1958– 1961

1958

CHRIST’S GOSPEL MISSION ESTABLISHED IN BOISE

1958

FIRST MEETING OF THE BOARD

On August 15, 1958, the first meeting of the Board of Directors was held. Some of the twenty or so men present were (rear left to front right) E.S. Gingrich, Walt Wilson, Bob Freeman, Sam Parvin, James Law, Howard Waterman, Leo Hudlet, Aaron Olson, Mike Watson, Frank Ericson, Chuck Bradshaw.

1958

CAPITOL BLVD.

Two months later, on Monday, October 13, 1958, we opened the doors of Christ’s Gospel Mission in the Shanghai-Low Cafe Building at 217 S. Capitol Blvd. Our vision was that the ministry would serve as a “haven for forgotten men.”

1958

REV. CHARLES BRADSHAW 1ST SUPERINTENDENT

Rev. Charles Bradshaw was instrumental in organizing the Mission from the very beginning. He was appointed as our first Superintendent and served from 1958 to 1961.

1962-1972

1962

LEWIS BARTZ 2nd SUPERINTENDENT

Lewis Bartz became our 2nd Superintendent in 1962 and served faithfully for nearly 10 years until 1971. He had been a farmer,  but saw the plight of homeless men and wanted to help. This same year, our name was changed to Boise Rescue Mission.

1971

JOHN DRZEWIECKI 3rd EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In 1971, John Drzewiecki began 25 years of service as our third Executive Director.  In the early 80’s, he and the Board began to look for ways to meet the increasing need for services for women and families.

1972

FRONT STREET

On March 3rd, 1971, the Boise Redevelopment Agency condemned our original building as a part of an effort to eliminate deteriorated areas of the city. The Board of Directors was able to purchase a building at 520 Front Street and we relocated in 1972.

1996-1999

1996

REV. TONY CHUNG 4th Executive Director

In 1996, Rev. Tony Chung became our fourth Executive Director and served until 2001. From the start, he said that God had given him the gift to build relationships and the desire to help.

1996

GOOD NEWS RECOVERY PROGRAM

We also started the Good News Recovery Program (now called the New Life Discipleship Recovery Program) in 1996 to help men, and now women, learn about the Lord and to give them the time they needed to overcome alcoholism and addiction and change their lives.

1996

LEARNING CENTERS

Our first Learning Center was opened in 1996 as well. Each of the Learning Centers in our shelters provide phones, computers, education, and assistance from staff to give men and women the skills and tools they need to find work and a place to live. 

1999

LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE MISSION

In 1999, after two facilities that had served homeless and low income families in Nampa closed their doors, there was an urgent need for the services we could offer in Canyon County. We opened the Lighthouse Rescue Mission on Caldwell Blvd. to meet that need. 

2000-2007

2000

CITY LIGHT HOME FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

In January of 2000, our vision to answer the critical need for safe shelter for the growing number of homeless women and children in our community was realized with the opening of City Light Home for Women and Children.

2002

REV. BILL ROSCOE 5th President/CEO

Rev. Bill Roscoe accepted God’s call to become the Mission’s new Executive Director in May of 2002. He continues his faithful services to the Mission as our President/CEO.

2005

RIVER OF LIFE MEN’S SHELTER

In 2005, the Mission leased the former Community House building in Boise and renamed it River of Life Men’s Shelter. We continued to operate both this and the Front Street facility until we purchased the building in 2007.

2007

NEXT STEP TRANSITIONAL HOUSING APARTMENTS

Construction was completed on twelve new Next Step Transitional Housing Apartments in Nampa in 2007. Our Next Step Apartments in Boise and Nampa provide Program graduates with an intermediate step in order to help them succeed as they work to reestablish themselves in the community.

2008-2009

2008

IN HOUSE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Knowing that people with severe mental health issues are three times more likely to become homeless than the general population, we developed our in-house Mental Health Program  in 2008 to meet their unique needs. 

2009

MINISTRY CENTER

Our ministry was rapidly growing to keep up with the needs of homeless and hurting people across the Treasure Valley. To support that growth, we purchased the facility at 308 S. 24th St. in Boise in 2009 to serve as a Ministry Center to house our administrative offices and warehouse.

2009

CITY LIGHT’S GUEST HOUSE

The Mission’s former warehouse across the street from City Light was transformed in 2009 into a much needed additional 58 bed emergency shelter dorm for women and children.

2009

KIDS PROGRAM

The Mission had been caring for homeless children with their moms for years, but, in 2009, we officially began the Kids Program with a full time Summer Kids Program, Homework Club after school, a Teen Program, an annual College Road Trip, and much more.

2010-2014

2010

VETERANS MINISTRY PROGRAM

In 2010, the Veterans Administration approached the Mission about establishing a Veterans Ministry Program. We designated rooms for this unique program to meet the needs of homeless veterans in our community who deserve so much for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.

2014

NEW BUILDING FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE

The old Lighthouse building had begun to deteriorate to the point of being unsafe and beyond repair so we started planning for a new facility. Those plans changed slightly when we were able to purchase and relocate the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in 2014 to 304 16th Ave. N. in Nampa. 

2014

VALLEY WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SHELTER

The need for emergency shelter for women and children in Canyon County became critical when another shelter in Nampa suddenly closed its doors. We stepped in to purchase the building and quickly opened Valley Women and Children’s Shelter in 2014.

2015-2020

2018

WE CELEBRATED 60 YEARS OF HOPE

God’s faithful provision over the past 60 years has allowed us to serve 6,057,332 meals, provide 2,252,537 nights of safe shelter, have 1,019,022 in attendance in chapel, and see more than 21,109 men, women, and children come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

2018

RESCUE MISSION RECOVERY LODGE

In October 2018, the Mission purchased a 6,000 sq. ft. former assisted living facility immediately adjacent to the Mission’s Valley Women and Children’s Shelter in Nampa. Recovery Lodge provides wrap-around support services to guests with medical issues that can’t be effectively addressed in the normal emergency shelter environment. The Lodge opened in August 2019 and can serve up to 45 homeless individuals.  

Present

Because of your kindness and generosity, the Mission continues to serve homeless individuals of the Treasure Valley. Our purpose is to see the lives of men, women, and children in our community truly transformed through the love of Jesus and the restoration of faith, hope, and family.

Thank you!!!