San Diego Rescue Mission

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San Diego Rescue Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and poor men, women, and children in San Diego since 1955.

Contact information

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


Phone: (619) 687-3720


Organization details

EIN: 951874073

CEO/President: Donnie Dee

Chairman: John Fulmer & Lori Clark

Board size: 14


Year founded: 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 rating185 of 84441 of 154
Fund acquisition rating484 of 84486 of 154
Resource allocation rating210 of 84442 of 154
Asset utilization rating137 of 84429 of 154

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$760,796$626,911$658,925$591,457$616,059
Short-term investments$0$0$0$2,266$2,055
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,832,270$3,113,106$3,248,422$3,355,055$4,803,020
Long-term investments$14,282$26,784$27,653$28,245$27,687
Fixed assets$15,908,295$16,279,803$16,755,428$17,306,035$17,544,595
Other long-term assets$507,288$562,772$160,392$55,121$67,014
Total long-term assets$16,429,865$16,869,359$16,943,473$17,389,401$17,639,296
Total assets$19,262,135$19,982,465$20,191,895$20,744,456$22,442,316
Payables and accrued expenses$492,289$285,382$263,597$469,768$552,676
Other current liabilities$98,948$174,954$82,584$99,918$53,913
Total current liabilities$591,237$460,336$346,181$569,686$606,589
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,743,836$1,784,377$1,238,528$1,043,129$945,341
Total long-term liabilities$8,357,820$9,549,283$9,167,126$9,127,515$9,582,255
Total liabilities$8,949,057$10,009,619$9,513,307$9,697,201$10,188,844
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$116,753$61,159$52,572$8,177$4,246
Permanently restricted$0$397,115$397,115$397,115$397,115
Net assets$10,313,078$9,972,846$10,678,588$11,047,255$12,253,472
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$17,219,608$17,095,088$17,045,641$15,535,669$16,740,258
Program service revenue$1,282,699$1,634,783$1,843,645$1,738,673$1,695,879
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$24,000$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$351,173$322,826$528,024$493,889$449,486
Total other revenue$1,657,872$1,957,609$2,371,669$2,232,562$2,145,365
Total revenue$18,877,480$19,052,697$19,417,310$17,768,231$18,885,623
Program services$15,623,899$17,036,737$16,873,325$15,948,131$16,793,656
Management and general$1,015,482$1,108,210$1,298,369$1,136,717$1,175,167
Total expenses$18,616,823$19,846,527$19,785,817$18,974,228$19,754,711
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$260,657($793,830)($368,507)($1,205,997)($869,088)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$260,657($793,830)($368,507)($1,205,997)($869,088)


Donald DeePresident & CEO$167,417

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/21/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Throughout its history, the San Diego Rescue Mission's programs have adapted to meet the changing needs of the men, women and children experiencing homelessness in our city.

The organization's story began in 1954, when a group of San Diego church and business leaders met to address the growing plight of the community's homeless and hungry.

Based on this vision, the City Rescue Mission was founded in 1955 and immediately began providing food, clothing and spiritual guidance to the region'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 homeless 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. Around this time the organization also took a new, innovative approach in seeking long-term solutions to homelessness. This was illustrated in 1988, with the creation of a new program providing education and vocational training to residents in its programs.

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 San Diego Rescue Mission created a new overnight emergency shelter for women and children, Nueva Vida Haven.

In 2004, San Diego Rescue Mission consolidated all its rehabilitation programs into the former Harbor View Medical Center at 120 Elm Street, doubling its capacity to help more people than ever. It was there that Mission Academy was born, continuing the focus on holistic, long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

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