Walking shoulder to shoulder, building up and encouraging each other in Christ! "Having thus a fond affection for you we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God but also our own lives because you had become very dear to us."
1 Thes 2:8
We offer a 12-24 month program to those desiring to deepen their walks with the Lord. Much like a mini bible school; but more! (Currently, looking into accreditation of courses) Approximately 82% of the men and women who complete our Discipleship Program have their own place, a job or part-time employment and are connected in the body of Christ. (In both Men's and Women's Facilities; from 8-15 residents)
In 1957, the Flagstaff Christian Businessmen’s Committee listened as Rev. Stanley Richardson shared his vision for a rescue mission in Flagstaff. His message was enthusiastically encouraged and soon the first Board of Directors (Robert Nauman, David Schiavo, Ralph Tettleton, Allen Livingston, Harold Harper, and Edward Martin) was formed; with Rev. Richardson being named the first Superintendent.
Sunshine Rescue Mission began serving meals, sheltering the homeless and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in a rented building at 117 S. San Francisco. In 1961, the property at 124 S. San Francisco including a 100 year old, 2 bedroom house was purchased. Men slept in one room and women and children in the other, with the Superintendent sleeping between the rooms. Over the next 11 years, thousands of people received compassionate care and help. The current Mission building was completed in 1972, housing approximately 50 single men, women and women with children. The building was constructed over a 7 year period with volunteer laborers.
Through the generosity of an anonymous Flagstaff businessman, who gave the Riverside Court (an old motel) on Cottage Avenue, the Mission was able to develop a separate home for women and children. The same businessman also donated a small house behind the Cottage Avenue property. On October 1, 1995 the doors of Hope Cottage opened. This facility could house 26 women and children, leaving the Mission to house the men and one family (husband, wife and children). Several years later, the small house became the Harper House, a transitional living facility for 3 women who had completed the long-term discipleship ministry.
Through the generosity of another local family who donated the land and many other donors and a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank, the New Hope Cottage opened its doors in the Sunnyside area of Flagstaff in April 2010. Due to the amazing community support in Flagstaff; The New Hope Cottage was named, "Organization of the Year in 2010!" Serving up to 65 women and children in a beautiful new home. The old Hope Cottage was then converted to The Dorsey Manor, a Transitional house for 25 men
Over the years, Sunshine Rescue Mission Inc. has shared the love of Jesus in Word and deed to the many weary souls. Our ministry has triple its capacity over the last five years. We have expanded the scope of our ministry to anyone who has a need, to be RESCUED, RESTORED and the RE-ENGAGED back into our community.