The Las Vegas Rescue Mission was founded in 1970 by a group of six businessmen who had a
burden to help those who were homeless and hungry. Together, they secured a tiny storefront
at 414 West Bonanza Road. By God's grace, they provided sandwiches and drinks, along with
mats and blankets for men to eat and sleep away from the elements.
(Take a minute to watch the video above/right to hear
more about the history of the Las Vegas Rescue Mission)
Ed Compton - unveils plans for the new women's family shelter from a
Today, the Rescue Mission is composed of various buildings, taking up two city blocks near
downtown Las Vegas. We have added a shelter for women and children, a playground, a thrift
store, and a shelter for men, including a section for single fathers with children. We now
serve approximately 30,000 meals a month.
New chapel / administrative building under construction in 1991.
Throughout its history, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission has provided these services to all
people without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, religion or
disability. For those persons needing counseling or medical attention beyond the scope of
the Mission's capabilities, the appropriate agencies are contacted for assistance.
The Mission stands as a beacon of hope. Through effective, innovative Christian recovery
programs, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission provides a path for those who want to escape the
despair of the streets. We continue to add, update and/or change programs to meet the needs
of men, women and children in an everchanging society.
Very early photo of Ed Compton and staff opening much needed donations
As a nonprofit Christian organization, the Mission receives no government or United Way
support, with the exception of a small grant specifically for food. We rely solely upon the
contributions and support of concerned individuals, churches, corporations and other
organizations. Our ministry is not just men's, women's or children's work, or shelter, or
chapel or counseling or outreach. It is a ministry of the church of Jesus Christ to people
who have both physical and spiritual needs. We bring together many churches for the purpose
of ministry. We are not outside the church, but an extension of the church.