COVID-19 Current Updates

June 8, 2020

Your donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items are critically needed. With the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive postponed due to COVID-19 precautions, we humbly ask our community to help cover these lost donations that our hungry guests rely on. 

Every year through the Food Drive, our community helps provide 6 months’ worth of canned goods and non-perishable items for the Mission – that’s 20,000 pounds of food! 

Without the Food Drive, our resources will be stretched thin as we’re called on to provide 58,000 meals for our community’s hungry throughout the summer, and even more in the coming months. 

We must raise $10,000 to cover expenses for all this food normally donated through the Food Drive, so we invite those who would normally give through this event, and anyone who would like to help, to donate directly to the Mission:

  • Drop off canned goods and non-perishables to the Mission at 1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, 8am-8pm. (Safe, contactless drop-off is available.).
  • Give now online to help restock our shelves.


The Food Drive may be postponed, but the time is always right to help our hurting neighbors. Your gift today will help make up the lost donations from the Food Drive – and keep our community nourished and healthy, now and in the months ahead.

April 7, 2020

While the Long Beach Rescue Mission is following CDC guidelines and practicing safe distancing, we are also continuing to practice God’s Love. This Easter we are preparing to serve close to ONE THOUSAND EASTER MEALS.

Traditionally we open our doors to welcome the homeless and surrounding community to break bread in celebration of the Resurrection of our Savior, this year because of the current situation, we are having to rethink how we serve those that are hurting.

Although times are difficult, we realize that a warm meal is still the first sign of hope for many. To continue our Easter tradition, we are inviting all in need to practice safe distancing while picking up a well-prepared meal at the door of the Mission. Hot meals will be available to pick up at our doors at 11:30AM on Easter Sunday. A Grab and Go Dinner will be available to pick up at 5:00PM.

March 26, 2020

Our Thrift Store is currently closed and we’re not accepting any donated items at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience – we know that many of you are making good use of your quarantine time by cleaning out your closets. We’ll update you as soon as we’re able to accept donations and/or re-open our Thrift Store.

March 17, 2020

Initial Response of Long Beach Rescue Mission to Coronavirus Disease 2019  (COVID-19)


We are taking the steps listed below to protect our staff, our program participants, and our other guests from exposure to this disease. The local progress of this disease will be monitored daily.  If the disease spreads locally in the future, additional steps will be taken to provide maximum protection for everyone present in our facilities.


The following measures are currently in place:

  • The staff has been directed to take precautions and be responsible such (i.e. washing hands, stay at home if feeling sick, refrain from physical contact)
  • Staff will be provided with ongoing communication with our local public health department to assure current and relevant information.
  • Chapel services will be closed to the community beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 to reduce infection and spread.  Chapel services will continue for our Samaritan House residents.   Lydia House residents will not attend Chapel; however, will have bible studies and other teachings available.
  • We are also modifying classes and other activity for residents to eliminate unnecessary contact between men and women in the program.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizers are provided at keypoints within the facility including registration desk, entrances and exits and eating areas.
  • Staff handling client belongings will wear disposable gloves.  Training for proper glove removal and disposal will be provided.
  • We will monitor clients who could be at high risk for complications from COVID and confine clients with mild respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID to individual rooms.
  • If a client is identified with severe symptoms, we will notify the Long Beach Health Department to arrange for the client to receive immediate medical care.
  • We want to continue providing meals to our community while practicing the CDC and Long Beach Health Department guidelines and precautions.


Beginning Friday, March 13th, 2020 LBRM Food Services will begin providing sack lunches and dinners to the community as a proactive and precautionary measure.  These meals will be given at the front outside entrance of Samaritan House.   Regular meals for in-house residents will continue to be served.