About Us

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these"

The Merced County Rescue Mission takes people as they are, and gives them what they need to get started again. The mission provides for physical and spiritual needs . . .   A warm bed, nourishing food, clothing, personal care, and spiritual counseling by making application of the love of Jesus Christ that was shared in the gospel.

History

History

The Merced County Rescue Mission is all about caring for people in need. We feed those who are hungry, we provide shelter, hope and a second chance to those who have been trapped in addiction or incarcerated.

The mission was founded in 1991 by Reverend Tom Miller and his wife, Letitia. They originally served the community as a feeding program.

When they retired in 2004, Dr. Herbert Opalek was called to both lead and expand the missions outreach. Under his direction the mission established the New Life Transformation Program for both men and women as well as an Outreach Meals Program.

Following Dr. Opalek's untimely death in April of 2011, Dr. Bruce Metcalf was called to continue pursuing Dr. Opalek's vision for the mission. 

Merced County Rescue Mission is now recognized as a community benefit organization that serves those in need throughout Merced County.

Guiding Philosophy

Guiding Philosophy

Our mission is to exhibit the love and caring of Jesus Christ; transforming lives for those in our county who are in physical and spiritual need.


Our vision
is to be the hands, feet and voice of Christ in Merced County; advocating for the dispossessed, battered, hungry and destitute.


Our purpose
is to continue the work of Jesus Christ through evangelizing, discipling, and serving the spiritual and physical needs of the disadvantaged. We provide emergency subsistence and rehabilitation programs for men, women and families, including skills training for the inner-city poor. We also strive to inform and involve the public in caring for the poverty-stricken, with the ultimate goal being the restoration of the whole person.

Mission Community Services

Mission Community Services

Providing Service Coordination:

Hope Center
(Meals, Showers, Shelter, Housing Navigation and Referrals)

HOPE Medical Respite Care
(Client's discharged from the hospital: Shelter, Case Management and Housing Navigation)

Room at the Inn
(Hope for Families: Shelter, Case Management and Housing Navigation)

Transition to Hope
(Sober Living environment for men)

Living Well Cafe
(Senior Meals: Congregate Meals Sites throughout Merced County)

Mission Recovery Programs

Mission Recovery Programs

New Life Transformation
9 Month Recovery Program
Haven of Hope for Women
Bridge to Hope for Men
(Rebuilding lives broken by: Abuse, Addiction, Anger, Domestic Violence and Poverty)



Leadership

Leadership

The staff of the Rescue Mission is concerned with the total welfare of the person - physical and spiritual. The program is administered by the Executive Director, under the general policies of the Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of individuals from the entire community, including business persons, social agencies and governmental officials.

Board of Directors
Nancy Brawley  Board Chair
Bettie Stephens  Treasurer
Jay Alterman  Secretary
Dr. Bruce Metcalf  Executive Director
Daryl Young  Board Member
Mark Mayo  Board Member
Staff Directory
Dr. Bruce Metcalf, Executive Director, brucemetcalf48@gmail.com
Phillip Schmauss, Director of Marketing, phillipschmauss@gmail.com
Chris McCall,  Marketing Assistant, chrismccall.mcrm@gmail.com
Bettie Stephens, Accountant, stephensba28@gmail.com
Francine Williams, Senior Meals Coordinator, fyw625@yahoo.com
Tim Adam, Programs Coordinator, timjadam.mcrm@yahoo.com
Jason West, HOPE Medical Respite Care Program Manager, jasonwest.mcrm@live.com
Jennifer Adam, Women's Program Manager, jennifersherar24@gmail.com
Gina Thomas, Senior Meals Manager, ginathomas6170@gmail.com

Contact Us

Contact Us

Merced Rescue Mission

Merced County Rescue Mission

527 W. 20th Street
Merced, Ca 95340

PO Box #3319
Merced , CA 95344

(209)722-9269