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About the Mission

Thanks to the prayers and support of our dedicated friends, God is using the Fresno Rescue Mission to change the lives of men, women, and children in desperate need. Learn more about the work we are doing in the community.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Fresno Rescue Mission endeavors to glorify God by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the least, the last and the lost in our community.

Our Vision

Recognizing the teachings of Jesus; that the least, the last, and the lost will always be in our midst, we will partner with the Christian community, social service agencies, businesses, families, and individuals to meet the spiritual and physical needs of all men, women, and children in our community.

Our Values

  • Christ-centered by treating the least, the last, and the lost with love and compassion.
  • Hope shared through God’s Word and plan of salvation.
  • Relationships established, valued, and nurtured.
  • Integrity paramount in all that we do and are.
  • Service given through stewardship and servant hood.
  • Totally committed to loving others as Christ loves us.

Our History

The Fresno Rescue Mission was founded in 1949 as a non-profit, Christ-centered, evangelical charitable organization with the purpose of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our area’s destitute. The Mission was born out of a vision by the Rev. Clifford Phillips, a prayer meeting, the “Fisherman’s Club,” and the loving and concerned hearts of many local Christians.

Our Leadership

“And the Lord said to him: ‘I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.’” 1 Kings 9:3 (NKJV)

We are blessed to have a team of devoted, godly men who serve on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Rescue Mission and the Fresno Rescue Mission Foundation. They are godly individuals who hold our staff and the Mission’s ministries accountable to God’s vision, and who bathe us in prayer regularly. They are a policy board, meaning they focus on the larger issues. They serve to keep our ministry’s purpose, goals, and Mission Statement in sync, trusting ministry Directors to lead in the day-to-day decisions. They delegate with clarity, and rigorously evaluate fiscal challenges. They consider community needs in response to economic realities. They evaluate our accomplishments and/or setbacks using a standard of excellence as the ultimate mark.

Someone once asked what it takes to become a member of this highly esteemed board. The answer? These are individuals called by God to serve, and they have a love for Jesus! They trust the Lord with every aspect of their lives. They turn to Him daily in prayer for strength and wisdom, and they commit their expertise, their gifts, and their talents to wholly serve Him.

Steve Ocheltree – Chairman — Ocheltree CPA
Jim Mosqueda, Vice-Chairman — General Manager, Sanitary Stainless Welding, Inc.
Robert Abrams, Treasurer — Attorney, Pascuzzi, Pascuzzi & Stoker
Leonel Alvarado — Owner, Century Builders
Vito Brugetti — Pastor, The Worship Centre Church
Matthew Dildine — Attorney, Dowling Aaron Inc.
Ken Jorgensen — Attorney 
Daral Kennedy — Retired
Steve Pearson — CPA
Lonnie Petty — President, Strategic Mechanical
Emil “Butch” Rusconi — Retired Farmer
James Sullivan — Retired, Chevron Oil

Like our Board Members, our Lead Staff has also been called by God to serve here at the Fresno Rescue Mission. Many of them have left high-paying careers and corporate successes to follow God’s will and live out their calling in the field of rescue, ministry, and service. Each person on our team brings their unique expertise and experiences into their ministries, and raises them to levels of excellence to wholeheartedly serve our community.

Don Eskes — Chief Executive Officer
Pastor Rob Cravy — Chief Operating Officer
Randy Bresee — Chief Financial Officer
Deborah Torres — Chief Development Officer
Phillip Roberts — Director, Food Services
Rev. Bud Searcy — Director, The Academy
Pastor Jay Carroll — Director, Community Care
Sandra Patel — Director, Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift Store and Cars
Karen Gutilla — Director, Community Engagements
Priscilla Robbins — Director, Rescue the Children, Women and Children’s Programs

Employment Opportunities

The Fresno Rescue Mission is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Fresno County. Our purpose in serving the community requires great faith that God will lead gifted, Christ-centered men and women into this field of ministry. Followers of Christ who are called to the same purpose and mission: to help The Fresno Rescue Mission in our endeavors to glorify God by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the least, the last, and the lost in our community.

Is God calling you? If you are being led to enter a field of endless possibilities — where your gifts and talents are valued, challenged, and rewarded — explore the current career opportunities at the Fresno Rescue Mission.

Our Facilities

The Fresno Rescue Mission has several locations used for ministry purposes. The Fresno Rescue Mission owns all of these locations except for our Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift Store and Cars, which is a leased space.

Main Campus

The main campus consists of approximately 10 acres, located at 310 G Street, Fresno, CA — just south of Ventura. There is currently space and plans for expansion of services. This location houses the following:

  • Administrative Offices
  • Food Services
  • Chapel Service
  • The Academy (see below)
  • Warming Center (Emergency Shelter during inclement weather, extreme heat, and extreme cold.)

