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Good News Rescue Mission

11/01/2006 11:21AM ● By Brandi Barnett
By Dr. Andre Van Mol

The Good News Rescue Mission of Redding has a lofty motto: “To offer to those in need,
a hand up, not just a hand out.” The mission has lived up to this motto, providing a “refuge of
hope” for those in need in the greater Shasta County area since 1964.

The impressive breadth of services the mission offers include:
• Lodging
• Health care (medical, dental, chiropractic, and mental health)
•Work and home search assistance
• Bible-based counseling programs
• Educational services (from basic literacy to GED acquisition)
• Drug and alcohol recovery program

The mission’s impact has been enormous. In August 2006 alone, more than 4,000 guest nights of safe lodging were provided and more than 12,600 meals were served. In the first
eight months of 2006, about 37,700 guest-nights and 145,500 meals were provided to the
homeless and working poor.

For the past five years, I have volunteered my time in the medical clinic as one of the many
physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The volunteers provide care for more
than 300 patients monthly in the Missions’ twice-weekly medical clinics. Local dentists and
chiropractors donate similar clinic services. Beneficent contributions from Mercy Medical
Center, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Catholic Healthcare West, and many local churches,
companies, organizations, and individuals—notably the volunteers—make these and the
other guest services possible.

In addition to its day-to-day involvement in the community, the Good News Rescue
Mission is perhaps best known for its Thanksgiving and Christmas banquets. Each banquet
averages 900 meals served by 500 volunteers in the dining hall. Disadvantaged families are
welcome to pick up “give-away meals” to prepare at home for their loved ones.
Both holiday meals include a post-dessert gift of free coats, usually new, donated by what
Rescue Mission staffers believe is “the most generous city in the world.”

The Mission’s fifth decade of operation marks the launch point of an ambitious $2.4
million expansion and a total refurbishing of the current building. One of many
improvements afforded by the project is the planned extension of the medical clinic hours to
five days weekly.

For more information:
• Visit the Good News Rescue Mission’s website at
• To make donations or volunteer, call 242-5920.
• The Mission is located at 2842 S.Market St.

November 2006