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
PO Box 129
Great Falls, MT 59403


Phone: 406-761-2653


Organization details

EIN: 816014374

CEO/President: James H. McCormick

Chairman: Tom Moore

Board size: 7

Founder: Harold Ross

Year founded: 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 make living here a tremendous challenge. We assist our residence in making long-term goals and planning positive direction for their life.

The Great Falls Rescue Mission provides loving care and spiritual guidance to help the homeless find hope, purpose and a place to belong. For those who are hungry, homeless or in need, the Great Falls Rescue Mission is a Beacon of Hope and renewal, where we are committed to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women and children.

Mission statement

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 rating737 of 817133 of 150
Fund acquisition rating600 of 817106 of 150
Resource allocation rating498 of 81797 of 150
Asset utilization rating794 of 817149 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$23,055$23,309$530,512$982,274$854,795
Short-term investments$142,074$170,323$297,305$518,715$2,929,264
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$190,177$230,906$962,262$4,364,596$3,831,675
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,335,466$1,410,959$929,839$975,012$678,579
Other long-term assets$6,823,038$6,823,038$7,148,345$1,513,566$429,647
Total long-term assets$8,158,504$8,233,997$8,078,184$2,488,578$1,108,226
Total assets$8,348,681$8,464,903$9,040,446$6,853,174$4,939,901
Payables and accrued expenses$172,739$210,714$133,259$69,038$124,270
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$172,739$210,714$133,259$69,038$124,270
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$78,047$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$128,047$100,000$642,796$200,000$0
Total liabilities$300,786$310,714$776,055$269,038$124,270
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$0$655,480$3,758,350$2,261,898
Permanently restricted$25,000$15,000$4,000$0$0
Net assets$8,047,895$8,154,189$8,264,391$6,584,136$4,815,631
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,256,783$3,602,910$4,940,681$6,204,061$3,633,658
Program service revenue$16,593$22,730$19,304$18,507$40,945
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,542$2,495$12,796$57,490$74,609
Other revenue$32,707$26,344$55,780$62,458$93,965
Total other revenue$52,842$51,569$87,880$138,455$209,519
Total revenue$3,309,625$3,654,479$5,028,561$6,342,516$3,843,177
Program services$2,619,506$2,977,358$2,595,948$3,498,985$2,013,452
Management and general$329,036$356,312$371,352$347,651$340,264
Total expenses$3,417,946$3,790,871$3,400,515$4,365,379$2,844,499
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($108,321)($136,392)$1,628,046$1,977,137$998,678
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($108,321)($136,392)$1,628,046$1,977,137$998,678


Jim McCormickExecutive Di$54,942

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/14/2020. To update the information below, please email:


In 1963, a former lumberjack-muleskinner was called by God to start a Rescue Mission in Great Falls, Montana. Harold Ross had just a few hundred dollars of seed money and a vision to partner with the local churches to share Jesus with homeless men. A building was rented in the "skid row" area of town and the Great Falls Rescue Mission began its ministry to the least, the last and the lost. In October of 1973, his dream to purchase a building was fulfilled and the Martin Hotel building at 326 2nd Ave S became the new location of the Great Falls Rescue Mission. The following ten years, the 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 on April 21, 1983. In 1985, a children's ministry was established by Frank King called "The Downtown Kids Club," where he continued to minister until his retirement in 2003. However, the work with at-risk children continued and was led by various Youth Directors the years after his retirement. Between 1985 and 1997 the Lord continued to bless the ministry with additions such as medical clinics, a kid's camp program, a commercial washer, and computer technology. An area in the building was renovated in 1986, which expanded the ministry of the Great Falls Rescue Mission to homeless women. In 2002, the building that had formerly housed the Salvation Army Hospitality House was purchased as the future home of the Women and Family Shelter. The remodeling was completed in 2005 and the shelter was dedicated and opened. Also noteworthy during this time was the development of a Christ-centered recovery program for women- Humbled Hearts Christian Discipleship Program (HHCDP)- and the addition of a Youth Director position. Over 50 years later, the Great Falls Rescue Mission still reaches out to homeless men, women and children. Many changes have occurred over the last 50 years of the Great Falls Rescue Mission Ministry; however, one thing that has not changed is our commitment to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritually, mentally and physically.

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