Community Care

This campus is located at 315 G Street, Fresno, CA. This location houses the following:

  • The Fresno Medical Respite Center, which provides men and women who are recovering from medical treatment or surgery with a place to stay and care during their recovery.
  • The Sobering Center, which gives intoxicated men and women a safe place to “sleep it off” without having to go through the time and cost involved in booking them into the County Jail.
  • Emergency Overnight Stay allows for single men, single women, women with children, men with children, or families to have a secure place to have rest when they first come to us in need. We provide one night of comfort and safety, leading to a next-day meeting with a case manager to help assess each person’s needs (either through a Mission ministry/program, or referral to another agency better-suited to meet that need.)


The Academy, our 18-month residential rehabilitation and recovery program for men, is located at 310 G Street, Fresno, CA — just south of Ventura.

Academy Transitional Apartments

These apartments house men enrolled in The Academy Program who have completed the first 12 months of their program, have obtained employment or are in school full time, and are single (location is confidential for the protection of the men).

Rescue the Children, A Community of Faith, Hope and Love

2320 W. Weldon, Fresno, CA 93705 (Clinton/99)  < New Street Address
Directions:  West on CLINTON, across the 99 overpass  > Left on VASSAR St. (frontage road) > Right on PLEASANT St. > Left on WELDON>       DOWNLOAD MAP

Rescue the Children is a protected, secure environment that provides emergency and long-term services to at-risk, abused, homeless, or previously incarcerated women or women with children. This location houses the Transforming Life Community, our 12-18 month residential program for women and women with children.

The campus also serves as a test location for women referred through Fresno Medical Respite Center and for Next Steps resources. The selection for these ministry needs is based on oversight and our ability to meet the expected need at the time services are requested. When we are unable to meet the need well, we partner with other community agencies to meet the needs.

Mission at the Mission

Mission at the Mission is one of our newest ministries (it began in 2013) and is located in our old Craycroft Youth Center facility at 335 G Street, Fresno, CA. It serves as a retreat center, event center for groups and churches, weekend getaway, and so much more!

Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift Store and Cars

The Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift Store and Cars is located at 181 E. Sierra, Fresno, CA 93710. This location serves as a thrift store, car lot, and a vocational training center for our program participants and our Next Steps process participants.

Our Financials

Thank you for your interest in the Fresno Rescue Mission. We believe:

  1. God calls us to be good stewards of all He gives us;
  2. We are to be held accountable for how we use these resources as we further God’s Kingdom;
  3. By posting our financial documents on our website, it fulfills our desire to be transparent as we honor God;
  4. We are to do everything with excellence; and
  5. Given the state of our economy and not knowing what the future holds, we need to ensure the sustainability of Mission programs and services for the future.  This includes:
    • Staying within our budget for current income and expenses;
    • Having sufficient reserves in place to use during the “lean” years (Genesis 41:33-36);
    • Investing in those things that will create sustained revenue for the Mission ministries; and
    • Creating new opportunities for future growth.

For these reasons, we include our Audited Financial Statements and Form 990s on our website for your review. However, because of the complexity of our non-profit corporations, here is a simple explanation about the structure of the Fresno Rescue Mission Ministries.

For the last decade, the Fresno Rescue Mission has spent considerable time planning not just for the “now,” but also for the future. It was important to our Board and Staff to have an ongoing Five-Year Strategic Plan to ensure the sustainability of the ministries of the Mission. To that end, the Mission is made up of the following non-profit entities:

Fresno Rescue Mission, Inc.

Since 1949, the Fresno Rescue Mission has been the parent organization that owns all Mission properties, is responsible for Mission programs and services, focuses on telling the story of the Mission through development and marketing, and receives donations that provide for current ministry needs. The Fresno Rescue Mission Board of Directors oversees policies and budgeting of the Fresno Rescue Mission Ministries, has an accountability relationship with the Mission CEO, and operates as a spiritual support group to ensure the Mission remains Christ-centered in all it does.

Fresno Rescue Mission Foundation, Inc.

In 2002, the Foundation was established as a supporting organization of the Fresno Rescue Mission. The Foundation provides future sustainability through planned gifts, property, endowments, etc., and ensures conservative investment of Mission reserve funds. The Foundation Board of Directors reports to the Fresno Rescue Mission Board of Directors, and is responsible for Foundation policies and financial investments.

Fresno Works, Inc.

In 2005, Fresno Works was established as a supporting organization of the Fresno Rescue Mission. Fresno Works oversees ventures and training opportunities in line with the Mission’s purpose, such as our Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift Store and Cars. It provides a path for employment opportunities for our graduates through these related opportunities. The Fresno Rescue Mission Board oversees this organization’s policies and budgets. 

As the Fresno Rescue Mission Ministries continue to grow, we are better able to serve the increased need in our community. After you review our financials, if you have questions, please contact the Accounting Department of the Fresno Rescue Mission.

Thanks to our community for their generous support.  We know it takes all of us to provide for the least, the last, and the lost of the greater Fresno County area.

Financial Reports