After serving six years as Director of another local rescue mission, Ken Craft, along with the advisory board that served with him, felt it was time to start a Rescue Mission that would be headquartered in the San Fernando Valley. His vision for this new Mission was one that would be led and governed by the people that live and work in the Valley.
Thus, in the summer of 2009, a new Rescue Mission was started. Initially the Rescue Mission was a started as a DBA under The Rescue Mission Foundation with the given name, The Valley Rescue Mission. Founding, and current Board Member Dave Delaplane, provided the initial funding to help launch and sustain the Mission.
Several months later, the Mission filed with the Internal Revenue Service to become its own independent 501-c-3. On April 6, 2010 the Mission received its Letter of Determination from the IRS. At that time, the Mission also changed its name to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. In order to become operational as quickly as possible, Ken inquired with various faith-based organizations to see if one might be able to serve as an “incubator” to help the new mission get started. San Pablo Lutheran Church in North Hollywood graciously opened its doors and arms to the Mission providing full usage of an industrial kitchen, a 250-seat fellowship hall, a large food storage room, and an office. In September 2009, the Mission began preparing and serving hot meals to the homeless and hungry at various locations throughout the Valley.
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 its 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 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 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
In 2016 the Mission also opened a one of a kind Recuperative Care Shelter, Commercial Catering Kitchen, Mental Health and Community Health Clinic in Mission Hills.
Annually the Mission provides 200,000 hot nutritious meals, 60,000 nights of shelter and places hundreds of homeless men, women and children into permanent and permanent supportive housing.