The Midnight Mission's dedication to our community extends beyond providing needed services to homeless and near-homeless men, women and children and those suffering from drug addiction and mental illness. Realizing that homelessness like so many community ills are regional phenomena, we are leaders in establishing effective collaborative relationships with civic groups, government officials, other social service providers and community groups to leverage our ability to address these issues.
- To offer a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement.
- To make available the necessities of life to homeless people: food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs, and medical care.
- To offer the 12-step approach to recovery.
- To serve homeless people with empathy and respect, without sermonizing.
- To provide for the homeless as an independent social service agency.
The Midnight Mission is one of the oldest continuously operating human service organizations in the Los Angeles region. Centered in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, The Midnight runs one of the most efficient direct service operations in the county. With only four executive managers throughout its ninety-nine year history, The Midnight has been a consistent beacon of light for those with no where else to turn.
1914: Tom Liddecoat, “Father of the poor” opens the doors of The Midnight as a refuge for the men of Skid Row. Being a successful businessman and lay minister, Liddecoat serves a meal at midnight after church services are complete.
1922: The Midnight is given a non-profit status.
1933: Henry Richman is named managing director and leads the organization through the Great Depression. The Midnight is designated as “California Emergency Relief Station No.1” by the federal government as it is the only facility in Los Angeles able to deal with the human tragedy caused by the Great Depression. The Midnight discontinues religious services and affiliation
1973: Clancy Imislund is selected to continue The Midnight. A recovering alcoholic himself, Clancy brings a level of empathy and understanding that is difficult to match. For the next thirty years, Clancy leads The Midnight through dramatic changes that occur on Skid Row.
1994: The Midnight’s Family Housing transitional program goes beyond emergency care and provides long-term solutions by highlighting structure, accountability and opportunity.
1998: Larry Adamson, a board member and former corporate executive is recruited to lead The Midnight.
2005: Our current facility at 601 South San Pedro St., opens. Mr. Adamson champions designing, building and opening the new state of the art facility to handle the growing diverse populations that we now serve.
2012: Due to the continual struggle of the economy, the homeless population in the Skid Row community increases, resulting in The Midnight serving over One Million Meals in 2012.
From our humble beginnings as a charitable act of one man to the complex multi-disciplined organization that we are today, the organization has benefited from the consistent, compassionate and competent leadership.