Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission

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At the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, we are changing our cities one life at a time starting with the homeless men, women and children in our care. At the Mission, we are more than a shelter. The Mission provides a full-scale Life Recovery Program that not only meets a person's basic needs but also provides them with the tools needed for a complete life transformation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission
901 McNeil Street
PO Box 3949
Shreveport, LA 71101-3949


Phone: 318-227-2868

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237050551

CEO/President: Pastor Larry Otwell

Chairman: Ben Bethard

Board size: 8

Founder: Rev. R.G. Jones

Ruling year: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Pursuing the passion of Jesus Christ to lift up the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted is what the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission is all about. We are on a mission to change our cities one life at a time. This is accomplished only by a caring community that supports the work of our Life Recovery Program. Together, we are provide homeless individuals with permanent solutions to ending homelessness and poverty with a complete recovery of body, mind, and spirit.

Mission statement

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission exists to pursue the passion of Jesus Christ to lift up the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1048 of 1096141 of 145
Fund acquisition rating930 of 1098133 of 145
Resource allocation rating1093 of 1098145 of 145
Asset utilization rating745 of 1096109 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$33,396$26,038$12,074$0$0
Short-term investments$2,898,167$1,623,629$1,138,008$1,125,398$1,045,562
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,398,187$3,263,294$2,287,298$2,045,768$1,785,582
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,238,156$3,307,228$3,498,817$3,586,391$3,699,824
Other long-term assets$23,301$23,301$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,261,457$3,330,529$3,498,817$3,586,391$3,699,824
Total assets$6,659,644$6,593,823$5,786,115$5,632,159$5,485,406
Payables and accrued expenses$11,700$11,717$27,586$24,450$13,312
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$11,700$11,717$27,586$24,450$13,312
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$23,301$23,301$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$718,868$801,175$883,896$984,255$1,080,247
Total liabilities$730,568$812,892$911,482$1,008,705$1,093,559
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$5,929,076$5,780,931$4,874,633$4,573,454$4,341,847
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$50,000$50,000
Net assets$5,929,076$5,780,931$4,874,633$4,623,454$4,391,847
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,076,530$2,069,976$1,733,032$1,539,543$1,645,149
Program service revenue$107,698$133,172$155,666$164,672$192,354
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$40,487$187,488$32,714$53,379$28,364
Other revenue$39,081$207,120$191,819$282,356$356,683
Total other revenue$187,266$527,780$380,199$500,407$577,401
Total revenue$2,263,796$2,597,756$2,113,231$2,039,950$2,222,550
Program services$828,300$810,983$881,515$899,188$1,318,805
Management and general$684,584$658,303$633,601$642,043$447,827
Total expenses$1,928,922$1,826,181$1,852,425$1,882,405$2,095,342
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$334,874$771,575$260,806$157,545$127,208
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$334,874$771,575$260,806$157,545$127,208


Larry OtwellExecutive Dir.$74,550

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1955 Rev. R.G. Jones and some Christian businessmen founded the Shreveport Rescue Mission for the purpose of providing overnight shelter and a gospel service for men passing through Shreveport. The first Mission was located at 2016 Texas Ave. for five years. It quickly became a sign of hope and help, not only for transient men, but for local homeless, hungry and hurting citizens as well. As the homeless population grew, the Mission relocated in 1961 to a larger facility at 2033 Texas Avenue, providing additional beds and services to homeless men.

For several years, a superintendent and a secretary conducted the day-to-day operations of the Mission. Many of these leaders and their families lived on the premises and personally provided services to the residents. In 1988, Rev. R. Henry Martin became the Executive Director and a new era began for the Mission. The name was changed in 1992 to Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to reflect an increased scope of services. As needs and services increased, staffing grew annually to handle more specialized areas - social services, operations, office management, and development.

Due to increased unemployment in North Louisiana, the need for homeless services only increased. The number of homeless in this area grew substantially over the past decade.

To meet the needs in our community, the Texas Ave. facility was remodeled and expanded, a thrift store was established to help finance the Mission's work, a Christ-center recovery program was instituted, staffing grew, and a new 154-bed facility was built at 901 McNeil St. in Shreveport to address the growing need to also assist women and families with children. A medical and dental clinic was built at the new facility to provide free care to guests.

In 2015, Pastor Larry Otwell joined the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission as General Manager. Prior to the coming to work for the Rescue Mission, he was the owner of Cornerstone Disposal and is currently serves as the Street Pastor at Riverpark Church. In 2016, Pastor Otwell was appointed as Executive Director. Under Pastor Larry's leadership, the Mission has established a full scale Life Recovery Program for men and women to go beyond meaning our guests' basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter but to also provide a complete healing to our guests of body, spirit, and soul. Under the Life Recovery Program, guests are given courses in Christian foundation, essential life skills, addiction recovery, and case management. In addition, Pastor Larry established the Mission's first Vocational Training Program to prepare our guests for the workforce.

Program accomplishments

In one year...

629 men, women & children
5,800 hours of classes
55,000 meals
28,500 nights of shelter
3,500 medical & dental services
28,000 vocational training


The Rescue Mission relies heavily on individuals, organizations, businesses and churches to supply its operational needs. Donations are always needed and always welcomed!