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San Diego Rescue Mission Women and Children's Center

P.O. Box 80427, San Diego, California, 92138
The San Diego Rescue Mission offers a 12-month substance abuse treatment program for homeless men. The facility provides basic needs such as food and shelter, as well as comprehensive, faith-based alcohol and drug addiction treatment designed to heal the whole person — mind, body and soul. The hope is that residents will learn to address and overcome the issues that led to homelessness in the first place, and develop the coping skills needed to reenter the outside world as contributing members of society.

Facility Highlights

  • Vocational Training
  • Parenting Classes
  • Anger Management


  • Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Herb Johnson
    Herb JohnsonPresident/CEO
    Herb Johnson, President/CEO, puts his extensive executive experience to work leading the San Diego Rescue Mission, an organization that, literally day-by-day, makes the difference between life and death for many in our city. Mr. Johnson, who holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School, had a dynamic career in the business world, including leading Summit Concept, a unique Supply Chain and Executive Partnership Firm based in San Diego. He also served as Executive Vice President for Supply Chain Management of Premier, Inc., and as President of Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., a $14 billion Group Purchasing Organization. In addition, he was President of the Council of Logistics Management, the leading association of supply chain executives in the world.

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The San Diego Rescue Mission has been treating people struggling with self-destructive behaviors for more than two decades. The organization's Women and Children's Center provides long-term residential treatment for women looking to recover from substance abuse and get back on their feet, all while continuing to raise their children. This is one of the only 715 (45.5 percent) treatment centers in the state with female-focused programming. According to its website, the program incorporates biblical principles to motivate long-lasting changes.


The 12-month program combines biblical lessons, specialized classes, therapy, and life skills training. Collectively, these and other services help women start anew. Following their graduation from the program, women receive support in obtaining housing and employment.

Specialized classes cover a wide range of topics that include bible study, high school level classes, overcoming domestic violence, health improvement, anger management, addiction recovery, financial management, positive decision making (self-esteem), and healthy parenting.

The facility offers special services for children like after-school tutoring, individual counseling, and access to a secure playground. Infants and toddlers are cared for as part of the facility's Child Development Cooperative, a special arrangement made between the center’s residents to help care for one another’s children at no charge. It is among the the 13 percent of facilities to provide clients with childcare during treatment.


According to its website, the San Diego Rescue Mission employs a team off therapists, managers, and other healthcare professionals.


There is currently no information provided by the Mission regarding the living arrangements and related offerings of its Women and Children’s Center.

The single individual surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave the Mission five stars for its accommodations and four stars for its meals.


As of this writing, Rehabs.com received one positive review from a program alum, Rachel. She entered the program due to a court mandate and chose the facility based on the referral of a family member, stating, “Husband found.” She received treatment for a dual diagnosis (including pain medication abuse), stayed at the facility for over 90 days, and, after unsuccessfully completing treatment, claimed that she left due in part to her work schedule.

Rachel paid for her stay with state funding and received financial support from the facility, stating that she received “15 dollars a week disipal dollars.” She also gave the facility five stars for its cleanliness and four stars for its visitor policy and for the counselor training and experience. “It (the facility) also helps the homeless get off the streets,” she commented.


Reviews from loved ones on Yelp were less positive, where the facility earned just two out of five stars from 14 individuals.[1] Pc M. reported having a friend who had a very difficult time getting the staff to respond to her request for an intake interview and that the facility seemed much more concerned with money than with helping individuals. "She called & called & called every day, as instructed, to demonstrate that she was truly interested, and after quite a while, managed to get an intake appointment. She was staying in East County, homeless, jobless, penniless, but managed to scrape together bus fare to make it to the meeting, but the woman with whom she had the appointment didn't bother to show up,” Pc M. wrote.

Comments about staff rudeness were common on Yelp.


The San Diego Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization that provides services for homeless and needy men, women, and children. Reviews indicated that most if not all costs were covered by the facility itself. According to its annual report, the nonprofit receives more than 90 percent of its program funding from private donations.


In addition to substance abuse treatment, this facility has operated an emergency overnight shelter for women and children since 2000. The 60-bed shelter provides a safe place for homeless and battered women to sleep, shower, and eat a hot meal.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/san-diego-rescue-mission-san-diego-8

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