Wade Trimmer is the Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. He has been involved with non-profits and community work for over two decades. He has helped build, equip and lead the operations of a number of incredible organizations, including The Salvation Army, SCV Youth Project, and The Mentoring Project.
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission was founded in 1998. It began as the Rescue Survival Outreach Services (S.O.S.) Program serving meals to the Valley’s homeless. In 2002, the Mission launched the Family Shelter program in a collaborative effort with San Fernando Valley area churches in response to the critical unmet need for a year round emergency shelter.
The program has been designed to provide homeless men, women, children and families an opportunity, not only to obtain food, shelter, and basic life necessities, but also provides a foundation for individual and family restoration by developing a personalized plan based on their needs for achieving personal growth, employment, and housing.
Some questions I ask:
- With so much intricate leadership abilities, you could easily use those in a more profitable or ‘prestigious’ work. Why have you chosen to work with non-profits for your whole life? (3:45)
- What are some of the greatest joys and challenges with what you do? (13:34)
- On May 2, 2014, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission was destroyed by a fire. How were you and your team able to rise above that tragedy? (16:09)
- In what ways has your work formed you to be more grateful?(31:21)
Sneak Peak of More:
- Misconceptions about Homelessness (19:10)
- Christ’s Engagement with the Gritty and Messy Parts of Everyday Life (22:03)
- Service Professionals and Burnout (50:00)