Newly Remodeled City Heights Thrift Store is Open!

Our newly remodeled City Heights Thrift Store is OPEN! A portion of the warehouse was gutted, remodeled and the outside was given a fresh coat of paint! Come see for yourself at 5150 University Avenue. Find store hours + download a 10% off coupon at here. Hope to see you there!

City Heights Thrift Store  City Heights Thrift Store

Historic Moment for the San Diego Rescue Mission

Following the unanimously vote of City Council on June 17th approving changes of our Conditional Use Permit (CUP) by adding the Child Care center, today the President & CEO, Herb Johnson, signed the new CUP for the Rescue Mission, and thus opening a new and exciting chapter for the Rescue Mission.

Signing CUP

Watch Trisha’s Story

Hear the story of a recent graduate from our Women & Children’s Center. Thank you to Newbreak Church for creating this beautiful video for San Diego Rescue Mission.

Now You Can Help the Homeless by Shopping on Ebay


Some of the best deals in town are now online! Shop our Ebay store to find hand-selected items like designer shoes, jewelry and collectibles!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Ebay store providing shoppers like you, with the convenience of discovering special thrift store items online while supporting the Mission. The new Ebay site is home to the more unique items and antiques that are donated at any of our thrift store locations which includes vintage and designer shoes, clothing and accessories. If you are a collector then this site is for you!

By shopping at our Ebay store, you’ll help provide funding for the many programs that the Mission provides San Diego’s homeless. These programs offer shelter, food, mental health counseling, and education to the homeless population of San Diego.

We invite you to browse our new Ebay store, or stop any of our 4 San Diego Thrift Store locations to check out our bargains. You are also welcome to donate your items for us to sell in our stores.

Thank you for your continued support of the San Diego Rescue Mission!

We’re Opening a New Thrift Store in San Diego!

New Thrift Store

Grand opening is scheduled for May 2, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at 3601 Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma.

We’re opening a brand NEW Thrift Shop at 3601 Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma!

San Diego Rescue Mission recently signed a 10-year lease for the Point Loma property that had been vacant for two years.

“We have gathered items for the store that are ‘gently used’ and donated by caring neighbors,” said Herb Johnson, President and CEO of San Diego Rescue Mission.  “Goods in the store range from furniture and electronics to blue jeans, baby clothes and wedding dresses to sofas, housewares and luggage. The interior of the store is renovated and fresh and the outside has been thoroughly reconditioned.  It looks so much better and more inviting to shoppers!”

In addition to helping raise money for critical programs that help San Diego’s homeless, thrift shop operations in Point Loma will also be used as a training ground for people in the Rescue Mission’s recovery programs by providing work therapy positions, teaching retail, book-keeping, and other skills our clients will use when they return as contributing members of society. Clients will also work in the warehouse and help move and stock merchandise.

“The work-therapy phase,” said Johnson, “gives our clients skills for when the time comes for them to transition out of the (recovery) program and, with God’s grace, become contributing members of the community.”

Doors to the new thrift store open tomorrow, Friday, March 21, 2014 with the official Grand Opening scheduled for May 2, 10am-2pm.

The Point Loma thrift store will be the 4th San Diego Rescue Mission Thrift Shop in San Diego. Click here to view all of our San Diego Thrift Store locations.

Giving a Voice to the Homeless

The Stone Foxes believe that “everyone has a face…a name…and a voice” and they gave that voice to some of our clients here at the San Diego Rescue Mission in their Goodnight Moon Project series. For this project, the band visited homeless shelters across the Country, delivering food donated by their fans, and allowing those interested to participate in the making of a music video. 100% of the proceeds from the single will go back to the participating shelters. Their goal: to raise awareness for homelessness through music and to create music that inspires more people to help. Please take a moment to watch their latest video, featuring four of our residents in the Men’s Center here at the Mission. The hidden talents of some of these homeless men, whom you may have passed on the streets, comes to life in this moving music video Good Night Moon.

Your Online Shopping Can Benefit San Diego Rescue Mission

All you have to do is shop your favorite stores through where up to 26% of every purchase is donated to San Diego Rescue Mission! At, membership is free! Use the Mall at, where you can browse 800+ stores.

Before you shop your favorite stores, click through and designate us as your cause.

Silver Linings Jewelry Supports the Mission

Silver Linings JewelrySilver Linings Jewelry will donate a portion of the profits from select pieces to the San Diego Rescue Mission. View the collection here. Please wear, enjoy and thank you for helping us to help others.

For the month of September $10 of every San Diego Rescue Mission 3 Bangle Signature Set sold will be donated to San Diego Rescue Mission!

Local Clothing Company Helps the Homeless

Local Clothing Company Helps the HomelessThank you to Prospect Threads! This company is giving back to San Diego Rescue Mission 15% of product sales for their clothing and hats. They are also creating a custom hat for this year’s Sleepless San Diego event with 100% of sales going to San Diego Rescue Mission! Visit them online at

Stories from Nueva Vida Haven, Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women & Children

Nueva Vida Haven

Keeping our doors open to women & children like this depends of the generous support from people in our community.

There have been some new clients this week to Nueva Vida Haven, our Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women & Children. Here are some of the clients testimonies as to the reasons they are at NVH:

  • Brenda’s family was sharing an apartment with another family. The roommate is in a domestic violence relationship and Brenda left for the safety of the family. NVH is providing a safe environment until they transition to a program.
  • Terry is applying to the WCC program. She is needing to be in a program to reunite with her 5 month baby. NVH is giving stability for Terry while she waits for transition to the program.
  • Kathy is needing to relocate to her hometown out of state. NVH is providing shelter while she makes arrangements to return home.
  • Annette is pregnant and has another child here in NVH. NVH is providing a sober environment while she waits to transition to a treatment facility for problems with addiction.
  • Karen is chronic homeless. She has come to NVH during the winter months. Karen is now considering applying to WCC program.
  • Harriet is working as medical assistant at a hospital. She has 4 children that she supports solely on her own. NVH is providing shelter so that this mother can keep her employment and work toward being self sufficient.

These are just a few of the clients that have come to NVH – we serve many more each night. Keeping our doors open depends of the generous support from the people and businesses of San Diego. Please show your support of this critical life-saving program by making a donation here: