About the Mission

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission has been around since 1970, starting out in a small storefront building that included the chapel, kitchen and a shelter that could only hold a few men. Since then, the Mission has grown to several buildings and a campus that fills nearly two city blocks, with the ability to feed, shelter, and serve hundreds of men, women and children.

Learn more about our Mission by watching this video.

Mission Campus

kitchenThe most recent addition to the Mission, this 10,800-square-foot multi-purpose dining and training facility seats up to 300 people, enabling us to feed more people. There is a computer lab and classroom space on the second floor, and the dining area can be partitioned into classrooms.
sohFormerly known as the Women and Children’s Shelter, the facility opened in 1982. Designed and built by men in our residential recovery program, it stands as a living monument to the skills that exist in the homeless community. It has 42 beds for women and children in need of emergency shelter, and 30 beds for women in our residential recovery program. It also houses administrative offices along with a well-equipped playroom for the children.
mensdormThis two-story, 15,000-square-foot building houses up to 112 men. There is also an educational wing with a library and classrooms for various recovery classes, personal study, resume preparation, calling prospective employers, and much more.
chapelAll church services at the Mission are held in this facility, built in 1991. It’s also home to our administrative offices and reception desk.
mensshelterThis is where the original Las Vegas Rescue Mission started in 1970, before the other buildings were slowly added. Initially, this building didn’t have a second floor and was about half its current size, but still held the chapel, kitchen, and shelter. A 1978 expansion resulted in a larger kitchen, and a second floor was added for resident housing. A 2011 remodeling removed the kitchen, and the number of emergency shelter beds increased from 46 to 110. The second floor is used as transitional housing for residents who have completed our recovery program.
thriftstoreThis is where all gift-in-kind donations are taken and prepared for sale in the thrift store — or given out free of charge to those in need. This building was actually part of an old junkyard that needed a lot of cleanup work. In 2006, the inside was completely remodeled by volunteers, with support provided by Harrah’s Foundation.
clothingA former house acquired by the Mission is now the site of our Thrift Store Clothing Giveaway Program to help those in need in our community.


Ed Compton unveils plans for the new women’s family shelter.

Ed Compton unveils plans for the new women’s family shelter.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission was founded in 1970 by a pastor and six businessmen who had a calling 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.

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.

New chapel/administrative building under construction in 1991.

Throughout its history, the 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 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 ever-changing society.

Ed Compton and staff sorting much-needed donations.

Ed Compton and staff sorting 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. It is more than just a 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.

To learn more about the Mission history, watch this one-minute video.
To dig deeper into our full story, watch this 24-minute documentary.



Ron McMenemy
McMenemy Investment Services

Craig Kirkland
Executive Vice President
Nevada State Bank


Robert Dejong
President & CEO
Credit One Bank

Merrill Kanouse
Community Church of Henderson

Cynthia Alexander
Dickinson Wright Law Firm

Harry Hinderliter

Don James
Director of Recovery

Tim Secession
Director of Operations

John Fogal
Director of Program Services & Community Relations

Paula Delaney
Director of Retail Services (Thrift Store)

Gratchin Johnson
Director for Shelter of Hope

Sammy Chong
Executive Chef

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