The San Diego Rescue Mission took over 7,300 square feet of office space across the street from its main campus at 120 Elm St.
The faith-based organization offers shelter, care and rehabilitation to the homeless, addicted, abused and poor in San Diego.
The new space, on the top floor of St. Paul’s PACE Building at 111 Elm St., will house both the organization’s new education programming services and the Rescue Mission’s corporate offices.
The current facility, of nearly 5,000 square feet, will also be upgraded to serve the long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
"With the addition of our transitional housing programs and new Children’s Center, plus the consistent influx of homeless individuals seeking recovery, we simply need more room,” said Herb Johnson, president and chief executive officer of San Diego Rescue Mission, in the company’s release.
Founded in 1955, the rescue mission has expanded its services over time from a soup kitchen, short-term shelter and services for men to sheltering women and children, providing programs for education and vocational training. The mission has two other locations, a men’s facility at 1150 J St. and a women's and children’s center on South 16th Street.
Each month in 2015 the mission provided 12,500 nights of shelter to the homeless, served more than 37,000 meals and provided more than 82,000 hours of education, work training, rehabilitation and Christian care to residents in long-term programs.