FRESNO RESCUE MISSION COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM
(559) 444-0451 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The Fresno Rescue Mission reaches out to individuals camping in the City and County of Fresno, responding as a coordinating service and transporting agency for those with whom the Fresno Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are actively engaging. When someone indicates to officers that they would like to receive services, we will be notified by FPD or SO. Our Community Response Team will respond, transporting that individual (and their possessions) to whatever social service agency is appropriate.
We also anticipate responding to private citizens and businesses that contact us. We will follow the same procedures used when FPD or SO call provided the “camper” or individual is loitering on public property.
QUESTIONS FPD or SO ASK individuals who are without shelter and seeking immediate assistance through care services already in place:
1. Are they willing to be drug and alcohol-free while receiving services?
2. If they are currently living with a partner – Are they willing to separate temporarily while receiving services?
3. Are they willing to place their items in storage while receiving services?
4. If they have an animal – Are they willing to separate from the animal in order to receive services?
Once it has been determined that the person is willing to accept services compliant with these conditions, they contact us and we send out our mobile unit/team to meet with them.
Our hope is to keep people safe within our community and ensure that no one is left outside.
The Fresno Rescue Mission opens our doors to any man, woman, or child in our community who turns to us for help.
We offer a variety of services we call our “First Touch Ministries,” to meet the most basic and immediate of needs; 24-hour emergency services, food services, chapel services, substance abuse programs for men and women.
Our “Life Recovery” Programs (Substance Abuse Programs) are for those who are willing to commit to an 18-month timeframe and take the steps needed to overcome their current situation, discover God’s will for their lives.
The Fresno Rescue Mission is also a Multi-Agency Access Program (M.A.P.) Affiliate.
MAP Provides the Right Care the First Time – Coordination is the key to leveraging existing resources. M.A.P. is an integrated intake process available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that connects individuals facing housing, substance abuse, physical health, or mental illness challenges to supportive services matching individuals and families to the right resources at the right time.
Partners in M.A.P. are the Department of Behavioral Health, Poverello House, the Fresno Rescue Mission, the Housing Authority, and Fresno/Madera Continuum of Care, and more.
• By providing an integrated intake process, navigating complicated systems becomes easy.
• By creating custom self-sufficiency plans coupled with monitoring, long-term success is within reach.
• By creating convenient intake locations, the burden on public safety agencies and emergency rooms is alleviated.
To learn more:
Phone: (559) 512-6777
Hospital Council-Northern and Central CA
Exceptional Parents Unlimited
Fresno County Behavior Health
Breakfast, a sack lunch, and a hot meal for dinner are available to anyone in need. Meals are served at our main campus: 285 G Street, Fresno, CA — just south of Ventura.
Morning Breakfast – 6:00 a.m.
Evening Meal – 5:00 p.m.
- There are no requirements to stay at the Mission or attend chapel services to receive these meals.
- Three meals per day are served to everyone involved in Community Care, Rescue the Children and the Academy.
- Food baskets are distributed to individuals or families recommended by our ministry directors.
- Food is also shared among many other local nonprofit agencies, depending on need and availability.
We offer chapel services to every day of the year, inviting people to know and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone in our community is invited to attend!
Evening Chapel Service
Chapel services are conducted by volunteer groups. Chapel Services are open to the public every evening at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Prayer Gathering, Sunday Worship & Special Events
Each week we offer special worship services, and we host special events throughout the year.
Chapel Services are offered at:
310 G Street
Fresno, CA 93706
Chaplain Bob Henry, Chaplain/Chapel Coordinator, ext. 206
Community Care provides 24-hour emergency services with case management to help single men, single women, women with children, men with children, and families in need of emergency care. We help people identify the best next step they can take, whatever that might be. We offer resources to help people find:
- Community resources and referrals
- Agencies that assist with Financial aid
- Substance abuse programs
- Health & human services
- Mental health services
- And so much more…
The Mission’s Life Recovery program, known as the Academy, is for men whose lives have been broken by homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental abuses, and jail and/or prison experiences. The Academy provides hope for a productive life; the opportunity for restoration, wholeness, and peace that comes from faith and men learn to follow Jesus.
What is The Academy program?
- An 18-month (12-month residential and 6-month aftercare) rehabilitation, work-therapy, and career-development program for men.
- Upon completion of the residential phase, each man will enter the mandatory aftercare phase. If he is married, he can go home to complete his aftercare, once a home study has been conducted and indicates a safe and healthy environment. However, if he is single, he must complete his aftercare within the community living we provide through our transitional apartments.
Rescue the Children
Rescue the Children is a protected, secure environment providing emergency and long-term services to at-risk, abused, homeless, or previously incarcerated women or women with children. The community provides women and their children a place to get away from destructive lifestyles, offering a place to heal, learn, grow, and ultimately become productive members of society.
Who Can We Help?
- Homeless or at-risk women, and mothers and children who need more than a short stay affords.
- Women who were previously incarcerated and need a safe place to transition back into society, and an opportunity to reunite with their children.
- Children who might previously have been taken from their mother and separated into different foster homes now have an opportunity to stay together when the County refers mothers and children to our program BEFORE it becomes necessary to remove children and place them in foster care.
- Families of the men enrolled in our men’s life recovery program, the Academy, have a safe place to go when they are unable to support themselves and their children during this time. The ultimate goal is to reunite the family once their programs are successfully completed.
The Fresno Rescue Mission offers Social Enterprise components that also function as vocational training centers for our Community Care participants and men and women who are enrolled in our substance abuse programs. As the Mission grows, more of these components may be added, playing a vital role in preparing men and women to reconnect with the community. Current vocational training opportunities in social enterprise centers include our Thrift Stores & Cars and New Creation Cleaning. We may expand to include a Culinary Arts program to train participants in food services.
In addition to social enterprise centers, each ministry has, within its process, specific entry-level staff positions designed for men and women who are either graduating from the residential portion of their program (and entering into the transitional phase) or for those advancing in Community Care processes.