Los Angeles Mission

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We seek to help those who have been abused and neglected to find a better life. We seek to help those who have become addicted to understand their addictions, to expect physical healing and to live in ways that are healthy to soul, mind and body. We:

Provide residential and non-residential Christian discipleship programs designed to address addictions and abuse by offering spiritual and physical tools to overcome addiction and live healthy, productive lives.

Give tangible help including gift-in-kind donations of food, clothing and shelter to those who are homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless. We provide and partner to offer emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing.

Utilize a virtual network of connected relationships where persons are cared for and supported by mentors and friends using internet communications and cutting-edge technology.

Support and encourage literacy, education and training for employment as the equipping means for self support and stabilization. We work to assist those for whom a self-sustaining lifestyle is beyond their abilities.

Advocate for a future where homeless individuals are loved and cared for while at the same time expected to work towards self-sustaining futures.

Teach people to live in healthy, supportive relationships, which provide for spiritual, emotional and physical support with personal accountability.

Create opportunities for donors and volunteers to experience making a personal difference in the lives of the people who seek help from the Mission.

Empower our staff and partners to participate side by side in collaboration of support for those in need.

Aspire to provide an environment in which staff, students, alumni, donors and volunteers are not afraid to have fun. We foster the ability to choose an attitude of laughter, joy and greatness, and desire living life to its fullest every day.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Los Angeles Mission
PO Box 54059
Los Angeles, CA 90054

Website: losangelesmission.org

Phone: 213-629-1227

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 953134049

CEO/President: Troy Vaughn

Chairman: Randy Hess

Board size: 11

Founder: I.L. Eldridge

Ruling year: 1997

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


Los Angeles Mission strives to be a world leader among Missions that provide for the poor, restore the addicted and eliminate homelessness.

We see each individual as a spiritual person of worth and dignity and worthy of assistance in their journey. Our vision is to see individuals and families set free from addictions and homelessness, transformed by God to become physically and spiritually healthy; educationally equipped to participate in society and sustain housing; and encouraged to create relationships of love and service to others. We seek to help those who have been abused and neglected to find a better life. We seek to help those who have become addicted to understand their addictions, to expect physical healing and to live in ways that are healthy to soul, mind and body.

Mission statement

Los Angeles Mission breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty, by stabilizing people in a safe and spiritual environment, connecting them to solutions and walking with them on their journey.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating976 of 1031138 of 145
Fund acquisition rating1000 of 1032145 of 145
Resource allocation rating1018 of 1032144 of 145
Asset utilization rating536 of 103187 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,316,382$9,880,108$10,442,519$9,760,694$7,122,085
Short-term investments$943,911$2,593,830$4,513,514$2,729,482$833,257
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,838,398$12,846,467$15,459,264$14,741,681$8,693,489
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$18,647,732$18,752,058$19,122,976$19,821,540$20,244,169
Other long-term assets$187,570$185,901$176,241$160,999$1,997,618
Total long-term assets$18,835,302$18,937,959$19,299,217$19,982,539$22,241,787
Total assets$30,673,700$31,784,426$34,758,481$34,724,220$30,935,276
Payables and accrued expenses$744,234$995,947$1,067,606$857,183$873,531
Other current liabilities$83,396$0$10,000$80,000$15,000
Total current liabilities$827,630$995,947$1,077,606$937,183$888,531
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,488$7,488$7,488$7,488$8,013
Total long-term liabilities$4,730,537$4,953,843$6,154,068$5,938,833$6,113,289
Total liabilities$5,558,167$5,949,790$7,231,674$6,876,016$7,001,820
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$13,867,669$15,619,711$16,577,185$17,424,572$16,255,139
With donor restrictions$11,247,864$10,213,925$10,949,622$10,423,632$7,678,317
Net assets$25,115,533$25,834,636$27,526,807$27,848,204$23,933,456
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$13,559,794$11,695,088$13,144,076$11,950,936$12,890,267
Program service revenue$117,331$111,091$150,627$148,067$282,612
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$33,648$216,460$185,363$1,914,959$34,350
Other revenue$340,472$257,653($58,058)$11,505($74,847)
Total other revenue$491,451$585,204$277,932$2,074,531$242,115
Total revenue$14,051,245$12,280,292$13,422,008$14,025,467$13,132,382
Program services$9,163,155$8,361,193$8,537,488$8,070,219$8,887,266
Management and general$1,278,125$1,410,366$1,371,254$1,188,990$1,023,045
Total expenses$14,770,353$13,972,453$13,882,445$12,983,643$13,580,202
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($719,108)($1,692,161)($460,437)$1,041,824($447,820)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($719,108)($1,692,161)($460,437)$1,041,824($447,820)


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Founded in 1936, the Los Angeles Mission is a non-profit, privately supported, faith-based organization that serves the immediate and long-term needs of homeless and disadvantaged men, women and children. The Mission is among the nation's largest service providers to the homeless.

Reverend I.L. Eldridge founded the original Mission in 1936. During its early years, the Los Angeles Mission was located at three different addresses, and moved to 443 South Los Angeles Street in 1949, where it operated until January 1992. The current 156,000-square-foot facility, located at 303 East 5th Street, opened on January 21, 1992. A deeper history of our neighborhood can be found in this article from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

The Mission has been successful through the efforts of great leaders who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of helping the homeless. Such leaders have been Dick Willis (First Chairman of the Board, 1977-1996), Reverend Mark Holsinger (Executive Director, 1977-1995), Reverend Mike Edwards (Executive Director, 1996-2000), Ron Gonzales (President, 2000-2001), Marshall McNott (President, 2001-2006) and Herbert Smith (2006-2020). Currently the vision of the Los Angeles Mission is upheld and led by Pastor Troy Vaughn, President/CEO. Because of the guidance and direction of both current and past leaders, the Mission is fulfilling its mandate to reach those who are destitute and alone.

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