About Us

A BIG heart for the Bay Area’s homeless

OUR MISSION: Fighting Homelessness. Changing Lives.

OUR PURPOSE: To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the homeless and needy and empower them to change their world.

We welcome our homeless neighbors by providing daily essentials like food, shelter, clothing and any other kind of critical care they need. We offer men and women the opportunity for complete life change through faith-based discipleship programs that heal hurting hearts… and empower them to rebuild their lives with God’s love as a foundation.

Our Vision

To present the means and opportunity for real and lasting change to the homeless and needy through:

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Meals and Food Distribution
  • Distribution of Clothing, Furniture, and Miscellaneous Items
  • Long-term Residential Discipleship Programs
  • Education
  • Job Skills Training
  • Life Skills Training
  • Job Placement
  • Family Reconciliation
  • Overcoming Financial and Legal Issues
  • Transitional Living
  • Medical Assistance
  • Youth Outreach Programs
  • Collaborative Relationships with Others
  • Informing and Involvement of the General Population
  • Spiritual Programs and Counseling
  • Bible Classes

Imagine this: Our homeless neighbors no longer living on the streets, alone and despairing, but instead, offered all the help they need to get back on their feet. Their hearts transformed from hopeless to hope-filled by God’s love. Their lives on track for a brighter tomorrow.

Your support makes this vision into a reality everyday at the Rescue Mission!

Meet Rev. John Anderson

Our President/CEO

Hello… and welcome to the Bay Area Rescue Mission!

I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to learn more about our work, and I hope you’ll visit here often to stay updated on the homeless and hurting lives that are being changed here by God’s grace each day.

Since 1965, we’ve made it our mission to be the center of care for men and women experiencing poverty, addiction and homelessness in the Bay Area. And while we’re probably best known for serving meals, that’s not all we do!

Our goal is to offer a whole-person approach to help and healing through daily essentials like:

  • Food, shelter, showers and clean clothing
  • Long-term healing through our 12-month discipleship programs
  • Job-skills training in a variety of areas, including the culinary arts, warehousing, construction and security
  • Practical life-skills classes to ensure a stable, independent future
  • Emotional restoration through counseling and care
  • Spiritual renewal through prayer and the Gospel message of eternal hope

As you can see, we offer meals… and so much more!

On the pages of this website, we’ve provided all the information you’ll need to get to know us better, whether you’re someone looking for a hot meal, or someone looking for a way to serve others through volunteering or a donation. As you have questions, I urge you to reach out to our staff using our Contact page.

Thank you for your prayers, your support and your encouragement of this ministry. Together, I know we can join together to change lives for a brighter tomorrow.

Your partner reaching out to the homeless and impoverished,


Rev. John M. Anderson


P.S. If you have any further questions after you have explored this
website, please feel free to drop me a line at


It Starts with YOU!

A hot meal for a homeless man, woman or child is just $2.05



This helps us the most!