The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is turning 20 years old this year! The Mission got its start in 1998 when a group of volunteers began providing meals in a North Hollywood park for people who were experiencing homelessness. As the months went by, more families were visiting the meal program in the park because they were hungry and homeless. From there, a plan was created to engage local churches to provide shelter for homeless families.
It was just a few years later that a property was secured in North Hollywood where the family shelter, thrift store and warehouse would be housed. As the need grew, a larger facility was sought. In 2010, a school building in Northridge was purchased. While construction was under way in May 2014, the North Hollywood facility suffered a devastating fire and the shelter and warehouse were destroyed. The community rallied, as they always had, and in June of 2015, the Mission opened in its new home.
The Mission has grown tremendously since 1998. Tens of thousands of hungry people have received food and thousands of homeless people have found safety and hope. It is a testament to God’s goodness and to what can be accomplished when the community works together to alleviate suffering.
In the coming months, we’ll be sharing photos and stories as we celebrate 20 years together!