Visalia Rescue Mission

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Founded in 1981, we are a faith-based, non-profit organization celebrating 37 years of service to Tulare and Kings County homeless, formerly incarcerated, and those struggling with addiction. We are funded entirely by donations from local organizations, businesses, and individuals.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Visalia Rescue Mission
PO Box 109
Visalia, CA 93279


Phone: 559-740-4178

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 942902666

CEO/President: Al Oliver

Chairman: John Anderson and Michael Allen

Board size: 13


Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

We believe the 66 Books of Bible to be the only true Word of God.

We believe in the One True God who is revealed in the Scriptures as three co-equal and con-substantial Persons, namely, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the truly human and truly divine, Son of God.

We believe the historical death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only payment and remedy for sin.

We believe that all human beings are made in the image of God, yet because of the rebellion of humanity, all are born sinful, rebellious, and radically estranged from God and are in need of redemption and reconciliation with God.

We believe that men and women are saved by personal faith and trust in the resurrected and living Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who works His will in the world and in the daily lives of Believers.

We believe in one true universal Church of Jesus Christ.

We believe in the bodily, visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth who will save His own and to judge and rule the universe in righteousness.

We believe in the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ which is the power of God to save forever all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating63 of 102514 of 154
Fund acquisition rating440 of 102772 of 154
Resource allocation rating69 of 10278 of 154
Asset utilization rating40 of 10258 of 154

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,021,704$1,253,651$788,238$942,872$601,942
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,497,305$1,659,818$1,242,352$1,080,898$1,041,055
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,667,650$2,723,401$2,759,375$2,779,168$2,942,897
Other long-term assets$81,011$81,823$77,577$74,784$68,712
Total long-term assets$2,748,661$2,805,224$2,836,952$2,853,952$3,011,609
Total assets$4,245,966$4,465,042$4,079,304$3,934,850$4,052,664
Payables and accrued expenses$28,985$91,005$84,104$133,558$131,022
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$28,985$91,005$84,104$133,558$131,022
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$640,500$523,078$650,317$646,616$1,160,775
Total long-term liabilities$640,500$523,078$650,317$646,616$1,160,775
Total liabilities$669,485$614,083$734,421$780,174$1,291,797
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$3,472,105$3,711,162$3,266,270$3,072,079$2,694,872
With donor restrictions$104,376$139,797$78,613$82,597$65,995
Net assets$3,576,481$3,850,959$3,344,883$3,154,676$2,760,867
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,075,196$5,208,319$5,448,438$4,596,509$4,489,091
Program service revenue$2,701,959$2,664,990$2,476,049$2,362,518$1,950,675
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,299($756)($3,401)$142,259$239
Other revenue$173,061$380,146$203,381$447,634$554,249
Total other revenue$2,876,319$3,044,380$2,676,029$2,952,411$2,505,163
Total revenue$7,951,515$8,252,699$8,124,467$7,548,920$6,994,254
Program services$7,296,786$6,793,534$7,012,144$6,264,547$5,899,298
Management and general$507,964$551,104$558,465$628,052$609,726
Total expenses$8,225,993$7,746,623$7,934,260$7,155,111$6,852,107
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($274,478)$506,076$190,207$393,809$142,147
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($274,478)$506,076$190,207$393,809$142,147


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/12/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.

VRM experienced a decrease in the percentage of overnight shelter guests during the year 2020, a decrease of about 64% or 682 people. The decrease in our numbers were mainly due to COVID restrictions. These restrictions limited the number of overnight shelter guests the Visalia Rescue Mission was able to accommodate. As COVID restrictions eased, VRM saw the number of overnight shelter guests increase by 23% or 87 people in 2021. We believe the number of overnight shelter guests will eventually return to 2019 levels. Visalia Rescue Mission is working hard to follow CDC guidelines as well as improve our facilities in order to safely accommodate more overnight shelter guests. Throughout the years, VRM has witnessed life change in many of our shelter guests. 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.

Program accomplishments

2021 Impact Statistics
93,684 kitchen meals served
470 shelter guests served
14 life change academy graduates
868 case management counseling services