San Diego Rescue Mission

The information on this page was last updated 9/21/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Since 1955, the San Diego Rescue Mission has been providing meals, shelter, clothing, education and job-skills training for men, women, and single parents with children experiencing homelessness.

Contact information

Mailing address:
San Diego Rescue Mission
PO Box 80427
San Diego, CA 92138


Phone: (619) 687-3720

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951874073

CEO/President: Donnie Dee

Chairman: John Fullmer

Board size: 13

Founder: Church and business leaders

Ruling year: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


To see God transform the lives of those experiencing homelessness, impacting San Diego one life at a time.

Mission statement

To lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating312 of 110436 of 140
Fund acquisition rating648 of 110584 of 140
Resource allocation rating287 of 110529 of 140
Asset utilization rating316 of 110435 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$810,737$478,893$510,510$760,796$626,911
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,646,421$7,116,436$5,603,756$2,832,270$3,113,106
Long-term investments$5,186,283$2,785,544$1,562,389$14,282$26,784
Fixed assets$26,199,385$17,193,703$17,890,466$15,908,295$16,279,803
Other long-term assets$6,162,370$2,948,408$1,160,971$507,288$562,772
Total long-term assets$37,548,038$22,927,655$20,613,826$16,429,865$16,869,359
Total assets$42,194,459$30,044,091$26,217,582$19,262,135$19,982,465
Payables and accrued expenses$678,553$552,258$621,772$492,289$285,382
Other current liabilities$153,205$137,680$134,368$98,948$174,954
Total current liabilities$831,758$689,938$756,140$591,237$460,336
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,813,568$1,741,816$1,909,216$1,743,836$1,784,377
Total long-term liabilities$22,616,280$8,741,816$9,217,529$8,357,820$9,549,283
Total liabilities$23,448,038$9,431,754$9,973,669$8,949,057$10,009,619
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$15,131,518$20,351,345$16,074,772$10,196,325$9,514,572
With donor restrictions$3,614,903$260,992$169,141$116,753$458,274
Net assets$18,746,421$20,612,337$16,243,913$10,313,078$9,972,846
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$26,277,060$22,121,413$16,591,433$17,219,608$17,095,088
Program service revenue$91,534$713,641$609,354$1,282,699$1,634,783
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$25,274$1,876,495$6,086,822$24,000$0
Other revenue$509,731$219,441$228,236$351,173$322,826
Total other revenue$626,539$2,809,577$6,924,412$1,657,872$1,957,609
Total revenue$26,903,599$24,930,990$23,515,845$18,877,480$19,052,697
Program services$23,636,176$17,464,856$14,374,933$15,623,899$17,036,737
Management and general$1,284,020$1,045,161$1,178,954$1,015,482$1,108,210
Total expenses$28,262,444$21,113,283$17,676,371$18,616,823$19,846,527
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,358,845)$3,817,707$5,839,474$260,657($793,830)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,358,845)$3,817,707$5,839,474$260,657($793,830)


Donald DeePresident & CEO$195,877
Edvin LikuVP of Operations$108,598
Michelle SmithVP of Development$104,285

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/21/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Throughout its history, the San Diego Rescue Mission has established itself as a city leader on the issue of homelessness in San Diego. While our programs and services have adapted and evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the men, women and children experiencing homelessness in our city, our focus on faith, integrity compassion and excellence have remained the same throughout the decades.

Our story began in 1954, when a group of San Diego church and business leaders, lead by Arnold Theisen, met to address the growing plight of the community's homeless and hungry.

With a resolve to meet the growing need, the City Rescue Mission was founded in 1955 and immediately began providing food, clothing, and spiritual guidance to our city's homeless. In 1958, this soup kitchen expanded its services to include short-term shelter and services for up to 85 men. Two years later, the Mission made history by opening the first shelter for women and children in San Diego County.

As city redevelopment efforts intensified in the mid-1980s, the number of people experiencing homelessness grew to a crisis level. Once again, the Mission (now known as the San Diego Rescue Mission) responded by opening a new and much larger facility for men at 1150 J Street in 1985. During this time, the organization also took a new, innovative approach in seeking long-term solutions to homelessness by the creation of a new program providing education and job training.

In 1993, the purchase and renovation of buildings on South 16th Street allowed the San Diego Rescue Mission to open a new Women and Children's Center. In 2000, the Mission created a new overnight emergency shelter for women and children, Nueva Vida Haven, to address the growing population of families in need. Nueva Vida Haven continues to serve 60 women and children nightly.

In 2004, the San Diego Rescue Mission had the opportunity to consolidate all its rehabilitation programs under one roof. The former Harbor View Medical Center on 120 Elm Street would become the Mission's permanent home. This move would more than double its capacity to serve men, women, and children in need.

It was here at 120 Elm Street, that Mission Academy, our year-long residential program, was born. This program deepened the focus on long-term recovery and rehabilitation by creating a trauma-informed, holistic approach to service. In 2015, a state-licensed, no cost preschool was established to serve children ages 2-5 years old experiencing homelessness. This preschool continues to be the only one of its kind in San Diego County.

In 2020, the Rescue Mission partnered with Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside, officially establishing Bread of Life as our North County Center. With the vision to impact homelessness county-wide, the Mission is now exploring new opportunities to deepen and expand their efforts throughout the county.

Today, the San Diego Rescue Mission serves thousands of men, women, and children each year through our no-cost, Christ-centered programs with the goal of keeping people off the streets - permanently.

Program accomplishments

Your impact in 2022

Served 230,190 meals

Offered 74,194 nights of shelter

Provided 107,640 hours of job training

Provided 11,281 hours of counseling

Donated 3 million pounds of food

Distributed 11,000 homeless care packs

Offered 39,940 hours of early childhood education