The Rescue Mission Alliance 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 43 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, it is not a church. They 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 their program participants and transient guests find regular churches to attend through outreach activities.
Charles and Mary Pope, founders of the Oxnard Rescue Mission, came to southern California from Amarillo, Texas in 1967 to begin training in the ministry of Rescue in Santa Barbara. Shortly thereafter, they were instrumental in establishing the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Five years later, Chuck felt a call from God to pioneer another Rescue Mission in the Oxnard / Ventura area. Along with his faithful and devoted wife Mary, Chuck began to look for a location for a Rescue Mission.
Joining forces, they shared the vision of a Rescue Mission with area pastors and, in 1972, established the first Board of Directors: Charles Pope, Chairman; Tom Fragano, Vice Chairman; Ruben Miranda, Secretary; and Reverend John Foster, Treasurer.
Initial funding required to renovate facilities and begin operation were obtained in 1972 by loans from the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, and the private sector. Incorporated in the State of California on July 6, 1972 as the Oxnard Rescue Mission, the organization began operations at the facility on Sixth Street in Oxnard where it is still located today.
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