Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

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Santa Barbara Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 and has been helping the homeless and addicted in our community for over 50 years. The Rescue Mission will serve 140,000 meals, provide safe shelter to 200 men and women each night and graduate over 30 people from its 12-month Residential Recovery Program.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
535 East Yanonali St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3103


Phone: (805) 966-1316


Organization details

EIN: 956134271

CEO/President: Rolf Geyling

Chairman: Joyce McCullough

Board size: 14

Founder: Chuck and Mary Pope

Year founded: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


We envision people who are:

Experiencing the love of God,

Becoming healthy,

Living as productive citizens,

Rebuilding relationships, and

Leading others to recovery.

Mission statement

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is a ministry of Christian people bringing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to all who struggle with homelessness and addiction.

Statement of faith

The following is a "Statement of Faith" subscribed to by the board of directors and the staff at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God.

2. We believe there is one triune God, eternally existing as Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is deity, that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death, victory through his bodily resurrection, and that He will come again in power and great glory.

4. We believe that people are saved through a direct personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This event we hold to be experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whom Christ indwells each believer, enabling him or her to live a Godly life of obedience as he or she reaches for maturity.

6. We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the Church.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating932 of 940160 of 160
Fund acquisition rating889 of 942156 of 160
Resource allocation rating908 of 942156 of 160
Asset utilization rating818 of 940146 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,184,815$928,957$1,663,960$1,933,169$2,705,318
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,805,951$2,540,979$5,270,429$4,400,198$3,833,128
Long-term investments$425,085$425,085$425,085$425,085$425,085
Fixed assets$2,569,006$9,638,035$4,471,973$4,382,419$4,329,101
Other long-term assets$7,423,401$593,036$350$1,050$500
Total long-term assets$10,417,492$10,656,156$4,897,408$4,808,554$4,754,686
Total assets$12,223,443$13,197,135$10,167,837$9,208,752$8,587,814
Payables and accrued expenses$170,717$1,313,080$161,259$205,703$149,415
Other current liabilities$138,200$24,140$23,700$20,700$19,750
Total current liabilities$308,917$1,337,220$184,959$226,403$169,165
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,625,000$939,357$925,000$925,000$925,000
Total liabilities$1,933,917$2,276,577$1,109,959$1,151,403$1,094,165
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$6,446,435$7,672,312$3,577,561$3,464,676$3,551,812
With donor restrictions$3,843,091$3,248,246$5,480,317$4,592,673$3,941,837
Net assets$10,289,526$10,920,558$9,057,878$8,057,349$7,493,649
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Total contributions$3,566,990$3,623,802$3,327,662$2,935,335$3,457,259
Program service revenue$71,942$96,536$276,428$258,797$250,796
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($1,371,322)$50$50$71($6,445)
Other revenue$259,305$31,025$67,454$33,810$25,728
Total other revenue($1,040,075)$127,611$343,932$292,678$270,079
Total revenue$2,526,915$3,751,413$3,671,594$3,228,013$3,727,338
Program services$2,044,173$1,808,469$1,877,633$1,827,515$1,822,313
Management and general$379,303$294,709$339,340$323,918$311,118
Total expenses$3,158,710$2,674,297$2,671,065$2,664,313$2,757,627
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Surplus (deficit)($631,795)$1,077,116$1,000,529$563,700$969,711
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($631,795)$1,077,116$1,000,529$563,700$969,711


Rolf GeylingExec Director$130,233
Timmothy MolloyFinance Director$79,090

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

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 4/18/2021. To update the information below, please email:


1965 Chuck and Mary Pope opened the first Mission at 405 State Street, offering the Gospel and hot meals to 35 of Santa Barbara's destitute homeless. The tiny storefront Mission included bunks for six and a small apartment upstairs for the Popes. Two hundred people from area churches dedicated the Mission on New Year's Day.By the spring of 1965, the Mission was "bursting at the seams," providing as many as 225 meals a day. Many responded to Chuck's invitation to "start a brand new life in Christ."

