Our Story

In 1998, recognizing that many people struggling with addiction needed more than “three hots and a cot”, Mission SOLANO Rescue Mission focused its vision to develop long-term residential treatment for homeless addicted men, women, and Veterans.

On May 1, 1998, Ron Marlette began the work of creating a solution for the homeless in Solano County. Sitting in a donated office in Vacaville, Ron began calling local politicians and businessmen and sharing his dream of Mission Solano. They had been praying for a building, but the bus was an opportunity, a place to let the homeless sleep at night. “It was a mission in a bus,” Marlette has said. “And the community could no longer say there were no homeless here.” 

Since then, Mission SOLANO has successfully met the basic necessities of the homeless and poverty stricken population. Our unique and nationally recognized Nomadic Sheltering Program provides emergency shelter nights to those in need, while our Social Industries provide food, clothing and ongoing community services. In 2009 we opened our Bridge To Life Center, our long-term solution to homelessness.

Through transitional housing and a holistic program, we address spiritual, physical, emotional, psychosocial and vocational needs. Our six buildings are able to provide for 208 individuals through our Hope Home for Homeless Vets, the Matt Garcia Home for Women and Children, and twelve two-bedroom family units.

Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Help is available without charge to any person regardless of race, color, creed or social standing.

Mission SOLANO operates entirely on voluntary contributions. The vast majority of our support comes from individual donors; the balance from churches, organizations, foundations and the corporate community.

We have always adhered to a strict code of financial ethics. You will be happy to know that 84 cents of every dollar entrusted to us goes directly into programs and services.​