Frequently-Asked Questions

How do your mobile outreaches work?
We partner with various local churches to provide hot meals, clothing, personal counseling, devotional services, and referrals to needy folks in our communities. This way, we can serve a broader population over a wide area. Four days a week, we set up at a local church site and transport hot meals and supplies from our distribution center in Highland. The local church supplies volunteers who help serve the meals, distribute clothing, participate in devotional services, offer personal counseling, and help us set up and tear down.

What are your greatest needs?
Glad you asked! Here are a few things we urgently need:

  • Donated food (non-perishable and perishable such as eggs and milk)
  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, 8-oz cups)
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, bleach)
  • Hygiene supplies (small containers of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste)
  • Cargo van
  • Box truck

Are you supported by the government?
No. There are often strings attached to government funds that would inhibit our ability to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our guests. So we do not accept government funds of any kind—city, county, state, or federal.

Are you affiliated with a local church?
No. We are an independent faith-based Christian organization. As such, we cooperate and partner with churches of all denominations.

Who are your supporters and sponsors?
We are not sponsored by any organization. We are supported by individuals, businesses and churches and a limited number of foundations. (Here’s a partial list.)

How is the Mission organized?
The San Bernardino City Mission is part of City Mission Ministries, (CMM), a 501(c) 3 organization that also operates missions in Riverside, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. CMM is governed by an independent volunteer board of directors. The president/CEO serves as chairman, oversees the head office and staff, and is accountable to the board. The local director of each mission is responsible for its staffing and successful operation.

How long have you been operating?
San Bernardino City Mission has been serving the needs of the hungry, the homeless, and the poor since September 1997.

Do you have a residential recovery program?
No. Strict local regulations have made it impractical for us to run a residential program in our city. Instead, we feed the hungry, help the poor and needy, and provide spiritual guidance to everyone who comes to us. And then we refer those who need long-term help to our excellent network of residential program providers.

How can I help?
There are many opportunities to help! We need people who can help prepare food, process donations, pack and distribute food boxes, sort clothing, clean and garden, repair and maintain vehicles, conduct food drives, and much more.  Find out more here.

What forms of monetary donations do you accept?
We accept donations by cash, credit cards, money orders and personal checks.