give your time!