About City Rescue Mission

Faith-based, solution-based ministry providing a path back to hope for the homeless

For nearly 60 years, City Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope to thousands in Oklahoma City and beyond.

We’re here to help. Because sometimes bad things happen in life, leading people to make choices that lead them to a dark place. Without a good support system, people can turn to drugs, alcohol and crime, landing them on the cusp of homelessness.

City Rescue Mission offers a path back to hope. Instead of indefinite shelter, we offer a clean, safe, temporary place to stay and successful programs and services to help people transform their lives for the better.

Through our Bridge to Life recovery program, we help people overcome the problems and issues that prevent them from living their best life. And we support our guests every step of the way, with job training, educational opportunities, access to Service Coordination through Case Management Services and more.

At City Rescue Mission, we are:


Jesus is our rock

We’re believers united through Christ to serve God and the poor. Our faith compels us to make our services and programs available to people of all backgrounds. Our arms are open to anybody, regardless of race, class, gender or religious beliefs.


We're dedicated to the wellbeing of others

When people are lost, we help them find their way. We’re as focused on the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of others as we are our own.


People can change – and do

We’re optimistic by choice. When times are hard, we’re confident things can get better. The lost can find their way back onto the path toward a better future. Tired souls can find rest. Bitter attitudes can sweeten. We believe everyone is fully capable of changing for the better, to become the person they’re meant to be.


We keep our word

We keep our word and expect others to keep theirs. We’re good stewards of our facility and our community. We hold ourselves and our staff accountable. We’re fiscally and operationally responsible.

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and that it is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  3. We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.

  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that the saved are saved unto the resurrection of life, and that the lost are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class difference.

Our History


City Rescue Mission is founded by a group of businessmen concerned about helping the transient population in downtown Oklahoma City. The Mission opens a 20-bed facility serving men only.


City Rescue Mission purchases property at 523 S. Robinson, doubling previous capacity to include space and services for women.


A local church donates property adjacent to City Rescue Mission, giving the Mission the ability to open a dedicated women’s shelter and family shelter as well as a weekly medical clinic and educational facility.


Local businessmen, the Belsky Brothers, donate two properties on the 800 block of West California Avenue.


Mission purchases the remainder of the block from the Oklahoma City School Board, and launches a five-year, $4.5 million capital campaign to include renovation and construction of a new facility.


Current facility located on the 800 block of West California Ave opens in November.


Rev. Tom Jones joins City Rescue Mission as President and CEO. Under Jones’s leadership, City Rescue Mission develops the Bridge to Life recovery program.


City Rescue Mission has expanded its Social Services Coordination by partnering with more than 70 local agencies offering comprehensive care, free of charge, to any client, including those from the community at large.

Board Members

Stephen Cortes – Chair
Cortes Law Firm

Susan Dakil – Past Chairman
Dakil Auctioneers, Inc.

John Higginbotham –
Chairman Elect

Bank of Oklahoma

 Eldon Overstreet – Secretary
Oklahoma Housing
Finance Agency

 Ted Strickland – Treasurer
Griffin Capital, LLC

Tom Caraway 

Jon Cargill
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Shelly Douglas
Central Region for 
Community Health Charities

Pastor Rodney Fouts
Pastor, North.Church

Capt. Terrence “Clint” Teel
Oklahoma City
Police Department

Aimee Majoue 
Crowe and Dunlevy

Alisa Trang-Green
Dress for Success

Zach Martin
Real Estate Development

Collin Walke
Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 87  |  Legal Services L.L.C.

Preston Stinson
Stinson Development

Executive Staff

Erin Goodin

President CEO

Kim Combs

Vice President

Nikki Wiseman



Brenda Guisinger

Office Manager and Development Assistant

Charlie Buchanan

Director of Operations and Security

Charles Kernan

Maintenance Assistant

Christian Thompson

Kitchen Assistant

Craig Smith

Recovery Case Manager

Crystal Henry

Screening Specialist/Case Manager

Debbie MacDonald

Development Director

Donnamarie Pellom

Intake Specialist

Greg Mash

Recovery Case Manager

Horaz Qasim


Jake Lenhart

Director of Pastoral Care Services

Jamille Hawkins-Reid

Vocational Case Mananger

Jim Cox


Jonnie Damron

Food Warehouse Assistant

Katie Sanders

Kitchen Assistant

Makayla Tanquary

Recovery Case Manager

Marilyn Bond

Kitchen Manager

Ray Dillahunty

Night Security

Raymond Rivas

Men’s Center Director and Short Term Case Manager

Robert Gaulden


Robert Green

Email & Camera Support

Salem Gullo

Community Outreach Coordinator

Samantha Jett

Donor Development Coordinator

Sean West

Specialized Services Case Manager

Shanda Glover

Women’s Center Director and Short Term Case Manager

Shellie Holt

Events Director

Shelly Sheaffer

Director of Programs and Quality Assurance

Sicily Whatley

Intake Specialist

Stefanie Baird

Work Therapy Manager

Treina Castleberry

Marketing Director