The Midnight Mission is a human services organization in downtown Los Angeles' skid row. The organization provides basic subsistence to the region's needy, drug and alcohol recovery services, "safe sleep" programs, educational training, a mobile kitchen, and family housing with an emphasis on developing self-sufficiency.
The Midnight Mission was founded by businessman and lay minister Tom Liddecoat in 1914. Meals were served at midnight, after church services. The mission became an incorporated non-profit in 1922. During World War II, the mission began assisting with job placement and established job training programs.
In 2004, a campaign called Building a Home for Hope raised funds for an expanded facility, opened in April 2005.
In 2005, the shelter served three meals to approximately 170 residents and 500 guests each day. The charity has had a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator since 2004. The shelter continues to emphasize their role as a "bridge to self-sufficiency," making this the first bullet point in their mission statement. The mission is not associated with a religious group.
The Golden Heart Award is presented annually to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated compassion for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, and have made a commitment to partner with The Midnight Mission to help them transform their lives.
2009 - Dick Van Dyke has been involved in “Give Back” work throughout his long and highly esteemed career. Being in the public eye has afforded Mr. Van Dyke the opportunity to lend his beloved name and persona to numerous important causes such as helping those recovering from substance abuse, the economically disadvantaged of our community and providing shelter and safety for women-at -risk. Dick Van Dyke has always served as a continual mentor and source of encouragement to new-comers to the entertainment industry by offering a hand-up, rather than a push aside. On his website, Mr. Van Dyke’s Fan Club members are encouraged to actively support philanthropy. Many contributions from around the world can be directly traced to Dick Van Dyke’s endorsement.
Upon the invitation of his longtime friend Clancy Imislund, Managing Director, Dick Van Dyke came down to The Midnight Mission one blustery Thanksgiving morning 15 years ago to help serve a holiday meal to the men, women and children of Skid Row. After more than a decade of active volunteer participation, Mr. Van Dyke was asked to serve as the General Chairman of Building A Home for Hope, the campaign to build a new Midnight Mission. Dick Van Dyke’s typically positive and enthusiastic response was “Yes!” Under his inspiring leadership, Dick Van Dyke’s exceptional voluntary spirit is demonstrated by the results of a highly successful and fun campaign.
As General Chair for the Building a Home for Hope campaign, Dick Van Dyke has participated in numerous major gift solicitations and has enlisted the support of other entertainment industry giants such as Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Ed Begley Jr., Gary Sinise, and others. He and his dynamic wife, Michelle, personally opened up their hearts and home to host a major gift cultivation event which raised significant contributions.
Dick Van Dyke volunteers at every Midnight Mission Holiday festival – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas - bringing good cheer & encouragement to homeless individuals and families, passing out candy to bright eyed children and cutting a step or two as the band for the day fills the air with music.
2010 - The Midnight Mission honors Anthony Hopkins for his hands-on work with the homeless. The actor first became involved with the charity eight years ago to help overcome his own battle with alcohol. He now regularly helps out with the charity by giving acting lessons and handing out gifts to children every Christmas.
2011– Grammy award-winning musician Tom Petty and his wife, Dana, will be honored at the 11th Annual Golden Heart Awards on May 9 along with The Edison and Sony Pictures Entertainment for their philanthropic work with The Midnight Mission.
2012 - Celebrities and guests will gather for the 12th Annual Golden Heart Awards ceremony. This year’s award recipients are Bon Jovi’s lead guitarist, Richie Sambora and Fender Executive, Del Breckenfeld and his wife Bettina
2013 - “We are pleased to be honoring Tim Allen, an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement."
- Midnight Mission website
- Charity Navigator
- LA Times: The King of Skid Row, Clancy Imislund
- LA Times: For skid row’s lion, a pride of successes, Clancy Imislund
- Grammy.com stellar cast of musicians together for From Hollywood With Love.