Great Falls Rescue Mission

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Great Falls Rescue Mission is a non-profit Christian organization committed to serving North Central Montana.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Great Falls Rescue Mission
408 2nd Avenue South
PO Box 129
Great Falls, MT 59403


Phone: 406-761-2653

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 816014374

CEO/President: Jim McCormick

Chairman: Gary Gratz

Board size: 9

Founder: Harold Ross

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The Big Sky Country is a beautiful place.

But for an increasing number of our neighbors, rising unemployment, drugs, alcohol, gambling addictions and a lack of affordable housing can make living here a tremendous challenge. We assist our residents in setting long-term goals and helping them move towards a positive direction in their lives.

At Great Falls Rescue Mission, we meet needs lovingly, and provide spiritual guidance to help the homeless find a purpose and a place to belong. For those who are hungry, homeless, or in need, Great Falls Rescue Mission serves as a Beacon of Hope and renewal. We are committed to meet the spiritual, physical and mental needs of men, women and children.

Mission statement

Great Falls Rescue Mission is a non-profit Christian organization committed to serving North Central Montana. Our mission is transforming the hungry, hurting and homeless through Jesus Christ's love.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. It is our sole authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe that there is only one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19).

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:30, 33), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9), His resurrection (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).

We believe that mankind is lost and that regeneration through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation (John 3:16-19; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

We believe in the complete and eternal salvation of the true believer (Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 2:10).

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost - they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (Daniel 12:1-2; John 5:28-29).

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28; Philippians 2:1-2).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (John 7:37-39; 14:14-17; Romans 8:9-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20).

We believe that God created mankind in His image (Genesis 1:26-28; 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:10).

We believe that God immutably created each person as either male or female (Genesis 5:1-2) and that these two distinct genders reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; Mark 10:6).

We believe that God ordained marriage to be the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur only within this union (Genesis 2:18-25; Romans 1:21-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 18; 7:1-5; Hebrews 13:4).

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its designations, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage from conception through natural death (Psalm 139:14-16).

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct: This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the authoritative Word of God, addresses all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1058 of 1106134 of 140
Fund acquisition rating662 of 110788 of 140
Resource allocation rating1102 of 1107140 of 140
Asset utilization rating1039 of 1106135 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,287$9,669$9,385$21,234$23,055
Short-term investments$640,384$273,242$156,863$133,775$142,074
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$790,377$497,330$281,878$194,526$190,177
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,328,763$1,360,265$1,414,235$1,412,512$1,335,466
Other long-term assets$6,673,038$6,673,038$6,673,038$6,673,038$6,823,038
Total long-term assets$8,001,801$8,033,303$8,087,273$8,085,550$8,158,504
Total assets$8,792,178$8,530,633$8,369,151$8,280,076$8,348,681
Payables and accrued expenses$194,456$133,585$124,777$240,039$172,739
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$194,456$133,585$124,777$240,039$172,739
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$130,025$115,802$67,396$78,861$78,047
Total long-term liabilities$140,025$125,802$344,796$78,861$128,047
Total liabilities$334,481$259,387$469,573$318,900$300,786
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$8,366,928$8,180,477$7,869,569$7,931,167$8,022,895
With donor restrictions$90,769$90,769$30,009$30,009$25,000
Net assets$8,457,697$8,271,246$7,899,578$7,961,176$8,047,895
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,706,463$3,213,284$2,751,730$3,105,159$3,256,783
Program service revenue$2,762$850$6,140$10,754$16,593
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$59,461$6,920$4,220$3,427$3,542
Other revenue$14,908$28,422$66,888$38,743$32,707
Total other revenue$77,131$36,192$77,248$52,924$52,842
Total revenue$3,783,594$3,249,476$2,828,978$3,158,083$3,309,625
Program services$1,639,144$2,194,972$2,063,475$2,428,162$2,619,506
Management and general$1,345,991$343,041$299,302$336,590$329,036
Total expenses$3,473,251$3,012,501$2,849,362$3,213,113$3,417,946
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$310,343$236,975($20,384)($55,030)($108,321)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$310,343$236,975($20,384)($55,030)($108,321)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/3/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1963, a former lumberjack-muleskinner was called by God to start a Rescue Mission in Great Falls, Montana. His name was Harold Ross. With a few hundred dollars and a vision to partner with local churches, Ross set out to share Jesus with homeless men.

A building was rented in the "skid row" area of town and Great Falls Rescue Mission began ministering to those who society viewed as lost. In October of 1973, Ross' dream to purchase a building was fulfilled and the Martin Hotel building at 326 2nd Ave S. became the new home of Great Falls Rescue Mission.

For the following ten years, Great Falls Rescue Mission continued to serve the needy and less fortunate. Due to Harold Ross' declining health, Joe and Judy Thompson were voted as the new Superintendents of the Rescue Mission in April 1983.

In 1985, a youth ministry called "The Downtown Kids Club" was established by Frank King. King continued to minister until his retirement in 2003. Yet, the work with at-risk youth continued, and has been led by various Youth Directors and staff since its beginnings. Between 1985 and 1997, the Lord continued to bless Great Falls Rescue Mission with additions such as medical clinics, a kid's camp program, a commercial washer, and computer technology. In 1986, Great Falls Rescue Mission underwent renovations to expand the ministry to include homeless women.

Due to increasing drug and alcohol use, 1999 saw the need for a Christ-centered Recovery Program for men. Great Falls Rescue Mission took steps to develop a long term recovery program that still exists today called the Christian Discipleship Program (CDP).

The Salvation Army Hospitality House was purchased as the future home of a Women and Family Shelter in March 2002. The building, which was located directly across the street from the old Martin Hotel, underwent a remodel that was completed in 2005. During this time period a Christ-centered recovery program for women was added, called the Humbled Hearts Christian Discipleship Program (HHCDP).

Today, Great Falls Rescue Mission has purchased and renovated a Thrift Store that directly profits Great Falls Rescue Mission programs. The Cameron Family Center is the newest addition to Great Falls Rescue Mission and opened its doors in January of 2017. Between each shelter, Great Falls Rescue Mission has 300 beds, and continues to serve over 350 meals a day to residents and the public.

In the 57 years since Harold Ross was called to start a Rescue Mission, Great Falls Rescue Mission still reaches out to care for homeless men, women and children. Many changes have occurred over the last 50 years. What has not changed is our commitment to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritually, mentally and physically.

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