Our Mission: Partnering with Central California to serve the poor and those in need with the love and power of the gospel of Christ, so they may become God-dependent and contributing members of
their community.


Visalia Rescue Mission (VRM) is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals and families in Visalia and the greater Central Valley for the past 37 years.  The Mission was established in 1981 by a group of community members as an overnight shelter and soup kitchen for the homeless in Visalia.  Today, it has become the county’s largest privately-funded non-profit organization addressing the complicated issues of poverty, homelessness, and recovery.  The Mission has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.  As we ease the suffering of hurting individuals and help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency, we build up individuals and families in the community and as a result, the whole community benefits.  All services and programs are provided free to all individuals and we are funded entirely by donations from individuals, local organizations, churches, businesses, and foundations in our community. 

In 2017, we saw the number of men, women and children coming to us for shelter increase by 73% overall. While the reasons for this are many, we are committed to providing a safe and clean environment in which our guests can begin the case management process. Some guests in need of recovery enter our Life Change Academy, while others gain employment or reconcile with family. For those who choose to remain stagnant in their homelessness or addiction, VRM remains patiently committed with the hope they will be one day be ready for change. Click on the image below to see our complete 2017 impact statistics.


YOU have the power to help with your gift! 

  • $1.92 provides a hot, nourishing meal

  • $11 shelters someone overnight 

  • $18.32 gives the classes, counseling, work-training and care people need to get back on their feet 

So imagine how many peoplewill be helped by your most generous gift today!