The Ventura County Rescue Mission is an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance which is a Christian Non-Profit organization ministering to the needs of the less fortunate in Southern California through emergency and long-term rehabilitation services.
The Rescue Mission Alliance has served the homeless for more than 42 years. It has grown from the first location on 6th Street in Oxnard to multiple locations in four counties throughout Southern California. Several distinct programs are offered at multiple locations, which provide a "Full Range of Care" for addressing the needs of the hungry, homeless, and destitute.
While the Rescue Mission Alliance is a Christ-centered organization, we are not a church. We recognize the need to join forces with the local churches of Southern California in order to provide spiritual nurturing and discipleship that is required for real hope and change in the lives of the people we serve. Many of our program participants and transient guests find regular churches to attend through outreach activities.
Since 1972, the Ventura County Rescue Mission has served the poor and homeless, offering hope to thousands of hurting people. It is the longest standing year-round shelter for homeless men in Ventura County.
The mission began providing food, shelter, and clothing to the needy as the Oxnard Rescue Mission. In 1989, its name changed to the Ventura County Rescue Mission to better align with the expansion of services countywide. In 1998, the mission completed a new 125 bed facility to house its emergency shelter and residential substance abuse recovery program. The mission also provides 25 beds of transitional housing for graduates of the residential recovery program.
The Lighthouse for Women & Children, serving homeless single women and women with children, established its Life Recovery program in 1998, offering a transitional living program that included programming for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In December of 2003, the Lighthouse established the Safe Harbor Emergency Care program, which is a year-round emergency shelter that also serves as an overflow shelter when the two domestic violence shelters in the County are full.
Today, with an overall capacity of 100 beds, the Lighthouse offers a complete continuum of care specifically tailored to the needs of homeless women and families by offering shelter, intervention, substance abuse recovery, case management, education, life skills development, vocational training, employment, and transitional housing.
Regardless of what circumstances someone comes to us from, we are here to offer help and hope. With each meal served and each night of shelter provided,we are able to share the love of God and the good news of Christ with those who are hurting and hopeless.