1966 The two story El Nito Hotel at 202 State Street was purchased, enabling the Popes to seat 125 individuals in the chapel, 40 individuals around the dinner table and up to 40 individuals in the bunkroom. This purchase also created room for 12 program residents men who served the homeless while recovering from their own drug and/or alcohol addictions.It was at this time that the recovery model took form. Service to the homeless became fundamental to personal healing and recovery, while daily house chores (such as cooking, maintenance, cleaning, etc.) helped to establish needed discipline and structure.

1985 City building inspectors enforced new fire codes and cut authorized occupancy levels in half, just as demands for rescue services were doubling. After much prayer, Herb Jauchen, architect Brian Nelson, and planner Jim Staples launched a building campaign in the face of fierce opposition.

1986 Miracle on Yanonali Street. One acre was purchased from the city during an era of severe "no growth" politics. However, as the new facility would have five times more capacity, and would offer a much-needed women's and children's shelter, and an employment training center, the city finally approved the project. The over two million dollar capital project was financed exclusively by private, non-government donations.

1987 The men's three-story facility opened in March of 1987.

1988 The men's three-story facility was completed and dedicated. Chuck Pope supervised the training of 150 homeless men during construction of the Mission. Carpentry, plumbing, roofing, painting, floor covering, and many other valuable trade skills were taught in a Christian, sober environment. Although work remained, the building was ready for occupancy. Matt and Mary Magill replaced retiring Chuck and Mary Pope as Directors of the Mission.

1990 Bethel House Women and Children's facility opened offering 30-day transitional shelter services concurrently with a long-term drug and/or alcohol recovery program.

1992 The Learning Center began offering professionally supervised tutoring and mentoring. Using computer-enhanced educational software, residents began to decrease often severe literacy deficits while learning employable computer skills. State examiners reported that Mission GED candidates "are exceptionally well prepared." Both program retention and graduation rates DOUBLED.

1994 Professional Christian counseling was added as a therapeutic treatment feature of the Recovery Program. MFCC and CADAC credentialed counselors were made available to supervise staff and recovering residents alike. Architect Brian Nelson was retained as Interim Administrator.

1995 Joe Gosset was hired as President of the Mission.

1997 The newly expanded Women's Recovery Program facility opened in December, providing a 32-bed recovery residence. The kitchen, dining room, expanded Learning Center and counseling center also were completed at this time.

1998 In June, the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs issued a license to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission to operate a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility the first licensed Rescue Mission in state history. This license certifies that the Mission meets or exceeds state health and safety requirements. This license, however, does not hinder the Mission from continuing its faith-based, Bible-centered curriculum. The Career Development Office opened, offering professional assessment, counseling, employment search, skill training, and placement services for clients in the fourth phase of the recovery program.

1999 Joyce Karl was named Interim President, following the resignation of Joe Gosset in September.

2001 Steen Hudson was hired as President of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

2004 The Mission received national recognition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) for its outstanding drug and alcohol treatment program. After touring the Mission, Dr. Westley Clark, Director of SAMSHA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in Washington, D.C., stated that the Mission's recovery program was one of the finest in the nation.

2005 The Women's Recovery Program moved to a new facility located at 24 West Arrellaga Street. In a ceremony on May 20, attended by Mayor Marty Blum and Councilmember Das Williams, the new facility was dedicated as the Leni Fe Bland Bethel House. The Mission also expanded its work to address the growing need for outpatient treatment. Individuals in the community now have the opportunity to access a day treatment at a level specifically designed to accommodate their work and family schedules. Confidential Outpatient Services are now offered at the Yanonali site.

2006 The Mission opens the Sober Living Club providing safe, secure transitional housing in a supportive environment for men in recovery.

2007 Rolf Geyling is named the new President of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. The State of CA Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs certified the 12-month Residential Treatment Program.

Program accomplishments

35 graduates with transformed lives

140,000 meals served annually

200 men and women sheltered nightly