Rescue Mission Alliance

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The Rescue Mission Alliance is a Christian Non-Profit organization ministering to the needs of the less fortunate in Southern California through emergency and long-term rehabilitation services.

The Rescue Mission Alliance has served the homeless since 1972. It has grown from the first location on 6th Street in Oxnard to multiple locations in four counties throughout Southern California. Several distinct programs are offered at multiple locations, which provide a "Full Range of Care" for addressing the needs of the hungry, homeless, and destitute.

While the Rescue Mission Alliance is a Christ-centered organization, we are not a church. We recognize the need to join forces with the local churches of Southern California in order to provide spiritual nurturing and discipleship that is required for real hope and change in the lives of the people we serve. Many of our program participants and transient guests find regular churches to attend through outreach activities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Rescue Mission Alliance
PO Box 5545
Oxnard, CA 93031-5545


Phone: (805) 487-1234

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237278002

CEO/President: Dave Chittenden

Chairman: Jim Owens

Board size: 7

Founder: Charles and Mary Pope

Ruling year: 1973

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Our Vision: Clients seek us out.
Employees are proud to work for us.
Volunteers are eager to serve with us.
Donors prefer to give to us.
Customers enjoy shopping with us.

Mission statement

With the support of our community we offer:

Refuge - Food, shelter and clothing for those in need.

Recovery - Biblically based programs to minister to the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

Restoration - Equipping people to lead productive and independent lives.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God.

We believe the Apostles' Creed is a truthful statement of Biblical faith.

We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is deity, that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and that he will come again in power and great glory.

We believe that people are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This event we hold to be an experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer, enabling them to live a godly life of obedience as they reach for maturity.

We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the church.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating200 of 110424 of 140
Fund acquisition rating441 of 110555 of 140
Resource allocation rating530 of 110558 of 140
Asset utilization rating64 of 11048 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,147,883$1,094,084$1,669,416$1,064,214$906,698
Short-term investments$1,759,548$0$0$0$9
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,331,084$6,460,157$6,747,746$5,471,759$4,034,992
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$21,017,601$22,043,340$19,724,007$20,010,589$20,371,982
Other long-term assets$175,080$30,151$29,351$28,970$28,970
Total long-term assets$21,192,681$22,073,491$19,753,358$20,039,559$20,400,952
Total assets$25,523,765$28,533,648$26,501,104$25,511,318$24,435,944
Payables and accrued expenses$1,277,198$1,096,962$1,324,457$1,097,789$871,360
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,277,198$1,096,962$1,324,457$1,097,789$871,360
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,575,562$2,647,052$495,990$2,969,565$2,501,671
Total liabilities$3,852,760$3,744,014$1,820,447$4,067,354$3,373,031
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$21,114,494$24,695,050$24,096,709$21,385,468$20,987,412
With donor restrictions$556,511$94,584$583,948$58,496$75,501
Net assets$21,671,005$24,789,634$24,680,657$21,443,964$21,062,913
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$28,478,408$27,274,830$30,112,686$27,162,102$27,930,904
Program service revenue$91,890$60,220$105,450$110,171$122,788
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$55,620$352,948$31,220$1,174$1,787,201
Other revenue$480,692$548,014$697,644$89,917$486,051
Total other revenue$628,202$961,182$834,314$201,262$2,396,040
Total revenue$29,106,610$28,236,012$30,947,000$27,363,364$30,326,944
Program services$25,823,964$22,843,029$23,224,597$22,952,512$22,254,054
Management and general$3,694,954$3,170,696$2,617,369$2,235,270$1,970,363
Total expenses$32,225,239$28,127,035$27,710,307$26,982,313$26,140,041
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($3,118,629)$108,977$3,236,693$381,051$4,186,903
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,118,629)$108,977$3,236,693$381,051$4,186,903


David ChittendenPresident, CEO, CFO and Treasurer$269,229
Clayton CoatesChief Ministry Officer$196,535
Lydia PrendizV.P. Human Resources$169,345
Doug OttenCOO$166,304
John W BraineTreasurer and CFO (part year)$165,309
Troy WestDirector of Trift Stores$133,313
David PrenticeDirector SFVRM (part year)$100,361

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/4/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The Rescue Mission Alliance began with the vision of Charles and Mary Pope. After helping to start the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, they felt the need for a similar ministry in the Oxnard area. In 1972, with the cooperation of several local businessmen and pastors, they formed a board of directors, obtained loans, and incorporated the Oxnard Rescue Mission on July 6.

In September 1989, the mission's name was changed to Ventura County Rescue Mission to better align with the scope of its countywide services. The Ventura County Rescue Mission is the longest standing shelter for the homeless in Ventura County. Today, the mission has more than 175 beds.

After 20 years of service to the community, on an early Sunday morning in July 1992, a fire broke out in the main dormitory. Through God's grace, no lives were lost and no one was injured, though the fire destroyed the men's dormitory. With the support of the community and faithful donors, the mission was able to construct a new, larger building, which was in full use by July 1998.

Growth in existing programs and development of more programs and services to the homeless in bordering Los Angeles County led to the formation of the Rescue Mission Alliance on August 4, 1997.

Recognizing the need for services for families and for women and children, the Rescue Mission Alliance started the Lighthouse for Women & Children in Oxnard and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in 1998. To further meet the needs of the hungry, the Valley Food Bank was established in 2001 to serve the hungry in the San Fernando Valley. In August 2003, Central Coast Rescue Mission came under the wing of Rescue Mission Alliance, and in February 2008, the Victor Valley Rescue Mission joined the Rescue Mission Alliance family. In 2015, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission completed construction and moved into a new 90-bed facility in Northridge.

Today the Rescue Mission Alliance provides a safe haven for men, women, and children who are in desperate need of food, clothing, shelter, and support to resolve hunger and homelessness across Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino Counties. Through its wide range of services - a food bank, three emergency shelters, five residential recovery programs, transitional housing, and job training - we support clients in need and help them lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. Every night of the year, the Rescue Mission Alliance provides housing for up to 411 homeless individuals and families.

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