ABOUT BEACON OF HOPE

Beacon of Hope Gospel Rescue Mission was started in 2014 by a group in Yreka, California who wanted to do their part to help assure that no one was without shelter in the harsh winter months.

Our volunteer board is committed to working hard to not only meet the physical needs of our homeless community in the winter months, but also the spiritual needs. Each evening the shelter is open a hot meal and a gospel message is shared with our guests and volunteers.

Who We Are

Beacon of Hope Gospel Rescue Mission was started in 2014 by a group in Yreka, California who wanted to do their part to help assure that no one was without shelter in the harsh winter months.

The winter of 2013 broke local records with temperatures dipping as low as 8 degrees in Siskiyou County. Many of our citizens worried how people with no way to get inside at night would survive such weather, and the truth was, many did not. As the weeks went by, we learned of first one homeless person who had died, and then another, until by the end of winter, several were gone. It was a heartbreaking problem. 

So when Michelle O’Gorman posted an announcement in the Siskiyou Daily News inviting interested parties to attend a meeting on January 22, 2014 to discuss possible solutions, 35 people showed up from every sector of our community. This was the beginning of Beacon of Hope Gospel Rescue Mission. 

One of our first tasks was to run a count of local homeless by sending out teams to take surveys to all the places we knew of where they could be found.

On April 17, we took this information to the Yreka City Council, and asked permission to build a rescue mission within the city. The council decided we could build, provided we locate the mission within M-1 zoning. 

In December of 2014, a home on Miner Street was generously donated to Beacon of Hope.

Most of us had more dreams than experience in helping the homeless, and as we worked to form them into a workable plan, we realized we needed two plans: 

A long-term plan for Hope House, a center that would offer not just an environment where un-housed citizens could survive but where they could thrive, with spiritual support, medical, dental and mental health care, life skills training, and resources to help them find jobs and homes.

A realistic short-term plan. Keep them alive through the winter with warm, bare-bones overnight shelter, and offer spiritual support and resources to help them get on their feet. 

We made plans to begin hosting overnight shelters from November 1 to March 31 of 2015, and, since Beacon of Hope did not yet have a home of its own, we approached the churches of Yreka to ask for the use of their buildings a rotational basis. Three churches responded: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mount Zion Lutheran Church, and the Yreka United Methodist Church. Shelters were held in these locations and also at the Yreka Community Resource Center. 

That first year, we ended up closing the shelter a couple weeks earlier than we planned, due to problems keeping peace among our guests, and the resulting difficulties retaining volunteers willing to host. We made plans to re-open in winter of 2016, putting to use what we learned that first year. We introduced a breathalyzer to be used upon entry, we set rules and policies. We were gaining that much-needed experience we lacked: our education had begun. 

In June of 2017, after an extensive search for a suitable property on which to build Hope House, we purchased the lot on 480 S. Foothill Drive. In December of that year, we purchased a pre-fab building that had previously housed Sheriff’s department offices, and had them moved to our property. 

On June 27, 2019, we were granted a building permit, and we broke ground in August of that year.   

The winter of 2020 has been the first year we have been unable to host a shelter, due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We simply did not have a space available that would allow for the social distancing called for.

Our History

SHORT-TERM GOAL
A simple shelter to house the homeless during the winter (October - March) to protect them from severe weather conditions.  

Provide chapel services and minimal food services.

MID-TERM GOAL
To improve upon the simple shelter model to include regular hot meal service, chapel services, showers, laundry and savings program, as well as any other services that could be properly managed given available property, finances and volunteer staff.

LONG-TERM GOAL
A complete and fully functioning shelter for men, women, youth and families. Services would include personal counseling, chapel, resource center, meals, job training, medical services, rehab and recovery programs, leading towards permanent employment and affordable housing.

In order to move to our mid-term goal we are in need of prayers, funding and community support.

Our Goals

CHAIR
Doreileen Reynolds

VICE CHAIR
Elizabeth Cobo

TREASURER
Michelle O'Gorman

SECRETARY
Katy Popa

BOARD MEMBER
Pat Kagy

BOARD MEMBER
Don Langford

BOARD MEMBER
Jeremey McVae

Our 100% volunteer board meets at least one time each month to discuss our current organizational needs and to move our projects like the HOPE House and Winter Shelter Season forward. 

We are always looking for local community members who have a heart to serve the homeless and invite you to contact us if you would like to join one of our upcoming meetings to learn more about Beacon of Hope.

Let me introduce myself, I am Doreileen Reynolds, everyone calls me Dori. I grew up a poor and troubled Child in a poor and troubled family. We had so many strikes against us. 1. Lack of the proper tools to survive. 2. Lack of family support. 4. Lack of social skills. 5. Lack of the ability to take advantage of opportunities that were available. Because of this I see the other people in our community who are in the same boat I was as a child. I know we can do something about it, we can offer therapy, training, tools, and we can advocate for the people who’s voices have disappeared. Join me, and make a difference, one kind act at a time. 

CHAIR
Doreileen Reynolds

Our Board

In order to reach our next goal we are focused on raising $75,000 in 2021 through grants, community partnerships and private donations.

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