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 2018 we saw the number of men, women and children housing bed nights increase by 33% overall. We have seen this increase because many of our guests have decided to pursue life changes by attending counseling, finding employment, and continually working on improving their life. When our guests commit to these types of life changes, we allow our guest to stay with us at the shelter for a longer period of time. For those who choose to remain stagnant in their homelessness or addiction, VRM remains patiently committed with the hope they will be one day ready for change. Click on the image below to see our complete 2018 impact statistics.


YOU have the power to help with your gift! 

  • $2.05 provides a hot, nourishing meal

  • $16.00 shelters someone overnight 

  • $42.00 gives the classes, counseling, work-training and care people need to get back on their feet 

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

Our Giving Policy:

Visalia Rescue Mission is committed to being a good steward of the resources we are given. We will work diligently to use donations financial or otherwise for the specific project or purpose they were donated for. However, if there are excess funds or in-kind contributions at the completion of a project they will be used in client service areas with the greatest need or sold in our thrift department.