In 2009, after serving as Director of another Rescue Mission, Ken Craft started Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. The initial emphasis of the new organization was to provide emergency services to those in need, especially the homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Hope’s first facility was a church in Sun Valley that allowed the Mission to cook meals and serve those in need.
In 2010, the Mission moved into a 26,000 sq. ft. facility in Sun Valley. Onsite services increased. Daily meals, showers, case management, and life skill classes were offered.
In 2011, the Mission opened the John E. White House of Hope 10-month Residential Men’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program.
In 2012, the Mission opened the Genesis House, a 30-bed family shelter with special emphasis on homeless moms and kids.
In 2013, the Mission opened the Bridge Transitional Living Facility for men in West Hills.
In 2014, the Mission opened an 85 bed Cold Weather Shelter in Pacoima and a 55 bed Cold Weather Shelter in Skid Row. The Mission also purchased a 1.6 million dollar building on Sepulveda Blvd to developed into the Valley’s first Recuperative Care Shelter.
In 2015, the Mission opened an Access Center/Day Shelter in Van Nuys called the HELP Center.
In 2016, the Mission completed construction and opened a one of a kind Recuperative Care Shelter, Commercial Catering Kitchen, Mental Health and Community Health Clinic in Mission Hills. The Mission relocated the 15-bed Bridge facility in West Hills to a 50 bed facility in Burbank.
Annually the Mission provides over 207,000 hot nutritious meals, 61,000 nights of shelter and places hundreds of homeless men, women and children into permanent and permanent supportive housing.